MOCAFEST PROGRAMME

Ballroom 1
Level 3

 
10/27/15 12:00 pm -
10/27/15 6:30 pm

Visual Arts Exhibition, MOCAfest Souk, Film Screening & 8th MOCAfest Art Installation

10/27/15 12:00 pm -
10/27/15 1:30 pm

Lunch Networking & Announcement of MOCAfest Opening

10/27/15 1:30 pm -
10/27/15 2:00 pm

Soundscape Series
Performance:
Identity (pt.I)

Short performances by MOCAfest artists revolving around the theme of ‘Identity’.

  • Q’Sound

    Trombonist, Bandleader & Composer
    United States of America

    Marques Young Trombonist Since moving to Kuala Lumpur, in 2009, Marques has profoundly contributed to the development of the growing jazz culture in SE Asia. He is currently the Co-Principal Trombonist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and has initiated several educational projects to mentor young jazz musicians. Marques began his musical studies at 12 with the euphonium under the direction of Gordon Manley. At 16, he was playing trombone, and in 2001 was accepted into Arkansas Tech University School of Music, studying under Dr. Will Kimball, during which, he received numerous awards and honors. In 2003, Marques began his studies at the Juilliard School, continuing to find success in solo competitions. Acceptance into the Jazz Studies Programme in 2008 allowed Marques to receive private instruction under Jazz Greats, Wycliffe Gordon and the like. When he isn’t performing classic symphonic repertoire with the MPO, or leading his band, Q’Sound, Marques performs with the Patrick Terback Quintet, Elevan Fela Orchestra, Najwa, Ireson, and The Bassment Syndicate.
  • Caravan of Praise

    Music Ensemble
    Malaysia

    CARAVAN OF PRAISE (COP) is a collective of individual artists of varied background, musical influence and genre. These individuals are very experience in their field and area of work, music and artistry. They consist of eight members, Mahdar Tahir, Erwan Taib, Adib Mutalib, Andy Flop Poppy, Syech Razie, Hafiedz Udu, Emran Taib and Ashraf Selaman. Just like the caravan serai of old, CARAVAN OF PRAISE moves from places to places, city to city and from gatherings, festival to carnivals spreading love and praises through the sharing songs, music, art, ideas and thoughts. COP is all about the celebration of love and life.
10/27/15 2:00 pm -
10/27/15 3:00 pm

(a) Sharing Circle I:

Social Entrepreneurship – Sustaining Our Local Artists

 

  • Scott Liddle

    Country Director of Turquoise Mountain
    France

    Scott Liddle is Country Director of Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan. Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit social enterprise, with the threefold aim of restoring and rejuvenating historic areas, preserving and transmitting traditional skills, and creating jobs, skills, and pride among communities. The organisation was founded in 2006 on the initiative of HRH The Prince of Wales. It now operates in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. Scott has degrees from Oxford and Harvard universities. He has previously worked in the humanitarian sector as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Algeria, Iraq and Libya. He has also lived and worked in Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. He speaks Arabic, French, English, and some Dari. He lives in Kabul
  • Hamza El Fasiki

    Researcher, Social Entrepreneur & Artist
    Morocco

    Founded by Hamza El Fasiki, Craft Draft is a social business in Fez, Morocco, which aims at preserving the Moroccan craft by bringing it to the forefront. Hamza is an artist, social entrepreneur and author from Fez and an apprentice artisan etcher in the coppersmith craft since 2013. Apart from that, his music career began in 2004, playing the classical guitar, Andalusian Oud, Harmonica and Ukelele. Hamza is now an independent professional consultant, trainer and facilitator in the field of social entrepreneurship, traditional crafts and reflexive music after gaining international experience on Social Entrepreneurship and Creativity in Morocco, United States, Algeria, Turkey, Japan, Greece and United Arab Emirates.

Workshop:
Motion Graphics and
Audio

This is a workshop that explains the basics of motion graphics and audio.

  • Fairuz Sulaimai

    Visual & Multimedia Artist
    Malaysia

    Fairuz currently creates visual and motion graphics for some of Malaysia’s best known artists such as Liyana Fizi, Bernice Chaly, Deepset and Bittersweet, to name a few. After studying film and animation at Multimedia University, Fairuz ventured to Paris for six months, undertaking a fully funded internship. During this time he created “Dear Stella”, a video inspired by his own journal entries; using the element of text appearing throughout his video, a melancholic tone, and masking techniques to fully expose the depth and personality of his personal writing. Fairuz began working on his first art piece, using only a Nokia phone. He captured a karaoke video clip of “This Sweet Refrain”, a story about a man who fell in love with a fish. Recorded at the KLCC Park, Fairuz managed to capture the reminiscent essence of the song, encapsulating the past, the time during which the artist was in love with the fish.
10/27/15 3:00 am -
10/27/15 4:00 pm

Workshop:
Creating Calligraphy

This is the demonstrative workshop on how to create beautiful calligraphy.

  • Ruh Al-Alam

    Artist and Designer, Visual Dhikr
    United Kingdom

    Ruh is a London-born British artist who has been continuously evolving his work across multiple disciplines for almost two decades. Although from a fine art background, Ruh studied Graphic Design at the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, with a focus on illustration. His work has ranged from traditional painting to digital interactive animations and videos. In 2003, he pursued a lifelong dream of learning the traditional art of penmanship, Arabic calligraphy, in Egypt for several years. His study placed him with some of the leading teachers of this age and added a new dimension to his work. While not all of his work is calligraphic, it plays a significant role in the message he portrays. His passion for calligraphy stems from his love of typography and visual communication. In 2003 he launched his own personal art project and brand called 'Visual Dhikr' through which he introduced art prints, clothing and home decor products. In early 2000 he founded Make Me Believe, his own creative agency in London. It has had a successful track record in becoming one of the leading specialist creative studios dealing with Arabic, Middle Eastern and Global Halal markets in the West. Ruh has worked on large and high profile commissions from both local and international projects for Sony, Channel 4, BBC, National Portrait Gallery and luxury brands in the Middle East. He has exhibited in local galleries in the UK and abroad. His most recent exhibition was in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. Recent TV appearance has been for the BBCÕs documentary on ÔThe Hidden Art of IslamÕ and BBC RadioÕs Asia Network. Ruh also runs branding and design workshops and is actively involved in caused-based collaborative projects with other artists and designers.

Masterclass:
Learning the Jawi Script

The basics on Jawi script.

