What is connectivity?????
Connectivity is a sense of being a part of something larger than oneself. It is also a sense of belonging, or a sense of accompaniment.
On 5th June 2014, a group composed of 20 students from 10 ASEAN countries, 3 Korean artists, and one Korean professor held an art exhibition at the Global Lounge of Daejeon University, Korea, with the theme, “Connect”. The materials used in the exhibition were traditional threads from 10 ASEAN countries. The 20 ASEAN students had collected the threads two months before the exhibition.
Before starting the art work, ASEAN students had been told by Korean artists and professor to simply connect the threads without considering whether it had a sense of art or not. After that, students showed off their art prowess.
The photo below shows the process of making the artworks.
The students were enjoying connecting the threads.
The picture below shows the artwork made by the students.
Full view of the artwork. The exhibition ran from 9 to 13 June 2014. Many Korean students and professors in Daejeon University were impressed by the art pieces showcased at the event.
A group photo of ASEAN students and Korea artists.
Apart from that, the exhibition was featured in a well-known Korean magazine.
Because of this connectivity exhibition project, the participating ASEAN students felt that they were just like their artworks. They realized a very important and meaningful point:
“When we are connected, we are stronger.”
The 20 ASEAN students were exchange students under the ASEAN Leaders Fostering Program 2013/2014. They came from 10 different countries with different cultures and languages, just like the threads used for the art exhibition. At first, they were not close to each other. But after some time, they started talking and became inseparable. They started to get connected to each other just like the threads. With the encouragement, advise, and help from their professor and Korean friends, the ASEAN students managed to overcome the obstacles during their stay in Korea.
As one of the ASEAN students, I sincerely want to say thank Professor Park who guided us all throughout this Connectivity project and made us realize the value of our artworks. Thank you as well to my ASEAN brothers and sisters.
I Miss You All, My ASEAN Brothers and Sisters.
By Zyn Ann Tiow, ASEAN Correspondent from Malaysia