Movement artist, Lemuel J. Capa performing his piece during ’45/7: Alinea’ at Ruang, Level 2, Yayasan Shopping Complex last Friday. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Four artists recently explored the relationship between thought, emotion and the birth of art in a performance that laid out the raw essence of an artist’s creative process.

The collaborative live art show was the third edition of 45/7, organised in partnership by The Creative Core BN and Creative Space Art and Gallery.

Held at the Ruang space of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Shopping Complex in the capital, this year’s 45/7 saw a musician, a writer, a visual artist and a dancer, creating art in tandem to reflect the show’s central theme; Alinea, which in latin means ‘off the line’.

(L-R) Co-founder and Creative Director of The Creative Core BN, Charlotte Lim, and Creative Space Manager, Osveanne Osman in an interview with The Bruneian during ’45/7: Alinea’ at Ruang, Level 2, Yayasan Shopping Complex last Friday. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“Alinea also means a new train of thought,” Creative Space Manager Osveanne Osman told The Bruneian, proceeding to boil down the crux of the theme into a single question; “Do we think because we feel or do we feel because we think?”

As per its first two iterations, music remains the main impetus for 45/7, which was introduced in 2016.

During its third edition however, the audience had the opportunity to witness visual artist Nadiah Suhaili, writer Richelle Ret and movement artist Lemuel J. Capa react and translate the music composed by Ian Chan into their respective art forms.

Music composer, Ian Chan sharing his thoughts during the ’45/7: Alinea’ event. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman
Writer Richelle Ret performing her piece during ’45/7: Alinea’. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“The writer, the visual artist and dancer were not privy to the music that will be used during the event. So that their responses will be organic, spontaneous and would create an experience that represents the rawest form of creation”.

The aim of 45/7 according to Osveanne, was to give the audience a peek behind the intricacies of creating an art piece, to see the art created right before their eyes and to ultimately facilitate a space for the curiosity and understanding of art.

“We are trying to push the boundaries (of the art scene) in Brunei,” said Charlotte Lim, Co-founder and Creative Director of The Creative Core BN, hoping that 45/7 would help broaden the Bruneian public’s perception of the performing arts beyond drama and theatre.

Visual artist Nadiah Suhaili creating her art during ’45/7: Alinea’. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“These concepts are not new around the world but it is new for the Bruneian audience, and I think it is important to continue to release these kinds of art shows here to give an insight on how the art scene is progressing overseas”.

She added that for the creative arts in Brunei to progress, it is essential to observe the global art scene and introduce their positive elements into the country in order for local creatives to build momentum and expand their horizons.

Writer Richelle Ret speaking to guests before the start of ’45/7: Alinea’. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman



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