  • Muhammad Syukri Rosli

    Researcher-Entrepreneur & Founder Klasika Media
    Malaysia

    Muhammad Syukri Rosli is an independent researcher-ent repreneur. He founded and directing Klasika Media, a Malaysian Jawi-related company since 2011 until now. Klasika Media is in the forefront in enhancing Jawi culture and heritage, through publications, trainings and consultations. Since the establishment of the company, he has led international and local projects, such as Majalah Qalam Romanization and Digital Archiving with Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto Japan (2011-2015) and Digitization and Romanization of Jawi Texts under Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s Creative Grant (2012-2013). He co-authored Pengantar Ilmu Jawi (Introduction to Jawiology) with Korean professor, Kang Kyoung Seok (published 2015, Klasika Media). Under his leadership, Klasika Media has produced 20 literate Jawi transliterators which are able to read and romanize old Jawi texts. Currently, he is pursuing Masters Degree in Philosophy at Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), UTM KL.
10/27/15 4:00 pm -
10/27/15 4:30 pm

Soundscape Series Performance:
Visual Tapestry in Motion

Short performances by MOCAfest artists using visual elements.

  • Alex Subryn

    Musician
    Malaysia

    A rocker at heart, Alex Subryn has always known that music would be the pulse of his life. Born and bred in Klang to a home and an environment echoing with music, he was inspired to play the guitar when he was in primary school, making his solo public debut at the tender age of 12. Between graduating and becoming a familiar name among music enthusiasts, Alex found himself in the desert of Australia. Immersing himself into the lives of the Aboriginal people, this spiritual journey formed an integral part of his life which he attributes to the heartfelt soul rock that he prides his composures on. Armed with a passion for music, it was finally in 2013 that Alex’s lifelong dream as an artist was set in motion when he released his debut album SUBRYN after three years of working on it. SUBRYN broke into the scene to the successful reception of several awards and nominations, and marked a milestone for Alex’s career in music. And he’s just getting warmed up.
  • Noura Hemed Vall

    Vocalist & Master of the Ardine of Noura Mint Seymali
    Mauritania

    Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot, Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba. Trained in instrumental technique by her grandmother, Mounina, Noura mastered the ardine, a traditional harp reserved only for women. Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, Noura's father and namesake, sparked her compositional instincts, himself a seminal scholar figure in Mauritanian music; studying Arab classical music in Iraq, devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting the national anthem, and composing many works popularised by his wife, Dimi. Reared in this transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward as one of Mauritania's most adventurous young artists. In 2014, Noura Mint Seymali was recognised by the African Union at the All Africa Music Awards as "Best Female Artist in North Africa." As a contemporary pop artist, she currently tours extensively and has become an increasingly more familiar presence on the line ups of major world festivals such as Roskilde (Denmark), The Barbican (UK), The Kennedy Center (USA), SummerStage, Central Park, NYC (USA), Festival-au-Desert (Mali), Hayy Festival (Egypt), and WOMAD (UK). “The arrival of Mauritanian vocalist Noura Mint Seymali in front of Western audiences feels like the start of a new era.” - NPR: National Public Radio (USA)
  • Leila Younes El-Amaire

    Spoken Word Artist
    Germany

    Leila Younes El-Amaire is a slam poetess, spoken word artist and activist. She is an organizer at i,Slam e.V. since it was founded in autumn 2011. i,Slam aspires to empower young Muslims in Germany to use poetry as a powerful platform to express themselves in a beautiful and artistic way. There, she is one of the leading coordinators, head of public relations and also responsible for legal matters. Apart from that she gives workshops about creative writing and performance in schools, youth centres and other institutions. In another project called “Juma” (‘young, active, Muslim’), she takes part as an active member in various campaigns and events. As a representative of “Juma” she is also part of a leading committee, which aims to combine a bigger part of the German organisations with a ‘migration background’, called “the New Germans”.
  • Fairuz Sulaimai

    Visual & Multimedia Artist
    Malaysia

    Fairuz currently creates visual and motion graphics for some of Malaysia’s best known artists such as Liyana Fizi, Bernice Chaly, Deepset and Bittersweet, to name a few. After studying film and animation at Multimedia University, Fairuz ventured to Paris for six months, undertaking a fully funded internship. During this time he created “Dear Stella”, a video inspired by his own journal entries; using the element of text appearing throughout his video, a melancholic tone, and masking techniques to fully expose the depth and personality of his personal writing. Fairuz began working on his first art piece, using only a Nokia phone. He captured a karaoke video clip of “This Sweet Refrain”, a story about a man who fell in love with a fish. Recorded at the KLCC Park, Fairuz managed to capture the reminiscent essence of the song, encapsulating the past, the time during which the artist was in love with the fish.
10/27/15 4:30 pm -
10/27/15 5:30 pm

Panel Discussion:
A Quest for Identity: Building Cultural Capital

The mark of a great city apart from economic growth, is its preservation of cultural capital, which makes the people, fashion and culture unique. What are the ingredients to build it?

  • Faig Ahmed

    Fine Artist
    Azerbaijan

    Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in1982. At the moment lives and works in Baku. Faig graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art, in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Board member of YARAT contemporary art space (Baku). Currently, he is studying the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs – he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms.
  • Maïmouna Guerresi

    Fine Artist
    Italy

    Maïmouna Guerresi is a photographer, sculptor, and video installation artist living between Italy and Senegal. The universe of Maïmouna is as much the result of chemistry between cultural and religious influences, as the fusion of different artistic languages. Linked both to Italy and Senegal, to Western culture and Sufi philosophy, her works reflect a dual culture and a dual belonging, and above all, the search for equilibrium between these two worlds. In 1991 Maïmouna travelled to various Muslim African countries and converted to Islam in Senegal. This marked her new identity and the direction of her work, the adoption of the name Maïmouna, and the recurrence of themes about multicultural symbolism and feminine spirituality. Maïmouna's extraordinary artwork has since been shown across the world in both solo and group shows, throughout Italy and Europe, Africa, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East.
  • Omar Offendum

    Hip-Hop Artist, Poet & Peace Activist
    United States of America

    Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist, designer, poet & peace activist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera / PBS / LA Times / Rolling Stone / VICE / NY Times / The European), toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organisations, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and most recently has been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is currently hard at work on several new projects while touring to promote his solo release 'SyrianamericanA'.
  • Eddin Khoo

    Founder of PUSAKA
    Malaysia

    Dividing his time between KL, London and Kelantan, the graduate of Politics and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology, Eddin Khoo was selected as one of Digi Telecommunications Amazing Malaysians in 2006 and as one of the Asians of the Year 2006 by the Channel News Asia, Singapore. Following tenure as an arts and culture journalist, he founded the cultural centre Pusaka and the publishing house, Kala, which devotes itself to publishing literary translations from the world’s languages into Malay. Eddin has worked intimately with some of Malaysia’s leading traditional artists including shadow puppeteers, musicians, dramatists and dancers. He has also authored several books and is a regular contributor of comment and opinion to various international newspapers, journals and magazines and is the Southeast Asia correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Late Night Live Program.
  • Asad Ali Jafri

    Cultural Producer & Global, Arts Leader
    United States of America

    Asad Ali Jafri is a cultural producer, global arts leader and multidisciplinary artist with a creative vision for sustainable social change. As an innovative thinker, Asad utilises the universal language of art to connect communities, cultures and people to transform our interactions, perceptions, and consciousness. Asad works passionately with artists, creatives, and thought leaders across nations, disciplines, and genres to curate meaningful productions, design sustainable initiatives, and build strong communities. In 2013, Asad launched Sukoon Creative, a company that transforms ideas and visions into tangible outcomes through creative production, artistic development, community engagement, and strategic consulting. Sukoon Creative's work lives at the intersection of Art, Culture, Design and Space; its impact, much like art, transcends real and imagined boundaries and can be experienced worldwide. Asad also performs and collaborates with other artists as a DJ under the moniker “Man-O-Wax”.  Although his passion for DJing was born out of Hip Hop and Turntablist culture, he now focuses on funky and soulful grooves from around the globe.

