Digital Arts

Student work created for Media Art Nexus

Media Art Nexus

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“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

The exhibition explores the connections between art of pattern and literature.

Creating transformative spatial experiences through digital art works

ADM DA 9012 Media Art Nexus
Media Art Nexus NTU Singapore, Photo Credit by Solomon Quek Jia Liang

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Group exhibition: 14 short experimental animations, 3 interactive installations, 2016

Based around the theme of The City, the works examine the built environment at varying levels; from the microscopic and intangible, to the grandiose and abstract. Done in collaboration between the students of NTU ADM, IEM and in Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine the artworks employs a variety of techniques ranging from digital animation, generative art, as welt as interactive data-driven pieces that were developed using Processing, the Unity game-engine and Touch Designer.

NTU ADM Year 1, 2D Foundation Studies, 2016/17 Semester 1
Faculty: Mimi Zalina, Shirley Lim, Joy Qi Yi Ho, Ina Conradi Chavez, Animation and Programming Mark Chavez

In this project, 168 ADM Foundation students are asked to pick four movie quotes from various movies that they have watched over the years. The challenge was to create a visual narrative that expresses each quote using only symbols, pictograms, dingbats (ornaments), icons and engravings as vizual vocabulary. Students manipulated, altered and deconstructed the found graphic imagery to transcend its original meaning through the creation of the indicated narratives. In order to reinterpret such preconceived associations, they had to think laterally and use narrative techniques such as hyperbole (exaggeration), metaphor, caricature, parody, anthropomorphism, etc., to create new interpretations that are visually engaging and meaningful.

Supernatural is series of over 140 digital paintings done by the art students from the School of Art, Design and Media class Pattern, Art, Design and Architecture. Students created series of motifs inspired by various themes, from Chinese Traditional Storytelling (2013,14), Nature and Darwinism (2015), and Daydreaming (2016). For the occasion of Media Art Nexus NTU the two dimensional compositions are reanimated using experimental realtime animation into playful puzzles with unpredictable and abstract pattern variations. In collaboration with NTU Museum original artworks were exhibited as large scale textile banners (3,6 m X 0.4m) Pavilion at Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre at NTU in 2015 as well as projected on a facade of the building for the occasion of the Aliwal Arts Night Crawl 2015 .

The works premiered at the Deep Space 8k at the Ars Electronica Festival 2016. For the ocasion compositions were programmed and animated. Animation by Mark Chavez
Music by Philip Tan after Variations on Bach's Cello Suite No 1

by Ivan Yew, 3D experimental animation, LED screen 15000 mm by 2000 mm, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, 2016
The series of six animated chapters: Abyssus, Bivittatus, Monolite, Shifting States, Violet Split, Dreams Factory, all interlace into expressive lyrical painting.

Photographs taken by Quek Jia Liang