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A day at the ArtScience museum: Big Bang Data, Future World, Journey to Infinity

By Pavitra Sankaran

Two days into the October break, I was craving an escape from my EE, IAs and assignments. So I decided to pay a visit to the Marina Bay Sands ArtScience museum and explore the three current exhibitions: BIG BANG DATA, FUTURE WORLD and JOURNEY TO INFINITY.

All three exhibitions were extremely fascinating and exciting. I particularly enjoyed the Big Bang Data and Journey to Infinity exhibitions. The Future World exhibition was highly aesthetic, however it lacked a deeper purpose when compared to the other two.

Using my extremely amateur film-making skills, I have documented my experience in all three exhibitions in the above video, hoping to give you an insight into the exhibitions. I’d strongly recommend for you to pay a visit to all three exhibitions.

Below are short descriptions of the three exhibitions from the ArtScience museum website.

BIG BANG DATA – showing until 16th October 2016

Every day we produce data: through searches on Google, likes on Facebook, or photo uploads to Instagram. This flood of information is dramatically changing the way we interact with each other and with the world. Data is an opportunity and a powerful tool that can be used to resolve problems and to raise questions. But it also has its limitations.  

Experience data in a whole new light at ArtScience Museum’s upcoming Big Bang Data exhibition. Through a series of thought-provoking data visualisation artworks by artists, designers, journalists and innovators, you’ll gain new perspectives on the issues surrounding the rapid datafication of our world, and discover the ways in which our ever-expanding digital footprint is radically transforming our lives, our decisions, and the future of society itself in areas such as public interest (health), social media (leisure) and business (work).

FUTURE WORLD: WHERE ART MEETS SCIENCE – permanent exhibition (for the next 3 years)

Inspire your imagination at Future World, the new permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum. Explore a fully immersive 1500-square-metre digital universe, where 16 spectacular art installations are brought to life and evolve in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Be amazed as this stunning interactive world responds to your behavior, and changes according to your creative input!

For its landmark permanent exhibition, ArtScience Museum collaborated with teamLab, an award-winning Tokyo-based art collective of “ultra-technologists” that includes artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects and designers. The result is Future World – Singapore’s largest interactive digital playground.

JOURNEY TO INFINITY: ESCHER’S WORLD OF WONDER – 26th February 2017

Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder showcases the works of M. C. Escher, one of the world’s most famous graphic artists.

Featuring over 150 original works, the exhibition is a retrospective of his enigmatic sketches and paradoxical designs. The display begins with his early prints and naturalistic drawings inspired by Italy’s landscape. The exhibition further explores M.C. Escher’s work on tessellation and transformation of shapes, illustrating how metamorphosis became a unique feature of his art, blending fantasy and geometry. Pursuing his mathematical research, he created boundless images executed with incredible detail and precision in an attempt to represent infinity.

Until today, the international scientific community praises M.C. Escher’s work as a symbol of the interrelationship of Art and Science. Despite his understanding of mathematics being mainly visual and intuitive, he played with architecture and perspective to invent infinite and immersive worlds of wonder. In fact, the architectural design of the ArtScience museum itself was inspired by Escher’s work.

M.C. Escher’s artwork continues to and inspire generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers, fond of his playful fantasies and fascinating constructions.

Some information sourced and adapted from:

http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/big-bang-data.html#tMiY7FdvYgr6W4gb.99

Source of image:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/image/2993618/1469685638000/large16x9/768/432/crystal-universe-future-world-at-artscience-museum-credit-to.jpg

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