(b)Film Screening:
Blessed are the Strangers

  • Ahmed Peerbux

    filmmaker
    United Kingdom

    Ahmed Peerbux is a London-based filmmaker. He studied Government & History at the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he was awarded the James Joll Prize for his work on conversion to Islam in Britain. More recently Ahmed has travelled to Gaza with the renowned German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer to shoot a short film, and worked closely with BAFTA-winning writer/director Peter Kosminsky on an ambitious upcoming drama about British Muslims signing up to fight for Islamic State (IS). Blessed are the Strangers is his first feature-length documentary.
10/27/15 5:30 pm -
10/27/15 6:30 pm

(a) Masterclass:
Intuition vs. Technique

A collaborative session on local percussions rhythm and sound.

  • Q’Sound

    Trombonist, Bandleader & Composer
    United States of America

    Marques Young Trombonist Since moving to Kuala Lumpur, in 2009, Marques has profoundly contributed to the development of the growing jazz culture in SE Asia. He is currently the Co-Principal Trombonist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and has initiated several educational projects to mentor young jazz musicians. Marques began his musical studies at 12 with the euphonium under the direction of Gordon Manley. At 16, he was playing trombone, and in 2001 was accepted into Arkansas Tech University School of Music, studying under Dr. Will Kimball, during which, he received numerous awards and honors. In 2003, Marques began his studies at the Juilliard School, continuing to find success in solo competitions. Acceptance into the Jazz Studies Programme in 2008 allowed Marques to receive private instruction under Jazz Greats, Wycliffe Gordon and the like. When he isn’t performing classic symphonic repertoire with the MPO, or leading his band, Q’Sound, Marques performs with the Patrick Terback Quintet, Elevan Fela Orchestra, Najwa, Ireson, and The Bassment Syndicate.

Workshop:
Malaysian Beat & Drum Circle

A collaborative session on local percussions rhythm and sound.

  • Rav Singh

    Artistic Director & Founder The Diplomats of Drums
    Malaysia

    Performer, producer, artistic director and community arts leader, Rav Singh is a unique personality regarded as one of the best loved percussionists and performers in Asia, instantly recognisable by his trademark turban, energetic performances and larger than life personality. An award winning percussionist, Rav is the artistic director of Malaysia’s critically acclaimed world music super group, The Diplomats of Drum, and serves as the music director & producer for National Geographic Asia. When not touring the world with The Diplomats, Rav works with a multitude of artists across different genres from around the globe and has won an award from his collaboration with a filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival! He is also a propagator of community drumming & music education. Having trained with the legendary Arthur Hull, recognized as the father of the community drum circle movement worldwide, Rav brings his inspiration to diverse communities from corporate executives to kids at risk.
  • Suphala

    Tabla Player
    United States of America

    A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. Influenced by Western classical, Indian classical, electronic, jazz, folk and soul, her albums break the boundaries of genre and style, while her live performance in Afghanistan broke social boundaries as she was the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban. Suphala and her music have been celebrated in several publications and media outlets including, Vogue, Elle, and Drum!, CNN, NPR, and in the News, Style, and Magazine sections of The New York Times. Among other musicians, Suphala has recorded with Norah Jones, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Joan Osbourne. Suphala’s evolving music is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the table.
10/27/15 7:00 pm -
10/27/15 10:00 pm

11th WIEF Gala Dinner

Ballroom 1
Level 3

 
10/27/15 9:00 am -
10/27/15 6:00 pm

Visual Arts Exhibition, MOCAfest Souk, Film Screening & 8th MOCAfest Art Installation

10/27/15 10:00 am -
10/27/15 11:00 am

Panel Discussion:
How Do We Measure a Creative & Cultural Economy?

The mark of a great economic growth, is its preservation of cultural capital. How do we measure a creative and cultural economy?

  • Alia Khan

    Founder, Islamic Fashion Design Council
    United Arab Emirates

    Based in Dubai, UAE, Alia Khan is the Founder and Chairwoman of Islamic Fashion and Design Council (IFDC), an organization established for the development of the Islamic fashion and design industry worldwide. IFDC is the world’s leading fashion and design (art, architecture, interiors, etc.) council representing the Islamic economy and its stakeholders. IFDC aligns itself with established and budding mainstream as well as Islamic fashion and design brands, government organizations, institutions, corporations, global conferences, and publications. Alia pursued Islamic studies in Jordan, following which, her philanthropic interest in the development of the underprivileged areas of the Muslim world became a priority. Alia’s charity commits to upgrade education systems, and eradicate malnutrition with an effective food program. Alia along with her IFDC team, training programs, and commercial initiatives, is determined to fill the void that she’s identified in the Islamic fashion and arts industry. Alia is a globally recognized industry expert and speaker at top business forums, conferences, and events.
  • Scott Liddle

    Country Director of Turquoise Mountain
    France

    Scott Liddle is Country Director of Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan. Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit social enterprise, with the threefold aim of restoring and rejuvenating historic areas, preserving and transmitting traditional skills, and creating jobs, skills, and pride among communities. The organisation was founded in 2006 on the initiative of HRH The Prince of Wales. It now operates in Afghanistan, Myanmar and Saudi Arabia. Scott has degrees from Oxford and Harvard universities. He has previously worked in the humanitarian sector as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Algeria, Iraq and Libya. He has also lived and worked in Syria, Egypt and Lebanon. He speaks Arabic, French, English, and some Dari. He lives in Kabul
  • Zalfian Fuzi

    Artistic Director & CEO Theatre Management Associates
    Malaysia

    Director, actor, teacher, and dramaturge, Zalfian has worked in theatre and the creative industry for the past 15 years, having developed, and directed award-winning productions to public and critical acclaim. His specialisations include content creation, acquisition and distribution. He has also programmed art spaces for the convergence of multiple art forms. Zalfian is the Chief Executive Officer of Theatre Management Associates Sdn. Bhd., established to implement plans in arts infrastructure development, touring and coproduction, and training for arts managers. His company comprises a world-class team of practitioners, arts entrepreneurs, and creative people with vast experience in designing, developing, delivering and operating vibrant arts centres, theatres, galleries and music venues.
  • Ruh Al-Alam

