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NEXCOM and Hilscher Collaborate to Create a Seamless Connection Between PLCs and the Cloud

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TAIPEI, Taiwan /PRNewswire/ — NEXCOM has co-developed with Hilscher on the IoT gateway solution to build seamless end-to-end connection for Industry 4.0. Aiming to address the last mile challenge in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the dual-branded NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway solution supports five communication standards and is pre-installed with NEXCOM IoT Studio software for simplified network configuration. By connecting PLC control systems to cloud platforms, NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway solution epitomizes an interoperable network architecture for transferring operational field data to the cloud to deliver the benefits of big data analysis and remote management.

The NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway solution provides cross-platform interoperable connectivity for connecting factories to the cloud. On the field and control level, Modbus® TCP/IP and Modbus® RTU, PROFINET®, PROFIBUS®, EtherNet/IP™, and OPC UA links are pre-validated on the gateway to ensure reliable communication with different-branded systems; while an IIoT version of NEXCOM IoT Studio software with a built-in fieldbus configuration tool is pre-integrated in the NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway to enable easy configuration within single interface operation and immediate transfer of field data. For applications where real-time responses are crucial, NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway solution offers scalable performance options for controller and gateway 2-in-1 applications.

“Cross-platform interoperable connectivity is long overdue in the industrial automation and control industry. To today’s fragmented control network architecture NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway can bring about change by interoperating with different branded control systems typically using different protocols and running independently. More importantly, the co-developed gateway enables manufacturers to establish two-way communication channels among factories and cloud services, realizing Industry 4.0 visions including remote monitoring of factory operations, timely adjustment throughout manufacturing and sales processes and, improved supply chain management,” said Joe Lin, General Manager of NEXCOM’s IoT Automation Solutions Business Group.

“Industrial communication is one of Hilscher’s core competences. Working in collaboration with NEXCOM extends Hilscher’s fieldbus strengths and expertise to the gateway product category. The seamless integration of five communication connections and cloud connectivity can help manufacturers regain speed, efficiency, and agility, making a meaningful difference in industries,” said Armin Puhringer, Business Development Manager of Hilscher Gesellschaft fur Systemautomation mbH.

The live demonstration of NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway is featured at the SPS IPC Drives 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany, showing how field data can be harnessed from Siemens PLC control systems and be sent to IBM Bluemix™ cloud platform through NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway solution. Under the collaboration more industrial communication standards will be added to NEXCOM NIO/Hilscher netIOT IoT gateway, benefiting users of world-class branded PLCs with reduced engineering efforts at the upfront configuration stage and accelerating the IIoT and Industry 4.0 proliferation.

For more information, please contact our distributor YOI System, Kirk Kim at 010-6216-6672 or visit

About NEXCOM: Founded in 1992, NEXCOM integrates its capabilities and operates six global businesses, which are Multi-Media Solutions, Mobile Computing Solutions, IoT Automation Solutions, Network and Communication Solutions, Intelligent Digital Security, and Medical and Healthcare Informatics. NEXCOM serves its customers worldwide through its subsidiaries in five major industrial countries. Under the IoT megatrend, NEXCOM expands its offerings with solutions in emerging applications including IoT, robot, connected cars, Industry 4.0, and industrial security.

About Hilscher: Hilscher Gesellschaft fur Systemautomation mbH specializes in products, technologies and services at the leading edge of industrial communications. Core products include gateways, PC cards, embedded modules, chips, controllers and supporting software stacks. Hilscher’s netX system-on-a-chip solution is a highly integrated network controller optimized for communication and maximum data throughput. netX provides support for more than 20 different master and slave stacks for industrial protocols, including DeviceNet, PROFIBUS, CANopen, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus TCP and EtherCAT, among others. With universal network connectivity, netX is the backbone of the company’s extensive family of network interface products and custom solutions.

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Liyin Lin
Marketing Director
Tel: +886-2-8226-7786 ext. 2110

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December 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm

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New Normal or False Dawn: Foreign Direct Investment is the Key to Counter Volatility and Improve Food Security Robustness in Developing Asia

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-Market volatility has the greatest impact on the least food secure, mainly rural communities and farmers.
-Demand for varied and better quality food is driven by growing middle class.
-Policy makers have a role to attract greater FDI in the agriculture sector.

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Today the Rice Bowl Index Advisory Board issued an update to the 2015 Rice Bowl Index (RBI) Report. Titled “New Norm or False Dawn”, the white paper looks at the impact of economic and political factors on a country’s food security robustness.

