Where Art meet Science

I’ve been hearing lots about the Future World exhibition at the ArtScience Museum and how it would be great for little kids to explore the art installations brought to life through different digital medium. So rounded the fambam and brought Bubba out to play one Friday afternoon. And it appeared that almost everyone had the same idea for it was really quite crowded when we visited the exhibition.

If you are rushing to visit this exhibition, I would say hold your horses. This is a landmark permanent exhibition which ArtScience Museum has collaborated with teamLab, an award-winning Tokyo-based art collective of “ultra-technologists” that includes artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects and designers. Think of this exhibition as Singapore’s largest interactive digital playground. We visited this exhibition in April and I already hear that the exhibit is now a different one. (Yikes… this post was obviously sitting in my draft folder for the longest time.)

There are a total of 15 different art installations featured over 4 broad themes:

Nature where one can walk through and explore the luminous fields of floral display. Pardon the blur picture for flash photography is prohibited and I was probably shaking too much when I captured this shot. After we placed Bubba on the ground, she happily explored the lighted surroundings filled with florals and tried to capture the occasional insects that flew pass her.

Bubba bypassed Town  which seemed much more suitable for slightly older kids. She  wasn’t interested in sitting down (probably because it was quite crowded) and draw on the slips of paper given. But she had fun going down the colourful slide with her daddy. She asked for more but there were simply too many kids all waiting to go down the slide that we decided to whisk her to other installations.

We spent bulk of our time at Park instead and Bubba especially loved the playing with the lighted balls at the Lighted Ball Orchestra (pit). It looked pretty chaotic when we were there, the kids were all running around trying to snatch the lighted balls.

There is an area for toddlers which was perfect for the Bub but when we put her in the pit, all she wanted to do was to crawl out of it and have a go at the big kids area.

She was not pleased being at the toddler area for the space was smaller. But some of the older kids were quite pushy in the bigger are so I was afraid Bubba would be trampled on. Yikes.. #kancheong parent I guess.

Majority of the displays and interactive activities would be more suited to a slightly older toddler. Bubba kept us on our toes majority of the time as we were afraid that she would be pushed over by the older kids. That said, she didn’t show much interest in the art / craft activities available free at the museum. I reckon if she’s a little older, maybe that would be better for her.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABefore ending our trip, we did enjoy the brief walk past the Crystal Universe. It felt like we were walking in a constellation of stars dazzling in the universe. It was a pretty sight to behold. Of course, pictures are really hard to capture given how quickly we were told to walk past so as not to cause a human traffic jam.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATotal time spent checking out the Future World is probably under an hour. We were probably a little taken aback by how popular such exhibitions are among parents and children. The next time round, we are going to be a little prepared and make a conscious effort to go through the various activities with her.



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