I kept seeing people posting beautiful pictures that they took at Future World Exhibition in ArtScience Museum on Instagram. It quipped my curiosity and I really wanted to experience it for myself.
Future World exhibition is a collaboration between teamLab and ArtScience Museum. A Japan-addict colleague once showed me photographs she took at a teamLab exhibition in Japan. It was also this kind of art-meets-science kind of interactive exhibition so I was really looking forward to visiting Future World.
I don’t usually write about exhibitions but this particular exhibition is so fascinating that I really wanted to share my experience with everyone.
Future World is such a popular exhibition and the tickets are always sold-out on weekends so I went on a weekday instead. Thankfully this is a permanent exhibition at ArtScience Museum so you can visit it at any time.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the museum is currently operating at 50% capacity. I highly recommend buying your ticket on their website beforehand. The tickets are priced at S$16 for Singapore residents and S$19 for tourists.
My Favorite Future World Exhibitions
There are altogether 16 interactive installations in the Future World exhibition. You can find the full details and explanations of all 16 installations here. These are my favorite exhibitions:
Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries
As you draw open the thick black curtains that lead to the exhibition, the first thing you will see is a gigantic waterfall. It is so magnificent and beautiful, it takes your breath away.
The “waterfall” cascades down the side of the wall and continued across the length of the room, all the way onto the black curtain you come in from.
If you stand underneath the “waterfall”, the water will flow around you, opening up a portal that houses blooming flowers.
Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year
I can stare at this installation for hours, it’s strangely therapeutic. So far I have seen sunflowers, purple wisteria and morning glory, the graphics are simply amazing.
You get to see the whole life cycle of flowers in just a few minutes. The roots grow out of the soil, branches sprout out leaves and flowers bloom, followed by withering of the pedals and the petals fade away. The cycle of growth and decay repeats itself in perpetuity.
This installation is not a pre-recorded image that is played back, it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. If you people touch them, the flowers scatter, wither, and die.
When I first entered the Crystal Universe, I really thought that the lights points are suspended in air and you will fall if you step outside of the footpath.
Fear not, this installation is actually a gigantic room with strings of lights hanging above a large mirror. The reflection of the mirror gives the illusion that the lights continues below ground.
Every few minutes, the lights light up with different colors and patterns which are very beautiful.
I like this kind of interactive exhibition where you get to interact with the exhibits. It is so much fun!
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