There are many factors at play in the food security landscape. In 2015, slowing economic growth, lower commodity prices, changing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) landscapes and political reforms present a mixed outlook for consumer spending and food consumption patterns for countries included in the Rice Bowl Index.

Volatile market conditions have the greatest impact on the least food secure such as rural communities and farmers in developing Asia. Falling commodity prices reduce farmer incomes and resources, limiting their ability to invest in the production of higher quality products.

However, steady growth in household incomes for the middle and affluent classes continues. An increase in rapid economic development and improving job opportunities positively impacts their disposable income and drives demand for better quality food. However, farmers are unable to meet this demand as they do not have the resources to change cropping patterns or invest in technologies to deliver a more sustainable yield and better quality crop.

“The current environment we find ourselves in is not a new normal but a false dawn brought on by continued volatility in Asian agricultural markets. This stresses the continued importance for policy makers to strive to be food security robust in order to better manage this volatility,” commented Andrew McConville, member of the Rice Bowl Index Advisory Board and Head of Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Asia Pacific. “In order for Asian farmers to meet the growing demand for more varied and better quality food, they need access to the right agricultural inputs.”

A solution proposed by the Report was greater FDI support in the agriculture sector. Regulators and policy makers in developing Asia need to create an environment that is desirable for investment; this will help to bring the latest tools and technologies to growers in the region. Better quality food not only addresses the demand from the rise of the middle class but also has a positive impact on nutrition and is particularly needed to set the foundation for a healthy nation.

“The future outlook presented by the Rice Bowl Index continues to provide the necessary information for governments to tailor policies for a robust and sustainable food system,” said Paul Teng, RBI board member, Adjunct Senior Fellow (Food Security), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, and Principal Officer, National Institute of Education. “Policy makers need to employ a balanced approach within the four rubrics as highlighted by the Rice Bowl Index to enact change and this can be explored further on our new website.”

For more information on the Rice Bowl Index and the 2015 report, please visit or@RiceBowlIndex.

Download the 2015 Full Year Report for the Rice Bowl Index here.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Andrew McConville
Head of Corporate Affairs
Syngenta Asia Pacific
Tel: +6597296009

About the Rice Bowl Index

Launched in 2012, the Rice Bowl Index is a diagnostic tool and white paper that provides insight and information on the robustness of the food security system across Asia-Pacific. The Rice Bowl Index is designed to facilitate productive dialogue, collaboration and action between governments, NGOs and the private sector, moving from simply identifying problems to finding solutions.

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December 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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APRIL Group Announces US$100 million Investment in Expanded Peatland Forest Restoration and Conservation in Indonesia at COP21

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-US$100 million over 10 years on conservation and restoration
-Peatland forest area under active management doubled to 150,000 ha, significantly expanding areas protected under the Riau Ecosystem Restoration (RER)
-Increases APRIL conserved areas to 400,000 ha – equivalent to 83% of 1-for-1 conservation to plantation commitment – contributing to Indonesia’s climate goals

PARIS /PRNewswire/ — As governments meet in Paris to finalise a global climate treaty, leading pulp and paper company APRIL Group announced it would double its peatland restoration activities in Indonesia to 150,000 hectares and invest US$100 million over the next decade in conservation and restoration activites.

L-to-R: Deputy Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Dr. Nurmala Kartini Pandjaitan Sjahrir; The Nature Conservancy Global Managing Director, Lands, Justin Adams; APRIL shareholder & RGE Director Anderson Tanoto; APRIL Group Indonesia Operations MD Tony Wenas; Presidential special envoy for climate change Rachmat Witoelar; Deputy Minister for Food & Agriculture at Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Ir. Musdhalifah Machmud, MT.; APRIL Director of Conservation Dr. Petrus Gunarso.
L-to-R: Deputy Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Dr. Nurmala Kartini Pandjaitan Sjahrir; The Nature Conservancy Global Managing Director, Lands, Justin Adams; APRIL shareholder & RGE Director Anderson Tanoto; APRIL Group Indonesia Operations MD Tony Wenas; Presidential special envoy for climate change Rachmat Witoelar; Deputy Minister for Food & Agriculture at Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Ir. Musdhalifah Machmud, MT.; APRIL Director of Conservation Dr. Petrus Gunarso.

This increased commitment to Riau Ecosystem Restoration (RER) is believed to be the biggest investment by a private sector company in a single eco-restoration project in Indonesia, covering assessment, restoration and protection, and management and partnerships.

