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17th ASEF University (AU17)

“Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities”

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
20 Jun 2011 - 01 Jul 2011 Asia-Europe Foundation Education Department ASEF Summer University Culture
Education


Venue:
Penang (Malaysia)

The 17th ASEF University AU17), themed “Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities” brought together 41 students and young professionals from 31 ASEM countries. They stayed in Penang and for over 2 weeks, engaged in rigorous academic discourse, workshops and site visits.

AU17 participants produced a photo and video exhibition entitled “Shared Heritage: As we see it”, which showcased images that best represent what Shared Heritage means to them. The exhibition is envisaged to travel to several ASEM countries , and be presented alongside the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting in Yogyakarta in 2012.

With its capital, George Town (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008), Penang was a fitting environment for AU17. ASEF's partners, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) are at the forefront of actively promoting heritage-related programmes, and working with renowned academics in the field.

Watch this video clip to learn more about AU17. On another clip, you will hear the participants' thoughts about Shared Heritage.  

Where is the exhibition now? Click here to find out more!  


The 17th ASEF University (AU17) in Penang, Malaysia saw 41 young professionals and students from Asia and Europe gather for 2 weeks to explore themes surrounding cultural and shared heritage. Their relationships have continued to flourish on both a personal and professional level and further international collaborations between individuals and organisations have successfully developed as a result of AU17. Below are some of the stories so far…..



Partners

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Centre for Policy Reserach and International Studies (CenPRIS)
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

  • ‘Flow’ at international film fests

    Published on 06 Aug 2012

    ‘Flow’ is a short film by Win Chen Chew. She is one of the participants from 17th ASEF University (AU17) which took place in Penang, Malaysia last year. The film was showcased in film festivals at Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, and Macau.

    The story is based on the slow moving salt-water Sungai Merbok river. It not just documents the course of the river but the passage of time in a community which has been rooted under the river’s influence. 

    Read more…

  • Young minds with creative ideas

    Published on 06 Aug 2012

    Every year ASEF University brings together young people from different ASEM countries to encourage future collaborations for creative minds. Such as, Charlotte Gregory from the United Kingdom (UK) and Kuba Ryniewicz from Poland, based in UK, who recently set up a new photo gallery called “PH Space” in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Or Alexandra Graff from Hungary, Henriette Rietveld from The Netherlands and Lucia Simaskova from Czech Republic who initiated the ‘Home:Scape’ project.  ‘Home:Scape’ is an innovative project happening across Budapest, London and the Czech Republic asking people to define what ‘Home’ means to them. Charlotte, Kuba, Alexandra, Henriette and Lucia - all participated in the 17th ASEF University in Penang, Malaysia last year.

    Read more on PH Space…

    Read more on Home:Scape…

  • Contributed by: Ms Charlotte Gregory (AU17, UK)

    AU17_Homescape_logo"What does your home look like?” Is one of the first questions you are confronted with on the Home:Scape forum. Home:Scape is a new project taking place across Budapest, London and the Czech Republic asking people to define what ‘Home’ means to them.

    Lucia Simaskova (Czech Republic), Alexandra Gräff (Hungary) and Henriëtte Rietveld (The Netherlands/United Kingdom) met and became friends at the 17th AESF University (AU17) in Malaysia; they all share a passion for art and its potential to span physical borders. This was the starting point for their new collaboration Home:Scape, an international project that sees them working with the citizens of Europe to find out what ‘home’ actually means in an increasingly diverse and somewhat segregated continent. Through interviews, workshops and online forums they are working with individuals, exploring the real life stories that lie behind the continent or country to gain a better understanding of those that live within it.

    These collective stories will not only become a virtual archive on the Home:Scape website (www.homescapeproject.org) but are more excitingly being developed into a physical theatre piece which will be performed by an international cast and directed by Irina Andreeva. Henriëtte said, “we’ve met so many lovely actors, dancers and other artists and we’re only halfway. Working together…to find an approach to using interviews in a physical manner has been very exciting.” The idea of ‘Home’ will become an act of movement, not only on stage but across Europe, with Home:Scape touring across London, Budapest, the Czech Republic and other European cities.