    Artist and Designer, Visual Dhikr
    United Kingdom

    Ruh is a London-born British artist who has been continuously evolving his work across multiple disciplines for almost two decades. Although from a fine art background, Ruh studied Graphic Design at the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, with a focus on illustration. His work has ranged from traditional painting to digital interactive animations and videos. In 2003, he pursued a lifelong dream of learning the traditional art of penmanship, Arabic calligraphy, in Egypt for several years. His study placed him with some of the leading teachers of this age and added a new dimension to his work. While not all of his work is calligraphic, it plays a significant role in the message he portrays. His passion for calligraphy stems from his love of typography and visual communication. In 2003 he launched his own personal art project and brand called 'Visual Dhikr' through which he introduced art prints, clothing and home decor products. In early 2000 he founded Make Me Believe, his own creative agency in London. It has had a successful track record in becoming one of the leading specialist creative studios dealing with Arabic, Middle Eastern and Global Halal markets in the West. Ruh has worked on large and high profile commissions from both local and international projects for Sony, Channel 4, BBC, National Portrait Gallery and luxury brands in the Middle East. He has exhibited in local galleries in the UK and abroad. His most recent exhibition was in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. Recent TV appearance has been for the BBCÕs documentary on ÔThe Hidden Art of IslamÕ and BBC RadioÕs Asia Network. Ruh also runs branding and design workshops and is actively involved in caused-based collaborative projects with other artists and designers.
  • Tasneem Chopra

    Writer & Cross-Cultural Consultant
    Commonwealth of Australia

    A recipient of “Woman of the Year” at the 2013 Australian Muslim Achievement Awards, Tasneem Chopra has also been listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 as one of Melbourne’s most influential 'Movers and Shakers' and one of The Australian Magazine’s 'Top Ten Thinkers'.  She delivers tailored training on issues of diversity and cultural competence, to varied audiences across the spectrum from the welfare to corporate sector, both locally and internationally. Tasneem is also an Associate of Alexandria Agenda, a firm providing solutions to policy dilemmas and conflicts arising from competing economies and cultural attitudes. She is Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and a board member of Global Reconciliation. She is a familiar voice on both television and radio in Australia and overseas as a social commentator, including The Drum, Q&A, Sunrise, Insight, and The Project. Tasneem's career has traversed over two decades across community development and federal politics with an academic background in Psychology & Sociology and a Masters in International Development.
10/27/15 11:00 am -
10/27/15 12:00 pm

(a) Film Screening: with Maimouna Guerressi

  • Maïmouna Guerresi

    Fine Artist
    Italy

    Maïmouna Guerresi is a photographer, sculptor, and video installation artist living between Italy and Senegal. The universe of Maïmouna is as much the result of chemistry between cultural and religious influences, as the fusion of different artistic languages. Linked both to Italy and Senegal, to Western culture and Sufi philosophy, her works reflect a dual culture and a dual belonging, and above all, the search for equilibrium between these two worlds. In 1991 Maïmouna travelled to various Muslim African countries and converted to Islam in Senegal. This marked her new identity and the direction of her work, the adoption of the name Maïmouna, and the recurrence of themes about multicultural symbolism and feminine spirituality. Maïmouna's extraordinary artwork has since been shown across the world in both solo and group shows, throughout Italy and Europe, Africa, the United States, Asia, and the Middle East.
10/27/15 12:00 pm -
10/27/15 12:15 pm

Soundscape Series Performance:
Past & Present

A series of performances by MOCAfest artists revolving around the theme ‘Past & Present’.

  • Caravan of Praise

    Music Ensemble
    Malaysia

    CARAVAN OF PRAISE (COP) is a collective of individual artists of varied background, musical influence and genre. These individuals are very experience in their field and area of work, music and artistry. They consist of eight members, Mahdar Tahir, Erwan Taib, Adib Mutalib, Andy Flop Poppy, Syech Razie, Hafiedz Udu, Emran Taib and Ashraf Selaman. Just like the caravan serai of old, CARAVAN OF PRAISE moves from places to places, city to city and from gatherings, festival to carnivals spreading love and praises through the sharing songs, music, art, ideas and thoughts. COP is all about the celebration of love and life.
  • Hamza El Fasiki

    Researcher, Social Entrepreneur & Artist
    Morocco

    Founded by Hamza El Fasiki, Craft Draft is a social business in Fez, Morocco, which aims at preserving the Moroccan craft by bringing it to the forefront. Hamza is an artist, social entrepreneur and author from Fez and an apprentice artisan etcher in the coppersmith craft since 2013. Apart from that, his music career began in 2004, playing the classical guitar, Andalusian Oud, Harmonica and Ukelele. Hamza is now an independent professional consultant, trainer and facilitator in the field of social entrepreneurship, traditional crafts and reflexive music after gaining international experience on Social Entrepreneurship and Creativity in Morocco, United States, Algeria, Turkey, Japan, Greece and United Arab Emirates.
  • Zohab Khan

    Spoken word poet
    Australia

    Zohab Zee Khan is a spoken word poet, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and hip-hop artist. Zohab is a five-time Australian Poetry Slam finalist and State champion and has toured throughout Asia, Africa and Europe to sell out crowds. In 2014 Zohab was a finalist in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid, Spain, narrowly missing out on top spot. He is the founding director of Zee Poetics, an organisation that aims to inspire a new generation of poets through performance-based workshops in schools. He is regularly contracted to compile educational programs used extensively throughout Australia. Zohab has been writing and performing poetry for over a decade and has successfully conducted writing workshops throughout the world. He has made countless media appearances and is the subject of an upcoming SBS TV documentary. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.
  • Suphala

    Tabla Player
    United States of America

    A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. Influenced by Western classical, Indian classical, electronic, jazz, folk and soul, her albums break the boundaries of genre and style, while her live performance in Afghanistan broke social boundaries as she was the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban. Suphala and her music have been celebrated in several publications and media outlets including, Vogue, Elle, and Drum!, CNN, NPR, and in the News, Style, and Magazine sections of The New York Times. Among other musicians, Suphala has recorded with Norah Jones, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Joan Osbourne. Suphala’s evolving music is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the table.
10/27/15 12:00 pm -
10/27/15 1:00 pm

Panel Discussion:
Islamic Fashion Industry: New Trends, New Markets

10/27/15 2:30 pm -
10/27/15 3:00 pm

Ideapad:
Creative Arts

10/27/15 3:00 pm -
10/27/15 3:30 pm

Soundscape Series Performance:
Illuminated Words

A series of performances by MOCAfest artists revolving around the theme ‘Illuminated Words’.

