The master class was developed by Lostgens initiator Yeoh Lian Heng (Malaysia) and Susanne Bosch, artist (Germany). Barcelona based researcher Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio was invited to contribute as observer to the process.

For this master class, practitioners were directly invited. Professional backgrounds ranged from cultural activism, professional artists, curators, researchers, dancers, instructors, art space maangers and art organisation leaders. The master class welcomed a large variety of life/work strategies and placement in systemic structures such as working in collectives, squating places, living homeless as well as being highly funded and employed in an organisation.

Public/closed sessions in 2 localities

 Day 1-6

The master class was divided into two different phases in two different locations. On day 1-6, the group spend time in the old Chinatown/Petaling Street of Kuala Lumpur in the artspace Lostgens to get to know each other, to introduce work to eachother and to listen and welcome guest speakers. The phase concluded with the opening of a public archive exhibition about participants work. As such, the programme had elements for participants only as well as open sessions for a wider public and guests.

See the following programme schedule:

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Day 7-14

Day 7-12 we spend in a village on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Kampung Banda Dalam, a village with a close relationship to Lostgens. The village is a traditional moslem Malay village and not exposed to international guests. The relationship to Lostgens and the Chinese community in old Chinatown/Petaling Street root in a joint protest against governmental urban planing without any citizen consultation.

In the village the programme was again divided into two parts: a group internal process of exchange, networking and knowledgetransfer as well as an external exchange with the village and guests. Both took part in forms of workshops, public interventions, excursions, visits to localities and local production sites, attendance to cultural activities and several dinner invitations from both sides.

The master class concluded on day 13 by returning to old Chinatown/Petaling Street after a conclusion session in the village, an additional afternoon session with artist and guest Jay Koh and a goodbay party in the evening.

See the following programme schedule:



The emphasis of the master class was on co-operation, co-creation and innovation. As such, participants took the chance to work together in smaller teams in on- and off times of the programme. Many future ideas were developed and agreed upon, projects were explored in depth, and interventions developed together.

As highlights I want to mention four occasions: On day 4, the programme was run as an Open Space Day on the topic of „challenges and opportunities of working together“. As format, Open Space gives maximum responsibility and power to the participants to create their own programme. The day was used fully by the participants to run theory- and practice-based sessions and concluded in an intervention by a group discussing the need for a pre-planed agenda for the upcoming days versus the freedom of self-design.

On day 6, we invited the public to an archive exhibtion in the Lostgens space. The exhibition was set up in the breaks, mornings and evenings of the previous days very much as organic and collaborative process of engaging with eachothers material.

On day 8, the group was invited to an open mic poetry night in the village, a monthly cultural event. Most of the participants decided to actively contribute with a song, a dance, a performance, a speech or reading a poetry. The mix of local and international contributions was broadcasted by the local radiostation.

On day 9 and 10, a group of ten participants developed out of a self-initated workshop the idea of a Transaction-Dinner in the village on day 10 as public intervention. They got the owner of a restaurant as partner to give his space and kitchen and prepared a meal with 11 courses over the entire day, prepared out of entirely local food from the market. The dinner was conducted in a performative manner for 60 people where the dinner guests had to negotiate their food with each other. The dinner took place over 2.5 hours.


Such a diverse group of practitioners provoked many challenges, starting from different English levels to communicate about ones work verbally to different abilities to reflect upon ones practice. The diversity between highly intellectual thinkers and researchers with sophisticated vocal skills to cultural activists from the jungle of Borneo could only be balanced with a programme that offered both action, theoretical input and reflection. The other challenge worth mentioning is a divide between a South East Asia and European centristic view that has its contested roots in a colonial history as well as current economic global realities. The question, if we share as cultural paractitioners in public space any common ground came up many times. What values do we share, how do we measure success and/or failure? Besides sharing and identifying common space, the form of HOW to take action was inspiring to explore. The joint actions were great platforms to practice an agreed understanding. Another challenge was the idea to serve both an internal process as well as an external interested audience. This did often not allow for organic changes arising out of a process due to public announcements of programme agendas.