    Lucia, Alexandra and Henriëtte are thrilled to be able to continue working together after AU17. Alexandra said “working across borders has been a delight and a challenge so far. Not only is English not everyone’s first language, communicating mostly over Skype and email can be difficult, but we make it work.”

    Lucia believes that “..the Home:Scape project is a very interesting model for international collaboration, both on a business level as well as on an artistic level.” This seems to have been proved right by the support they have gained for the project from various international organisations, Teatr Novogo Fronta (Prague), Pro Progressione (Budapest) and Tara Arts (London). “All three companies share in responsibilities on all levels which paves the road for very fruitful cooperation.”

    ‘Home’ means many different things to different people, with so much current uncertainty and division in the world - fiscally, environmentally and politically it seems an interviewee from the Home:Scape project seems to sum it up, home is actually “…showing love towards each other, that makes home. That is the meaning of home, home.”

    Home doesn’t have to be a building, a city or a country but it can be a certain era, a group of people, a moment in time and it seems for those involved in AU17 that could be a type of home to which they keep returning.

    Home:Scape will premiere in London on 2 August 2012 and continue till 4 August. It will be showcased in Prague from 19-20 September 2012, further dates to be announced. For more details or to contribute your story please visit: www.homescapeproject.org

    Home:Scape is supported by the European Cultural Foundation, Prague City, Czech Centre and Visegrad Foundation.

    Disclaimer: The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of author and can not in any circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).


  • Film Festival Success for ‘Flow’

    Published on 12 Jul 2012

    Screenshot of 'Flow' and Ms Chew Win Chen

    Contributed by: Ms Charlotte Gregory (AU17, UK)

    In the summer of 2011 the group from 17th AESF University (AU17) took a long bus ride out of Penang to the secluded riverside village of Kampung Sungai Batu, where the idea for ‘Flow’ was conceived and eventually realised. 

    ‘Flow’ is a short film by Win Chen Chew, it is a beautiful mediation on the Sungai Merbok river, in a single black and white shot spanning across the slow moving salt-water river. The film documents not just the passing of the water but the passage of time in a community that has long been rooted under the river’s influence.  

    Win Chen realised the importance of the Sungai Merbok to the people who live on its banks and utilise it for food and trade. In the past, Sungai Merbok was relied upon by sailors who referred to it as the ‘Golden Peninsula’ because of its status as a well-known entrepot (a port where merchants can import and export without paying duty). Win Chen saw what a core the river was to the community and its ability to bring and keep people together,  saying “as I was gazing out at the river I remembered…..isn’t it amazing that after decades, we are still able to meet here?”

    Win Chen who is originally from Penang, Malaysia said of her hometown, “I got so used to the heritage buildings and landmarks around me that I took it for granted sometimes”. Being surrounded by the AU17 participants who were from so many diverse cultures raised many questions for Win Chen, who was “….often filled with thousands of why's, when's, how's, what’s, during the 2-week camp”. Win Chen goes on to describe AU17 as a “journey of rediscovery”, allowing her to rediscover the heritage surrounding her, the beauty steeped in the histories, landscapes and its people, especially down on the banks of the Sungai Merbok river.

    ‘Flow’ was originally screened at the ‘Shared Heritage: As we see it’ a group exhibition put together by the participants of AU17. “My friends saw Flow and suggested me to submit it for the Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film Festival”.Since then, ‘Flow’ has been a huge success for Win Chen. It has been selected by and screened at the KLEX Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film Festival (Malaysia), the Bangkok Experimental Film Festival KLEX@BEFF6 (Thailand) and the Asian Experimental Video Festival, Macau (China). Win Chen said of the films success, “I was so glad it was selected to screen under the Malaysian-Germany Student Program as well as the Open Program- inventory during the festival last year….It’s a big motivation for me every time it flows across the border and continents, as it flows...it becomes something bigger”.

