Media Art Nexus or MAN is a community public art project that aims at providing a platform for exhibiting interactive digital new media art created by the multi-disciplinary community of Nanyang Technological University. Conceived with a vision to showcase digital interactive artworks, MAN is created to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in art, design, science, medicine and engineering technologies. MAN is a channel for discourse, exchange, participation and novel expression of the NTU community, local and international artists, scientists, researchers, cultural and art institutions. MAN aims to enhance students’ learning experience and vibrancy on campus.
This public art installation is a project of The NTU Art & Heritage Museum, and is built in collaboration with Associate Professor Ina Conradi, School of Art, Design and Media, ADM, and new media artist Mark Chavez, Giant Monster
The idea of installing a large-scale interactive digital art wall was conceived in October 2015 when Faith Teh, (Deputy Director/ The NTU Art & Heritage Museum) and Ina Conradi ( A/P School of Art, Design and Media, ADM) , met to explore art projects to enhance vibrancy on campus. To ensure the best use of technology and best practices, practical considerations such as benefits for students and other members of the campus community, and feasibility of implementation, many options were explored. This assessment was carried out with the support and help of Mark Chavez an independent new media artist and former ADM faculty.
The art wall titled “Media Art Nexus” (MAN) was installed in June 2016 at the newly renovated North Spine Plaza - right at the intersection connecting the future Learning Hub @ North and the engineering schools, the library, and the eating places. The existing digital artworks are by students and alumni of ADM, and members from an external art community. The content will be refreshed on a semestral basis. In the early November 2016, the platform will be featuring new interactive works by Final Year projects from the NTU School of Information Engineering and Media Programme IEM, Undergraduate Research Programme URECA andSchool of Art, Design and Media (ADM) courses in collaboration with the lab in the
This year, the interactive artwork will be exhibited at the largest and prestigious new media festival: “ARS Electronica Festival 2016” in Linz, Austria (8-12 Sept 2016).
MAN is one of The NTU Art & Heritage Museum's various “Art on Campus” initiative - an initiative that is supported by Provost with the aim of ‘bringing art to the people’. This initiative which started in 2014 has been well-received. To-date, a total of 6 prominent public art installations had been installed around campus. Many of which were created by NTU Community. Also, in collaboration with School of ADM and ERI@N, NTU Museum also started a Renewable Energy Public Art collection – a collection that is unique to NTU Museum and not available in other museums in Singapore. More public art installations will be installed on campus and NTU Museum looks forward to partnering schools, students, and faculty in creating and installing more artworks. The Museum will be launching an “Art-Trail” on campus in 2017.
Special Thanks to Nanyang Technological University Prof Freddy Boey, NTU Provost, Prof Kwok Kian Woon Anthony, Associate Provost (Student Life), President's Office, Ms. Teh Eng Eng Faith, Deputy Director, NTU Museum, Aisyah Zaman Senior Assistant Manager, NTU Museum, James Koh Principal Contracts Director & Director, Projects, Management, Office of Development & Facilities, Jimmy Lee Chief of Auxiliary Housing Services Officer, Felix Tan, Nuvola Media