iNYALA is Malaysia’s first interactive light art exhibition which will took place during the month of November at REXKL. The iNYALA 2019 exhibition featured 12 art installations, two of which were created by none other than The One Academy’s talented students.
This event is a platform which promotes new media art, an art form which are created or modified with the integration of technology, changing the way the artwork can be conceptualized, interpreted, created and engaged. The theme this time round was “Imagine the Impossible, challenging participants to dream, learn, innovate and create a borderless experience and appreciation for the art sector. The exhibition truly transported visitors from a concrete city to a unique and immersive digital park with a collection of visual, audio and sensory interactive experiences.
The participating team from The One Academy is BIMDs, a group of six young talented creative designers hailing from the faculty of Digital Media Design. Tan Yan Jun, Eric Koh Wen Hong, Tan Jia Yan, Yee Zi Xin, Lee Sher Rynn and Tenya Soh U-Rou impressed visitors with their installations ‘Icosahedron’ and ‘Swing Beyond’. In the iNYALA Interactive Light Art Exhibition Award Ceremony that took place on 2 December 2019, ‘Swing Beyond’ won the Best Visual Appearance Award for extraordinary quality of artwork and visual appearance.
‘Swing Beyond’ is an interactive light installation that you can sit on and play with. It is inspired by the metaphoric meaning of light as hope and a swing which is commonly associated with happiness during childhood days. The purpose of this installation is to help users regain their courage and let their imaginations run wild while reigniting their passion about life. As creators, the team aimed to help users “travel back in time” to their childhood days and reminisce the moments of chasing after the impossible. The interactive elements of this installation are the swing and a cloud above it which changes colours to become more vibrant as the user begins to swing.
The ‘Icosahedron’ is another interactive installation of a mysterious, dark-looking sculpture inspired by the polyhedron that is formed by 20 irregular surfaces. When the user touches a certain surface, the sculpture would react and gives a surprising outcome that would become a memorable experience to the user. This project serves to intrigue users' imaginations and anticipation on what they are going to discover next. Both these installations were made using sustainable materials which can be recycled and reused for other purposes after dismantling. The installations themselves are also portable and can be put up anywhere else when required.
Both these installations were made using sustainable materials which can be recycled and reused for other purposes after dismantling. The installations themselves are also portable and can be put up anywhere else when required. Despite facing many challenges such as time, technical skills and more, this group has managed to pull off a truly impressive feat. Huge congratulations to the team BIMDs and keep up the great work!