All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

A+ Works of Art is proud to present
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
a video exhibition
by Gan Siong King

A+ Works of Art, d6 Trade Centre, Sentul

Video exhibition show times:
Friday 6th December – 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
Saturday 7th December – 1pm, 2pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

Running Time: 48minutes 23seconds
Language: English and Bahasa Malaysia

Artist dialogue sessions:
Friday 6th December – 8pm, moderated by Zan Azlee with Gan Siong King, Ong Chia Koon, Jeffrey Lim, Nik Shazwan
Saturday 7th December – 3pm moderated by Carmen Nge with Gan Siong King


- Admission is free but due to limited seats for both showtimes & artist dialogue sessions, we advise you to book your seats in advance.

- To get the most out of the video exhibition, please arrive early. We will release your tickets to those in-waiting 10 minutes before the show.

- We encourage you to explore both rooms in the space while the exhibition happens. It's a surprise. Sort of.


All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace** is the 6th solo exhibition by Malaysian visual artist Gan Siong King where he will be exhibiting his video works for the first time in Kuala Lumpur.

This unconventional 2-days video exhibition will showcase Gan’s video essays from his 10-year video essay project (tentatively titled ‘Malaysian Artist at Work’ or M.A.W.) on 10 Malaysian artist and their work. This exhibition represents the artist’s ongoing investigation into the possibilities of “exhibition” as a medium of creative expression in itself, instead of treating an exhibition as an inevitable by-product of a completed series of creative work.

M.A.W. also serves as a platform for experimentation in narrative based, non-fiction filmmaking (particularly on different storytelling formats and presentations) using moving images and sound to capture a glimpse of the Malaysian reality over an extended period of time. M.A.W. videos are made so the ending of the first becomes the beginning of the second and so on. The idea is to eventually link them into a seamless feature-length presentation after ten video essays are completed.

The first video essay from the M.A.W. series is Chia Koon Talk #4 (2014), an essay made in collaboration with Ong Chia Koon, a contemporary Malaysian Chinese calligrapher. The Boy, His Bike & The Map (2015) is the second video is made in collaboration with Jeffrey Lim, a graphic designer turned cycling activist. The third video, which will have its Malaysian premiere during the exhibition, is titled Kecek Amplifier bersama Nik Shazwan (2019), a meandering essay made in collaboration with Nik Shazwan, a maker of tube-based electric guitar amplifiers. This video essay is currently being shown at the Biennale Jogja XV 2019.

‘All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace’ is a seamlessly re-edited compilation of the above 3 video essays and runs for 48 minutes 23secs. The narration is in English and Bahasa Malaysia. There are twelve scheduled screenings and two dialogue sessions with the artist over two days, on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December 2019.

In conjunction with “All Watch Over by Machines of Loving Grace”, A+ Works of Art is proud to present two dialogue sessions with the artist Gan Siong King on the 6th Dec & 7th Dec 2019.

A special moderated dialogue with the artist and his collaborator, Ong Chia Koon, Jeffrey Lim and Nik Shazwan will happen at 8pm on Friday 6th December 2019, moderated by Zan Azlee.

The second artist dialogue session will take place at 3pm on Saturday 7th December and will be moderated by Carmen Nge.

**All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace borrows its title from a poem by American writer, Richard Brautigan. It is also featured in Gan’s third video essay. The poem was written in the late 1960’s at the dawn of experimentation on computer networking which eventually lead to the internet as we know today. The poem conjures up vivid imageries of a hopeful future, free from trouble and toil with the aid of computers. A charmingly optimistic though naïve way of imagining the future which contrast starkly with our current age of anger. This hopeful sensibility parallels with M.A.W’s intention of making a series of video work with stories from, and of, ordinary Malaysians doing good work despite this feeling of socio-political anxiety that has enveloped our country for the past decade.

GAN SIONG KING is currently in a state of creative crisis; he is bored. Again. This is something he welcomes, for he believes constant renewal is prerequisite to any creative work and his best work is always ahead of him because the opposite would be disastrous.

