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Singapore museum unveils art-science fusion exhibit

Singapore, March 19 (IANS) The Singapore ArtScience Museum on Saturday unveiled a new exhibit that merges cutting edge technology with artistic design and creativity in 15 larger-than-life installations mimicking ecosystems, cities and space.

“Art is usually static with limited interaction. Now technology has opened new opportunities for artists to stretch their imagination,” said Fujiwara Tetsuya, the managing director of Panasonic System Solutions.

Panasonic in Asia Pacific partnered with the Singaporean ArtScience Museum and teamLab, a Japanese art and technology collective, to create the earth-inspired exhibit, EFE news reported.

The 1,500 square-metre exhibit “FUTURE WORLD: Where Art Meets Science” under the first theme “Nature” invites visitors to explore rooms where flowers bloom and die and butterflies flutter in interweaving pixels on gallery walls.

Using teamLab’s interactive 4D vision technology “visitors experience the universe from within it, as it surrounds, enfolds them and responds to their presence, thus helping visitors understand themselves as part of the vastness of celestial space”, said teamLab.

The second concept, “Town”, reflects a cityscape that invites visitors to populate towns by inputting digital data, watching cities grow and physically build and construct architecture with fibreglass light cubes.

Finally, the crystal universe of “Space” transports viewers into a darkened galaxy with star-studded skies, with over 170,000 LED lights used to light up the re-creation of the universe.

“We hope to invoke in visitors a new and imaginative sense of wonder in the world around us,” said Honor Hagar, the executive director of the ArtScience Museum.

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