“This commitment illustrates how private sector organizations can support climate goals not just in terms of pledges but by going beyond them and actually putting resources on the table,” said Tony Wenas, Managing Director, APRIL Group Indonesia Operations.

“The global community has an extraordinary opportunity at COP 21 in Paris to make a difference for the future. This investment indicates our broader business case for restoration which encompasses the value of the ecosystem services and the need to have an inclusive approach with the community. As we learn and evolve our approach, we continue to deliver environmental benefits, economic opportunity through jobs and infrastructure, as well as social progress for local communities,” said Anderson Tanoto, Shareholder of APRIL Group and RGE Director.

The RER restoration area has been largely protected from burning during the last fire and haze season, one of the worst to have hit Southeast Asia, which indicates the effectiveness of APRIL’s landscape approach, supporting the case for further investment.

APRIL Group’s conservation and restoration activities delivered and committed now account for 400,000 ha – 150,000 in restoration and 250,000 in conservation – of forest in Indonesia, an area close to six times the size ofSingapore, while nearly matching its commercial plantation area. This 1-for-1 goal of conservation to plantation is one of the commitments made by the company under its strengthened Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP) announced six months ago, which ensured deforestation was eliminated from its supply chain.

The RER programme, which was established by APRIL Group in partnership with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and local NGO Bidara in 2013, protects and restores important peatland areas on the Kampar Peninsula inIndonesia’s Riau Province under eco-restoration licenses granted by the Indonesian Government.

“The partners involved in the RER project hope that it will be a living, working blueprint — an evolving example of what other public and private sector organisations can achieve more broadly through strong partnerships and bold vision,” said Dr.Tony Whitten, Asia-Pacific Regional Director at Fauna & Flora International.

Indonesia’s peatland areas are some of the most sensitive ecosystems in the world, while the Kampar Peninsula landscape is one of the largest peatland areas in Southeast Asia. Kampar’s tropical forests are rich in biodiversity and support endangered wildlife species, including the Sumatran tiger and sun bear.

Drawing on the expertise of APRIL Group, FFI and Bidara as well as local communities, RER employs a four-phase model of protection, assessment, restoration and management to rejuvenate previously degraded areas of forest and peatland. This model, complemented by APRIL’s Fire Free Village Programme and water management strategies, ensured that the Kampar Peninsula largely remained free of fire during the recent haze crisis.

APRIL Group Media Contacts:

Lucita Jasmin
Director for External Affairs

About APRIL Group (, Twitter: @aprilpulp)

APRIL Group is a leading producer of fibre, pulp and paper with manufacturing operations in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau Province, Indonesia. APRIL is a pioneer in the implementation of sustainability best practices in Indonesia’s pulp and paper industry, including the elimination of deforestation from its supply chain. APRIL Group is working towards conserving, protecting and restoring one hectare of high value conservation forest for every hectare of renewable plantation concession. Today, APRIL Group conserves more than 250,000 hectares with a further 150,000 hectares undergoing ecosystem restoration.

About Fauna & Flora International (FFI) (

FFI protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide — mainly in the developing world — FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.

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December 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm

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Orange Grove Capital Management Closes Yen 12.0 Billion Financing for Aoyama Building in Tokyo, Japan

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TOKYO /PRNewswire/ — Orange Grove Capital Management Pte Ltd, a real estate investment, asset management and advisory firm with offices in Tokyo and Singapore, has announced that it has closed a yen 12.0 billion senior debt financing of a 128,045 square foot commercial retail and office building located in the retail, fashion and entertainment district of Aoyama in central Tokyo.

The Aoyama property, Riviera Minami-Aoyama Building, is a prime commercial building located in Minami Aoyamaadjacent to Japanese National Route 246, a major retail corridor known as Aoyama-dori. With two separate towers, the property offers several floors of prime retail space and six floors of class “A” commercial office. The senior debt financing of yen12.0 billion provides a 5-year term.

Orange Grove helped secure the financing from a consortium of two major financial groups from a major European and Japanese commercial bank. “We are very pleased to be able to secure attractive financing from such best-in-class, global financial institutions on this absolutely prime property in Aoyama,” commented Toshio Masui, the CEO and founder of Orange Grove Capital Management.

About Orange Grove

Founded in 2013, Orange Grove Capital Management is a specialist real estate investment, asset management and advisory platform with offices in Tokyo and Singapore. The firm is a registered fund manager with the Monetary Authority of Singapore and investment advisor with the Financial Services Agency of Japan.  With offices inSingapore and Tokyo, Orange Grove has a team of 15 professionals and senior advisors.

