KOTA KINABALU: Despite the annual “Installation Art by the Bay@KK2020” was held virtually last year, but the platform still received overwhelming participation from all over the world.
Eleven teams with over 200 members shared their environmental concerns through upcycled artistic creations in that first virtual edition of the annual Installation Art event.
Among them were groups from Sabah, Penang, Singapore, Finland, Denmark, Australia and as far as Hawaii USA, who rose above the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and staged their installation arts online from April to August 2020.
Those participaints had regularly updated postings of images and video clips on the Facebook Page on installation Art by the Bay @KK
The event chairman Associate Professor Dr Awangku Hassanal Bahar Pengiran Bagul said the event’s Facebook page had 42,500 reach.
“The 2020 event had successfully achieved its targeted impact in terms of awareness for the art, artists and the environmental messages carried by the Installation Arts.”
The Prize and Certificate Presentation Ceremony of the 7th Installation Art by the Bay @ KK 2020 – Virtual Edition with the theme “Global Health for All” was held at the Sabah Art Gallery, on 19th March 2021.
All participating teams present received their certificates of participation during the ceremony and BSLS team’s video titled “ANIHO” received a special prize for their most “reach/like” video.
2020, an unprecedented shift in everyone’s life
Awangku said the year 2020 had created an unprecedented shift in our way of life that we are now living in the ‘new normal’.
“This, presented opportunities for us to make living choices that would improve the planet’s future, innovate new ways of doing things and adapting to digitalization and new technology that would impact positively on our environment.
“Leaders must be bold and transparent. We need a stronger voice that would protect our environment,”
Installation Art by the Bay continues promote environmental awareness.
Since its inception in 2014, the Installation Art by the Bay @ KK event has consistently promoted the theme of environmental awareness.
Every installation art has to communicate to the society that we should operate based on four core values –Sustainable Development, Ecological Protection, Resource Conservation and Environmental leadership.
The organising committee strongly believes that using installation art as a medium to communicate environmental issues can encourage positive environmental awareness by stimulating discussion, reflection and engagement that result in positive action towards environment protection.
The 8th edition of Installation Art by the bay @ KK is scheduled for the last quarter of 2021.