Reality in its Double Bind

Reality in its Double Bind

TheCube Project Space is honored to present the symposium Reality in its Double Bind: Emotional Signifiers in the Undercurrents of History in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Curated by Hsu Fang-Tze, this three-day symposium marks the second phase of the curatorial project Towards Mysterious Realities, launched in Taipei, 2016.

Reality in its Double Bind perpetuates the kernel issue addressed by the 2016 exhibition Towards Mysterious Realities in Taipei——rethinking the relations among Asian countries and that between Asia and the world by reexamining the Cold-War experiences and its legacies. Gathering scholars, artists and curators from Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan, the symposium revolves around the unseen interconnectivities between memories of recent past driven by various socio-political events in the postwar Asia. With an emphasis on reframing our shared predicaments in contemporary realities of the social, historical, and cultural undercurrents, the discussions attempt to broaden the horizon of certain pre-defined categorizations, and, by doing so, to invite different perspectives converging.

Speakers Thum Ping-Tjin, Malaysian scholar Ngoi Guat-Peng, and Simon Soon to deliver keynote speeches. Artists Hsu Chia-Wei, Li Shih-Chieh (Ilya) from Taiwan and Au Sow-Yee from Malaysia will give presentations on their art projects, while Malaysian cultural researchers Lee Weng-Choy and Show Ying-Xin, Singaporean curator Lim Qin-Yi, and Taiwanese curator Amy Cheng will join as the discussants. Besides, this symposium will be accompanied by a screening of the film People Power Bombshell: A Diary of Vietnam Rose (2016) directed by the renown Philippine independent film maker John Torres.

This symposium is made possible with the generous support from the Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur. Reality in its Double Bind: Emotional Signifiers in the Undercurrents of History is hosted in collaboration with the Rumah Attap Library & Collective and the Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space.

The symposium is made possible, in part, with the generous support from Ilham Gallery and collaborated with Lostgens’ contemporary art space and Rumah Attap Library & Collective.


ILHAM is a public art gallery committed to supporting the development, understanding and enjoyment of Malaysian modern and contemporary art within a regional and global context.
ILHAM aims to appeal to a diverse audience and serve as a resource for those who are engaged in the arts and those for whom art is a new experience.
Through our exhibitions and public programmes, we seek to bring people into closer contact with the art, the artists and their ideas.


Lostgens’ contemporary art space
Lostgens’ Contemporary Art Space was established in 2004 by a group of artists. This self-managed experimental space aims to encourage originality, creativity, individuality, as well as to promote contemporary arts and community art project. It provides an alternative space for budding innovative exhibitions and performances. More than just a place that brings together artists, it also provides a platform for a dynamic growth of multi-layered artistic culture.

Rumah Attap Library & Collective
Founded by Amateur, In Between Cultura and Au Sow Yee Studio in 2017, Rumah Attap Library & Collective is a space for reading, discussion, publication, workshops and forums. Researchers, artists and the public are also able to exchange books and thoughts related to cultural studies, arts, literature, philosophy and social sciences.


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