ArtScience Museum: HUMAN+ & The Universe and Art

Ottie and I went on a date at the ArtScience Museum back in July to catch some futuristic exhibits – HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species, and The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space. Even though we originally met because of a mutual interest in Martial Arts movies, it turned out that we share an enjoyment of Sci-fi serials too – Futurama, Firefly, FarscapeGhost in the Shell, The Expanse, Westworld, Rick & MortyThe Orville and the latest instalment of the Star Trek series (Discovery)… just to name a few. Although, our tastes diverge sometimes – he doesn’t share my enthusiasm for Almost Human and Sharknado, while I don’t care for Killjoys and Doctor Who. Believe me I tried. I like the stuff that comes out of the DW fandom though, so I suppose that counts for a little bit?

Anyway getting back on track, we were pretty pumped for this museum trip. Here are some of my favourite displays at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibit. Be warned, the second image depicts a surgery-in-progress:

Intricate Prosthetic leg with drawer compartments by Sophie De Oliviera Barata and Annie Walters at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Images from Stelarc's Extra Ear Surgery by Nina Sellars at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Images from Stelarc’s Extra Ear Surgery by Nina Sellars. Stelarc seemed to be the main pull of the exhibit, having a few rooms dedicated to videos of his highly-performative art. I’d learnt about him in school and so was pretty excited to see what would go on display in this exhibit.

Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas cyborg arts at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas cyborg arts. Extrasensory implants, anyone?

Area V5 by Louis-Philippe Demers at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Area V5 by Louis-Philippe Demers at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Area V5 by Louis-Philippe Demers at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Area V5 by Louis-Philippe Demers – the title refers to the visual area V5 in the brain cortex, which is thought to play a major role in the perception of motion.

True Love by Alexander Prokopovich and Tardigotchi by S.W.A.M.P at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.I really liked the pink acrylic dividers in this room. In the background on the left is Tardigotchi by S.W.A.M.P, which features a living tardigrade and an artificial life avatar. In the foreground is a write-up of True Love, which displayed an excerpt of a book which was written by a computer.

Listening to notable science subjects such as the first inbred obese mouse in the 1950s at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Listening to notable science subjects such as the first inbred obese mouse in the 1950s.

Scaled mockup and technical drawing of the Euthanasia Coaster at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Technical drawing of the Euthanasia Coaster by Julijonas Urbonas at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Imagine my delight when we came across the Euthanasia Coaster by Julijonas Urbonas! It was totally awesome to see the mockup and technical drawing in person.

Transfigurations by Agatha Haines at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Beautiful babies in Transfigurations by Agatha Haines, depicting surgically-modified traits such as creating excess skin to withstand higher temperatures and stoma in newborns to for regular medicinal intake.

NADINE at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Our last stop was at Nadine‘s desk, who achieved such a level of uncanny valley that I absolutely refused to go near her.

NADINE at the HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.They’re building a companion for Nadine. I am very afraid.

The HUMAN+ exhibit is ongoing until 15 October 2017, so there’s still time to catch it if anyone’s interested.

Next, we headed up to explore The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space. This exhibit was actually our favourite of the two, however it ended its run in end July. Highlights:

The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Stargazing instruments and artwork at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Star charts on display at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Chunyou Star Chart by Wang Zhiyuan, Ink impression of a stone-engraved carving in 1247 at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Chunyou Star Chart by Wang Zhiyuan, Ink impression of a stone-engraved carving from 1247.

Studies into the Past by Laurent Grasso, Oil on Wood Panel, at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Studies into the Past by Laurent Grasso, Oil on Wood Panel.

Strange Tales of Saigo Star, a woodcut print by Tatsugoro Nagashima (Yoshitora Utagawa) in 1877 on display at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Strange Tales of Saigo Star, a woodcut print by Tatsugoro Nagashima (Yoshitora Utagawa) in 1877.

The highlight of this exhibit was the gallery featuring first edition manuscripts by some of the world’s greatest scientists:

Gallery of the first edition manuscripts by the world's greatest scientists at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Gallery of the first edition manuscripts by the world's greatest scientists at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

First edition book of De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) in 1543 by Nicolaus Copernicus at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.1543 first edition book of De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) by Nicolaus Copernicus. The revolutionary (geddit) moment when Earthers realised that the universe did not revolve around Earth, but the sun.

1610 first edition of Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger) by Galileo Galilei at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.1610 first edition of Sidereus Nuncius (Starry Messenger) by Galileo Galilei. This was the first published scientific work based on observations made through a refracting telescope which he built – the moon’s terrain and craters and Jupiter’s moons, which ascertained Copernicus’ theory of a heliocentric universe.

1609 first edition book of Astronomia Nova (The New Astronomy) by Johannes Kepler at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.1609 first edition book of Astronomia Nova (The New Astronomy) by Johannes Kepler. The guy who found out that celestial bodies moved in an ellipse around the sun instead of a circle.

1687 first edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) by Isaac Newton at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.1687 first edition of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy) by Isaac Newton. Newton’s laws of motion!

1859 first edition of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.A 1859 first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.1859 first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species.

Replica of the Reflecting Telescope by Ikkansai Kunitomo and a replica of Galileo Galilei's telescope on display at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Left: Replica of the Reflecting Telescope by Ikkansai Kunitomo.
Right: Replica of Galileo Galilei’s telescope.

Light and shadow room at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Light and shadow room at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Prêtre JÔMON wood sculpture and Ancient Aliens neon sign by Laurent Grasso at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Two more pieces by Laurent Grasso: Prêtre JÔMON, a sculpture made of wood that draws on symbolism from a variety of cultural mythologies, next to an ‘Ancient Aliens’ neon sign.

Facsimile of an original 1844 drawing of Utsuro-bune (Hollow Ship drafted to Kagoshima) at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Facsimile of an original 1844 drawing of Utsuro-bune (Hollow Ship), which was perceived to be an alien vessel.

Sexy Robot by Hajime Sorayama at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Sexy Robot by Hajime Sorayama is meant to be a robot of a physically-idealised woman.

Sci-fi pulp fiction covers by Frank R. Paul at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.

Sci-fi pulp fiction covers by Frank R. Paul at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.Sci-fi pulp fiction covers by Frank R. Paul.

An Interview with an Alien Professor Who Has a Good Knowledge about the Earth, illustrated by Paul Iribe in 1918 at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.An Interview with an Alien Professor Who Has a Good Knowledge about the Earth, illustrated by Paul Iribe, 1918. This was a magazine aiming to satirise man’s stupidity in engaging in war.

Fringe activity creating constellations at the The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space exhibition, ArtScience Museum Singapore.There was a little room which allowed visitors to punch holes in these constellation cards and use the torchlights provided to shine light through the cards onto the blackboard. It was a pity that the hole-punchers were too large to achieve the desired effect, but it was a cool idea nonetheless.

Here’s an outfit:

Outfit for a visit to the ArtScience Museum: Cotton On bodycon dress, H&M coat, Mango tote bag, Paper Planes sneakers, Firmoo glasses.

Wearing
Cotton On dress
H&M coat
Mango bag
Firmoo glasses
Paper Planes sneakers

Photos of myself taken by Ottie.

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