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ArtScience Museum Future World Exhibition | Dec 21, 2018

ArtScience Museum Future World.Future World at ArtScience Museum Singapore.

A taste of teamLab magic at Future World, the ArtScience Museum’s new permanent exhibition.

Quick post.

Future World has opened at ArtScience Museum for over three weeks now and normally I wouldn’t consider doing a post about it.

However, with this exhibition being a collaboration between the ArtScience Museum and teamLab, and me having recently written about teamLab Borderless, I thought it’s might be fun to do a simple comparison. As in, how is Future World compared to Borderless? Is it the same deal? The same experience?

Can you skip Borderless in Tokyo by going to Future World?

Verdict, it’s largely the same experience. That is, in a limited way. But first, some pictures from my visit.

Future World: Where Art Meets Science

Future World is divided into 5 “narratives.” These being, Nature, Town, Sanctuary, Park, and Space.

ArtScience Museum Exhibition - Future World.
The Nature narrative. This is described as “an immersive and mesmerizing journey” through nature, empowered by digital and interactive technology.
Future World at ArtScience Museum | Nature
Close-up of the main showpiece of Nature. Smaller artwork is one of the animated artworks at the sides.
Future World at ArtScience Museum | Town
Sketch Christmas, the showpiece of the Town narrative. The attraction here is that you can colour you own sketches and scan them into the artwork. Your outrageous masterpiece will then appear on the animated screen.
Future World at ArtScience Museum | Sketch Christmas
A broader view to give you a better idea of Sketch Christmas.
Future World at ArtScience Museum | Interactive Games
Interactive games in an alcove near the “Town.”
Future World at ArtScience Museum | Sanctuary
The, er, Sanctuary narrative. This, erm, creative mess is actually animated and quite enthralling to stare at. But it doesn’t turn out that great on camera.
ArtScience Museum Singapore | Future World Exhibition
The Park narrative of Future World. There are various games here for adults and kids alike. All for the purpose of depicting “play” as an integral aspect of human life.
Future World at ArtScience Museum | Space
The Space narrative. This is the finale and, of course, the most visually stunning part of Future World. (I.E., the most selfie perfect)

Future World vs teamLab Borderless

As I wrote earlier, I intended for this post to be a comparison of Future World with teamLab Borderless. This comparison is for:

  1. People who have already seen Borderless, and are wondering whether it’s worthwhile going to Future World.
  2. People who might not have the chance to visit Borderless any time soon, or other teamLab projects in Japan, and are wondering whether Future World is an apt substitute.

My conclusion is:

  • If you’re new to digital art and interactive displays, Future World will fascinate.
  • Kids will love the games. If they are into colouring, you can easily spend an hour with them here.
  • The above said, this is no Borderless. For that matter, I doubt it comes near Planets too. Not only is the overall exhibition area smaller, the, erm, effects of certain narratives are lesser too. For example, the Nature narrative has (way) lesser dancing flowers than the one in Borderless.
  • To be fair, one should note Future Park costs like a third of the entry ticket for Borderless. Even lesser if you combine it with tickets for other ArtScience Museum exhibitions.
  • In summary, this is a good introduction for those new to teamLab’s stunning art. But if you’re already familiar, I doubt it would satisfy.

Future World is a permanent exhibition of the ArtScience Museum, with changing artworks to keep the exhibition fresh. For tickets, hours, etc, click here.

ArtScience Museum Future World Exhibition
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ArtScience Museum Future World Exhibition
A taste of Japanese art collective teamLab’s cutting edge digital installations at Future World, Singapore’s ArtScience Museum’s first permanent exhibition.
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