    To watch ‘Flow’ please visit here: http://vimeo.com/26264341

    Disclaimer: The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of author and can not in any circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

  • AU17_PH Space

    Contributed by: Ms Charlotte Gregory (AU17, UK)


    AU17_PH Space logoHave you taken a photo recently?  On your camera or your phone, shared it with your friends, posted it on facebook, instagram, twitter, google+, flickr, tumblr or other networking sites? Chances are you have and so have millions of other people all over the world. “Everyone is a photographer now” is a statement made by duo Charlotte Gregory (UK) and Kuba Ryniewicz (UK/PL) who are setting up a new gallery dedicated to photography in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK).

    Charlotte and Kuba both attended the 17th ASEF University (AU17) and worked on ‘Shared Heritage: As We See It’ an exhibition of photography and film put together by the AU17 participants. After this uniting experience they started to share their thoughts on current photographic practice and the lack of photography galleries that seem to be representing the evolution of photography and its seeming democratisation.

    So they decided to create one themselves, and named it PH. - an exhibition space dedicated to photography, film and post-photography aesthetics. Kuba and Charlotte said “as darkrooms and film become less and less, our memories are now held on hardrives or memory cards and they have an endless capacity, we are losing the physical presence of a photo, we are now watching the fight between pixel vs. chemical”.

    The pair are passionate to exhibit work by artists and photographers from all over the world, “…it’s really important to us to show photography by everyone, to create a democratic platform, we are eager to bring international photography to the gallery to present many different influences, backgrounds and cultures to provide an overview of what is going on right now in the world with photography” said Charlotte. 

    PH. is based on the 2nd floor of a 5-story office building in the city centre of Newcastle, which has been taken over by artists and now functions as bustling artist studio spaces, called The NewBridge Project.  

    Their first show entitled WHERE DOES TIME GO, named after a ‘post-human’ soundscape by artist Oneohtrix Point Never, will open on 3rd August 2012 and include works from Jordan Tate (USA), Nicolas Poillot (France), Estelle Hanania (France), Alex Binder (Germany), Jamie Allen (Canada) and other yet to be confirmed. They are currently working on ideas for publications linked to PH.

    PH. is supported by Ideastap and The NewBridge Project. For more information please visit: ph-space.tumblr.com

    Disclaimer: The contents of this article are the sole responsibility of author and can not in any circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

  • Seeing Shared Heritage

    Published on 03 May 2012

    Shared Heritage: As we see it - A Travelling Exhibition, will be showcased at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum from 11 May – 13 June 2012.

    This exhibition was first launched in Penang, Malaysia last year with the 17th ASEF University programme. 41 participants from 31 ASEM countries participated in that 2-week programme. Later the exhibition travelled to Hungary (December 2011) and Romania (January 2012).

    We invite you to come and join us for the Singapore leg of this exhibition and experience shared heritage through the eyes of the AU17 participants.

    Read more...

  • AU17 ParticipantsThe 17th edition of ASEF University puts the spotlight on Heritage. Through various theoretical and highly interactive learning opportunities over a 2-week period, participants will explore various heritage-related issues and challenges, such as the notion of an Asian and European 'shared heritage' and the role of the youth as its stakeholders. This year’s edition will be held from 20 June - 01 July 2011, and is co-organised with the University Sains Malaysia (USM).

    Since 1998, the ASEF University programme has facilitated intercultural exchanges among undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals from Asia and Europe. It has also been successful in facilitating meaningful exchanges and lasting friendships among its participants.

  • 17th ASEF University kicks off in Penang

    Published on 26 Aug 2011

     

    AU17 Kicks off

    ASEF University (AU) is an annual 2-week residency programme that aims to promote cross-cultural exchanges among youth from Asia and Europe. This year is the 17th edition and is themed, "Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities". AU17 engaged 41 students and young professionals from 31 ASEM countries. They stayed in Penang and for over 2 weeks, and participated in rigorous academic discourse, workshops and site visits.