  • Omar Offendum

    Hip-Hop Artist, Poet & Peace Activist
    United States of America

    Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist, designer, poet & peace activist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera / PBS / LA Times / Rolling Stone / VICE / NY Times / The European), toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organisations, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and most recently has been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is currently hard at work on several new projects while touring to promote his solo release 'SyrianamericanA'.
  • Leila Younes El-Amaire

    Spoken Word Artist
    Germany

    Leila Younes El-Amaire is a slam poetess, spoken word artist and activist. She is an organizer at i,Slam e.V. since it was founded in autumn 2011. i,Slam aspires to empower young Muslims in Germany to use poetry as a powerful platform to express themselves in a beautiful and artistic way. There, she is one of the leading coordinators, head of public relations and also responsible for legal matters. Apart from that she gives workshops about creative writing and performance in schools, youth centres and other institutions. In another project called “Juma” (‘young, active, Muslim’), she takes part as an active member in various campaigns and events. As a representative of “Juma” she is also part of a leading committee, which aims to combine a bigger part of the German organisations with a ‘migration background’, called “the New Germans”.
  • Asad Ali Jafri

    Cultural Producer & Global, Arts Leader
    United States of America

    Asad Ali Jafri is a cultural producer, global arts leader and multidisciplinary artist with a creative vision for sustainable social change. As an innovative thinker, Asad utilises the universal language of art to connect communities, cultures and people to transform our interactions, perceptions, and consciousness. Asad works passionately with artists, creatives, and thought leaders across nations, disciplines, and genres to curate meaningful productions, design sustainable initiatives, and build strong communities. In 2013, Asad launched Sukoon Creative, a company that transforms ideas and visions into tangible outcomes through creative production, artistic development, community engagement, and strategic consulting. Sukoon Creative's work lives at the intersection of Art, Culture, Design and Space; its impact, much like art, transcends real and imagined boundaries and can be experienced worldwide. Asad also performs and collaborates with other artists as a DJ under the moniker “Man-O-Wax”.  Although his passion for DJing was born out of Hip Hop and Turntablist culture, he now focuses on funky and soulful grooves from around the globe.
  • Caravan of Praise

    Music Ensemble
    Malaysia

    CARAVAN OF PRAISE (COP) is a collective of individual artists of varied background, musical influence and genre. These individuals are very experience in their field and area of work, music and artistry. They consist of eight members, Mahdar Tahir, Erwan Taib, Adib Mutalib, Andy Flop Poppy, Syech Razie, Hafiedz Udu, Emran Taib and Ashraf Selaman. Just like the caravan serai of old, CARAVAN OF PRAISE moves from places to places, city to city and from gatherings, festival to carnivals spreading love and praises through the sharing songs, music, art, ideas and thoughts. COP is all about the celebration of love and life.
  • Teakster

    Digital Artist
    United Kingdom

    Award winning artist and designer, Teakster believes that “a Muslim artist should be a mirror for our Islamic heritage”. The last decade has seen Teakster’s work feature in publications and exhibitions across the USA, UAE, Europe and the Far East. His art is an expression of his upbringing and cosmopolitan approach, an experimentation of different styles coming together to harness a bridge between different cultures. Teakster is an inspiration to new artists as an advisor and has been requested to comment on artistic news by various blogs. He has also been commissioned to complete a variety of design projects including illustrations for festivals, branding designs for new products and assisting large organizations in building a smoother user experience for their applications or websites. Teakster has enjoyed the pleasure of collaborating with other artists and feels privelaged to have worked with renowned artists Haji Noor Deen, El Seed, Peter Sanders and Ian Abdullateef Whiteman and a generation of emerging artists.
10/27/15 3:30 pm -
10/27/15 4:30 pm

Sharing Circle II: The Creative Workforce

Improving Perceptions, Improving Standards, Improving Culture.

  • Alia Khan

    Founder, Islamic Fashion Design Council
    United Arab Emirates

    Based in Dubai, UAE, Alia Khan is the Founder and Chairwoman of Islamic Fashion and Design Council (IFDC), an organization established for the development of the Islamic fashion and design industry worldwide. IFDC is the world’s leading fashion and design (art, architecture, interiors, etc.) council representing the Islamic economy and its stakeholders. IFDC aligns itself with established and budding mainstream as well as Islamic fashion and design brands, government organizations, institutions, corporations, global conferences, and publications. Alia pursued Islamic studies in Jordan, following which, her philanthropic interest in the development of the underprivileged areas of the Muslim world became a priority. Alia’s charity commits to upgrade education systems, and eradicate malnutrition with an effective food program. Alia along with her IFDC team, training programs, and commercial initiatives, is determined to fill the void that she’s identified in the Islamic fashion and arts industry. Alia is a globally recognized industry expert and speaker at top business forums, conferences, and events.
  • Asad Ali Jafri

    Cultural Producer & Global, Arts Leader
    United States of America

    Asad Ali Jafri is a cultural producer, global arts leader and multidisciplinary artist with a creative vision for sustainable social change. As an innovative thinker, Asad utilises the universal language of art to connect communities, cultures and people to transform our interactions, perceptions, and consciousness. Asad works passionately with artists, creatives, and thought leaders across nations, disciplines, and genres to curate meaningful productions, design sustainable initiatives, and build strong communities. In 2013, Asad launched Sukoon Creative, a company that transforms ideas and visions into tangible outcomes through creative production, artistic development, community engagement, and strategic consulting. Sukoon Creative's work lives at the intersection of Art, Culture, Design and Space; its impact, much like art, transcends real and imagined boundaries and can be experienced worldwide. Asad also performs and collaborates with other artists as a DJ under the moniker “Man-O-Wax”.  Although his passion for DJing was born out of Hip Hop and Turntablist culture, he now focuses on funky and soulful grooves from around the globe.
10/27/15 4:30 pm -
10/27/15 5:30 pm

MOCA Translations 6.0

A session that reads out an ancient Muslim literary work, followed by a series of artistic responses.

