About 33 Art and Creative Technology students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) launched the annual art and design exhibition titled ‘Beyond Spectacle’. The art show is the last of its streak since its introduction in 2017, to make way for a new art programme called Design and Creative Industries.

Similar to previous spectacles, the students showcase different types of artworks that demonstrates their artistic abilities in different types of mediums in art. They vary from canvas painting, photography to sculptures that tell a different story depending on the artist’s perspective. The inspiration behind their work revolve around different themes, such as current issues to spirituality.

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We interviewed three of the Art and Creative Technology students – Ahmad Hashim, Desyanti Dadang and Nurbazilah Zulkifili to talk about the artwork that they presented during the showcase.

Ahmad Hashim

His creation is titled ‘A vision to a compassionate world’, which took 3 months to build after a year of planning. It shows a portrait of His Majesty during the Golden Jubilee celebration using a Rubik’s cube, whereby each Rubik’s cube is made up of different patterns but aligned to reveal the portrait.

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“Each Rubik’s cube signifies a person’s problem and each problem is different and requires a different solution. The keyword of this art is compassion, hence why I chose His Majesty’s portrait – he is known to be a caring monarch or Raja Berjiwa Rakyat,” said Ahmad.

Ahmad further added that the word compassion came from the word empathy, and he feels that we all need to understand the value of empathy to His Majesty’s intentions on building a better nation. This is why he chose His Majesty’s portrait to tell a story of compassionate and building a nation.

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Desyanti Dadang

For her artwork, she works together with Jillian Wong with a theme of environmental issues. The title of their creation is ‘Your waste, my treasure”. They were inspired by Joana Vasconcelos, Bordalo II, and Lorenzo as these artists recycle waste products to be used in their piece.

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“The subject of this project is based on the environmental issues regarding the waste pollution, You can see the globe, the view of Kampong Ayer and a sculpture of two hands, which signify unity where they work together as a team to solve the aforementioned issues on the environment,” said  Desyanti.

It took them between four to five months to create the piece and made use of recyclable materials such as cardboard, plastic bottles, and newspapers. They hope to send the message of working together towards a better world.

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Nurbazilah Zulkifili

A clean interior design with the title “Comfort Zen”, it features an installation and interior design of a space for a retreat from the busy daily life. She was inspired by the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi, which captures the beauty of life with nature.

“The Wabi-sabi concept is why I incorporate all the nature concept in the installation and music to help people relax when visiting my piece, with the rising issue of mental health nowadays, everybody needs to take some time off and relax,” said Bazilah.

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It took her about two years to plan the concept and three months to build the installation. While featuring the Japanese concept, the design is inspired heavily with the minimalist design where it looks clean and not cluttered.

These are just some of the artworks among the 33 artists that are available for the public to visit and interact with at the gallery.

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The exhibition will run until 11th May 2019, open from Monday to Thursday and Saturday between 9.00am to 7.00pm with free admission.

Don’t miss the chance to visit the last Spectacle exhibition by the Art and Creative Technology students of Universiti Brunei Darussalam. For more information on the exhibition, follow them on Instagram.