Shalini Ganendra Fine Art advisory

PavilionNOW 2015 – from Impulse an Urban Folly


(September 17, 2015 – February 18, 2016)



For this first year of PavilionNOW, Q. Jade Saw Architect was invited to design the 2015 PavilionNOW based on the firm’s winning submission using bamboo. The firm’s ‘tacit’ architecture philosophy and exciting portfolio made them a strong partner. For the crafting and building of the pavilion (which took over 6 months) we engaged Orang Asli master craftsmen. The Orang Asli team and students from Taylor’s University Architecture Department (this year’s university partner), harvested, split, treated and wrapped the bamboo to create the challenging, undulating curves with durability and organic distinction. (The bamboo, sourced from local groves, is itself is a testament to the greening philosophy advocated by SGFA, of supporting local materials and industry.)


The 2015 Pavilion also features new sound compositions, including Pools, by acclaimed New Zealand sound artist, Paul Timings, to add another dimension to experiencing Urban Folly. Timing’s creation incorporates a carefully synthesized collection of Malaysian sounds, (urban, rural, human, mechanical and natural – including from bamboo groves). “Pools” embraces a drifting sense of rhythm maintained by a processed field recording of a small pool of water being affected by the tide on the Wellington waterfront, New Zealand. This rhythm is accompanied by a generative synthesis which behaves in its own independent rhythmic cycles, incorporating Malaysian sounds. In combining these elements, the artist is seeking to encourage an interplay between digital patterns and patterns in the field.


Architect’s Statement: 2015 From Impulse – An Urban Folly : “The 2015 PavilionNOW Project at Shalini Ganendra Fine Art has been conceived as an urban insertion constructed in the versatile and natural material of bamboo. As a design folly, it will respond in a contemporary manner and attempt to find fit at the highly acclaimed environment of SGFA’s Gallery Residence.


The realisation of this installation by Q Jade Saw Architect represents a collective opportunity to explore and understand the relevance of a vernacular building concept and materiality predominantly appreciated by the indigenous peoples. Perhaps in the foreseeable future Malaysians will have healthier choices for environmentally low impact and sustainable building strategies.”