  • Omar Offendum

    Hip-Hop Artist, Poet & Peace Activist
    United States of America

    Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist, designer, poet & peace activist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera / PBS / LA Times / Rolling Stone / VICE / NY Times / The European), toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organisations, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and most recently has been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is currently hard at work on several new projects while touring to promote his solo release 'SyrianamericanA'.
  • Suphala

    Tabla Player
    United States of America

    A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. Influenced by Western classical, Indian classical, electronic, jazz, folk and soul, her albums break the boundaries of genre and style, while her live performance in Afghanistan broke social boundaries as she was the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban. Suphala and her music have been celebrated in several publications and media outlets including, Vogue, Elle, and Drum!, CNN, NPR, and in the News, Style, and Magazine sections of The New York Times. Among other musicians, Suphala has recorded with Norah Jones, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Joan Osbourne. Suphala’s evolving music is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the table.
  • Rav Singh

    Artistic Director & Founder The Diplomats of Drums
    Malaysia

    Performer, producer, artistic director and community arts leader, Rav Singh is a unique personality regarded as one of the best loved percussionists and performers in Asia, instantly recognisable by his trademark turban, energetic performances and larger than life personality. An award winning percussionist, Rav is the artistic director of Malaysia’s critically acclaimed world music super group, The Diplomats of Drum, and serves as the music director & producer for National Geographic Asia. When not touring the world with The Diplomats, Rav works with a multitude of artists across different genres from around the globe and has won an award from his collaboration with a filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival! He is also a propagator of community drumming & music education. Having trained with the legendary Arthur Hull, recognized as the father of the community drum circle movement worldwide, Rav brings his inspiration to diverse communities from corporate executives to kids at risk.
  • Zohab Khan

    Spoken word poet
    Australia

    Zohab Zee Khan is a spoken word poet, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and hip-hop artist. Zohab is a five-time Australian Poetry Slam finalist and State champion and has toured throughout Asia, Africa and Europe to sell out crowds. In 2014 Zohab was a finalist in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid, Spain, narrowly missing out on top spot. He is the founding director of Zee Poetics, an organisation that aims to inspire a new generation of poets through performance-based workshops in schools. He is regularly contracted to compile educational programs used extensively throughout Australia. Zohab has been writing and performing poetry for over a decade and has successfully conducted writing workshops throughout the world. He has made countless media appearances and is the subject of an upcoming SBS TV documentary. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.
  • Tasneem Chopra

    Writer & Cross-Cultural Consultant
    Commonwealth of Australia

    A recipient of “Woman of the Year” at the 2013 Australian Muslim Achievement Awards, Tasneem Chopra has also been listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 as one of Melbourne’s most influential 'Movers and Shakers' and one of The Australian Magazine’s 'Top Ten Thinkers'.  She delivers tailored training on issues of diversity and cultural competence, to varied audiences across the spectrum from the welfare to corporate sector, both locally and internationally. Tasneem is also an Associate of Alexandria Agenda, a firm providing solutions to policy dilemmas and conflicts arising from competing economies and cultural attitudes. She is Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and a board member of Global Reconciliation. She is a familiar voice on both television and radio in Australia and overseas as a social commentator, including The Drum, Q&A, Sunrise, Insight, and The Project. Tasneem's career has traversed over two decades across community development and federal politics with an academic background in Psychology & Sociology and a Masters in International Development.

Film Screening:
Multiculturalism

A series of films revolving around the theme ‘multiculturalism’

10/27/15 5:30 pm -
10/27/15 6:30 pm

Workshop: Scripting & Copywriting – The Art of Communication to Revive Heritage & Culture

The art of scripting and copywriting is a powerful tool to revive heritage and culture. This workshop lays out the basic foundations.

  • Ezrena Marwan

    Founder of Malaysia Design Archive
    Malaysia

    Graphic designer, Ezrena Marwan is passionate about women's rights, history and design. She is a firm upholder of the 1964 Design Manifesto that calls for “a reversal of consumerism and profit-driven priorities in favor of more useful, lasting and democratic forms of communication". She is the founder of Malaysia Design Archive and co-founder of SejarahWanita.

Masterclass: Creating vs. Copying – The Creative Process in the Arts

When do you copy and when do you create arts? What are the steps to make good art?

  • Faig Ahmed

    Fine Artist
    Azerbaijan

    Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in1982. At the moment lives and works in Baku. Faig graduated from the Sculpture faculty at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art, in Baku in 2004. Since 2003, he has been working with various media, including painting, video and installation. Board member of YARAT contemporary art space (Baku). Currently, he is studying the artistic qualities of Azerbaijani traditional rugs – he disassembles their conventional structure and randomly rearranges the resulting components of the traditional composition then combines these fragments with contemporary sculptural forms.
  • Fairuz Sulaimai

    Visual & Multimedia Artist
    Malaysia

    Fairuz currently creates visual and motion graphics for some of Malaysia’s best known artists such as Liyana Fizi, Bernice Chaly, Deepset and Bittersweet, to name a few. After studying film and animation at Multimedia University, Fairuz ventured to Paris for six months, undertaking a fully funded internship. During this time he created “Dear Stella”, a video inspired by his own journal entries; using the element of text appearing throughout his video, a melancholic tone, and masking techniques to fully expose the depth and personality of his personal writing. Fairuz began working on his first art piece, using only a Nokia phone. He captured a karaoke video clip of “This Sweet Refrain”, a story about a man who fell in love with a fish. Recorded at the KLCC Park, Fairuz managed to capture the reminiscent essence of the song, encapsulating the past, the time during which the artist was in love with the fish.
10/27/15 8:00 pm -
10/27/15 10:30 pm

MOCAfest Soundscape Concert

A finale of amazing artistic performances by MOCAfest artists from around the world.

  • Noura Hemed Vall

    Vocalist & Master of the Ardine of Noura Mint Seymali
    Mauritania

    Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania’s foremost musical emissaries. Born into a prominent line of Moorish griot, Noura began her career at age 13 as a supporting vocalist with her step-mother, the legendary Dimi Mint Abba. Trained in instrumental technique by her grandmother, Mounina, Noura mastered the ardine, a traditional harp reserved only for women. Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, Noura's father and namesake, sparked her compositional instincts, himself a seminal scholar figure in Mauritanian music; studying Arab classical music in Iraq, devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting the national anthem, and composing many works popularised by his wife, Dimi. Reared in this transitive culture where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce, Noura Mint Seymali currently drives the legacy forward as one of Mauritania's most adventurous young artists. In 2014, Noura Mint Seymali was recognised by the African Union at the All Africa Music Awards as "Best Female Artist in North Africa." As a contemporary pop artist, she currently tours extensively and has become an increasingly more familiar presence on the line ups of major world festivals such as Roskilde (Denmark), The Barbican (UK), The Kennedy Center (USA), SummerStage, Central Park, NYC (USA), Festival-au-Desert (Mali), Hayy Festival (Egypt), and WOMAD (UK). “The arrival of Mauritanian vocalist Noura Mint Seymali in front of Western audiences feels like the start of a new era.” - NPR: National Public Radio (USA)
  • Najwa Mahiaddin

    Singer & Songwriter
    Malaysia

    Born in Malaysia, Najwa Mahiaddin first discovered music at the tender age of 3, fascinated by seeing her sister playing the piano and soon thereafter, began taking piano and vocal lessons herself. During her time as an engineering student in Melbourne, Najwa was approached to be a featured vocalist and encouraged to pursue a full-time music career. She enrolled at the Berklee Transfer Program in Malaysia, where she formed her first band. Najwa’s music career took off after performing at various events, including opening for Babyface, Ne-Yo and Micheal Bublé.   In 2011 she released her debut album, Innocent Soul, which bagged an award at the AIM and was also nominated for awards at the Shout! Awards. Her most recent release, Aurora has already been enthusiastically received by the press and will mark a new milestone in Najwa's career, who is now of celebrity status at the top of the music industry in Malaysia.
  • Omar Offendum

