World Mask Exhibiton, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

World Mask Exhibition December 20, 2012 to March 20, 2013

National Museum Malaysia—Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Great interactive exhibition technolog. This interactive exhibition celebrates art and anthropology and the stories about masks from around the world. The exhibition continues to March 20, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Masks from the Museum of Northern British Columbia, Prince Rupert, Canada are featured in the exhibition.  The exhibition includes ancient and new masks crafted from wood, paper mache, bamboo, metals as well as combinations of plastics, textiles and ceramics and other natural and synthetic materials.

The Carter-Harmon Collection featured in the exhibition is on loan from Sam Carter—Professor Emiritus—Emily Carr University of Art and Design—Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the Canadian Society for Asian Arts Museum and Museum of Northern British Columbia, Prince Rupert.   Salmah Abu Mansor, Institute of Ethnic Studies, National University of Malaysia facilitated the project. National Museum Malaysia curators have designed this engaging, interactive and playful exhibition that combined ancient and new masks from Malaysia and other parts of the Asia-Pacific Rim to complement examples from Europe, Africa and the Near East.

The exhibition is great for a family outing, tourists, academics and all interested in the diverse stories about masks from around the world.

World Mask Map

Masks Used to Celebrate Chinese New Year

From Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia

Masks and Popular Culture

Mah Meri Carver Tableau, from Carey Island, Malaysia

Introduction to World Mask Exhibition

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56 Ethnic Minority Groups-Exhibition Space Design and Curation Project. Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication, Spring 2012

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China Project- Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication

As Visiting Professor, Beijing Institute of Graphic Communications, (from April 9 to May 4, 2012)  Sam Carter will present a series of Lecture/Workshops that introduces student to Exhibition Space Design and will explore the culture and traditions of China’s 56 Ethnic Minority Groups and traditional applied arts that continue to be produced in China.  More and more tourist-visitors and consumers from around the world and throughout China are interested in the diverse creativity associated with the applied arts of the Ethnic Minority Groups of China.

Students will learn about the history of exhibitions, trade fairs, museums and more recent forms of virtual museums and new media displays and installations.

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Salmon Fountain-Shrine (Gastown-Vancouver) and Spectrum Totem (International Business Centre), Richmond, British Columbia

These two Public Art sculptures by Sam Carter  were designed and fabricated in the early 1990s.

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Cultural Experiences: Vancouver International Aiport (YVR) and Incheon International Airport (IIA) in South Korea

These images are from the Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and the Incheon Airport. The Vancouver airport collects mostly First Nations Aboriginal art and includes some contemporary painting and design from  British Columbian artists and designers in airport interiors.

The Incheon Airport is, perhaps the “best in the world” for provided a truly Korean cultural experience instead of the “MacWorld” experience in most international airports.

At the Incheon Airport, at  precisely 11.30am and 5pm each day, the gateway travels back to a time of kings, queens and noblemen and women as the Korean Royal Family of the Joseon Dynasty makes a ceremonial procession through the terminal.

Dressed in colourful traditional Korean costume and with heads bowed in reverence to King and Queen, it is hard to believe these are not professional actors but in fact staff from the Cultural Heritage Foundation re-enacting a scene from a bygone era.

The daily ‘Walk of the Royal Family’ is perhaps the most visible example of Incheon’s push to make Incheon more than simply an airport, but also a fun and exciting destination representing Korean society – transforming it from an airport to a ‘Cultureport’. There is a fine art gallery, a studio where young and old can create traditional craft taught by experts on the traditions of Korean arts and crafts….all in all, a wonderful learning and entertaining experience for all.

Acquarium and First Nations Art, Vancouver Airport, YVR

Parade Korea, Incheon Airport

Airport Art Korean
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World Garden-United Nations Habitat Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Happy 38th Birthday (1976-2012), Habitat!

About Habitat and the World Garden-Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The World Garden Explored the History of Gardens from Around the World and the importance of plants to the World Ecosystem.  The project was created by students of Emily Carr  University of Art and Design (then Vancouver School of Art) Directed by Sam Carter.

Habitat Forum, and its parent event the United Nations Habitat Conference on Human Settlements, took place in Vancouver, Canada from May 31-June 11, 1976. The conference was also known as “Habitat I” and it provided the foundation for the United Nations’ agency known as UN-Habitat, which was officially founded two years later in 1978. The conference was attended by one of the founders of the field of sustainable development, Barbara Ward, as well as Margaret Mead, Mother Teresa, Buckminster Fuller, Paolo Soleri, Maggie and Pierre Trudeau, among many others.

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Malaysia-Canada Indigenous Communities Applied Arts Travelling Exhibition

Welcome Ceremony- James and Rick Harry- Squamish First Nations- Canada

  • Opening Vancouver,  Canada Feb 20 – Mar 5. 2012
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    Asia Pacific Folk Mask Exhibition

    Over 70 masks from Asia and Pacific rim explore the complexity and beauty of folk masks collected over the years by Curator/Collector Sam Carter

    Asia/Pacific Folk Mask Exhibition

    Installation- Asia Pacific Folk Masks with bamboo ladder

    Asia-Pacific Folk Mask Exhibition
    Part of Installation- Mask Themes
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    Made in BC:Home-grown Design

    From Jan 2011 to May, 2012, North Vancouver Museum is hosting: Made in BC:Home-grown Design.

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    Winter 2011 Semester in Malaysia

    From February to  June 15th,  2011 will be working at Limkokwing University of Creativity and Technology in Kuala Lumpur – Cyberjaya, Malaysia. I am working with Master’s students from Malaysia, China, Yemen, Indonesia, Maldives, Kenya, Uganda, and other African, Eastern European  and Near Eastern regions.

    I lecture each week on Design-Cultural and Global issues.  Malaysia is a warm sunny place and the campus design is “ahead of its time”.  Great place!

    Limkokwing Cyberjaya Campus, Malaysia

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