Kumnooh: Cambodia arts for the week commencing 10 September, 2013

Greetings:

Brace yourselves, there’s a lot on.

The Kumnooh week opens tonight Tuesday 10 at Meta House with Message Stick, an exhibition of contemporary Australian indigenous art presented by the Australian Embassy, from 6 pm. The exhibition is drawn from the active urban art scene, and features works by Ian W. Abdulla, Brook Andrew, Richard Bell, Robert Campbell Jnr, Julie Dowling, Adam Hill, Reko Rennie, Danie Mellor, Darren Siwes, Christian Thompson, and H. J. Wedge. Until September 29.
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Untitled, Adam Hill

Wednesday 11 from 6 pm JavaArts presents The New Age: Until Now, featuring works by Chhim Sothy, Prum Vichet, Phe Sophon, Meas Sokhorn and Sou Sophy, put together by curator-in-residence Yean Reaksmey, with the theme of rebuilding and destroying inside contemporary Cambodia. Each of the artists represents a different generation; they have contributed installations, paintings and poetry. Until October 13.
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Also on Wednesday night, Tamarind Restaurant on St 240 (btw Norodom and 19) hosts the opening of an exhibition by Siem Reap-based artist Bruno Levy called Angkorian Mandalas. The fun starts at 6 pm.
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The evening of Thursday 12 includes twin events at Institut français du Cambodge (St 184, btw Monivong and 63). In the Gallery, at 6.30 pm, the opening of An Heritage House, an exhibition and prize giving for the ICF’s annual architecture competition. This year the final year students’ project was the former Phnom Penh police headquarters.
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While at the same time, the Exhibition Hall hosts the opening of Let’s make it possible, works by photographer Laurence Leblanc.
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Both shows run until October 5.

Also on Thursday 12, a new exhibition of paintings by leading Khmer contemporary artist Chhim Sothy at The Insider Gallery, InterContinental Phnom Penh opens. Life and Nature examines the struggle to maintain human and natural contact in the face of the convenience of technology. From 6 pm; until October 12.
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On Friday to Sunday at 7.30 pm, Show Box (#11, St 330, btw Sts 105 and 113) presents Belle de Nuit (Srey Kouch), a performance that blends drama, dance, music and poetry in an exploration of the world of prostitution. The piece arises from an arts exchange between the Kok Thlok artists collective and Chantier Arts, from France, and uses movement, sound and shadow to transcend spoken language. The singing of Smot poetry over French recitation is particularly moving. Don’t miss.
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Belle de Nuit

Also on Friday 13, at Bophana Center (St 200, btw Monivong and 63), from 6 pm, the exhibition Cambodian Forgotten Songs: 8 Songs from our Ancestors closes with a bang: the CD launch for Cambodian Forgotten Songs Volume 2. This archival project has attempted to recreate pre-1920 Cambodian music that was unrecorded but existed in written form, covering a range of genres. The evening will include live performances of the music, as well as video footage.
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Groundbreaking dance company Amrita Performing Arts is celebrating its ten years with a series of events at Java Café and Gallery, including a photographic exhibition that launched on Monday, and a party on Friday 13 featuring dance performances, music and a DJ. There’s even a special drink, Tuk Amrith, invented for the occasion, available this week only. 8 til late!
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On Saturday 14, the WASH collaboration comes to Meta House at last, with a brand new work, The Next Horizon. Electronic music meets poetry and they get along pretty well. Or, if you prefer: beats, bass lines, melodies and blank verse are thrown in a blender to make a multi-textured smoothie. Either way, it’s happening between 7 pm and 9 pm. Get ready for a downloadable release of their first work, Triptych, very soon.
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Finally, Sunday afternoon at 5 pm it’s time to sharpen pencils and order a round for Drink and Draw Cambodia, at Baitong Restaurant, #7 Street 360, between Norodom and 51.
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Up in Siem Reap, the Park Hyatt’s opening exhibition presents works by Lim Muy Theam, Mao Soviet and Amy Lee Sanford. Until 22 November.
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In other news, we welcome a new guest curator at JavaArts, Daen Lia Kelly, as they make preparations for the Our City Festival. The festival returns to Siem Reap, Battambang and Phnom Penh in mid January 2014.
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We also welcome a new initiative from Teo + Namfah Gallery. CANVAS aims, through exhibitions, artist-in-resident programs and short courses, to support and nurture creativity in Cambodia. The more the merrier.
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Entries are now open for season four of the IDP Education Photo contest. The theme this time is: me at my study desk . Entries close September 15.
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Meanwhile, if you’re not satisfied by all of the above, here’s a look at what’s going on in Myanmar.

