Between 1st-23th August, WAVES will deliver two media architecture installations, one in Singapore at the Media Art Nexus NTU (MAN NTU) under the auspices of NTU Art and Heritage Museum, and one in the UK, at the Gulbenkian Media Façade (GMF) which is part of the Gulbenkian - the University of Kent’s Arts Centre. The selected artworks make use of digital technologies in the public sphere to connect people, culture and community across geographies, bridging the distance between the two continents.
This cross-continental urban media project aims to build a sense of community beyond physical space, using art to develop global awareness and to support cross-cultural audiovisual exchanges. The selected artworks are juxtaposed through two themes, one that creates worlds of wonder and another that explores real-life environmental issues, such as the effects of plastic pollution in water.
Chris Hudson is an Anglo-Greek photographer and filmmaker based in the UK. He came to the University of Kent to further his knowledge on how one can realise their creativity in digital form.Go to portfolio
Clara Lim is a visual designer based in Singapore. She explores inter-disciplinary design through mediums across video and installation. Her work is inspired by anti-aesthetic, 80s post punk graphics, 90s Hong Kong films and grime art with a colour palette that pays homage to neon synth waves.
Dan Ng is a photographer and videographer. His area of interest is portrait photography and fashion videography. Dan has experience in graphic designing and he have worked with brands such as DBS bank and international brands such as Coach and Daniel Wellington.
Eleana Gavriel is a UK/Cyprus-based digital artist with a passion for animation and illustration. She is a big lover of cinema and currently working as a video producer and editor.Go to portfolio
Debbie Ng is a freelance graphic designer who never turns down a cuppa (or three). She dabbles in illustration, photography and copywriting, but really, the thing she thinks she is best at is finding a Spotify playlist for any occasion.Go to portfolio
Sheryl Sim has always been curious about the world around her and is constantly wandering and wondering. There is something about the world - its beauty, mysteries & story - that beckons her. Her art is a response to them. She hopes her art will share the world's wonders and shed light on its predicaments, giving voice to the voiceless.
Thanuja (or Anshela) Tharmaseelan is a Kent based student, studying Digital Arts at the University of Kent. 1 part designer, 1 part introvert, 2 parts lemonade.Go to portfolio
Jiaman is an Interactive Media and Visual Design student based in Singapore. Inspired by human stories and culture, she strives to create meaningful immersive, multi-sensory works for Advertising and Visual Installations.Go to portfolio
Ivan Yew, is a visual designer based in Singapore, focusing on brand identity and digital art. His aim is to engage brands and provide creative design solutions that are unique, versatile, and aesthetically pleasing.Go to portfolio
Yee Hui Wong is a Digital Arts student who wishes to learn and improve her understanding of making multimedia art. Her interest in the creative industry is related to telling stories through visuals. There she hopes to develop her skillset further.Go to portfolio
Sylvester Tan is a graphic design and media art student based in Singapore. He is interested in critical theory approaches to design, using speculative design to challenge everyday assumptions and concepts. He is experienced in analogue and media based installations, and has participated in various Singapore-based art exhibitions.Go to portfolio
Zhang Longfei is a freelance motion designer and self-taught photographer. He designs motion art for corporate companies, events, TV Channels and commercials, like the Singapore National Day Parade, Channel NewsAsia, Singtel and others.Go to portfolio
Sam White is a "WorldSkills UK Moving Image" finalist, a visual effects artist and motion graphic designer. An Amateur filmmaker and music composer, also an avid sound designer. 80% made up of video games and the rest goes to movies.
Lau Yi Wen is a product experience designer who specialises in user experience and product innovation. She is interested in exploring user spatial interactions via time-based media in her personal projects.Go to portfolio
Shiau Yu is a photography student who also paints. She is interested in the human condition within Asian societies and she uses art-making as a form of research and knowledge production.Go to portfolio
Kayleigh Osborne-Brown is a Digital Arts student at the University of Kent, who considers herself lucky to be studying something that she has a passion for, and something that can help her get leverage in the creative field.
Melissa Low is a graphic designer based in Singapore. She has a strong interest in exploring and experimenting with various medium to provide desired design solution in all visual aspects of the graphic design scene. Values of commitment, responsibility and obligations are imbued in her, pushing versatility in her skills.Go to portfolio
Al-Azmir is a freelance videographer and editor who is curious about the world around him. He preserves memories through capturing visual imagery and strives to share it with the rest of the world.Go to portfolio
Alice Daiana Isacila is a maker of graphics, avid reader of philosophy, and drinker of coffee. Constantly over-analysing fonts & life, and how to connect the two.Go to portfolio
The sea monster endlessly grows as water pollution levels increase. The story is set in the middle of the ocean, where silhouettes of monsters and sea creatures are revealed, performing the story of plastic pollution of our seas.