The master class concluded in formal and informal future arrangements. Formally there is a short and longer film in production to document the process. An active blog and two facebook page are installed (one of wich is closed to the public) to continue with theoretical exchanges and discourses. One group is currently reviewing the idea of making a publication about the master class. Informally many relationships were deepened and newly formed and will take shape in the future in forms of joint projects, residencies, exhibitions, visits and further invites.

Publicly announced sessions:

1) Archive Exhibition 

TATF_Archive Exhibition A3 Poster final
Date: 18 Nov – 29 Nov 2015
Time: 12-6pm daily (19 – 29 Nov)
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space
Exhibition opening: 6pm, 18/11 (Wednesday)
The exhibition is showcasing materials such as publications, promotional items, cultural maps, short films etc. from the participants of the master class.

2) Public Sharing 
Topic 1: Why? How ? So What ? Art as a strategy of social participation
Speaker: Yeoh Lian Heng
Date: 15/11 (Sunday)
Time : 2pm
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Topic 2: I do what I do because…
Giving 1-2 examples of my practice to explore the role of artistic practice in societal contexts.
Speaker: Susanne Bosch
Date: 15/11 (Sunday)
Time : 3pm
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Malaysia as context: The role of participatory art/activism and collective action
Contributors will be: Lee Cheah Ni, Alex Lee, Lim Paik Yin, Okui Lala, Tey Beng Tze
Date: 15/11 (Sunday)
Time : 4.30-6 pm
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Open Space on “Artist organizations or operating individually?”
Facilitator : Susanne Bosch
Time and Date: 11am – 5.30pm,16/11 (Monday)
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Global Movement
Nomadism, migration, homelessness, home and mobility.
Contributors:Misako Ichimura, Lee Chun Fung, Elaine Ho Wing-Ah, Okui Lala, Alice Ko
Time and Date: 11am – 12:30pm,17/11 (Tuesday)
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Art Education
Transformation processes through creative practices
Education through art?
Moderator: Tan Hui Koon
Contributors: Chen Yoke Pin, Djuwadi, Chen Guan-Jhang, Zikri Rahman, Haymann Oo, Renan Laru-an
Time and Date: 14 – 17:30pm,17/11 (Tuesday)
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Public Screening
Title: Precipitation
Speaker: Elaine Ho Wing-Ah
Time and Date: 8pm,17/11 (Tuesday)
Venue: Birdnest Guesthouse Rooftop

Methodology on Participatory Practices
Speaker: Alecia Neo, Caique Tizzi, Manila and Jakob Bartnik, Elaine Ho Wing-Ah, Lee Cheah Ni
Time and Date: 11am – 12:30pm,18/11 (Wednesday)
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Art-Led Participative Processes
Jay Koh will explore the four key concepts of ALPP, dialogue participation, construction of subjectivity and performance in the everyday.
Speaker: Jay Koh
In dialogue with Zulu Kageyama, Alice Ko
Time and Date: 14 – 17:30pm,18/11 (Wednesday)
Venue: Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space

Traditional Cooking and Handcraft Workshop 
Speaker: Villagers from Kampung Banda Dalam
Time and Date: 14 – 17:30pm,21/11 (Saturday)
Venue: Kampung Banda Dalam

Public Screening
Title: 1.Warisan      2.Jatuh
Speaker: Wong Siew Ki
Time and Date: 20:00pm,21/11 (Saturday)
Venue: Madrasah Tarbiyah Kampung Banda Dalam

Heritage Preservation
Modes of belonging through storytelling, memory, dis/ability and usage of media
Contributors: Post-Museum Singapore, Lee Cheah Ni, Bhumin Dhanaketpisarn, Okui Lala, Chen Guan-Jhang, Lawai Ului Jok, Lim Paik Yin, Rika Aki, Alice Ko
Time and Date: 11am – 15:00pm,23/11 (Monday)
Venue: Kampung Banda Dalam

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