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MMU MEETS MMU: North West South East

MMU MEETS MMU: North West South East

It is a rare occurrence for two different universities from opposite sides of the globe to share an acronym. It is far rarer that the same two universities would connect and collaborate together but this fairly uncommon chance was given to Multimedia University (Malaysia) and Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom).

Starting on 2nd of November, 2020, the two MMUs came together for a two-weeks exchange programme, aptly named MMU Meets MMU: North West South East. A total of 36 students participated in the programme; 18 from the Faculty of Creative Multimedia and the Faculty of Cinematic Arts and another 18 from MMU UK’s three departments – Film, Animation and Photography. Along with the students, a group of staff from the aforementioned faculties of both MMUs also joined the programme as mentors as well as guest speakers.

The exchange programme focused on the art of filmmaking where the students were given a chance to produce one short film a week in their respective groups consisting a mix of students from both universities. During the first week, students were given the task to produce a short film using the concept of found footage. Two of MMU Malaysia’s staff conducted a class during this week; Anuar Hassan on Creative Ice-Breaking and Self-Portraiture while Dr. Lim Kok Yoong touched on the concept of storytelling through archiving. They were also exposed on the topic of “Found-Footage Filmmaking” by Joseph Duffy as well as a photography and a sound design lecture. For their first film project, each group was mentored by staffs from MMU Malaysia (Nekhat Sultana, Nadia Mahmud and Syed Amar Ghazi Bin Syed Ahmad Alkugsi) and staffs from MMU UK (Kristin Marshall, Polly Palmerini, Ben McDonell, and Damon Bannister).

The second week, the task centered around sensory mapping. As an introduction to the topic, Joseph Duffy delivered a lecture titled “Sensory City Mapping”, followed by a talk on independent film production in South East Asia by Syed Amar Ghazi Bin Syed Ahmad Alkugsi and conceptual photography by Shah Azman of Faculty of Cinematic Arts, MMU Malaysia. The students were also invited throughout the week to join a second photography class, followed by a sound design lecture, as well as a rotoscoping demonstration by Damon Bannister.

On 25th November 2020, a total of 14 short films were screened during an online showcase. Each group of filmmakers were given the opportunity to discuss about their experiences and filmmaking process. Their responses to the tasks given (found-footage and sensory mapping) displayed fascinating visuals and intriguing concepts, a notable result of cultural discourse between the students.
Despite having to conduct the exchange programme online due to the ongoing global pandemic, MMU Meets MMU: North West East has created a platform for students from both universities to communicate, collaborate, share and expand their perspectives and network, as they worked together for two weeks, exploring creative methods and expressions to produce their films. This programme shows that creative collaboration is not bound by geography or face-to-face interactions between artists and thus promises an encouraging approach in producing any work remotely.

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Beautiful Portrait: Masterpiece Revisited

Beautiful Portrait: Masterpiece Revisited

Amid quarantine and the coronavirus pandemic, we may be struggling to deliver face to face classes and carry out learning activities on the campus. At the same time, the crisis is also a strong driver for creativity and innovation. In light of the COVID19 pandemic, we feel a duty to adjust our teaching and learning strategy to meet the changing needs of the situation, because there is reason for hope and indeed optimism in facing the new norm.

Available on Artsteps.com – a virtual showcase platform, this showcase features a VR gallery and voiceover-led presentations that summarize students’ project this year. In MA Design 4 this year, students were asked to do interdisciplinary reflections on portraits, by questioning the fundamental building blocks of a portrait image, analyzing the historical development of portraiture, its aesthetic trends, its media conventions, its materiality and symbolism then experiment with the visualizations.

Portraiture is a very old art form and drawn portrait was a way to record the appearance of a person but portraits have always been more than just a record. These images represent the past, the present, and the future of visual communication used to imagine and think through the important aspects in shaping our ecology of communication, especially in the communication of aesthetics. Once digitized, the images represent endless options for manipulation. Digital imaging has become ubiquitous tools in the consumption and production of visual culture. From a former consumer of cultural products, students were asked to become participants who extract their own meanings from what they see and give new life and meaning to this medium.

This unit seeks to trace what seeing beautiful images means on a social level, both in the arts and technology. The goal is to open up discussions of image phenomena and offer landmarks to expand visual competence concerning new definition operating with technological adjustments. From the fact that every instance of pictorial representation is a process of mediation and followed by a chain of remediation, Schulz purported that ‘images are both subsequent and antecedent at the same time’. Bolter and Grusin’s principle of remediation explains that modes of representation in new media have a much older history, that can be refashioned, borrowed, or repurposed. Through remediation, the old masterpiece receives new impetus and an entirely new arsenal of options.

To visit the exhibition, please visit: https://remediationgallery.000webhostapp.com/

MMA2123 (Media Art Design 4)
Coordinator: Dr Lim Kok Yoong

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Students Exchange Program to South Korea

Students Exchange Program to South Korea

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Enculturating Creative Minds via e-Mobility Programme 2020

Enculturating Creative Minds via e-Mobility Programme 2020

A total of 75 students from 18 countries partook in the closing ceremony of the MMU 2020 International Student e-Mobility Programme on Enculturating Creative Minds, held on 10 July 2020.

The 2-week programme is the first time ever held virtually and has successfully unleashed the sense of culture and creativity for seamless learning among participants. The Faculty of Applied Communication and Faculty of Creative Multimedia took the lead in organising this event with the support from the International Relations Office.

