Media Art Nexus (MAN) NTU

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.