News Details | 13-May-2011

NTU’s School of Art, Design & Media unveils ADM Show 2011

A prototype 3-dimensional typeface design inspired by HDB flats, installation art that creates a cinematic spectacle out of the physical realities of death, and conceptual wearable works of art that explore the connection between the human form and mathematical relationships – these are just some of the cutting-edge works by the Class of 2011 from Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) School of Art, Design & Media (ADM) that will be on display at the Old School on Mount Sophia from this weekend.

Featuring works by 143 graduating students from the School's six majors – Digital Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Interactive Media, Photography and Digital Imaging, Product Design and Visual Communication – the ADM Show 2011 is a visual showcase of creativity and imagination. Exhibiting their finest accomplishments, ADM Show 2011 marks the culmination of the young students’ four-year honours programme as they stand at the cusp of their professional careers. For the public, it is a great opportunity to experience the energy, vitality and diversity embodied in the work of these outstanding artists, most of which they will be seeing for the first time.

Professor Vibeke Sorensen, Chair, ADM, says, “The ADM Show 2011 marks the flowering of a special group of young and talented artists and designers. Their collective intelligence unfolds before us with remarkable grace and charm.   Their voyage together throughout these past four years reflects not only the creative spirit and critical mind of each unique individual, but their collective consciousness and vision."  

The students will display their final-year projects, as well as selected portfolio pieces spanning their academic career at ADM. Running the gamut from interactive installations to print and online publications; experimental films, innovative products and insightful photographic works, the works collectively tackle social issues, explores the personal, celebrates diversity and critiques the world around us.

In “Physical Realities of Death” for instance, installation artist Mr Tristan Cai uses staged photography and an informed sense of aesthetics, to create compelling emotive contexts in his works, while exploring the ambiguities surrounding death and religion.  In recognition of his fine works, Mr Cai has received several fellowship awards and exhibited in juried shows across Asia, in the USA and Europe, such as the prestigious Asia Photo Awards and the PX2 Paris Photo Award in 2007.

Another artist, Mr Frankie Tee, who is also a trained biotechnologist, draws inspiration from nature to come up with innovative designs and products, such as an interactive air analyzer to help children learn and prevent asthmatic attacks caused by air pollution. Mr Tee has also produced conceptual wearable works of art that could have well come from Lady Gaga’s wardrobe.  Mr Tee says, “Having trained formerly as a biotechnologist, I survey and understand nature through either my naked eye or the lens of a microscope. By drawing inspirations from such observations, my designs often reflect careful distillation of forms and cleverness in function.”

Guest-of-Honour Mr Edmund Cheng, Chairman of the National Arts Council (NAC) will officially open the ADM Show 2011 this evening. The exhibition is open to the public from 14 to 23 May, Old School, 11B Mount Sophia, 10.30am to 9.00pm daily. Admission is free. Half-hourly shuttle services will be also provided to and from Old School from 14 to 15 May, 10.30am to 6.30pm from Oldham Lane.
The ADM Show 2011 Animation and Film screenings will be held on 13 and 14 June at Filmgarde, Iluma, 201 Victoria Street from 7.00pm. As seats are limited, please contact by 6 June to register.

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Media contacts:

Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687 

Shamundiswari Gopalakrishnan (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Publicity & Outreach
School of Art, Design and Media,
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: 6513 8679


About the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), Nanyang Technological University

Comprising six diverse majors, the Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media’s programmes are developed to equip creative individuals with a holistic approach to design. Programmes are designed around on "hands-on" studio practice that emphasis the creative process and the use of research in understanding and solving problems. With the school’s innovative teaching methods structured to allow students to grow and adapt to the fast-changing world, the School of Art, Design & Media is indeed a place where dreams take flight.

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