    Hip-Hop Artist, Poet & Peace Activist
    United States of America

    Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist, designer, poet & peace activist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC and living in Los Angeles. He has been featured on several major news outlets (Aljazeera / PBS / LA Times / Rolling Stone / VICE / NY Times / The European), toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organisations, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and most recently has been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is currently hard at work on several new projects while touring to promote his solo release 'SyrianamericanA'.
  • Suphala

    Tabla Player
    United States of America

    A protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, Suphala is fluent in a diversity of musical traditions that inform her unique compositions and her highly improvisational performances. Influenced by Western classical, Indian classical, electronic, jazz, folk and soul, her albums break the boundaries of genre and style, while her live performance in Afghanistan broke social boundaries as she was the first musician to play in public since the fall of the Taliban. Suphala and her music have been celebrated in several publications and media outlets including, Vogue, Elle, and Drum!, CNN, NPR, and in the News, Style, and Magazine sections of The New York Times. Among other musicians, Suphala has recorded with Norah Jones, Timbaland, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Joan Osbourne. Suphala’s evolving music is bound to continue a trajectory rooted in a deep understanding of the proud legacy of the table.
  • Q’Sound

    Trombonist, Bandleader & Composer
    United States of America

    Marques Young Trombonist Since moving to Kuala Lumpur, in 2009, Marques has profoundly contributed to the development of the growing jazz culture in SE Asia. He is currently the Co-Principal Trombonist of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) and has initiated several educational projects to mentor young jazz musicians. Marques began his musical studies at 12 with the euphonium under the direction of Gordon Manley. At 16, he was playing trombone, and in 2001 was accepted into Arkansas Tech University School of Music, studying under Dr. Will Kimball, during which, he received numerous awards and honors. In 2003, Marques began his studies at the Juilliard School, continuing to find success in solo competitions. Acceptance into the Jazz Studies Programme in 2008 allowed Marques to receive private instruction under Jazz Greats, Wycliffe Gordon and the like. When he isn’t performing classic symphonic repertoire with the MPO, or leading his band, Q’Sound, Marques performs with the Patrick Terback Quintet, Elevan Fela Orchestra, Najwa, Ireson, and The Bassment Syndicate.
  • Caravan of Praise

    Music Ensemble
    Malaysia

    CARAVAN OF PRAISE (COP) is a collective of individual artists of varied background, musical influence and genre. These individuals are very experience in their field and area of work, music and artistry. They consist of eight members, Mahdar Tahir, Erwan Taib, Adib Mutalib, Andy Flop Poppy, Syech Razie, Hafiedz Udu, Emran Taib and Ashraf Selaman. Just like the caravan serai of old, CARAVAN OF PRAISE moves from places to places, city to city and from gatherings, festival to carnivals spreading love and praises through the sharing songs, music, art, ideas and thoughts. COP is all about the celebration of love and life.
  • Hamza El Fasiki

    Researcher, Social Entrepreneur & Artist
    Morocco

    Founded by Hamza El Fasiki, Craft Draft is a social business in Fez, Morocco, which aims at preserving the Moroccan craft by bringing it to the forefront. Hamza is an artist, social entrepreneur and author from Fez and an apprentice artisan etcher in the coppersmith craft since 2013. Apart from that, his music career began in 2004, playing the classical guitar, Andalusian Oud, Harmonica and Ukelele. Hamza is now an independent professional consultant, trainer and facilitator in the field of social entrepreneurship, traditional crafts and reflexive music after gaining international experience on Social Entrepreneurship and Creativity in Morocco, United States, Algeria, Turkey, Japan, Greece and United Arab Emirates.
  • DJ Lethal Skillz

    Turntablist
    Lebanon

    DJ Lethal Skillz is the oldest and most established turntablist in the Arab hip-hop movement. Besides being a world-class DJ he has also distinguished himself as a prolific producer and long-running ambassador for the Arab hip-hop massive. He has two seminal Arab hip-hop albums to his credit: New World Disorder (2008) and Karmageddon (2012), which features nearly everyone in the Lebanese hip-hop scene past and present and many of Arab hip-hop stalwarts from the region and Diaspora! Throughout his journey he's collaborated and performed with major historical figures in hip-hop lore - including opening up for the likes of Pharoahe Monch and M-1 of Dead Prez at The Forum, Kentish Town, in London, England; as well as playing with the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff, De La Soul, Dj Q-bert, Rob Swift, Dj Akakabe, Co-ma, DJ Tony Touch, DJ Vinroc (5th Platoon / Triple Threat), DJ Shortkut and DJ Apollo (ISP / Triple Threat) World DMC Champions as well as mainstream acts like Timbaland, 50 cents, Whokid, Big Ali, Missy Eliot, Sean Paul, MIMS, Coolio to mention a few.

Ballroom 1
Level 3

 
10/27/15 8:30 am -
10/27/15 1:00 pm

Visual Arts Exhibition

MOCAfest Souk

10/27/15 8:30 am -
10/27/15 10:00 am

MOCAfest Networking Session

This session invites all business people interested in the arts to network with people in the arts.

  • Zalfian Fuzi

    Artistic Director & CEO Theatre Management Associates
    Malaysia

    Director, actor, teacher, and dramaturge, Zalfian has worked in theatre and the creative industry for the past 15 years, having developed, and directed award-winning productions to public and critical acclaim. His specialisations include content creation, acquisition and distribution. He has also programmed art spaces for the convergence of multiple art forms. Zalfian is the Chief Executive Officer of Theatre Management Associates Sdn. Bhd., established to implement plans in arts infrastructure development, touring and coproduction, and training for arts managers. His company comprises a world-class team of practitioners, arts entrepreneurs, and creative people with vast experience in designing, developing, delivering and operating vibrant arts centres, theatres, galleries and music venues.
10/27/15 10:30 am -
10/27/15 11:30 am

Panel Discussion: Reviving Jawi Script Through Contemporary Arts

  • Ruh Al-Alam

    Artist and Designer, Visual Dhikr
    United Kingdom

    Ruh is a London-born British artist who has been continuously evolving his work across multiple disciplines for almost two decades. Although from a fine art background, Ruh studied Graphic Design at the prestigious Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, with a focus on illustration. His work has ranged from traditional painting to digital interactive animations and videos. In 2003, he pursued a lifelong dream of learning the traditional art of penmanship, Arabic calligraphy, in Egypt for several years. His study placed him with some of the leading teachers of this age and added a new dimension to his work. While not all of his work is calligraphic, it plays a significant role in the message he portrays. His passion for calligraphy stems from his love of typography and visual communication. In 2003 he launched his own personal art project and brand called 'Visual Dhikr' through which he introduced art prints, clothing and home decor products. In early 2000 he founded Make Me Believe, his own creative agency in London. It has had a successful track record in becoming one of the leading specialist creative studios dealing with Arabic, Middle Eastern and Global Halal markets in the West. Ruh has worked on large and high profile commissions from both local and international projects for Sony, Channel 4, BBC, National Portrait Gallery and luxury brands in the Middle East. He has exhibited in local galleries in the UK and abroad. His most recent exhibition was in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE. Recent TV appearance has been for the BBCÕs documentary on ÔThe Hidden Art of IslamÕ and BBC RadioÕs Asia Network. Ruh also runs branding and design workshops and is actively involved in caused-based collaborative projects with other artists and designers.
  • eL Seed

