Alter Ego: 29 BFA Digital Arts students gather their work in one exhibition

As the impending doom of exam season approaches, without even Game of Thrones as a form of solace left, what better way to alleviate stress, enrich your mind, and support fellow students than to check out the ‘Alter Ego’ exhibition being held in the Faculty of Media and Knowledge sciences, at the University of Malta itself!

The collective exhibition will display the artistic research Digital Art Students have carried out for the duration of their 3 year course.

The opening night that will kick off the event will be held on the 24th of May from 7pm onwards while the exhibition itself will be held from May 27th to June 6th from 8am to 5pm.

‘Alter Ego’ will feature works of 29 digital art undergraduates: Kimberley Agius, Giuseppe Attard, Emma Attard, Luca Azzopardi, Justine Borg, Megan Borg, Leah Bugeja, Melanie Calleja, Marvic Camilleri, Monique Casha, Kersten Grima, Donna Dimech, Sofia Carolina Evers, Maria Fenech, Maria Elena Galea, Zoë Louise Gatt, Jean Paul Grech, Carl Grech, Zarifa Dag, Stephania Grima, Eniko Madar, Michela Manduca, Bernice Manicaro, Hannah Muscat, Shaun Muscat, Ryan Muscat Verzin, Hanan Poordaryaei, Matthew Spiteri and Kelly Vella.

Various forms of media will be on display at the exhibition such as augmented reality, conceptual, analogue or  photography, and videography, illustrations, comics, book design, user interface design, game design, character design and animations, such as 2D/3D, rotoscopy and analogue animation.

Speaking with the artists themselves, The Yuppie interviewed the contributors to better understand the process and their experience throughout the project.

1) How does your work relate to what you wish to continue your career in?

I am certain that in the future I will be working with clothing, so my part of the exhibit is definitely something I will explore in the future!”
– Michela Manduca

2) What is it like working with 30 other artists?

Since there are so many of us, the idea was a result of lots of brainstorming, votes and development. I think that Alter Ego is appropriate because as designers we all have our quirks and need to make sure we know when to be professional and wen to be artsy!

Working with so many creatives is hectic, sometimes somewhat challenging but a great experience. It has given me the chance to get close with everyone in our year!

I have learnt that when working with so many people it is really important to give everyone a chance to speak and voice their  opinion, but once a decision is taken reopening the discussion leads to disaster!

It is not that easy as everyone has different opinions and views of how things should be done, but at the end of the day there is always a way to make it happen. Patience, tolerance and accepting that not everyone will do it your way.

3) What is the exhibition about?

“Alter ego is the other side of the individual, in my case my alter ego is the side of me who slows down from my extremely hectic life, usual ego is crazy busy and always looking for new projects even when I have no time.”

“For me alter ego means to have a second personality, having other good qualities but you are shy to expose to the public.”
-Maria Elena Galea

“The exhibition is about everything from clothing to food to education. So many creatives have brought so many skills and ideas to the exhibition that its a rainbow of subjects and works!”

“Alter Ego, to me, means a side of me that no one else sees, but me. It’s the side of me within that controls my impulses, decisions, feelings, work, drive, and more. It is the person that controls me, and the person I work hard to become.”
-Zoë Louise Gatt

4) What have you learnt from this experience?

“A lot! I have learned from the smallest things like a shortcut on a keyboard while doing your work, to things like how you approach or plan a whole exhibition, make sure you have everything done by a certain date, talk to people you never met. There are so many things. It help me grow also as a person. I love learning and facing new experiences.”
– Bernice Manicaro

Be sure to check out this event at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences and support our fellow students!

Rachele Farrugia

I use puns to mediate the chaos of life and refuse to work on any day that falls in the Gregorian calendar (lunar calendars the only one for me). If it looks like I'm glaring, I'm just trying to decide whether I want coffee, or whether I'd prefer to leave the palpatations for another day.
Rachele Farrugia

Rachele Farrugia

I use puns to mediate the chaos of life and refuse to work on any day that falls in the Gregorian calendar (lunar calendars the only one for me). If it looks like I'm glaring, I'm just trying to decide whether I want coffee, or whether I'd prefer to leave the palpatations for another day.