Friday, July 10, 2015

The Wandering Artist in the Graphene Age


I see the world today. Great changes. Stories unfold about our childhood dreams of flying cars and mega cities. We are indeed flying, but we are flying too much. We obliged to the new media age, the age of technology because during our childhood, we have mold visions of the future with advanced technology. But none thought us the progression should be from the mind and moral. Our modesty begins to fade while human perfecting their artificial intelligence. Indeed. Artificial. But little we know that we are completely turning backwards as if we're still in the Graphene-coated 'Iron Age'.

We created the race of tantrum. Where strong unsatisfying voices are being placed in the social media to ensure voices being heard because we've been trolled by attention-seekers, the planet of 'Look At Me'. We advocate too much yet actions are not implemented because this age is the age of strategic planning, where blue ocean strategy is compulsory, creating leaders who only longing to lead but none would want to do operational works because it's too low-level. It's like a non-executive tasks. 


Business cards are being distributed by individuals running an own small medium enterprise company with two to five people with the title CEO. Because in today's society, obsession over a title is mandatory to them. But they outsource to third parties, again and again, and those people are being underpaid.


Everyone want to be a sole warrior, yet no one want to be a soldier. We are corrupting our modesty. We are too self-centered, too self-conscious, too insecure and too condescending. We are an angry soul living in the closet trying to contain our rampage because we're just too upset over little things and that little things actually means nothing. 


We are depending too much on devices, people to grow. We can't self-initiate until we are told to do something right for us. What happen to us? Those who are aware will know, will take action, will make mistakes, learn from it and will shape a greater destiny for the greatest survival. If we don't do it today, how will we assure a promising future despite the economic and moral turbulence that is happening?


Monday, May 05, 2014

May the Fifth Be With You


So this is definitely not about the celebration of Star Wars for fans but I got an interesting story to share. Since this is my ever blog post in 2014, I would expect to write something about me or my works. Not this time.


I just came back from a very, very late dinner in a Mamak restaurant nearby after I finished work in the office and went for few laps in the pool.


An interesting event occur while I was eating my delicious Mee Goreng Mamak. I sat near a table with full of youngsters using this similar bahasa pasar. From the tone, they seems to be a group of 'mat rempit' because the language they use are very inappropriate and utterly vulgar. Since they talk loud, I don't need to ear drop instead was distracted by their stories about 'awek' or the new term for cute girls, 'gegirl'. So they were talking about their admiration over those pretty ladies, an adorable Siamese cat came around their table and saw them feeding the cat. A guy (from the same table) went rushing to 7-Eleven just 2 mins away and came back to feed the cat with a Friskies food pack (perhaps this cost around RM2 or so). Another friend of him said, "Baik lah kau kasi makan kucing", then this guy (let's call him the Friskies guy) replied "Takkan aku nak bagi kucing ni makan tulang ayam ni, lagipun dia tak kerja, bukan ada duit pun". (Translation: "You're too kind to feed the cat", "I don't think it's nice that I feed the cat only with chicken bone. Anyway this cat is jobless and does not have any income")


I was in awe. It was very remarkable and eye-opening.


Immediately I vision this ray of light coming from the sky as if I got knocked in the head. This even change the whole perception of these group of boys. If they were those 'mat rempit' gangs, I have this interesting hypothesis that conclude to:


1. They have a good heart despite their 'criminal-like' activities

2. They mixed with the wrong crowd and only if they were put in a different shoe and influence, they could be a better person
3. The moral support for them exist, perhaps through the affection from family and loved ones
4. They were darn bored. If they were given the opportunity to have a better self-esteem, they could hit a great career ahead
5. They need a good father or brother-figure to guide them to a better path and enrich themselves with better education.

I hope in future to come, God give them a chance and 'rezeki' to make them be a better person in our society. Perhaps it's about time our culture foster young generation to be a better, motivated person that could sustain our culture's reputation in the most positive way.


InsyaAllah.



Friday, October 11, 2013

Young Malaysian Artist Exhibition & Behance + Creative Cloud


I like to invite you to visit my latest digital art masterpiece (the latest digital space painting series) called 'Jupiteraya' that are now currently exhibiting at Galeri Petronas, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. This is not the first time Galeri Petronas have been the pinnacle to support electronic artists, digital artists, video artists like myself but it's been 3 times.

Quoted by Galeri Petronas: "who engage in a ‘self-referential‘ relationship with new technologies to discover the ‘self’ in making contemporary transformation determined by technological developments - new media". So far, I could only can spot four electronic artists who complement their work according to the theme.




'Antara Callisto & Europa' (Jupiteraya Series), by Muid Latif. 

The Jupiteraya Series

Using combined conventional media from acrylic & poster color on art paper, I orchastrate my work on digital canvas using the latest version of Adobe PhotoshopCC & Illustrator CC.
This took 28 weeks of R&D, production, improvement and revisit of my three works until I meet my satisfaction. Stereoscopic imaging gave the final touch for the viewers to enjoy my work using 3D anaglyph glass. More story of my work will be post on my behance portfolio and newspaper, New Straits Times soon.



To my e-art brothers and sisters, my close friend Syafiq Abdul Samat, Latif, and newfound fellow artists; Andrialis Abdul Rahman and Firdaus Herrow, I'm glad to share this exhibition with all of you. I hope this exhibition will uplift your spirit and encourage to harness your passion in continue the legacy of our father of Malaysian Digital Art, the late Ismail Zain. I may not know close enough about you guys but I am pleased and proud to be a part of your presence. 

Throwback: Knowledge Development Centre (KDC) 2nd Anniversary with Adobe After Effects TECHTALK at Cyberjaya.

