It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog. But I think this email I received from the NTU Students’ Union deserves to be the first post on my blog in a long while. There were some people who questioned the humour in this email and started a debate on whether polo shirts were a viable piece of clothing in Singapore’s hot climate, until they realised a missing letter. It brightened up my day. I hope it brightens up yours too.
This was a teaser to promote the opening of the new Student Cafe at our school, which was last year.
I’m not being nostalgic or anything. I just decided to update my portfolio that is my website with works that I should have put up a long time ago. These are the collaterals from the 2007 NTU School of Art, Design & Media Freshmen Orientation Camp. These include the logo, the shirts, the battery we gave out as a doorgift, and the banners that we put around the school during the camp. The theme was about dinosaurs being brought back to life in the future and then they start fighting with robots. All artwork except the cute dinosaur and robot toys done by me. Those cute figures were designed by Wang Shihui. More after the break.
Pretty good combination I would say.
Sure, NTU has been getting some pretty bad press lately, but it looks like our garden campus just showed us what it was really capable of in the last week. Beautiful white and pink flowers have been blooming around the campus, and they look almost like cherry blossoms. I thought I’d go for a walk and take some pictures with my trusty LX3. Enjoy the full gallery after the break.
I’m not one to believe in conspiracy theories, but when the stories in the mainstream media make little sense, it’s always good to look at another side of the story. In the case of David Hartanto Widjaja, his good friend Klemens Andrianto has written a blog post to describe his side of the story and to highlight the discrepancies about what has been reported in the newspapers. In his post he urged readers to spread his blog entry, in hopes that the police will provide a transparent investigation to what really took place. He writes,
The more we try to figure out this case, the more we found various oddities which are not disclose. Due to clarifying from David’s best friend from NTU called Edwin who already pawned his bachelor degree we would like to express our big gratitude toward him for trying to reveal the truth. Finally we would like to spread the truth story about David Hartanto , our best friend.
According to 938Live, a man has been found dead in an apartment in Nanyang Heights, after allegedly committing suicide. In a letter sent out this morning from Dr Su Guaning,
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that one of our colleagues, Mr Zhou Zheng, an infocomm project officer was found to have passed away in an apartment at Nanyang Heights at about 10.50pm on Friday, 6 March 2009. The Dean of Students, the university counselling professionals and other senior university officers were on site immediately to offer support and counsel.
This is really bad publicity for our university. Along with this week’s student suicide and attempted murder, this sort of implies that the staff here are as stressed out as the students are. People are speculating that it is a copycat suicide but I really doubt it.
Katsumi Mukai, the Japanese sculptor that I mentioned a few days ago has set up his exhibition of works he made while gracing our school for the past 2 weeks. Yup, he made all these at our school. In 2 weeks. The exhibition will last till 31st March at NTU, School of Art, Design and Media. More pictures of the opening after the break.
Hans Bacher, the legendary production designer for Disney’s Mulan and other great movies came down to NTU to give a lecture on colour and composition. This was a fantastic refresher course in how to create effective images. We often get so bogged down with datelines that we forget to incorporate basic rules of colour and composition in our works. We students need reminders like this every so often. Not to mention the harsh but constructive critiques he gave for all those who dared to approach him for advice. Tough love man.
In a letter sent out to all hall residents in NTU from the Student Affairs Office:
In early May to end July 2009, we will be carrying out upgrading and refurbishment works in the student rooms and common facilities in Halls 8 to 11, 12 (blks 59 & 60 only) and 13 to 15. This upgrading and refurbishment exercise is necessary to ensure that these Halls will be comfortable but not lavish to accommodate the inaugural Youth Olympic Games athletes, coaches and officials from over 200 countries next year.
So I guess they’re implying that the halls in the current state are not comfortable eh. What I really wish they did were to build more halls to accomodate the influx of the Dragon baby boomers, and the increase in student intake due to the new schools formed in the past few years. The student intake has risen substantially, but the amount of accomodation has remained the same. We are fighting tooth and nail to retain our accomodation, and now we’re giving up half of our rooms to the Youth Olympic Games.
Katsumi Mukai, a Japanese wood sculptor will be in ADM till the 5th of March to conduct workshops. For the rest of you, his sculptures will be displayed on the first level outside of the ADM building. Highly recommended. The sculptures feel very Andy Goldsworthy.