Super Everything in Malaysia

Cheem Photography

SuperEverything in Malaysia (c) Cheem Photography

SuperEverything* is a cross disciplinary performing arts project, commissioned by the British Council and created by UK's audio-visual artists, The Light Surgeons working in collaboration with Malaysian artists.

Filmed on location across Peninsular Malaysia, this project sets out to explore the relationship between identity, ritual and place across the landscape of Malaysia and seeks to discover who we are and how our complex identities are connected.

Delivered across multiple projections and different media, this live cinema performance layers together documentary footage and motion graphics with an original, live electronic musical score to journey through Malaysia's past, to understand its present and to imagine its future.

Originally performed in MAP @ Publika in 2011, SuperEverything* brings The Light Surgeons, Christopher Thomas Allen and Timothy Cowie together with a cutting-edge collection of Malaysia's musical and visual artists including: Contemporary music composer Ng Chor Guan, experimental soundscapist Flica, percussion ensemble HANDS Percussion, gamelan ensemble Rhythm in Bronze, Kelantanese wayang kulit troupe Kumpulan Wayang Kulit Sri Warisan Pusaka, visual artist Fauzi Yusoff (Efozy), and motion designer Fariz Hanapiah (MotioFixio).

Weaving through the audio-visual experience of SuperEverything* are contemplations and commentaries by Malaysian cultural figures including writer and cultural historian Eddin Khoo, novelist and poet Bernice Chauly, sustainability expert Khairun Nisa Zabidi, and visual artists Yap Sau Bin and Lim Kok Yoong.

SuperEverything* has since performed in India, New Zealand, United States, Australia, Singapore, Italy, and the UK.

SuperEverything* performance screening and reflection discussions a decade on. ©

 The Light Surgeons

In collaboration with The Light Surgeons, PUSAKA, and Ilham Gallery, SuperEverything* returned to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 25 February 2023 with a special screening of a 2013 recorded live performance at the Barbican @ Hackney Empire, London, UK. The film screening was interspersed with a series of discussions with The Light Surgeons and their Malaysian collaborators, reflecting on the themes in the show and the genesis of this live cinema performance.

Visit the link below for the full 2013 recorded live performance. Closed captioned subtitles are available in English and Bahasa Melayu.

The SuperEverything soundtrack is now available on limited vinyl and digital formats via Utter.

Stay tuned for the recording of the collaborators' discussion session coming soon!

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