Time and Space of Unreal Cities: 2-Day Photography Workshop


Time and Space of Unreal Cities: Photography Workshop on Introductory Visual Anthropology

* application deadline is midnight of 21 October 2018 *

workshop by Sorayut Aiemueayut

Date: 10 – 11 November 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
Venue: Malaysia Design Archive
84B, Jalan Rotan,
Kampung Attap
Kuala Lumpur

10 Nov 2018 Saturday (10am – 6pm)
11 Nov 2018 Sunday (11am – 6pm)

In every city, each individual or community who make up the teeming inchoate masses understand space as well as time differently even when they live and work cheek by jowl, in close proximity to each other. While maps provide us with an aerial view of a geographical site, they do not tell us about the many singular perceptions of people who actually make meaning out of those spaces.

One person’s or a community’s understanding of an area such as Chow Kit, Brickfields, Masjid India or a street, a building, a natural landmark, may differ from another – coloured by personal experiences, communal ties, socio-economic developments as well as state or corporate interventions.

Contestations, negotiations, and collaborations of land-use often occur. These do not only result in governmental regulatory by-laws but also manifest in local cultural practices that reflect interesting episodes of encounters and interactions. What can we learn from these stories by simply walking around with our camera, listening closely to and looking intently at what the city and its people have to tell us?

This two-day workshop is an introduction to the basics of visual anthropology – covering visual anthropology 101, concepts and ideas of a city and its spaces, storytelling with a smartphone, the ethics of story-telling, community engagement and creative ways of telling stories through shooting film-editing. It is ideal for those who want to learn a bit about visual anthropology as a way to understand the varieties of human experiences.

The introductory workshop is designed to encourage participants to explore Kuala Lumpur’s many cultural textures and urban rhythms from the perspective of its new migrant communities.

The workshop is open to all races, sexuality, gender, citizens/non-citizens of Malaysia who have made Kuala Lumpur their home (temporary or permanent). The two-day workshop includes lecture seminars on visual anthropology and storytelling using photographs. There will also be a photography assignment where participants choose a site to explore from a list of three – Chow Kit, Brickfields or Masjid India. Finally, the workshop will conclude with a portfolio review/crit session.

The workshop is free-of-charge but is limited to 15 participants. Lunch is provided on both days of the workshop. For additional info on how to apply to the workshop, please scroll down below.

Date: 10 – 11 November 2018 (Saturday and Sunday)
Venue: Malaysia Design Archive
84B, Jalan Rotan,
Kampung Attap
Kuala Lumpur

Day 1 – 10 November 2018 (Saturday)
10am – 12pm – Introduction, ice-breaker and talk. What is Visual Anthropology?
12pm – 1.30pm – Break (lunch provided)
1.30pm – 3.30pm – Tactics and ethics. The basics of taking photographs with your smartphone camera.
3.30pm – 6pm – Shooting assignment around Chow Kit, Masjid India or Brickfields.

Day 2 – 11 November 2018 (Sunday)
11am – 3pm – Ideas workshops, presentations, and crit sessions
3pm – 6pm – Editing workshop, and portfolio review.


Sorayut Aiemueayut is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie University in Berlin and a Lecturer in the Department of Media Arts and Design at Chiangmai University, Thailand. He is currently in Kuala Lumpur for his fieldwork, exploring the visual and soundscape among Indian migrant communities of Brickfields. He has worked as an independent journalist, activist, researcher, and filmmaker. He is also an avid backpacker. All these activities informed his journey to find himself and shaped his belief that an anthropologist is a cultural storyteller.

Those interested to participate in the workshop should provide us with a short 300-400 word statement + a photograph. Your short statement should include:
1) Introduce yourself!
2) Why are you interested in this workshop?
3) What’s your photograph image about?

You may write your statement in Malay, English, Mandarin or any languages that are spoken in Malaysia. The workshop, however, is conducted in English.

The photograph accompanying the statement should be related to your statement. Application deadline is midnight of 21 October 2018. Please email your statement and photograph to : team AT malaysiadesignarchive DOT org

Additional info:
– Selected participants will be notified by 27 October 2018 (Saturday).
– Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for the workshop. In addition to sitting through some lecture seminars, you are expected to sweat. Participants should not be afraid of speaking to as many people as possible to learn about other people’s life stories. In addition, participants should also be able to work collaboratively and know how to have fun throughout the process.
– On 10 November, participants are required to bring along their smart-phone (no DSLR camera please) for the afternoon photography shooting assignment.
– On 11 November, participants are asked to bring along a laptop to edit your photographs. We have one laptop that can be used for those who do not own a laptop, however, we encourage you to borrow one from a friend or family member. If you do not have a laptop, editing can also be done on your smartphone.
– Those selected be committed to attending the full workshop on the weekend of 10 and 11 November 2018. Participants should be 16 years old and above. Those below the age of 18 are required to provide a parental consent letter to participate in the workshop if they are selected.

Time and Space of Unreal Cities is part of Urbanscapes 2018. Urbanscapes is one of the longest-running creative arts festivals in Malaysia. Since its inception 16 years ago, the aim of Urbanscapes has always been to bring together Malaysian creative communities from the fields of music, the arts, design, film, and other creative disciplines. For more info, visit: http://www.urbanscapes.com.my/


10/11/2018 - 11/11/2018
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Malaysia Design Archive

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