ArtScience Museum unveils landmark exhibition FUTURE WORLD: Where Art meets Science

Crystal Universe -  Future World at ArtScience Museum (Credit to teamLab)

Imagine, play and explore in Singapore’s largest permanent digital art gallery

SINGAPORE – Starting March 12th 2016, visitors can embark on an interactive journey of exploration, and play at Future World – ArtScience Museum’s new permanent exhibition, where 15 digital art installations come to life through cutting-edge science and technology.

FUTURE WORLD: Where Art meets Science is co-curated with teamLab, a globally renowned Japanese group of ultra-technologists and multi-award winning art collective. Together with ArtScience Museum, the art collective has built Singapore’s largest digital playground spanning 1,500 square meters, which is approximately a quarter of the museum’s total gallery space. The immersive and interactive exhibition allows audiences to become an intrinsic part of the artworks on display, as the installations dynamically evolve through their presence and participation.

“We are thrilled to launch Future World, ArtScience Museum’s new permanent exhibition to mark our fifth anniversary. At ArtScience Museum, we explore the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. Our exhibitions and programmes show that it is the interplay between these areas that creates innovation and new ideas. We believe that where art and science meet, the future is made. So, we are naturally drawn to teamLab’s extraordinary work. Their fluid combination of artistic expression, technological ingenuity scientific enquiry and their insistence that, ‘we are the future’ makes them ideal partners for ArtScience Museum,” said Ms. Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum.

“Together, we have created a digital world that consists of major art installations and interactive projects for visitors of all ages, set in an ever-changing, always evolving environment which puts visitors at the heart of the artworks. Future World is an invitation to have fun, to play and to explore, but also to reflect on our own position relative to the nature world, other people and the universe. We hope to evoke in visitors a new and imaginative sense of wonder in the world around us,” added Ms. Honor Harger.

The co-founder of teamLab, Mr Toshiyuki Inoko addressed the vision of teamLab and its debut in the world of art occurred at the Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Taipei, late 2011. Mr Toshiyuki Inoko described as a Singapore place for teamLab, “In 2013, we were still unknown artists. Singapore Biennale gambled on our future, and gave us the opportunity to showcase the piece entitled, ‘Peace can be Realized even without Order.’ Thanks to Singapore Biennale, teamLab is now active in the international art world.”

Using cutting-edge technology, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey of discovery through four key narratives – Nature, Town, Park and Space. Installations within the ‘Nature’ gallery immerse visitors in a world of flora and fauna, as digital flowers bloom or fade away depending on how visitors interact with them. In ‘Space’, visitors will experience the monumental 3-D light sculpture Crystal Universe – which enables them to experience astrophysical phenomena such as planets, stars, galaxies, and even the recently detected gravitational waves which Einstein predicted would exist a century ago.

Mr Toshiyuki Inoko’s speech – a graduate in mathematics and physics from the University of Tokyo, will be posted in an upcoming entry.

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