Multicultural artwork

  • Education
  • Sunday, 08 Feb 2015

Korean students discussing an artpiece and some of its similarities to wayang kulit .

THE Living Shadow’ arts exhibition which was held at the E-Gallery Faculty of Creative Multimedia at the Multimedia University in Cyberjaya was no ordinary arts exhibition.

It proved that arts can be used as a tool to strengthen the ties between two countries, namely Malaysia and Korea.

The exhibition showcased eight printed artworks and eight motion graphic artworks produced by eight postgraduate students from Inje University, Korea and a similar number of postgraduate students from Multimedia University in conjunction with the second research creation workshop.

Programme coordinator Fauzan Mustaffa said the aim of the workshop was to share experiences and strengthen ties between the two universities while the artworks were the students’ assignments to symbolise the Malaysian lifestyle in terms of places, food and heritage.

“A series of field trips was organised for our Korean counterparts to explore the diversity of our Malaysian culture, people and the environment.

“They also attended interdisciplinary media lectures, culture exposures and a thematic art direction.

“At the end of the workshop, participants showcased their work at the E-Gallery,” he said.

Korean student An Sumi, 24, and her friends, Kim Ye, 24, and Bella Sunmubae, 24, said they tried to capture their most interesting experiences while visiting Malaysia to be symbolised into pieces of artworks.

“In Korea, we only have one culture, but here in Malaysia there are many beautiful cultures and values,” said An who is an interior design student.

Kim, a visual design student, said she was fascinated by the art in a ‘Wayang Kulit’ show. She attended a thematic lecture by contemporary shadow play artist Tintoy Chao on “The Interpretation of Malaysian Shadow Play”.

Sunmubae, an interior design student, said Malaysia is a beautiful country and a good place to seek inspiration of the arts.

The Living Shadow exhibition was opened by Faculty of Creative Multimedia dean Assoc Prof Dr Neo Tse Kian.

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