ArtScience Museum transcends boundaries by transforming Future World 10 new artworks

  A fifth gallery, Sanctuary, is introduced

  • 07:59 AM, 28 Aug, 2018

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(SINGAPORE - 28 August 2018) – From September 1 2018, ArtScience Museum and teamLab invite visitors to transcend boundaries with all new artworks in Singapore’s largest digital art exhibition, FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science. In this major transformation, Future World introduces 10 new digital artworks taking the number of pieces in the exhibition from 15 to 19. The dramatic starting point of the new-look show is the opening gallery, which features teamLab’s new concept, Transcending Boundaries.

To bring this new concept to Singapore, the Nature galleries of Future World have been completely rebuilt, and now feature interactive and immersive artworks by teamLab that use both art and science to transport visitors to a digitally-rendered natural world. Comprised of six artworks, Transcending Boundaries explores the relationship between people and nature, breaking down the boundaries between audiences and the artworks.The stunning centre piece of the latest version of this ever-changing exhibition, is an entirely new gallery. The fifth gallery of Future World, named Sanctuary, is intended to be an oasis of calm, in the centre of the show. Sanctuary invites visitors to take a moment for reflection and meditation before arriving at the busy joviality of the final part of the exhibition.

To launch, Sanctuary, ArtScience Museum will unveil the South East Asian premiere of teamLab’s brand new artwork, Impermanent Life: People Create Space and Time, at the Confluence of their Spacetime New Space and Time is Born.

“When ArtScience Museum conceived of Future World with teamLab, we set out to make something that was more than an exhibition in a traditional museum. We wanted to create a new world that would evolve and grow over time, that would respond to each and every visitor, and that would draw people to visit again and again. Earlier this year, we welcomed our millionth visitor to Future World, a clear sign that audiences want to take a journey through the digital worlds of the near future. This major rehang is the most radical change in Future World since we opened more than two and a half years ago. It is a vivid realisation of our vision for a permanent, yet changing exhibition, and will give visitors a renewed opportunity to experience the confluence of artistic expression, technological ingenuity, and scientific enquiry,” said Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum.

“We want to dissolve all kinds of boundaries. Even though it doesn’t really exist, we feel as if there is a boundary between us and the world. Although everything exists in the same continuity, something divides us and creates a boundary. Many things that were created in modern times have brought boundaries. If possible, we want to eliminate those boundaries just once more. We want to create a sense of borderlessness. By immersing your whole body, and by seeing the world change due to your existence, we want to create an experience that makes you feel as if there are no boundaries, and that everything exists in a continuity,” said teamLab’s spokesperson.

(i) Brand new concept in Nature Gallery NatureBrand new concept in Nature Gallery Nature, the first gallery of Future World, has undergone a complete rebuild to house a spectacular new concept called Transcending Boundaries. In this concept, six individual artworks co-exist in one space: Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries (2017); Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together –- Transcending Boundaries, A Whole Year per Hour (2017); Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Ephemeral Life Born from People (2018); The Void (2016); Four Seasons, a 1000 Years, Terraced Rice Fields – Tashibunosho (2018); Life Survives by the Power of Life (2011) Within Transcending Boundaries, elements from one artwork influence and interact with elements from other artworks. The artworks respond to the presence of viewers and subtly change based on their behaviour. The individual artworks and their interplay with one another inspire a sense of rapt contemplation, as the installation evolves over time and with participation.

When entering the space, visitors will be greeted by a stunning six-meter high interactive waterfall that serenely cascades down the wall and onto the floor. The water particles are digitally programmed and generated to produce an accurate water fall simulation of water particles. The direction of the water changes with the lightest touch of the hand. Just like in nature, the waterfall promotes biodiversity creation.

Also in the gallery is an ecosystem of flowers that gently bloom and die due to seasonal changes. The lifecycle repeats itself and visitors can experience all four seasons of the year within an hour. A kaleidoscope of butterflies fluttering around the space grows in number as more people enter the room. But they die when touched, serving as a reminder of the destructive side to humanity.

The Nature galleries in Future World invite visitors to understand that nature is something that includes, enfolds and embraces people and the things they make; there are no boundaries between human and nature.

(ii) New “kid” in Town

Town, the second section of the exhibition will see the addition of a new artwork, sharing the space with the artwork A Table Where Little People Live is.

Sketch Piston – Playing Music (2015)In this interactive artwork, visitors can be a music composer for a day. They can compose their own musical masterpiece by drawing lines of varying heights to determine the musical scale, and tap the wall to drop a ball onto the drawn lines to create a symphony of sounds. As more adults and children come together to inspire one another to create music in a shared space, it will create a more vibrant, animated and lively musical environment.

(iii) Sanctuary , a new fifth gallery in Future World 

The refreshed Future World will introduce visitors to a brand new gallery, Sanctuary. A destination in its own right, Sanctuary provides visitors with a quiet haven to contemplate and take a breather from the bustling Town before continuing their adventure to Park. Built to be a flexible and dynamic space, Sanctuary will showcase a rotating roster of seasonal artworks, giving repeat visitors with a different experience each time they return.

Impermanent Life: People Create Space and Time, at the Confluence of their Spacetime New Space and Time is Born (2018)Marking the launch of Sanctuary is the Southeast Asian debut of one of teamLab’s latest artwork, Impermanent Life: People Create Space and Time, at the Confluence of their Spacetime New Space and Time is Born. In this interactive artwork, cherry blossoms bloom and scatter, playing out the cycle of life and death. Responding to human interactions and the state of the environment, the radiating circles form around visitors’ feet will either luminate or darken the entire space.

(iv) Park

As visitors venture into Park, the third chapter of the exhibition, they are encouraged to appreciate 'play' as an essential part of human life. Two new artworks are introduced to connect visitors by encouraging them to come together to co-create their shared experiences.

Sketch People & Animals (2015)This installation features a virtual world of people and animals created by visitors. This dynamic artwork evolves with each visitor’s participation. It reflects an ever-changing ecosystem where virtual people and animals co-exist and live harmoniously with one another. Visitors can interact with these people and have them respond back through a variety of actions. In Sketch People & Animals, individual’s creative contribution becomes part of a unified, shared experience.

What a Loving, and Beautiful World (2011)What a Loving, and Beautiful World is a mesmerising digital projection of Chinese characters cascading from ceiling to floor. Activated by touch or viewer’s shadow, these characters will transform into nature motifs associated with the meanings of the characters. These motifs include wind, rain, trees and mountain. As the viewers continue to interact with the motifs, the artwork will transform to reflect an ever-changing landscape. 

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