Art Jam: Issue 21

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This is a Publication of Nanyang Technological University Cultural Activities Club.


  • April - June 2010, Issue 21.

    MICA (P) 175/12/2009FREE COPY

    Nanyang Technological University Cultural Activities Clubart jam2 Impresario 8 Chicago the Musical 9 Animal Farm10 Football! Football! 11 Red Ballerina12 Dinosaur JR 13 Babyface & McBride 16 Flipside 18 The Analog Girl 19 Jazz 101

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    editors note

    Editor-in-ChiefDanny Wan

    EditorAudrey Lim

    Sub-EditorNoor Ashikin

    WritersAanshu MishraAbha ApteCherie ThioDevika ShindeJennifer DhanarajMaxie AwNur AsyiqinSamantha SoonTan SihanTulika SudVictoria Chang

    Graphic DesignerNatalie TuangXpress Print Pte LtdTel: 6880 2881

    publication team

    Cover Credit: Julius Landau

    Dear Readers,

    Oh boy, here come the dread examinations again.Therefore in this issue, the team behind ArtJam gives you bite-sized articles that could be finished within minutes. We know how important time is for you (especially during this period). Crammed with previews of upcoming performances and places where you could unwind from the musical Chicago to this quaint store on Ann Siang Hill known as the The Little Drm Store, you can make ArtJam the starting point for your post-exams plans.

    Dont worry the examinations will be over before long.

    Best Regards,Danny Editor-in-Chief

    ArtJam will return in August. We need a break too!

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    5NAF Grafitti Week

    6NTU Press

    8Chicago the Musical

    9Animal Farm

    10Football! Football!

    11Red Ballerina

    12Dinosaur JR

    13Babyface & McBride

    14Au Revoir Simone


    18The Analog Girl

    19Jazz 101

    20Movie Mob

    21The Little Drm Store

    22Echo Musics Barnyard

    23Post Secrets

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    by Victoria ChangPhotos: Impressario

    Your Turn To Shine: Impresario Finals 2010

    The Impresario Finals 2010 proved to be yet another great show of passion and newfound talent. Since its inauguration in 1992, this nationwide talent search competition organised by the NTU Cultural Activities Club has faithfully provided the opportunity for the showcasing of local talent.

    The theme for the 18th competition season was The Time Spell. Teh Han Ming, Chairperson of the Impresario 2010 Organising Committee, explained this: As the contestants took the first step towards their dreams, they fell into a spell of numerous enchanted moments to where they are today. These timely opportunities fulfilled their aspirations and their desires to shine on stage.

    Accompanying this unique theme is the inspiring slogan, Your Turn To Shine.

    The judges for the night included prominent music personalities like Mr Colin Goh, Managing Director of Ocean Butterflies Music, Singapore, and Hong Jun

    Yang, previous contestant of Channel Us Project Superstar 2005.

    This year, some changes were introduced to attract a wider range of talent. In addition to the usual Vocal Solo, Vocal Duet/Group, Original Composition and Street Dance categories, the Open Platform category was introduced as platform for other non-musical and dance talents. Erika Chen was the first winner of this new category, impressing the judges with her ability to use sand painting as an expression of emotions while singing an original song.

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    The competition that night was at its toughest stage, with contestants belting out numbers like I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston and Superstitious by Stevie Wonder. Yet, contestant Ainul Suhaidah stole the show despite having a sore throat, cinching first position in both the vocal Solo category and the vocal group category with group member Rozaimi Abdul Rahim.

    One of the judges, Mr Michael Tong, Managing Director of Music Forest, commended Ainul for her charm, confidence and powerful vocals which was evident in her solo number Listen by Beyonce and her duet or I Surrender by Celine Dion with Rozaimi.

    Vocal group Reis comprising Evan Goh and Isaiah Wang proved to be the dark horse of the night. Despite initial technical difficulties, Reis performed a medley of This Love by Maroon 5 and Nobody by Wondergirls which proved to be well worth the wait.