    Calligraffiti Artist
    France

    eL Seed is a ‘calligraffiti’ artist, a blend of the historic art of Arabic calligraphy and the modern art of graffiti, mixing street culture from Paris and Arabic history to poetic effect. Born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, eL Seed spent his formative years juggling different cultures, languages, and identities. Today eL Seed’s pieces have developed out of two worlds colliding, with these two cultures clashing and blending into one another, to form a new identity, a unique mark and a distinctive style. eL Seed uses intricate composition in his work to call not only on the words and their meaning, but also on their movement, which ultimately lures the viewer into a different state of mind. Working primarily with subjects that seem contradictory, eL Seed’s art reflects the reality of mankind and the world we live in today. In mid-2012 eL Seed completed his largest piece to date, in the southern Tunisian city of Gabes, a 47 metre high minaret on the Jara mosque, spreading the message of unity. In 2013, he went on to leave his unique and one of a kind mark in Qatar, when he was commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority to paint tunnels in Doha on Salwa Road. eL Seed sought out the help of the local community to create 52 individual pieces of art for the tunnel walls. More recently in the summer of 2013 in Paris, eL Seed took part in La Tour Paris 13, the largest collective street art exhibition in the world.
  • Muhammad Syukri Rosli

    Researcher-Entrepreneur & Founder Klasika Media
    Malaysia

    Muhammad Syukri Rosli is an independent researcher-ent repreneur. He founded and directing Klasika Media, a Malaysian Jawi-related company since 2011 until now. Klasika Media is in the forefront in enhancing Jawi culture and heritage, through publications, trainings and consultations. Since the establishment of the company, he has led international and local projects, such as Majalah Qalam Romanization and Digital Archiving with Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto Japan (2011-2015) and Digitization and Romanization of Jawi Texts under Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s Creative Grant (2012-2013). He co-authored Pengantar Ilmu Jawi (Introduction to Jawiology) with Korean professor, Kang Kyoung Seok (published 2015, Klasika Media). Under his leadership, Klasika Media has produced 20 literate Jawi transliterators which are able to read and romanize old Jawi texts. Currently, he is pursuing Masters Degree in Philosophy at Center for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation (CASIS), UTM KL.
  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zainiy

    Director of Centre for Advanced Studies
    Malaysia

    Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zainiy Uthman Director of Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilisation After pursuing a degree in Physics-Astronomy in the United States, Prof. Dr. Uthman attained a post graduate education in Islamic thought from the University of Chicago. He returned to Malaysia in 1990 where he served at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC) as Research Fellow, progressed to Senior Research Fellow and left in 2003 as the Associate Professor of the institute. Following this, he took up the offer to pursue a research program at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University, as the British-Chevening Fellow. Prof. Dr. Zainiy is now Professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies on Islam, Science and Civilization (CASIS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia International Campus, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Professor Dr. Tatiana A. Denisova

    scholar
    Russia

    Professor Dr. Tatiana A. Denisova, is a scholar from Moscow, Russia. She obtained tertiary education at Saint Petersburg State University, and succeeded in obtaining PhD in history, leading to historiography and review of sources in the history of Islam. She was Division Head of Research into Sources in History of Islam at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Oriental Studies. She once served as a lecturer at Institute of Asian & African Studies, Moscow State University up till 2006. She also served in Malaysia as Visiting Researcher (till 2003) and Visiting Scholar and Visiting Laureate (till 2006) at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Kuala Lumpur. Later, she served as Visiting Laureate (till 2008) at the National Library of Malaysia. Now she is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Islamic History and Civilization, Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya. She has produced many academic works. Her published materials cover more than 50 titles, about the history of propagation of Islam in the Malay world; Malay-Islamic historical sources and their research methodologies; Malay literary heritage and others.
10/27/15 12:00 pm -
10/27/15 1:00 pm

Face to Face: eL Seed

  • eL Seed

    Calligraffiti Artist
    France

    eL Seed is a ‘calligraffiti’ artist, a blend of the historic art of Arabic calligraphy and the modern art of graffiti, mixing street culture from Paris and Arabic history to poetic effect. Born to Tunisian parents in the suburbs of Paris, eL Seed spent his formative years juggling different cultures, languages, and identities. Today eL Seed’s pieces have developed out of two worlds colliding, with these two cultures clashing and blending into one another, to form a new identity, a unique mark and a distinctive style. eL Seed uses intricate composition in his work to call not only on the words and their meaning, but also on their movement, which ultimately lures the viewer into a different state of mind. Working primarily with subjects that seem contradictory, eL Seed’s art reflects the reality of mankind and the world we live in today. In mid-2012 eL Seed completed his largest piece to date, in the southern Tunisian city of Gabes, a 47 metre high minaret on the Jara mosque, spreading the message of unity. In 2013, he went on to leave his unique and one of a kind mark in Qatar, when he was commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority to paint tunnels in Doha on Salwa Road. eL Seed sought out the help of the local community to create 52 individual pieces of art for the tunnel walls. More recently in the summer of 2013 in Paris, eL Seed took part in La Tour Paris 13, the largest collective street art exhibition in the world.
  • Asad Ali Jafri

    Cultural Producer & Global, Arts Leader
    United States of America

    Asad Ali Jafri is a cultural producer, global arts leader and multidisciplinary artist with a creative vision for sustainable social change. As an innovative thinker, Asad utilises the universal language of art to connect communities, cultures and people to transform our interactions, perceptions, and consciousness. Asad works passionately with artists, creatives, and thought leaders across nations, disciplines, and genres to curate meaningful productions, design sustainable initiatives, and build strong communities. In 2013, Asad launched Sukoon Creative, a company that transforms ideas and visions into tangible outcomes through creative production, artistic development, community engagement, and strategic consulting. Sukoon Creative's work lives at the intersection of Art, Culture, Design and Space; its impact, much like art, transcends real and imagined boundaries and can be experienced worldwide. Asad also performs and collaborates with other artists as a DJ under the moniker “Man-O-Wax”.  Although his passion for DJing was born out of Hip Hop and Turntablist culture, he now focuses on funky and soulful grooves from around the globe.

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