Over the past two decades, the principals have in excess of US$7 billion in combined real estate acquisition, management, disposition and financing experience in global markets and through numerous cycles. The Orange Grove team covers all aspects and types of real estate including commercial, retail, residential, hotels and resorts, golf courses, warehouses, retirement homes, development, non-performing loans, corporate restructuring and financing.

For more information:

Ron Mahabir
Orange Grove Capital Management Pte Ltd

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December 3, 2015 at 2:46 pm

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EdTechXGlobal and SingEx Exhibitions Launch EdTechXAsia Series in Singapore in 2016

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-Leading international EdTech event brand owner joins forces with Singapore’s leading exhibition company to create global voice for education innovation and investment in Asia

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — EdTechXGlobal and SingEx Exhibitions, a subsidiary of SingEx Holdings, have established a new partnership to launch the EdTechXAsia event series in Asia. The 2016 EdTechXAsia event will be modelled after the highly-acclaimed EdTechXEurope annual summit, the leading education technology focused conference platform in Europe that brings together the global EdTech community through insights, investment and events.

Similarly, EdTechXAsia will create a thought leadership platform to drive conversations and solutions that are transforming the Education and Lifelong Learning needs of Asia in the 21st Century. The first edition of the EdTechXAsia summit and exhibition event will be held in Singapore in October 2016.

The Asia Pacific and specifically South East Asia is the fastest growing market for education and it is expected to be over USD 661 billion by 2020* and offers the largest market opportunity for education technology and professional skills development. Technology is also driving radical changes in education and labour at an unprecedented speed globally, creating disruptive innovation, creating new opportunities for collaboration and business innovation.

Themed 21st Century Education and 21st Century Skills, the EdTechXAsia event in Singapore will be programmed in collaboration with an international advisory panel to attract a unique community of worldwide education movers and shakers at the forefront of industry, innovation and investment.

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, Co-Founder of EdTechXGlobal said, “EdTEchXAsia, sister to our flagship event, EdTechXEurope, is created for the global community of thought leaders, investors, innovators, influencers and senior executives interested in exploring trends and opportunities in the fast changing Education Technology and LifeLong Learning industry. SingEx Exhibitions and EdTechXGlobal now share a common goal: connect talent, capital, innovation and opportunities to create a stronger EdTech ecosystem in Asia and globally.”

Adrian Sng, Director (Projects Management), SingEx Exhibitions added, “We are delighted to launch EdTechXAsia 2016 in Singapore in collaboration with EdTechXGlobal. Building on the excellent reputation of EdTechXEurope and our networks in Asia, we believe we can create a unique experience for the key stakeholders in the education-technology space. In addition, the event will provide invaluable networking and business opportunities for all participants via our customised business matching programmes.”

Educators, EdTech start-ups, innovators, investors, industry corporates, government and policy makers will share perspectives at the summit through keynotes, start-up innovation showcases, panel discussions, debates and workshops. Running alongside these sessions, will be a curated expo that will focus on experiential and innovative products and solutions.

About SingEx Exhibitions

SingEx Exhibitions is a subsidiary of SingEx Holdings, and is wholly owned by Singapore’s investment company, Temasek Holdings. The company harnesses insights and its strategic networks to organise and manage a series of trade exhibitions and conferences in various industries including automotive, environment, education, e-commerce and logistics, technology, healthcare and lifestyle. These events aim to connect businesses in Asia and globally, and facilitate business matching with opportunities and knowledge sharing. For more information, log on

About EdTechXGlobal:

EdTechXGlobal connects the global EdTech community through insights, investment and annual event series in EdTechXEurope in London and EdTechXAsia in Singapore. Their exclusive, thought-leader summits bring together executive level investors, innovators, and industry influencers from European and international education technology companies. Now in its fourth year, EdTechXEurope 2016 will be held on 15 – 16 June 2016 at Kings Place and aims to host 800+ international attendees and invite over 150+ speakers to engage in keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and extensive networking opportunities. Through partnerships with leading event brands, SXSWedu and WISE, as well as the global startup community, the EdTechXEurope 2016 summit will also showcase international perspectives and EdTech innovations from around the world.

