Illuminating nation’s history with 3D technology

The facade of Malaysia Tourism Centre in Kuala Lumpur lit up with a digital artwork for the ‘Terang’ night show, which will end on Oct 29.

AN OLD colonial building in Kuala Lumpur takes centre stage in a projection mapping spectacle titled “Terang.”

Until Oct 29, the facade of Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC) will be lit with 3D digital artworks when night falls.

The show brings together 13 artists from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia and is boosted by the creative contributions of 21 local and international university students.

“Terang” is an initiative led by Filamen, a local new media art collective that curates digital art exhibitions.

The aim is to serve as a reminder to protect our nation’s rich history and identity by bringing heritage architecture into the limelight.

The show presents 34 video- mapping artworks. each lasting one-and-a-half minutes.

One of the 34 eye-catching digital artworks aiming to capture the beauty of heritage buildings.One of the 34 eye-catching digital artworks aiming to capture the beauty of heritage buildings.

The artworks are conceptualised around the theme “warisan” (heritage) to pay homage to the diverse and intricate traditions of the participants’ countries.

Among the participants are professional artists and groups including Pavee from Thailand, Ape Plus Studio from Indonesia and OneShot Production from Malaysia.

Also involved are students from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Rangsit University International College in Thailand, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and The One Academy from Malaysia.

The projection mapping show is expected to captivate 30,000 spectators spread across nine evening presentations.

In a statement, show organiser and Filamen co-founder Abdul Shakir, also known as Grasshopper, said Malaysia was a treasure trove of beautiful buildings with historical and architectural significance.

“These distinctive heritage buildings are overshadowed by relentless urban development.

“We believe that “Terang” harnesses the transformative capabilities that bring a different dimension.

“If our audiences depart with a revived interest in the living tapestry of our shared heritage, we are halfway to accomplishing our mission,” he said.

The “Terang” multisensory works are unveiled at MaTiC, an 88-year-old building located on one of the earliest and longest roads in Kuala Lumpur.

It has hosted important events, such as the first meeting of Parliament of the Federation of Malaya in 1959 and installation ceremonies for several Yang DiPertuan Agong.

The historical building was the National Art Gallery from 1958 to 1984, and today houses MaTiC.

“Terang” kicked off with an open call in August, inviting local and international artists as well as university students specialising in the arts, creative and new media to submit artworks.

The works were judged by a panel of projection mapping experts, with prizes awarded accordingly.

The panel of judges comprised Thailand’s Jib who is the DecideKit head and the second prize winner of the 2019 1-minute Projection Mapping at Odawara Castle in Kanagawa, Japan; Indonesia’s Adi Panuntun who is CEO of audiovisual and multimedia studio Sembilan Matahari in Bandung, Indonesia; Indonesia’s Fadjar Kurnia who is The Fox The Folks creative director and grand prize winner of 1-minute Projection Mapping 2021 at Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery in Tokyo; and National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage (Aswara) Future Creative School director Dr Jazmi Jamal.

A series of complementary digital and on-ground workshops and sharing sessions is being held to deepen visitors’ connection with “Terang” and the art of projection mapping.

The series by Aswara is held in conjunction with SEA Futurist in Arts and Cultural Exchange 2023 programme to help preserve cultural heritage in South-East Asia through digitalisation.

“Terang” is organised by Filamen and Pixel World, co- organised by Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, Aswara and MaTiC. It is made possible by projection partner Epson Malaysia, MyCreative Ventures, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, AirAsia and Rubix Communications.

The show is free and open to the public from 8pm to 11pm, until Oct 29.

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