Journey through a virtual human stomach to follow the trail of microplastics or hold the gaze of the person on-screen to take a stand against deforestation—MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood invites visitors to engage with current environmental and societal challenges through the blending of art and technology.
Featuring an exciting line-up of more than 20 multi-sensory art experiences focused on enabling action towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood returns to the ArtScience Museum from 7 to 17 March 2019, as part of the museum’s programme, ArtScience in Focus.
Organised by The MeshMinds Foundation, the second iteration of this interactive and technologically-rich exhibition will showcase the works of Singapore artists who have participated in the Foundation’s artist incubation programme, Please Insert Human, working in conjunction with the Foundation’s media studio arm, MeshMinds.
Ms Kay Poh Gek Vasey, founder of The MeshMinds Foundation, said: “With the support of leading technology partners and ArtScience Museum, our talented artists have had the opportunity to harness emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), 3D modelling and printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT). The experience not only enhances their art-making, but also creates impactful and immersive artworks that invite people to interact with, and hopefully be inspired and empowered to engage in the global sustainability conversation and to effect positive change.”
The exhibition is bolstered by public-private partnerships between local and international organisations, including ArtScience Museum, The Tech Museum of Innovation, Singapore International Foundation’s digital storytelling platform—Our Better World, LASALLE College of the Arts, and UN Environment.
The experience not only enhances their art-making, but also creates impactful and immersive artworks that invite people to interact with, and hopefully be inspired and empowered to engage in the global sustainability conversation and to effect positive change.
Kay Poh Gek Vasey, founder, The MeshMinds Foundation
Ms Honor Harger, Executive Director of ArtScience Museum, said: “Our collaboration with MeshMinds on the first edition of ArtxTechforGood last year was a success. It encapsulated what we set out to achieve with ArtScience in Focus—providing the platform for the exchange of new ideas and to nurture the seed of curiosity in the next generation. We look forward to the second edition of the showcase where our visitors will witness how art and technology can create works that send a powerful message about our environment.”
A spotlight on sustainability
This year, MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood artists will shine the spotlight on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Singapore’s declaration of 2019 as the Year Towards Zero Waste, and burgeoning global campaigns such as #beatplasticpollution in their works.
Utilising AR, animators Jason Loo and Cherlyn Mark, address the devastating consequences of marine pollution with interactive mobile game OceanScrub; while botanical artist Lucinda Law charts her inaugural expeditionary artist-in-residence experience on sustainability-focused island resort Batu-Batu through Experiencing Beauty.
Speaking on her mixed-media art installation, Law said, “Working with MeshMinds and exploring new technologies has expanded the scope of my research on how I can connect people to the beauty of nature and environmental biodiversity and conservation in a digital age.”
Water Bodies, a VR showcase by leading visual artist, Mightyellow offers a journey through the human stomach to educate people on microplastics that are unknowingly consumed in our daily lives.
In From Wheelchairs to Motorbikes and (In)visible Sound, The MeshMinds Foundation has partnered with Our Better World, Singapore International Foundation’s digital storytelling platform, to create an immersive, intimate and impactful VR experience, bringing audiences into the worlds of those living with visible and invisible disabilities.
In addition, visitors to MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood can interact with MeshMind’s mascot, AstroCat, m.me/astrocat.bot, to find out more about the exhibition, as well as local sustainability efforts and campaigns on how one can reduce waste and recycle in their daily lives. Visitors can also learn more through artworks that address food wastage and recycling such as through Ugly Vegetables, an AR-driven photo opportunity curated by social enterprise EYEYAH! Magazine; as well PaperChase AR by local artist Alfonsus Wong, an AR experience that aims to encourage greater recycling in a treasure-hunt setting.
MeshMinds 2.0: ArtxTechforGood will take place from 7 to 17 March 2019 at ArtScience Museum from 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6pm), with the exhibition to be launched at 7pm on 7 March 2019. For more information, please visit http://www.meshminds.com/.
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About The MeshMinds Foundation
The MeshMinds Foundation is a not-for-profit arts organisation focused on enabling sustainable development through creative technology. Partnering with the world’s most socially responsible companies, The MeshMinds Foundation offers artists the latest technology, training and mentoring to create immersive artworks and experiences focused on the sustainable development of people and the planet. For more information, visit http://meshminds.com/
About ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands is the cultural institution in Singapore that explores the intersection between art, science, technology and culture. Since opening in February 2011, the museum has staged large-scale exhibitions by some of the world’s major artists, including Leonardo da Vinci, Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, and M.C. Escher. In addition, it has presented significant exhibitions which explore aspects of science, including, in recent shows, big data, particle physics, natural history, marine biology and space exploration.
ArtScience Museum’s striking lotus-inspired building, designed by Moshe Safdie, features 21 gallery spaces spanning nearly 5000m2. The museum has staged international exhibitions in partnership with renowned museums and galleries around the world, including the British Museum and Science Museum in London, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Ambrosiana in Milan, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Australian Centre for Moving Image in Melbourne, and many others. ArtScience Museum also originates and produces exhibitions in-house, and runs a full programme of education, events, activities and learning opportunities for a wide range of audiences. ArtScience Museum is owned and operated by Marina Bay Sands.
About ArtScience in Focus
ArtScience in Focus is a series of pop-up exhibitions and showcases featuring collaborations with education, art, science and technology partners. Presented quarterly, these cross-disciplinary showcases are forums for exchanging new ideas and feature a mix of experimental displays and interactive activities.
In 2018, ArtScience in Focus explores the relationship between people and machines in a series of pop-up exhibitions presented with a range of local and international partners. The showcases will investigate robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other new technological developments, showing how both artists and scientists are helping us see how technologies are transforming the world around us.