    Participants of AU17 produced a photo exhibition entitled “Shared Heritage: As We See It”, held on 30 June 2011 at the Muzium dan Galeri Tuanku Fauziah. It featured photographs and videos taken by the participants which best represents what cultural heritage means to them. The exhibition may then travel to several countries in Asia and Europe as a lead up to the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting in Yogyakarta in 2012.

    View the photos from the programme

  • cultural heritage as seen by youthful eyes 

    “Cultural heritage means any kind of cultural knowledge, built up over generations, constantly evolving and innovating”
    Janet Pillai, head of the Arts-ED organisation, Penang in Malaysia.

    “To relate cultural heritage to young people we have to make it lively, moving”
    Li Feng Kuah, visual programme officer at Arts-ED.

    Along these lines of thought, ASEF co-organised the 17th ASEF University (AU17): "Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities" with Universiti Science Malaysia (USM), in coordination with the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS) in Penang, Malaysia (20 June-1 July). The programme is an outcome of the recommendations raised at the 4th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting (CMM) in Poland (September 2010). It engaged 41 students and young professionals from 31 ASEM countries through rigorous academic discourse, workshops and site visits.

    The programme provided a space to share and learn about heritage from cross-cultural exchanges. As Petko Karadechev from Bulgaria, one of the participants of AU17 says: "Heritage gets shared via dialogue or a conversation, either verbal, within the family, with friends etc. or visual, constructing a building or a place where people can talk about it”.

    During the welcome dinner hosted by Y. Bhg. Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Dzukifli Abdul Razak, Vice-chancellor, USM, the participants experienced Malaysia’s culinary heritage through a wide array of Malaysian delicacies.  They also explored George Town, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. It was an exciting experience for the participants as they travelled around by foot and in trishaws. As part of field visits, they also visited Pusat Giat Ilmu, Bedong, Kedah Darul Aman, to experience the Kampung (“village”) life.

    Towards the end of the programme, participants showcased an exhibition “Shared Heritage: As we see it”. It was launched and displayed at the USM's Muzium dan Galeri Tuanku Fauziah. It might travel to several ASEM countries and be presented in conjunction with the 5th ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meeting in Yogyakarta in 2012.

  • bright young minds from Asia and Europe to discuss Cultural Heritage

     

    Highlights:

    • Among the topics to be discussed is the notion of a shared Asia and Europe heritage
    • To be held in Georgetown, Penang; a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Themed “Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities”, the 17th ASEF University (AU17) generally aims to stimulate dialogue among students, young scholars, artists and young professionals from ASEM countries on cultural heritage.  The programme will gather up to 46 promising young people from Asia and Europe to explore their ideas on various topics related to the theme. AU17 will bring a wealth of perspectives on Cultural Heritage.

    AU17 will happen in the historic Malaysian State of Penang. Its capital – Georgetown – was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. During this two-week programme, the participants will discuss topics such as, but not limited to, the notion of a shared Asia and Europe heritage, various initiatives in heritage management and engaging the youth in its preservation. They will also have the opportunity to visit some of Georgetown’s notable sites.

    Since 1998, the ASEF University programme has facilitated intercultural exchanges among undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals from Asia and Europe. One of the programme’s key successes is that it facilitates meaningful exchanges and lasting friendships among its participants. “Through the constructive and facilitating environment of [the ASEF University programme], we can understand that all bridges are already built, we just need to cross them”, said Mr Tim Goudriaan from The Netherlands, a participant from the 16th ASEF University (AU16) in Lodz, Poland (2010).

    This year’s edition will be held from 19-30 June 2011, and is co-organised with the University Sains Malaysia (USM).  More information about the programme will be released on the ASEF website soon.