If you are a venue or artist and would like to receive a weekly reminder to provide Kumnooh with an upcoming event or activity, please contact fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

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Fabian Hipp

Kumnooh
fabianhipp@kumnooh.com

In brief: new and returning…
Tuesday 10 at Meta House: Message Stick, contemporary Australian indigenous art presented by the Australian Embassy, from 6 pm. Until September 29
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Wednesday 11 at Java Cafe and Gallery, The New Age: Until Now, featuring works by Chhim Sothy, Prum Vichet, Phe Sophon, Meas Sokhorn and Sou Sophy, curated by curator-in-residence Yean Reaksmey, from 6 pm. Until October 13
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Wednesday 11 night at Tamarind Restaurant on St 240 (btw Norodom and 19), Angkorian Mandalas by Bruno Levy, from 6 pm.
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Thursday 12 at Institut français du Cambodge Gallery: An Heritage House, an exhibition and prize giving for the ICF’s annual architecture competition. From 6.30 pm. Until October 5.
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Thursday 12 at Institut français du Cambodge Exhibition Hall: Let’s make it possible, works by photographer Laurence Leblanc. From 6.30 pm. Until October 5.
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Thursday 12, at The Insider Gallery, InterContinental Phnom Penh: Life and Nature, paintings by Chhim Sothy. From 6 pm. Until October 12.
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Friday 13 to Sunday 15 at Show Box (#11, St 330, btw Sts 105 and 113) Belle de Nuit (Srey Kouch), theatre, dance, music, shadow. 7.30 pm. $8/$5.
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Friday 13, at Bophana Center, Cambodian Forgotten Songs: 8 Songs from our Ancestors, CD launch for Cambodian Forgotten Songs Volume 2. From 6 pm.
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Friday 13, celebration of ten years of Amrita Performing Arts at Java Café and Gallery featuring dance performances, music and a DJ. From 8 pm.
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Saturday 14, WASH performs at Meta House: The Next Horizon. Electronic music fused with poetry. From 7 pm.
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Sunday 15, Drink and Draw Cambodia, at Baitong Restaurant, (#7 Street 360, between Norodom and 51).
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Ongoing….

Cambodian Forgotten Songs, cataloguing the production of a new CD release of music recovered from old scores, at Bophana Centre. The official launch of the CD will be on the last day of the exhibition, on Friday 13 September.
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Promotion, by Than Sok, a Phnom Penh based artist who works in installations, video and sculpture, Sa Sa Bassac gallery (#18, 2nd floor, Sothearos Blvd). Until 12 October.
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Finding the Lost Art Forms, at Cambodian Living Arts gallery, (128-G9 Sothearos Blvd), the result of a year-long search to archive vanishing folk arts. Until October 18.
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One day in Phnom Penh,a photographic exhibition by Tim Kelsall, at Baitong Gallery (#7, St 360, between Norodom and 51). Silent auction for Friends International.
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Queen for a Night, works by Kampot-based artist Vincent Broustet opens Saturday night at 6 pm, McDermott Gallery Old Market in Siem Reap. The show runs until October 31.
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Elegy: Reflections on Angkor by John McDermott. The award-winning American photographer maintains his strong presence on the Siem Reap art scene with his mesmerizing monochromatic fine art images of Angkor taken between 1995-2009. Now exhibiting in three McDermott Galleries located in the Old Market Area, FCC Angkor Complex and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor.
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Plae Pakaa, a program of 3 rotating performances of Cambodian traditional arts at the National Museum of Phnom Penh. A Cambodian Living Arts production. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 pm (May to September); Monday to Saturday, 7 pm (October to April).
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Phare Ponleu Selpak, the famous Cambodian circus school offers nightly performances in both Siem Reap and Battambang, on a rolling cycle of different works.
In Siem Reap: at 7.30 pm under the big top in Siem Reap, behind the Angkor National Museum, in front of Angkor Century Hotel.
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In Battambang: visual arts exhibition from 6.15 pm then circus show at 7 pm.
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DanceWorldCambodia offers classes in lyrical contemporary, commercial jazz and pop, hip hop and breakdance. Hotel Cambodiana Studio (via Physique Gym club reception). For more details contact dance@danceworldcambodia.com
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