Was given the opportunity to represent Behance once again as the Malaysia ambassador to promote and showcase what Behance is all about to KRU Academy students and AEMY participants. Thanks to the awesome and cool inspiring guru, Hussin Khan for the invitation.

This time I talk about how creative professionals can empower themselves by showcasing their works through Behance.net portfolio. With Creative Cloud, Adobe users can now synchronize and upload their work directly from http://creative.adobe.com or upload their work-in-progress via Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. 





Photos are courtesy of Adobe After Effects Malaysia & MDeC. Thank you for those who attended.



Stay creative, keep on shining and stay awesome.

- Muid Latif


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

H.J.S



'Halus Jiwa Seniman' is probably the most alluring word to define H.J.S in Malay language but the fact that H.J.S mentioned above is the initial of my mentor and a person who's very close to me. Even though by location we are far separated, yet through the Internet, his ideology and teaching indirectly had harness my passion and talent. Hasnul Jamal Saidon. That's what H.J.S. stands for. metaphorically speaking, H.J.S translated through him are Humility, Jovial and Substantial.

Back in 2007, I was working on a very exciting national project Angkasawan Programme - Interactive Wayfinder (Interactive Kiosk) for MOSTI and National Science Centre. Due to this, I began to open up my curiosity about astronomy. Recently, I've been more engaged and indulging myself with digital space painting. I would read Astronomy books and Science magazines like a science geek, exploring about our outer space, quantum physics, dark matter, the universe as a whole and glazing the night sky while driving or swimming at the pool, wishing if I could ever see any shooting star (yeah right lah).

One thing for sure what I would relate Hasnul is that he is an exoplanet. In my own term to be precise, a truly remarkable Malaysian Exo-Artist. Why? For an e-artist, Hasnul had empowered a lot of people to be outstanding in their own way. His work evolved in multi-level and disciplinary, not forgetting his ability to sing while playing his guitar. I notice great artist have amazing art of spoken words. I thought it was even peaceful to watch him performed. Even if I was never his direct discipline, his wisdom and values have transpire through me, just like how I was inspired by our father of Digital Art, the late Ismail Zain. So those who's been or currently his student, you guys are so lucky and privilege to have someone like him.




Hasnul and me at USM, Mid-March 2013

When I gave 'Wacana Minda' talk in USM Penang on March this year, I felt so overwhelmed that my idol had given most sincere, frank, humble opening remark. I could still remember clearly how well and precisely he describes me as Malaysian third generation of Digital Artist, but when he mentioned I am the modern day Ismail Zain, I still felt unworthy to be at par with such title because Ismail Zain is a guru and he had done so much in the Malaysian art history, when I could even barely sustain myself outstandingly. I don't know, perhaps I still felt it's a long journey ahead and want to continue to seek and improve my knowledge. Anyhow, a recognition coming from Hasnul that day, in front of amazing cheerful of students, professors and academicians who attended my talk was indeed overwhelming and beautiful. I was blessed. It's was like a gift.

Throwback

It was in circa 1997 that I had discovered e-art movement in Malaysia while browsing the Internet, and from there on I begin to flourish my passion in digital art.  Ergo, it makes me established as one of the most proactive local digital artist in Malaysia who had break record to even perform live with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra to create digital artworks in 20 minutes in Dewan Filharmonik Petronas. I still feel overwhelmed to find out not just 5-8 thesis or paperworks in university thesis archive that the students had 'studied' about my works and me. It was more than I could ever imagine. The joy and humbleness just came down to comfort me.

Of course I can't be too vain about it but please, do not ever get me wrong. It's not bragging but acknowledging my own talent that I should be proud as I change the stereotype perception of how people see digital art. In fact, it was his legacy that I was carrying throughout my works. I am so grateful to God for giving me such talent to witness how I imperfectly evolve from being bullied at my school, harass or abuse by certain individual both mentally and emotionally by calling me stupid and ugly, monkey, big nose guy, faggot, useless and every form of negativity. I bring forth a cheerful attitude and decide NOT to be a victim of my past and be someone who could accept his own imperfection, harness and empower others through great values without taking arrogance into account. I always 'decline' any awards that I received in the past (I recall I don't put it in my current resume at all) because to me, it jeopardize my sense of humility because the more I 'win' something, I am open to be drift away from my good morale value and always fight myself not to misuse my achievements and talent to demoralize others. God, forbid me from being 'prima donna', a snob 'diva' just I because have tons of achievement. No, no no... I want to be a normal creative guy next door, to live a normal and most modest life as much as possible.

Citra Seni ASWARA Bersama Hasnul

Hasnul at Aswara

Today, I managed to clear my busy schedules and meeting to attend Hasnul's talk. I felt like a 10 year old boy visiting a science centre during his talk because I felt a free spirit reborn over and over and it makes me so inspired to continue to progress myself in arts.

One thing that I learn from him is about family values. Like photosynthesis, I felt the crucial need for anyone to work together harmoniously. To collaborate with each other, leave our hierarchy or indifferences aside, and focus on one thing - to revitalize our lives with great moral values without forgetting our roots of life.

So thank you Hasnul, thank you Mak and Abah (Mum and dad), my family, best friends and everyone who have been so patient to believe in my talent, encourage my passion and see my imperfection as a form of evolution.

Outro

I'm taking this opportunity to provide every of my readers a special gift, my free ebook called 'Mekarnya Cinta Kata-kata dan Puisi' (Blossoming Love for Words and Poetry). I hope this humble book will let you understand the struggle I've been through as a digital artist and a 'creative economist'.




To light and peace,
Muid Latif