Media Art Nexus NTU

Transforming a static wall in a non-descript passageway into an evolving digital painting

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MAN is conceived with a vision to showcase wide range of experimental new genre and media art including digital art, algorithmic and generative art, interactive art, music/sound visualization, virtual art, video games and interdisciplinary collaborations in art, design, science, medicine and engineering technologies. The diverse media wall, measuring 15 x 2 meters, is located at the North Spine Plaza at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

The NTU Art & Heritage Museum promotes a keen awareness and strong interest in art and heritage on campus. Being part of the university, the Museum has the advantage to work with schools from the various disciplines and the artist community, and initiates interdisciplinary research and collaborations in exhibitions and programmes. The Museum has an important educational role, and engages the NTU Community by providing opportunities for participation in special art projects. The Museum also brings art to the Community through an active Public Art programme. Opened in 2008 and listed under the National Heritage Board’s (Singapore) Approved Museum Scheme, the Museum has a Southeast Asia and contemporary art collection and exhibits mostly at public spaces on campus for the maximum impact in outreach.

Media Art Nexus (MAN) is one of the NTU Art and Heritage Museum’s various Art on Campus initiatives–with the aim of “bringing art to people”. In June of 2016, fifteen meters high by two meters tall led screen transformed the non-descriptive passageway at the core artery of the University. As a university supported public art project, MAN was conceived with a vision to showcase digital artworks, and to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in art, design, life sciences and technology. With more than five thousand people passing by daily coming and going to the newly constructed learning centre, imaginarium’, known of and talked about in Singapore and internationally. In less than two years, MAN has featured more than 400 hundred art works done by community, students, local and international artists. The works premiered internationally in 8K at Ars Electronica’s Deep Space in 2016 for the occasion of the yearly festival, “one of the world’s most important media art festivals”. The Arc, a teaching facility built at NTU, MAN is not only an art landmark of NTU and its 40,000 inhabitants but is a one of a kind ‘urban passageway’ that is trans-formative for the community of NTU.

MAN is a joint initiative of Ina Conradi, Associate Professor, School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Ms Faith Teh, NTU Museum Deputy Director, and Mark Chavez, an animation veteran and founder of Giant Monster Pte Ltd. Their future plans are to pursue an artistic research via art galleries, workshops, curatorial meetings, symposiums, and conferences with an effort to develop awareness for media arts, share art experiences and strengthen the convergence of public art and communities in Singapore and internationally.

Created for the Media Art Nexus installation site, and the SGIO Tokyo show in August 2017. Crepuscular Rays of the Moon was inspired by Josiah Chua's fashion sense.

ART WORK CREDITS
Directed, animated and programmed by Mark Chavez | Giant Monster Pte Ltd | SG/US
Collaborator & Story Board Art Ina Conradi | Nanyang Technological University Singapore | SG
Interaction programming by Corey Mason Manders | A*STAR Singapore | SG
VFX assistance Pamela Ng | Artists SG
Sound Design Philip Tan | Artist Educator | SG
Music Score Tate Chavez | Artist UC Berkeley | US/SG
SUPPORT RECEIVED FROM Singapore Tourism Board & Nanyang Technological University Singapore Art & Heritage Museum

Emote Portfolio

The Emote Project (Animation, 50 minutes, 12 chapters, 2017) is about feelings, brain waves and real-time experimental animation, Using EEG the brain signals were recorded and analyzed for recognizing emotional patterns in music. We attempt to join those music studies with 20 animated shorts created in 4 chapters of abstract animation.

The main motivation behind the film was to create beautiful moving painting that would expand into 3D stereo pictorial space. Imagery was inspired after Light and Space Art Movement and optical and geometric painterly abstractions. How geometric shapes and use of light affect the environment and perception of the viewer was project's concern.

INA CONRADI + MARK CHAVEZ: MEDIA ART NEXUS NTU SINGAPORE

Ina is an award-winning new media artist. Ina has presented her works at the Ars Electronica Festival, 3D Beyond Festival ZKM, Siggraph Asia Hong Kong, ISEA, Asia Animation Forum PISAF Korea, 3D Stereo MEDIA Liège, the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival, Paramount Studios Hollywood, FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia Stuttgart.

Ina Conradi

Ina’s research interests are in new media art explorations. Her digital paintings are animated and fit variable media spaces, creatively employing digital painting, animation, since 2010 stereography and panoramic 360 projection. Her films have been awarded and screened internationally and she presented her works at the events such as Stereopsia 2017 (3D Stereo MEDIA 2013), Web 3D Art Gallery QUT Brisbane 2017, Visualization Matters UNSW 2017, Ars Electronica Festival 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016, Asia Animation Forum PISAF Korea 2014 and 2017, S3D 3D Festival Beyond, ZKM 2013-16, 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013, Women 3D directors Paramount Studios Hollywood 2014, FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Transmedia Stuttgart 2014, Siggraph Asia Hong Kong 2014, ISEA 2010, Brooklyn Film Festival New York 2012, Anima Mundi Festival Brazil 2012 and 2013, 3D stereo Dimension 3 Festival Paris, 2010, Attakkalari India Biennial Bangalore India 2010. Ina holds BFA in Textiles Painting from the University of Applied Art Belgrade and MFA in Arts from the University of California LA. Ina has been Japan Foundation Fellow since 1991. She has been teaching at the California State University Long Beach (2000-03); LASALLE College of the Arts, (2005-07); Nanyang Technological University Singapore, School of Art, Design and Media, (Asst. Prof 2007-2015), earning Associate Professor 2015-till present. She has been presented with the Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award 2015 and the Nanyang Education Award 2014 (School) for recognition to the influence of inspirational teaching

Mark Chavez

An award-winning animator, artist, educator and entrepreneur, Mark has developed systems and techniques for animation in many different media including laser light and computer graphics. His worked on numerous big budget, award winning animated and live-action films at studios such as Philips Interactive, Tokyo Broadcasting System Vision, Acclaim Entertainment, Dreamworks Feature Animation and Rhythm and Hues Studio, Playa Vista. An animation industry veteran and founding faculty at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media in the Digital Animation area. He is currently based in Singapore, consulting with start-up companies on gamification of learning protocols using AI based teacher avatars, and creating interactive/reactive artworks for public art installations. He was the Art Gallery Chair for SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 conference in Hong Kong and Educators Program Chair SIGGRAPH Asia 2008. Mark's current work utilizes audio reactive and generative real-time animation.