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iNYALA 2019 Exhibition is Now Open

Light up your imagination in Malaysia’s first interactive light art exhibition.

Officiated by ​The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture​, ​Yang Berhormat Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik​, iNYALA’s first interactive light art exhibition commenced smoothly and successfully on last Friday, 1 November 2019 at REXKL.

The nation’s first interactive light art exhibition is open to the public for free and will run from 1 to 30 November 2019 at REXKL. The exhibition features 12 art installations created by both local industry professionals alongside university and college students across Klang Valley.

YB Tuan Bakhtiar was giving speech during iNYALA exclusive preview.

During the exclusive preview, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar said, “I would like to thank iNYALA for inviting me to be part of this occasion that not only celebrates art and technology but also discovers young talents and brings them to new light. I’m happy to note that here in Malaysia, we too have bold young artists and talents that are exploring the possibilities of combining art and technology to breathtaking result. With the unveiling of iNYALA, KL will have its own exciting interactive light art exhibition.”

iNYALA 2019 also serves as a competition ground for nine finalist teams from five local higher education institutions – Dasein Academy of Art, Multimedia University (MMU), Raffles College of Higher Education, The One Academy and UCSI University, corresponding to the key theme ‘​Imagine the Impossible​’.

“The future of new media art in Malaysia is still at its infancy stage despite having a pool of aspiring talents and artists from a wealth of cultures, backgrounds and abilities. We are all eager to explore, experiment and contribute to the creative industry. iNYALA aims to be the platform to bring the industry professionals and aspiring talents together to open the public’s mind to imaginations – how it can be realised with technology and creativity, at the same time going deeper to explore the possibilities of turning the installations to becoming applicable solutions to solve issues in the society,” said ​Helios Loo​, Founder of iNYALA.

YB Tuan Bakhtiar and Founder of iNYALA, Helios Loo officiated iNYALA with LED fan customized with iNYALA key theme ‘Imagine The Impossible’.

Located on the ​kelas khas ​(reserved floor) in the heritage and reformed REX cinema, there’s a sense of nostalgia as you step into the site despite its lightly modernised decor that includes neon lights complementing the theme of the exhibition rather well.

The VIP guests, judges and members of the media were ushered into the former cinema through the immersive laser light – ​Quantum ​by renowned light artist and architect Jun Ong.

They also presented the launch video on an art installation – ​KLDCG ​by FNL PRJCT, which was created with nine supposedly disposed TV displays that have been reformed into a huge singular display.

After the preview, YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar and other VIP guests had the chance to experience the finalist teams’ light art installations themselves. These artworks are created following good environmental practice to minimise impact and pollution.

On the importance of sustainable practice in the design and creation of these physical artworks, Helios further commented, “the iNYALA 2019 edition combines technology, art and human interaction to give a sense of how art can be playful yet informative, innovative and borderless. It aims to pave the way that art and creativity could take in the future too. Sustainability and preservation of the environment are one of the core messages of the exhibition, we hope the visitors will be able to learn about this through our installations which are created with energy efficiency in mind and highly reusable items.”

Executed with only RM1,500 for each team, these final artworks were also judged on the day by panel judges comprising industry experts including Abdul Shakir, Fariz Hanapiah, Jun Ong, Melissa Teoh, Pamela Tan, Shin Tseng, Shin Chang and Premesh Chandran.

YB Tuan Bakhtiar was sitting on Swing Beyond to see how his swing would interact with the color of the ‘cloud’ above.

Led by Helios, the VIP crowd interacted and marveled at the finalists’ work comprising of ​Reverse Rain Box by Unison Indra (UCSI University); ​Uniarea by Creaters (Dasein Academy of Art); ​Digital Shui by H2O (MMU); ​Icosahedron by BIMDs (The One Academy); ​Mindforest ​by CD-rw (Dasein Academy of Art); ​Cocoon Made Me Do It by Ramai-Ramai (MMU); ​Time Machine by Sue Ann (Raffles College of Higher Education); ​Swing Beyond by BIMDs (The One Academy); and ​NOÉL ​by ODRANOÉL (USCI University).

The award-giving ceremony will take place on 1 December 2019. One award, ​Crowd Favourite​, will be awarded based on a rather unconventional way of ‘voting’. Instead of asking visitors to vote for their favourite, the winner will be determined based on the lengthiest amount of time that visitors spent on the artwork. Motion capture devices are placed near the installations to detect this.

iNYALA invites everyone to stop by at REXKL to experience the seamless immersion of art and technology made locally with inspiration, design and interpretation closer to Malaysians’ hearts.

Proudly organised by Helio Media, iNYALA 2019 would like to thank all of our sponsors and partners – REXKL​, ​Air Asia​, ​Yayasan Sime Darby,​ ​Passionation​, ​Visit Malaysia 2020​, ​Kini Events​, ​FNL PRJCT and RUBIX​. Most importantly, iNYALA is grateful for the utmost support from ​Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) in virtue of their endorsement to young Malaysians and continued sustainable development for our nation.

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