A wall installation that morphs itself into a sequence of shapes and patterns in response to participants' wearable tech garments. A thought-provoking mixed-media installation of sculptures and video monologues on the issue of development over preservation in MacRitchie Reservoir.
These are some of the creative works being presented at the ADM Show 2015, an exhibition by this year's graduating students from the School of Art, Design & Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
To be launched this evening by Mr Tan Chuan Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, the Show features the works of 165 students from the Class of 2015 across six disciplines: Digital Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Interactive Media, Photography and Digital Imaging, Product Design and Visual Communication.
This year is particularly special, as the School celebrates its 10th anniversary.
The ADM Show marks the transformation of these talented students into professional artists and designers poised for successful careers in the arts and creative industries. It is centred on the theme of amplification and motion, demonstrating how the ideas of these young up-and-coming creative talents are being projected into the world.
Commending the graduating class on their works, Professor Vibeke Sorensen, Chair of the School of Art, Design and Media, says, "The Class of 2015 has put together a remarkable exhibition that effectively captures how they have each matured in their own way. Our graduating students have clearly grown into multidimensional individuals equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the professional or academic world."
"As they embark on their exciting careers as visual communicators, product designers, photographers, filmmakers, interactive media artists, animators, entrepreneurs, scholars and thought leaders, boundless possibilities await them in the global art, design and media landscapes," said Prof Vibeke.
Among the avant garde works on display is Flirt, a multi-sensory interactive installation where participants will enter the space, dressed in wearable tech garments embedded with lights. Participants will need to move around just like birds-of-paradise in courtship, and in return, the Orii-wall sculpture, which is powered by 30 motors and a camera, will respond to the participants' movements by morphing itself into a sequence of shapes and patterns. This creates an intimate non-verbal connection between the participant and the Orii-wall.
Graduating students Clarence Ng, Chee Zhiquan and Audrey Tan were inspired by the plumage and complex courtship displays of birds-of-paradise. The team who are all Interactive Media majors specialising in games, took 12 months to put the installation together, half of which was focused on concept and prototype development.
"We wanted to introduce the idea of fashion and technology into games. But one major challenge was that we had not previously studied electronics and fashion. So we had to do our own research and learn how to control the different motors, while balancing it with the aesthetics of the sculpture and the garments," said Clarence.
Triggered by the Cross Island MRT Line project which will cut across MacRitchie Reservoir, which holds the last remaining primary forests in Singapore, Developing MacRitchie is a project that aims to challenge the issue of development over preservation.
To emphasise the message of environmental protection, Interactive Media student, Chu Hao Pei conceived a mixed-media installation, comprising sculptures made from actual signages from MacRitchie Reservoir accompanied by video monologues of the reservoir's flora and fauna to create an immersive space. The installation subtly provokes questions, such as how important is our natural heritage, and is not preservation a form of development too?
Hao Pei's interest in the theme was partly due to his active involvement in local grassroots activities, including the Save Bukit Brown and Love Our MacRitchie Forest campaigns. The former Silver Award winner of the Crowbar Awards, said, "I hope that this bring the beauty of Singapore's precious natural heritage to everyone, and encourage more people to pro-actively preserve the environment."
The ADM Show is open to the public from 8 to 17 May 2015 at the ADM Gallery at NTU's School of Art, Design and Media, 81 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637458, from 10am to 5pm on weekdays and from 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays. Admission is free.
The film screenings will be held on 21 May 2015 from 6.00pm to 10.00pm at The Projector, #05-00, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Singapore 199589. The animation screenings will be held on 13 August 2015 from 2.00pm to 8.00pm at Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis, 3 Fusionopolis Way, Singapore 138633.
For more information on the ADM Show, please visit: www.admgradshow.com.