ArtScience Museum

ArtScience Museum – Interesting! Creepy!

This poses a lot of questions in relation to mental health. Is our self-worth dependent on our IQ or our abilities? Will eugenics take over the world? How will eugenics affect mental health in the future? Where is the line drawn when it comes to ethics? How far would we go to alter or modify ourselves to fit the ideal body type or figure? It doesn’t get worse than this. Uncanny valley doesn’t get worse than this! This is literally the valley of valleys.


 

 

 

I went to the ArtScience Museum recently, with my friend. We went to two galleries, one titled: “Human” and the other titled “Future world”. The latter was quite interesting and quite futuristic.

Future World

We were ushered into a dark room, and there were some lines and stuff circling around each other, and it was in 3D. It made us quite giddy. After looking up the internet, I realised it is titled “nature”, depicting a crow which signifies the sun, and the resulting flowers give birth to life. Black Waves was an awesome installation, where they had 3D images of waves swirling around us. It could represent the thoughts swirling around in my head and we felt very calm, just lying down on the bean bag chairs, watching the waters swirling around us.

There was an exhibit titled “town” which where we could colour on pieces of paper, scan it into the machine, and our coloured objects would show up on screen. There were other exhibits about urban planning, landscaping etc., and a giant slide as well.It was an extremely immersive and dreamlike experience. In the exhibit titled “Park”, there were giant balls which we could kick around and a sketch aquarium. The exhibit titled “Space” felt like an infinitesimal universe, where possibilities were endless. It was an instagram worthy exhibit and we took a lot of pictures. Overall, a very experiential learning journey.

 

Human

The former was quite creepy, but fascinating at the same time as well. It started quite innocuously, with pictures of prosthetic limbs, and pictures of women with titanium limbs. There were a lot of pictures of Korean women who had plastic surgery, which showed society’s value of beauty and media’s obsession with looking good. Also, there were photographs of a man who had an operation to grow an ear out of his hand.

My friend mentioned that it was very disgusting and she was so grossed out and scared. There was an exhibit about eugenics, which had a baby doll with an amputated toe, which was said to prevent malaria. Another doll had a sphincter located on the side of its head, to absorb food or something. There was also a robot we could talk to, and I felt like I was in the twilight zone. I felt like I was going mad, and I might start to hallucinate. There was also an exhibit on the “euthanasia rollercoaster” which guaranteed a sure death for anyone who rode on it. There was an exhibit showing genetically modified mosquitoes etc.

This poses a lot of questions in relation to mental health. Is our self-worth dependent on our IQ or our abilities? Will eugenics take over the world? How will eugenics affect mental health in the future? Where is the line drawn when it comes to ethics? How far would we go to alter or modify ourselves to fit the ideal body type or figure?

It doesn’t get worse than this. Uncanny valley doesn’t get worse than this! This is literally the valley of valleys.


References, Sources & Links:

  • https://theartling.com/en/artzine/2016/05/18/teamlab-future-world-artscience-museum/

New Immersive Installations at ArtScience Museum’s Future World

  • https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_valley
  • http://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/future-world/nature.html#TG3EHZTAUm6UPl5B.97


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