‘Flatland@Urbanscapes’ is a cutting-edge Performance Art Installation adapted from Flatland, the satirical novella by Edward A. Abbott.
Published in 1884, ‘Flatland@Urbanscapes’ is a short fantasy that takes us to a completely flat world of two physical dimensions where all the inhabitants are geometric shapes, and who think the planar world of length and width is all that there is. The novella uses the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to offer pointed observations on the social hierarchy and sexual politics of Victorian culture. This adaptation of ‘Flatland’ was developed as a performance art installation at the Urbanscapes Music Festival 2013. The work uses the ideas and imagery of the novella to allegorically dissect the cultural makeup of contemporary Malaysian society, as well as explore the intersection of it’s sensibilities and attitudes towards multiculturalism through the creative process, which will fed into the creative outcome. The work was a rich, dance, multi-media and visual experience encompassing architecture, interactive audio-visual design, lighting and sound designs.
‘Flatland@Urbanscapes’ saw us collaborating with a group of renowned artists from Malaysia and Australia. Our creative team included Choreographer Suahili Micheline, architects Sukhjit Sidhu and Daniel Koshy, costume designer Mel Page and audio-visual and sound designer Rob Stewart.
‘Flatland@Urbanscapes’ was be presented at Urbanscapes on the 23rd and 24th of November 2013 and will be restaged at ‘Hari Belia’ Youth Festival in Putrajaya Malaysia in May 2014.