Singapore 2017: ArtScience Museum HUMAN+, The Universe and Art Travel Scott and I went on a date at the ArtScience Museum to catch some futuristic exhibits – HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species, and The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space. 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. Extrasensory implants, anyone? 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. 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. 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. 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. Our last stop was at Nadine‘s desk, who achieved such a level of uncanny valley that I absolutely refused to go near her. They’re building a companion for Nadine. I am very afraid. Next, we headed up to explore The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage Through Space. This exhibit was our favourite of the two. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Newton’s laws of motion! A 1859 first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Left: Replica of the Reflecting Telescope by Ikkansai Kunitomo. Right: Replica of Galileo Galilei’s telescope. Photo assist: Scott. 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), which was perceived to be an alien vessel. 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. 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. 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. Wearing Cotton On dress, H&M coat, Mango bag, Firmoo glasses, Paper Planes shoes. Photo assist: Scott.