Science fiction exhibit to be held at ArtScience Museum from Oct 21; features art installations, film screenings
The exhibition shines light on mixed media and video still artworks by Asian female artists.
Close to 70 contemporary artworks, ancient artefacts, and Hollywood and Asian film screenings are what visitors can expect to see at ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition from Oct 21, 2023 to March 3, 2024.
The exhibit, titled New Eden: Science Fiction Mythologies Transformed, expands on popular Western science fiction concepts such as parallel worlds, interstellar travel, and transcendence – notions that are rooted in Asian philosophy and spirituality.
A total of 24 Asian female artists, including Mariko Mori, Cao Fei, Patty Chang, Sputniko!, Lee Bul, Shilpa Gupta and Anicka Yi, will have their works spotlighted in the exhibit.
According to the organiser, this comes alongside the evolution of the traditionally male-dominated and Western-centred genre of science fiction, which is giving rise to more diverse voices.
A video installation titled The Ways of Folding Space and Flying by Korean artist duo Moon and Jeon is also featured in the exhibit. The duo has had their works presented at prestigious international events such as Documenta and the Venice Biennale.
Artists Sputniko!, Irene Agrivina and Debbie Ding will speak at the exhibition’s opening symposium on Oct 21, titled Radical Imaginations – New Eden.
Film screenings at ArtScience Cinema
From Oct 16, ArtScience Cinema will present a curated film programme, In Search of Tomorrow. Visitors can look forward to a lineup of kitsch b-movies, cult classics, and contemporary arthouse films that depict utopian and dystopian fantasies.
Films that will be screened include Memoria by Apichatpong Weerasethakul starring Tilda Swinton; Creature, a futuristic dance-film by acclaimed choreographer Akram Khan; Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky’s seminal arthouse psychological space epic; and the well-known Astro Boy (1980).
Tickets for New Eden: Science Fiction Mythologies Transformed are available for purchase at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and on its website.
Prices for Singapore residents start at $20 for adults and $16 for children. Tourist tickets are priced at $23 for adults and $18 for children.