Meet and mingle with animals of all shapes and forms during School Holidays
Future World: Where Art Meets Science is launching a brand new installation to kick off the June holidays. It will transform the space into a digital menagerie of animals that roam freely across the galleries, as they are brought to life from drawings made by visitors. Making its world premiere at ArtScience Museum, the new installation is the latest work by art collective, teamLab. Titled Graffiti Nature, the work features an entire ecosystem of animals that move freely between the Town and Park sections of Future World.
It is the highlight of a season of animal-themed projects hosted by ArtScience Museum for the school holidays this June. Young visitors will also be invited to go on a treasure hunt through the museum, searching for animals, and enjoy free animal-themed screenings, as part of the museum’s film programme, ArtScience on Screen.
The season has been programmed to celebrate the arrival of Graffiti Nature to Future World. Within this landmark new attraction, visitors will be able to let their imagination run wild as they draw their own crocodiles, butterflies, and turtles. Their creations will then come to life within Future World through the intervention of innovative digital technology. Audiences of all ages will be enthralled as they interact with animated animals and watch the colourful creatures move freely around their feet.
“We are thrilled to stage the world premiere of Graffiti Nature by teamLab as part of our permanent exhibition, Future World, this school holidays. Together with teamLab, we set out to make something that was more than an exhibition. We wanted to create a new universe; a world that would change and transform over time, that would respond to each and every visitor, and that would draw people to visit again and again. The unveiling of Graffiti Nature demonstrates our commitment to continually adapt and enrich Future World, as science, technology and the arts evolve. To celebrate the arrival of the animals in Graffiti Nature, we are hosting a whole season of programmes and activities that celebrate biodiversity, and highlight how important it is for people and nature to co-exist harmoniously,” said Ms. Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum.
“Graffiti Nature is an artwork that is completely created by the visitors. The ecosystem of flora and fauna expands when visitors draw and colour in more animals and flowers, and butterflies grow and increase where the flowers are. If the animals sense you, they run away. Stand still and flowers will blossom around you. Walk around and the flowers will scatter. Search for your animals, and whilst making the flowers bloom, explore the Future World that everyone has created,” said Mr Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab.
June Holidays Activities:
For a limited time only during the school holidays, the all-access ticket package will come with a specially designed activity booklet, with clues that will direct visitors to look for different animal-related exhibits and installations as they explore the museum. The little ones can embark on an interactive journey of exploration and play through a special treasure hunt activity that will take them on a route through the museum’s three exhibitions in June: Future World, Big Bang Data and Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems. At the end of completing the treasure hunt, visitors will be treated to special discounts and privileges at ArtScience Museum’s retail store.
At Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art and Science of Gems, visitors will be enchanted by the vitality and poetry of the extraordinary collections from Van Cleef & Arpels and the National Museum of Natural History in France. The exhibition contains a collection of unique decorative animals, such as puppies, bears, butterflies, foxes, and squirrels adorned with precious gemstones. These whimsical pieces developed in 1954 were inspired by cartoons, capturing the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in a clip, or the vitality of a squirrel in a pin.
In ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, Big Bang Data, which sheds light on the world of technology and data, visitors can come face to face with one of the most popular icons of the internet: the humble cat. Artist Owen Mundy has created a world map comprised of thousands of pictures of cats taken by internet users. Cheekily titled “I Know Where Your Cat Lives”, this web-based project illustrates the location of cats all over the world and highlights how personal data shared online is fast making people’s private lives much more public.
In addition to the exhibitions, ArtScience Museum’s flagship film programme, ArtScience on Screen also takes on an animal flavour for the June school holidays, with free family-friendly screenings of two films which celebrate wildlife: Animal Mundi directed by Godfrey Reggio and Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro.
Families and young children alike can also be immersed in a fun-filled day at the museum with drop-in paper craft activities, creative workshops, and hands-on demonstrations happening through the holidays.
For more information, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/artsciencemuseum