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When art meets tech

28 Aug 2022

Team Lueur with Minister for Culture, Community & Youth Edwin Tong in front of their projection on Stamford Court Clock Tower. Photo taken from Edwin Tong’s Facebook

After an intensive curriculum on projection mapping and post-production techniques, NP’s pioneer batch of Media Post-Production (MPP) students launched multisensory showcases for their capstone projects. In the process, they worked with partners ranging from the National Heritage Board (NHB) and events management company Pico to dance company P7:1SMA. 

One group of students, who called themselves Team Lueur, partnered Pico and NHB to project their work onto the Stamford Court Clock Tower at 61 Stamford Road, which was viewed by thousands as part of the Singapore Night Festival 2022 in August. 

Their pop art-style projection mapping artwork titled Madeleine took viewers through historical landmarks and cultural milestones such as the Fort Canning Park and Masjid Sultan, which are unique to the Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) precinct, the arts, heritage and design district in the heart of Singapore's civic centre. Madeleine refers to something that triggers memories, in allusion to a nostalgic passage in Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.

Team Leur member, Han En Yu, said that in line with this year’s Singapore Night Festival theme of “Rebirth”, the students initially wanted to use the life cycle of a butterfly to chronicle the stories of the BBB precinct.

But when the team visited the National Museum and several other landmarks in the precinct as part of their research, they came across the hornbill in various forms in different artworks.

En Yu said: “We decided to make the hornbill, an animal much more unique to the precinct itself, our narrative device instead.”

Working with a high-profile client like NHB gave the students the opportunity to dive straight into industry-level work.

Another student, Siti Fairos Masyirah shared: “We had three to four meetings with NHB to ideate, receive feedback and refine our concepts. During our meetings with them, we were always treated like industry professionals, which gave us the independence and confidence to represent NP with our work and make our lecturers proud.” 

Watch how the students use the hornbill as their narrative device in their work, Madeleine.

Read more about another outstanding project, Lautan here.