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What I Am Doing Now (Wayang U-Wei Will Be Starting Soon As An Exhibition Hall Darkens Into Becoming A Cinema)

Posted in Wayang U-Wei by tsabri on March 7, 2010

What I am doing now _ today? March 7th 2010. Am still struggling to finish the ‘Theatre Seats’. Che Mat and Pak Rauf are helping. I have yet to do the finishings on the ‘Serunai Mentakab / Mentakab Pipe’. Other ‘Selected Film Objects That Became Visiting Film Objects’ have finished – the ‘Poster’, ‘Monumen Untuk Mesin Penentu / Monument For the Deciding Machine‘ and ‘Cermin Mimpi Yang Telah Rosak / A Damaged Mirror of Dreams‘.

Che Mat on the 'Kerusi Panggung/Theater Seats'.

Pak Rauf on the 'Kerusi Panggung/Theater Seats'

Wayang U-Wei will be starting soon.

Mastura has cleaned up her studio yesterday after spending several days varnishing her ‘women’ of U-Wei’s. The paintings have been stacked and ready for packing – all of them, ‘Zaleha Oh Zaleha’, ‘Zaiton Oh Zaiton’, ‘Cerita Minah Seorang Jogho’, ‘Mana Kak Ina Pergi?’ and ‘Permaidani Ku Terbakar’. Mastura has been working on them for the past twelve months or so, between the many intervals that went for the University, house and other family matters.

Varnishing Day 1

Varnishing Day 2

The Studio After Varnishing Day 1

The Studio After Varnishing Day 2

The Studio After Varnishing Day 2

Wayang U-Wei will be starting soon.

…The movie will begin in five moments

The mindless voice announced

All those unseated will await the next show.

We filed slowly, languidly into the hall

The auditorium was vast and silent

As we seated and were darkened, the voice continued.

The program for this evening is not new

You’ve seen this entertainment through and through

You’ve seen your birth your life and death

You might recall all of the rest

Did you have a good world when you died?

Enough to base a movie on?

I’m getting out of here

Where are you going?

To the other side of morning

Please don’t chase the clouds, pagodas…

(Excerpt from ‘The Movie’, written and performed by Jim Morrison, from Jim Morrison & The Doors 1978 album, An American Prayer)

Jim Morrison & The Doors: An American Prayer


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