The virtual mobility programme offered participants the sneak peak at cultural diversities & experiences, enriching knowledge sharing sessions and the interesting Up & Close on photography with Chemat Azhar, MMU lecturer who is one of the 30 most influential photographers in Asia. There was a showcase of their photography works as an e-gallery and participants presented their grand finale with their group cultural projects.

Invited guests from Education Malaysia Beijing, Education Malaysia Dubai, and partner universities in the UK, Riyadh, Indonesia and Philippines made time to be with the participants in this virtual closing ceremony.
Congratulations participants and well done MMU!

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Tekno Daie course 2020

Tekno Daie course 2020

A total of 21 Daie Muda trainees of Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (DMY) have completed the five-day Tekno Daie course at Multimedia University (MMU) here.

The course was organized by Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (YADIM) in collaboration with MMU (Faculty of Creative Multimedia) and TV Al Hijrah starting from 22 June to 26 June 2020, aims to produce young preachers who are skilled in creating and publishing videos.

In the closing ceremony on June 26, Yang Dipertua YADIM, Yang Berusaha Ustaz Nik Omar Nik Ab Aziz when speaking called on the DMY trainees to use the knowledge that has been learned in the path of da’wah.

“Use the knowledge gained for the good of those around us, spread and teach our knowledge to the public, especially in an environment that is now highly dependent on technology,” he said.

Also present at the closing ceremony of this course were YADIM Senior Director of Training and Cadre Sector, Captain (B) Shamsuddin Moner, Assistant Al Hijrah TV Producer, Fazlah Jani Mohamad, Course Director who is also a lecturer at MMU, Muhammad Syahmi Abdul Aziz and DMY Chief Coordinator, Khusnaini Mongin.

In the meantime, said Nik Omar, YADIM is seriously looking at the need to make this course at MMU as a regular training held every year for DMY trainees.

The proposal was welcomed by Mr. Syahmi who said, MMU is ready to work again with YADIM to train young preachers with the skills needed.

“We are happy with this cooperation, maybe next year we can improve the course by including design study elements for example, or extend the duration of the course,” he said.

This video publishing course is one of the mandatory modules in DMY training which aims to produce techno daie that utilize technology in preaching.

The modules that were included in this course were creative advertising, story board sketches (story board), green screen technology, studio recording, script writing and so on.

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Multimedia Creative Festival & Showcase 2020

Multimedia Creative Festival & Showcase 2020

A total of 75 students from 18 countries partook in the closing ceremony of the MMU 2020 International Student e-Mobility Programme on Enculturating Creative Minds, held on 10 July 2020.

The 2-week programme is the first time ever held virtually and has successfully unleashed the sense of culture and creativity for seamless learning among participants. The Faculty of Applied Communication and Faculty of Creative Multimedia took the lead in organising this event with the support from the International Relations Office.

The virtual mobility programme offered participants the sneak peak at cultural diversities & experiences, enriching knowledge sharing sessions and the interesting Up & Close on photography with Chemat Azhar, MMU lecturer who is one of the 30 most influential photographers in Asia. There was a showcase of their photography works as an e-gallery and participants presented their grand finale with their group cultural projects.

Invited guests from Education Malaysia Beijing, Education Malaysia Dubai, and partner universities in the UK, Riyadh, Indonesia and Philippines made time to be with the participants in this virtual closing ceremony.
Congratulations participants and well done MMU!

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Chinese New Year 2020 Celebration

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Erasmus Exchange Activities – 13 – 17 Jan 2020

Erasmus Exchange Activities – 13 – 17 Jan 2020

FCM hosted Anna Viola – a master research student of the Department of environmental, land and infrastructures engineering (DIATI) of Politecnico di Torino under Erasmus + exchange program from 13th – 17th Jan. She has shared her research and the works she does in the ‘Drawing TO The Future’ Lab tomorrow with FCM faculty to explore possible collaboration with the faculty in near future.

Below is her short bio:
ANNA VIOLA is a research assistant of the Department of environmental, land and infrastructures engineering (DIATI) of Politecnico di Torino. She graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 2018 and she is now doing her master under Professor Orazio Baglieri, researching on the new technologies for the maintenance and management of road pavement. She is attached to the Department of structures, building and geotechnical engineering (DISEG) in the laboratory “Drawing TO the future” with Prof. Anna Osello, working on Building Management System (BIM), infraBIM, Facility Management, VR and AR.

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PPR Art Workshop and Bengkel Pemakanan Sihat – 23 Nov 2019

PPR Art Workshop and Bengkel Pemakanan Sihat – 23 Nov 2019

On the 23rd of Nov, 2019, FCM’s Staff Welfare Committee (SWC) together with the Creative Multimedia Club (CMC), and Digital Cities Research Centre (DCRI) conducted their first-ever University Social Responsibility Programme (USR).

They conducted two events, The PPR Art Workshop and Bengkel Pemakanan Sihat (BPS). The events were sponsored by Yayasan Multimedia (YUM) and the office of YB Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud (ADUN Seri Serdang) respectively. They also collected funds from the public which covered the rest of the cost for both events.

The purpose of the event was to collaborate with the local councils to deliver workshops and events that would be beneficial to the needs of the B40 communities around the university.

They hosted over 60 primary-year students for the Art Workshop and around 25 mothers for the BPS. Alhamdulillah, the events were conducted without many hiccups and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Mdm. Nekhat Sultana, the Head of Staff Welfare Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all the hard-working committee members from the SWC team, The CMC and Comic Club Student Volunteers, Digital Cities and YUM for all the help and support given to make sure these events were successful.

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Garden Tea Party (Convocation 2019)