Saubin Yap

Yap Sau Bin

Yap was born in Kuala Lumpur (1974), and lives and works there now. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art degree from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, England in 1998. He is currently a specialist staff at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Malaysia. Yap is also a founding member of Rumah Air Panas Art Society [RAP], an artist collective based in Kuala Lumpur.

His art practice encompasses conceptual work, installations, mapping projects, collaborations, performance and sporadic writings. He had received awards in the Young Contemporaries Arts Award by the National Art Gallery in 2000 and 2002, and has been selected for research residency in Japan under the JENESYS Programme for Creators by the Japan Foundation in 2008.

MappingKLArtSpace is an on-going project initiated by Yap in 2005 mapping the art spaces in the city from the past to present. It has been featured in conjunction with the 8th Havana Biennale in 2006; in Migration Addicts, a collateral event project in the 52nd Venice Biennale, and in  the ShenZhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism & Architecture, curated by Biljana Ciric both in 2007; in The Independence Project at GAleri Petronas in 2007 and in Gertrude Art Space, Melbourne in 2008.

Together with his colleagues in RAP, Yap has also undertaken various curatorial projects and currently severs as its chairperson. Began as an independent art space in 1997, RAP is currently operating as a collective working on project basis, organising talks and dialogue sessions. It aims is to explore and coalesce visual arts and other cultural practices through collaboration in exhibition and project; documentation and exchange of ideas in discussion. The members of R.A.P. support an independent, aware and concerted artistic practice in engaging the artistic community and the art public.


Majujaya Community Playground Workshop (2011)

As part of a larger urban regeneration project for urban poor and council flats residential area initiated by artist Wong Hoy Cheong and

the state government of Selangor, RAP was invited to devise and conduct a workshop program to engage the children of the Majujaya Flats in finding out their wants and needs for a non-existing playground facilities in their neighbourhood. And to facilitate them in developing a working model for future building reference and encourage a sense of participation, ownership and thus responsibility to the playground project.


CAIS – Contemporary Arts in School (2008)

An eight-month project bringing different form of contemporary art practice into a secondary school in Kuala Lumpur, it began with series of workshops introducing mural, performance and experimental film to the

students which eventually proposed and made their own contribution of murals, performance for the exhibition period. Artists were invited to proposed new installation and media work which were sited across the school building. The project brought into existence and meanings of contemporary art work which is exceptional in the context of art ecology of the city through the different modes of production and experiencing of art.


Blog Entries

Transforming Wasteland 2014 March

07 Apr 2014 | Saubin Yap

Nature strikes back? Where has the tarred surface gone to? Returning to the site after the ground was tarred in July...

Transforming Wasteland 2013 August

07 Apr 2014 | Saubin Yap

Two weeks after the ground was tarred, finally the wire fence was replaced with brick wall. How do you gazette and...

Transforming Wasteland 2013 july

07 Apr 2014 | Saubin Yap

Finally, the ground was tarred. Wire fence still up. Pictures taken on July 15th 2013.

Guest Explorer in Wasteland Kuala Lumpur 3: A site visit to the larger adjacent site (2012)

23 Feb 2014 | Saubin Yap

  On the other side of the Monsoon drain and behind the Mosque there is a large empty site. This site is much...

Guest Explorer in Wasteland Kuala Lumpur 2 (2012)

23 Feb 2014 | Saubin Yap

*In November to December 2012, artist Bec Stevens from Tasmania, Australia has been exploring and observing the...

Guest Explorer in Wasteland Kuala Lumpur 1

04 Jan 2013 | Saubin Yap

In November to December 2012, artist Bec Stevens from Tasmania, Australia has been exploring and observing the Wasteland...

WT Network presentation by Berlin Explorer in Kuala Lumpur

04 Jan 2013 | Saubin Yap

As Lars Hayer continues his trip across South East Asia, he will be giving a presentation on WTN post-Berlin forum, on...

Wasteland Sydney - KL Twining Ceremony

09 Sep 2012 | Saubin Yap

Your are cordially invited to the 'Wasteland Sydney - KL Twining Ceremony' which is to take place on Tuesday September...

How would you like to change a space? Play with, intervene, transform it?

29 Jun 2012 | Saubin Yap

A presentation on the Wasteland Twinning Project and the upcoming Wasteland KL mapping project. 8pm Friday June 29th...

Twinning Ceremony Sydney & Kuala Lumpur - Ceremony 1

15 Jun 2012 | Saubin Yap

Twinned!  Wasteland Kuala Lumpur is exhilarated to announce the official twinning with Wasteland Sydney with one of...

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