The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) have joined forces to express the impressive benefits of Art and Technology through the Innovati50n mobile exhibition.
This exhibition aims to celebrate 50 years of science, technology and innovation in Singapore, as part of Science@50, a year- long campaign launched by A*STAR and several local universities in the beginning of this year. 17 art pieces showcased in this mobile truck exhibition were created by an array of techniques. These pieces were inspired from homegrown innovations selected by a coveted panel of scientific leaders.
Art & technology are long lost siblings
In a world where art and technology are often seen as opposing entities, this exhibition has managed to showcase a way the two overlap – through having similar processes of planning and research. Although they differ in execution, they are both derived from a place of passion.
Title: To Dengue and Beyond
Artist: Nature Shankar, 19, 3 rd Year Student, NAFA, Diploma in Fine Art (Western Painting)
Scientist: Dr. Lisa Ng, Principal Investigator, A*Star’s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN).
Type of artwork: Embroidery on Canvas Cloth
This train of thought is evident in the way Dr. Ng’s research inspired Nature to create this humorous piece, which highlights the diverse inclusion of race and gender in conjunction with the constant advancement of technology in Singapore for the last 50 years.
Title: A Cyclical Lifestyle
Artist: Aditi Rao Venkatesh, 20, 3 rd Year Student NAFA, Diploma in Fine Art (Western Painting)
Scientist: Prof Ho Bow, Department of Microbiology, Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Type of artwork: Oil paint and oil pastel on canvas
In this situation, although the artist and scientist have not met, they were able to merge their ideas to create A Cyclical Lifestyle, which depicts a human immune system. The representation of the chessboard is particularly clever as it draws parallels between the game and the need to organize defenses that protects the body from diseases.
Why You Should Go?
This exhibition, organized by A*STAR, was exciting and engaging in the way it provided a refreshing perspective on science, technology, product innovation and even a touch of national identity. These ‘technical’ subjects have been revitalized and made even more interesting through splashes of colour, and the unique point of view of an artist, something we do not see everyday.
It will be launched on 4 September 2015 and will make its way to four shopping malls across Singapore from 5 September to 11 October 2015; so don’t forget to get on that truck!
For more information and updates about the exhibition, click here.
By Marcus Tan / August 31, 2015 11:30am GMT+8
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