Using cultural and disciplinary difference as a driver

Harminder Judge


image: Harminder Judge


The performance artist, Harminder Judge, was selected from the West Midlands region in the UK, nominated by Gavin Wade at Eastside Projects and curator-producer Sarah Allen. He was resident at the Temple of Fine Arts in Kuala Lumpur and engaged communities including Hindus, Taoists, Buddhists and Confucianists. He was based at the contemporary art space Lost Generation Art Space in Kuala Lumpur.

Harminder particpated in the Thaipusam festival with over a million Hindu devotees over a three-day period and experienced how faith can move sways of people to rejoice and test the limits of their bodies.

Harminder also focused on a performance installation entitled The Modes of Al-Ikseer. Exploring this ancient Hindu myth concerning the creation of Amrit, the holy nectar of life, he merged and collided it with 80’s electro pop music and Depeche Mode’s song, ‘Personal Jesus’.


Image: Harminder Judge


Funded by Arts Council England.


“Everyday spirituality does not neatly fit under the rubric of "Hindu" or "Muslim" or "Buddhist", etc. In my work I found that the little (sometimes illegal) temples and shrines and the spiritual activities that went on in private spaces such as homes were actually where interfaith activities and heterodox practices would take place”

Richard Baxton, Anthropologist working in Malaysia