Shining a light on artistic talent

A student briefing Muhammad Bakhtiar (second from right) about the artwork’s concept. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/The Star

INYALA 2019 is the first interactive light art installation exhibition in Malaysia that combines both art and technology.

“iNyala, an acronym for INteractive, You, and Light Art, also means ignite in Bahasa Malaysia,” said iNyala founder Helios Loo.

The exhibition features 12 art installations from industry professionals such as Jun Ong, FNL PRJCT and Helio as well as university students from Dasein Academy of Art, Multimedia University, Raffles College of Higher Education, The One Academy and UCSI University.

“The words ‘I’ and ‘Nyala’ together brings to mind a candle, which burns itself and shines on others,” he said.

The simple idea represented light and light as guidance, he added.

“iNyala aims to be a platform to bring industry professionals and aspiring talents together to open the public’s mind to imagination.

“It combines technology, art and human interaction to give a sense of how art can be playful yet informative, innovative and borderless,” said Loo.

He added that the participants went through workshops in the past few months and all the art installations were committed to sustainability efforts and energy efficiency initiatives.

Present at the launch was Tourism, Arts and Culture deputy minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik.

“The exhibition does not just celebrate art and technology but also young talents,” he said during his speech.

“It is my hope to make iNyala an annual attraction for international visitors as part of Visit Malaysia 2020.

“The newly unveiled Budget 2020 for art industry, offers a tax reduction for corporate sponsors on arts and cultural activities as well as income tax exemption for organisers,” he added.

The exhibition is ongoing until Nov 30 at RexKL and admission is free.

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