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How Art And Technology Saves The World In A Truck

A mobile truck exhibition showing how both art and technology
move forward together? Definitely one for the road!

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.

Image Courtesy of A*STAR

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.

Image Courtesy of A*STAR

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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