For more information and to request an invite, please visit:

Media contact:
Heng Sue Yuan
SingEx Exhibitions
Tel: +65-6403-2554

*Source: Al Masah Capital: Southeast Asia Education Sector, April 2014

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December 3, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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Symantec Expands Global Security Operations Centers With US$50 Million Investment

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-Larger Asia-Pacific Presence Gives Customers More Comprehensive Monitoring and Intelligence to Stop Advanced Attacks

SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), one of the leaders in cybersecurity, today announced plans to beef up its Cyber Security Services business globally with an investment of more than US$50 million. A portion of this investment has been leveraged to build a new dedicated Security Operations Center (SOC) in Singapore, inaugurated today, doubling Symantec’s Cyber Security Service expertise in the Asia-Pacific region.

Symantec Expands Global Security Operations Centers With US$50 Million Investment
Symantec Expands Global Security Operations Centers With US$50 Million Investment


Now more than ever, organizations require a deeper security understanding and strong proactive security measures to gain the upper hand on adversaries. Symantec’s SOCs analyze 30 billion logs worldwide each day to provide enterprise-wide protection to help organizations strengthen their defenses and respond to new threats as they emerge 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

With the launch of the SOC in Singapore, businesses will have access to intelligence, accurate threat detection and proactive notification of emerging threats to ensure their most sensitive data is protected. The new SOC will also enable businesses to shorten the time between detection and response, reduce operational costs and proactively counter emerging threats.

“Today, technology alone may not stop advanced threats. Organisations need security experts on hand to interpret and prioritize the critical events that need action. By investing in people and security IQ in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific, Symantec is expanding its visibility into the region, enabling us to bolster customers’ security operations capabilities, and protect their critical information and assets,” said Samir Kapuria, SVP and general manager of Cyber Security Services at Symantec.

“The Asia-Pacific region is incredibly diverse and multi-cultural. This allows us to attract highly educated multi lingual security professionals who bring expertise and experience from many vertical industries and global security organizations and are well-versed in the security landscape,” added Kapuria.

Last year Symantec’s team of cyber professionals protected organizations from more than half a million web attacks per day, according to the 2015 Internet Security Threat Report.

The investment will enable the company to expand its Chennai, India SOC as well as the Tokyo, Japan SOC. The next phase of the company’s SOC expansion will take place in Europe, with more facilities expected to open within the next 12 months. Once complete, Symantec will have eight SOCs worldwide, extending their current team of 500+ certified cybersecurity professionals to address every stage of the cyber-attack lifecycle.

Symantec has also invested significantly in its cyber services-enabling technology, including big data analytics and distributed computing. With an increasing demand to manage customers’ security environments with Security as a Service, Symantec Cyber Security Services offers a strong portfolio, including Managed Security Services, DeepSight Intelligence, Incident Response and Security Simulation training.

This announcement follows a US$20 million investment in existing SOCs across Australia, India and Japan in the past year.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) one of the leaders in cybersecurity. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives.

Sumrita Chander


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December 3, 2015 at 2:33 pm

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PENANG, Malaysia/PRNewswire/ — The Star has landed in Northern Malaysia! Colossal light sculpture by Malaysian artist Ong Jun Hao has been installed in a concrete building structure in Raja Uda, Penang for Urban Xchange 2015 public art festival. Festival curator Gabija Grusaite explains that the installation is part of a bigger vision to use art and creativity to inspire positive change and community building. Malaysia has recently been on the international news for all the unpleasant events such as missing planes, corruption scandals, imprisoned opposition leaders and fast dropping national currency — the Star shines bright as the positive trigger in the hard times. It is not only an artwork, but also the means to create a new public space in Butterworth “Garden under the Stars” where concerts, performances and celebrations will take place.

Urban Xchange 2015 is a public art festival in Penang that curates site-specific and daring artworks that brings hope to the community. Organised by Hin Bus Depot which is a non-profit art center determined to inspire the new generation of Malaysians for creativity and thinking out of a box.

The Star is the most recent and ambitious project completed in mainland Penang. Stretching over 4 level high building structure the sculpture is made out of steel cables and LED lights. Created by Malaysian artist Jun Hao Ong and curated by Gabija Grusaite and Eeyan Chuah the artwork is landmark in Butterworth to create a new cultural context.

First recorded in an American space program, the term “glitch” was used to describe a spike or change in voltage in an electric current. The Star is a glitch in current political and cultural climate of the country, it is a manifestation of the conditions of Butterworth, a once thriving industrial port and significant terminal between the mainland and island. The odd juxtaposition of “Star” with its “host” creates new relationships, tangible and intangible. It is an aestheticization of digital and analog irregularities, becoming a transient portal to the future.



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December 3, 2015 at 2:27 pm

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