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Our first day at of the study tour was divided into two parts. The first half of the day was based at the computer labs on the MMU premises. We met staff and students from the Media Arts. After the project briefing, we were involved in a teammates selection process. It worked also as an icebreaker as students were pushed to meet each other using a sheet of paper divided into three sections: top section were words that relating to city, our skills and the skill set we were looking for. This process was a bit tricky. However, we ended in a bigger group than anyone else.

The bigger team getting together

Our team comprises of the three MMU foundation course students: Harith, Naily and Daniel. From RMIT, it was Jolly, Vini, Linh and myself. After getting together, we started brainstorming on the type of medium we can deliver the project using everyone’s skills. A few ideas popped up as shown in the picture. Our team was enthusiastic about connecting Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne as point of references throughout this project. We consulted our lecturer from RMIT to discuss the idea of an installation using AR, 360 videos and sounds. However, we were advised to not complicate the project as time on execution was very short.

Brainstorming session 1

 

Our initial concept

After trying some Malaysian food from the café for lunch, we left the campus and headed to the National Art Gallery in KL city. The key artworks that inspired me were two art installations: a music track composed by Toccata Studio on the journey of a bike rider and “Sound of Tong Tana”. The night we got back from the trip, the four of us (RMIT) students met at the apartment and started a brainstorming session. We followed on the second day with the other MMU students in the studio.

The Tong Tana installation

 

Brainstorming session 2 at the apartment

Everyone in the team brought together their inspirations from the visit at the National Art Gallery. We came up with a concept which revolves around how humans are the heart of a city. We named our project, Hearts of metropolitan, which will be a non-linear experience, based on juxtaposition of visual and sound elements from each city, revolving around four key sections (as shown in the picture below).

An overview of our structure

Hearts of metropolitan, will be a physical installation, involving live interactive visuals and sounds. It can also be considered as a live performance executed by the audience. The images will be manipulated using a MIDI controller connected to a computer and a projector throwing a remix of visuals on the wall. It will allow the audience to experience a unique collage to symbolise Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. The main technologies we will be using: After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, Ableton Live and VDMX.

 

Annotated picture of the MIDI controller we plan to use

After presenting the concept, we were told that we might encounter conflicts when using indigenous sounds from Australia. Sounds are very precious to Aboriginal tribes in Australia and it can prove controversial realising that in Melbourne there are no specific indigenous sounds. To avoid complications, we will be creating a using a different library of sounds.

On day three at MMU, we attended a digital storytelling workshop by Motiofixo, a digital agency based in Kuala Lumpur. We strengthened our skills in storytelling knowledge. One of Motiofixo’s work named “SuperEverything* caught our attention. It flows parallel to the direction we are heading with our project.

Creating a storyline at the Motiofixo workshop
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