    The original composition category was further proof that Singapore has no lack of musical extraordinaires. Both winner, Eric Tan and first runner-up, Aldrich Tijahjadi were commended on their delivery of their own songs. However, judge Jun Yang felt that there was still room for improvement. He advised on the importance of knowing who the song is written for as well as understanding the lyrics and melody.

    The contestants of the street dance category entertained the audience with their groovy moves and creative choreography. Despite the strong

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    competition, FlickerHolic emerged champion with their unique fusion of contemporary and hip-hop dance moves as well as their attention-grabbing intricate costumes.

    Derrick Ho, second runner-up of Channel Us Project Superstar 2005, as well as singer and former NTU student Tay Kewei who performed alongside prominent keyboardist and songwriter Lee Ein Ein were also there to grace the event and perform. The guest performers were supportive and impressed by the contestants.

    Derrick said, I was listening to some of the contestants backstage and they were really great. Competitions are a really good platform for singing development and they have to continue to uphold what they have gained from the competition, even when it is all over. Ke Wei echoed his sentiments.

    I was really shocked when I heard some of them sing! All of them were really whacking technique tonight!

    Indeed, Impresario 2010 was a success and one can only hope for the next competition season for another brilliant showcase of such talent.

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    The campus is abuzz and painted in a riot of colours!

    Our sand sculpture near Canopy K @ LT 1A was submerged in a flood of colours and creativity for the last week as NAF 2010 held the much awaited Graffiti Week. For that one whole week, NTU students lent voice to their thoughts and imagination by spraying them onto the canvasses placed near Canteen A. It was NTU at its creative best! The highlight of the event was Graffiti artist Benson Lee coming down to NTU on the 12 of March and creating this amazing graffiti especially for NAF 2010. Benson Lee made Colourworks stood out in his art piece and added that extra vigour to the entire event and the festival.

    And those are not the only colours flowing on campus! NAF Sand Art has absolutely caught the fancy of students! And parents too! Not only are students enjoying it but on the occasion of Open House 2010, even parents joined in to create beautiful and innovative art pieces while recollecting their childhood. NTU looks all set to break the Singapore Record for the Largest Sand Art Montage!

    by Devika ShindePhotos: NTU CAC Nanyang Arts Festival


    Nanyang Arts Festival presents

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    1. This painting titled Lines and String was done by Alfonsus Wong using Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite. Although the piece was originally intended to be used as a digital draft for an assignment for one of the foundation drawing modules, it was not submitted. According to Alfonsus, I wanted to do a drawing with a girl in it, but didnt want the tone to be overly soft, so I added an oversized robot to balance it out. Besides the interesting style of painting seen in the image, this work is made all the more interesting by the mini role reversal in the girls mannequin and the robots drawing, which Alfonsus says was his attempt to add a little narrative of sorts to the image. The main difficulty he faced was with the painting process itself, as he tried to move away from the usual process he tends to follow.

    In every issue, ArtJam s

    howcases the artworks of students from

    NTU. For

    this issue, Tulika Sud managed to un

    earth some treasures from NTUs

    School of Art, Design and Media (ADM

    ). Works range from paintings to

    photographs, done using all kinds of dif

    ferent media.

    If you would like to have your work (b

    e it paintings, photographs or even

    poems) published in the next issue of Ar

    t Jam,

    please send it in to


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    2. ADM Year 1 student Neil Brian Alapide did this acrylic painting on canvas, titled Uprooted. This was inspired by his personal experience of living and studying in Singapore since 2004. Says Brian; Uprooted showcases ones inner struggles, a dilemma of being on a different soil. It questions mans instinctive nature to acclimatize to a new environment, and the sad eventual loss of personal identity.

    3. This piece by Farhana Jaaf titled Bee Me was made using electronic spare parts from junk goods. It was inspired by the idea of some kind of insect or animal. As Farhana says, I dont like insects, and find it rather hard to appreciate the existence of any living form of organism, even humans! Thats why I thought it was a pretty good challenge to create something which I could not find any inspiration in, and this made me aware of the structure and patterns of insects, as well as their similarities and differences to the things surroun