‘Streak’ is a kaleidoscopic alternate reality that plays on the manipulation of light and time. Through the use of long exposure photography, light entering the lens is prolonged and stretched out, giving a sense of movement through time.Go to video
"Flow" explores the inevitable change in an increasingly digital and automated world and what it does for the environment, through the abstract imagery of melting liquids.Go to video
A collection of visuals that portray the overwhelming pollution of plastic that our planet is currently facing. The deep rumble that can be heard in the background is known as the ‘Taos Hum’ an unexplained sound that can be heard from different corners of the world. It is used to represent the time-worn voice of the Earth.
Intergalactic explores the connection between the five elements of water, fire, air and earth in the mesmerising setting of the galaxy.Go to video
"The Creature' is an experimental film about an alien's life cycle from birth, maturation to death. The autonomous chemistry of fluids colliding not only creates chaos but also serendipity and inspiration."Go to video
Celebration Day is an experimental short film tackling environmental issues in today’s society. The film explores the connection between water and plastic in an unconventional manner, suggesting the happy events in people’s lives which produce massive amounts of pollution. The destructive effects are disclosed by the tense sound and glitchy editing which emphasize the heavy atmosphere.
The series of six animated chapters: Abyssus, Bivittatus, Monolite, Shifting States, Violet Split, Dreams Factory, all interlace into expressive lyrical painting.Go to video
The blend of Oriental and Occidental motifs merges into modern abstraction. It is in between the mix of these cultural influences and extremes that the art work starts dialogue about origin, differences and diversity to be appreciated by viewers of various cultural heritages.Go to video
Plastic. It's all around us, and it would be almost impossible to completely eliminate it from our day-to-day lives. One small decision, like the one to not recycle, could have substantial impacts on our environment. We only have one Earth, with limited space and resources, and marine litter is increasing year on year. Isn't it time we made a change?
Damned, a media art, is an artist’s plea and cry for the protection of the beautiful, life-giving Mekong River. It illustrates the repercussions of building dams and dynamiting the river, that homes a myriad of precious marine lives and serves as a source of livelihood for many.Go to video
Inspired by the trope of female grotesque and monstrosity used in Asian Films, 'Give Me Back My Baby' portrays the character of female ghost in new light by highlighting their distinct features while capturing both their beauty and the grotesque.Go to video
A short film comparing the natural world with the artificial and man made. By bending the lines between the two and moulding water into unique shapes the film showcases the juxtaposition between the two.
The Flow of Violence is an abstract piece inspired by a Singapore folktale "Redhill" that involves the scene of turbulence and violence in the southern coast of Singapore.Go to video
"Yin&Yang a love story. On each end were lovers, the sun and the moon, yin and yang, longing to be together, they chase the shadows of each other, and just for a moment the moon passes the sun, and the earth goes dark."Go to video
Originating from the theme of water and plastic, the concept behind my video was one based on the idea of running out of time. I chose to emphasise that plastic pollution is happening at an increasing rate and that the effects are getting worse, very quickly.
The Ethereal Spirit of a Beauty is a video re-mix of 1987 Hong Kong romantic horror film of the same name. Artwork appropriates and glitches footage starring Leslie Cheung as Ning Choi-san, and Joey Wong as Nip Siu-sin to create something new. Melange of images is overlaid with the sound of rain.Go to video
Spacebar explores boundless void to reveal the presence of space based on one’s perspective.The visual alters capriciously to illustrate the infinite spatial quality of non-descriptive passage wall.Go to video
(MAN NTU) has a goal in redefining the meaning of time-based media art in the public realm of Singapore and beyond. It is the first non-commercial urban screen of its kind in Singapore, dedicated exclusively to art content. Media Art Nexus (MAN) is an artist-led urban media platform - 15m by 2m large LED media wall - exhibition space. The platform is one of the various NTU Art & Heritage Museum’s Art on Campus initiatives, a programme that started in 2014 with the aim of “bringing art to people”. The series of over 30 public art installations are part of NTU Museum Art Trail on Campus featuring a collection that is unique in Singapore.
(GMF) is an integrated outdoor media platform that maps projections onto the façade of the Gulbenkian, the University of Kent’s Arts Centre. It is the first permanent outdoor projection mapping platform in Canterbury. GMF is accessible to local and university communities, and is part of the Gulbenkian’s long-term strategy to bring digital technologies into the Arts, engaging with local and international, emerging and established artists and communities in the production and co-production of artworks. Installed in 2017, it counts with 3 high-lumen projectors that cover 72m surface area (dimensions = 20 x 3.6 m).
Ina Conradi, Mark Chavez
Dr Rocio von Jungenfeld, Boyd Branch
Sylvester Tan, Clara Lim
Jadine Ingram, Alice Isacila, Sam White
Liz Moran, Oliver Carruthers, David Haigh, Dave Yard
Teh Eng Eng, Faith, Muhammad Mustajab Bin Mohamad, Solomon Quek Jia Liang