Gan’s evolving practice is multi-disciplinary and revolves around unpacking orthodoxies in art and social structures as a way to question, reflect and imagine different ways of seeing and being. He is currently exploring ideas about “exhibition-making”, particularly on developing it as a medium in itself. This is reflected in his recent participation at Biennale Jogja XV with his video work “Kecek Amplifier bersama Nik Shazwan”, (Yogyakarta, 2019)”, his earlier solo project “Meeting People Is Easy”, (Kuala Lumpur, 2017), a solo exhibition in the form of a month-long open studio and his first online video exhibition “@yarimoriya”, (Moriya, 2016), made as part of his residency at ARCUS Project, Japan.



ONG CHIA KOON is a Malaysian contemporary visual artist specialising in Chinese calligrapher. He is currently based alternately between Kuala Lumpur and Xiamen. A big part of Chia Koon’s practice is about experimenting with basic elements of calligraphy, particularly the different quality of lines, to express his thoughts and emotions instead of words. As such, Chia Koon believes that one does not need to read Chinese in order to appreciate his work. He hopes his work will appeal to a new generation of Malaysian audience, so that this traditional art form will not only survive, but thrive as a medium of expression.


JEFFREY LIM is the principal designer of studio 25, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Practising design, photography, cycling advocacy & other social art projects. With the “Cycling Kuala Lumpur” project, Jeff wants to encourage social communities to cycle — attempting to rediscover the most basic of human transportation — is testament of his determination in bringing the simple and yet multifaceted activity back in to the human consciousness, as a form of transportation, a form of leisure, a form of sporting activity. He designed Kuala Lumpur’s very first cycling map with the help of the cycling community, debunking the idea that cycling is not possible along the city’s roads.


NIK SHAZWAN NIK AZAM is an alumnus of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in electrical engineering. A card-carrying libertarian, Nik believes firmly in individual liberty and a limited government, particularly in regards to any governments’ involvement in local businesses. This Kelantan-born entrepreneur makes hand-wired bespoke electric guitar amplifiers under the internationally renowned brand, Ceriatone. Almost all of Nik’s amps are exported globally to 76 countries over 6 continents, with most landing in the United States.



A+ WORKS of ART is a contemporary art gallery based in Kuala Lumpur, with a geographic focus on Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Founded in 2017 by Joshua Lim, the gallery presents a wide range of contemporary practices, from painting to performance, drawing, sculpture, new media art, photography, video and installation. Its exhibitions have showcased diverse themes and approaches, including material experimentation and global conversations on social issues. Collaboration is key to the ethos of A+ Works of Art. Since its opening, the gallery has worked with artists, curators, writers, collectors, galleries and partners from within the region and beyond, and continues to look out for new collaborations. The gallery name is a play on striving for distinction but also on the idea that art is never without context and is always reaching to connect — it is always “plus” something else.

WONG TAY SY has been actively involved in local visual art scene, theatre and films production since 1999. As a visual art graduate, Wong is constantly interested in finding the relationship with her environment through the arts. Wong believes in the strength of collective creativity where each individual contributes and gains respectively through a process. For the past 20 years since her returned from the UK, her involvement in the art scene has always been as art director, curator, arts producer, facilitator and designer with different local art groups and productions.

EFFA DESA is a researcher and producer of documentary films and creative non-fiction work for over 10 years. Her interests lie in Malaysian and Nusantara heritage - be it cultural, natural or historical. She has worked on award-winning programmes for international broadcasters such as National Geographic, HISTORY Channel and Channel NewsAsia. She strongly believes in the power of film and cinematic arts in telling intimate, yet compelling stories for the world stage. She also enjoys being part of the local grassroots arts scene - as an organizer, spectator, and supporter.


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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace would not be possible without these individuals and for that we give our deepest gratitude to:

Nik & Lin Ceriatone
Jeffrey Lim
Ong Chia Koon
Takahara Suiko
Ronnie Khoo
Joshua Lim
Effa Desa
Wong Tay Sy
Kenta Chai
Lienne Loy
NIkki Ong
A+ Works of Art
Staff of Ceriatone Amplification
Da Huang Pictures
APW Bangsar
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