The Future is Today
From 8 August till 8 September 2019, the National Museum presents "The Future is Today: Climate Change and the Power of Nature" in conjunction with the Singapore Night Festival 2019. This visual art showcase features a series of immersive and engaging contemporary art installations by both local and international artists, highlighting the global issue of climate change and the importance of sustainability.
The Future is Today is a visual arts showcase by three internationally renowned artists - Jahan Loh (Singapore), Light Society (Canada) and Luc Jacquet (France). The showcase echoes the theme of sustainability, drawing attention to pertinent topics such as environmental and climate changes that are effecting the world today.
Scroll down for more information on the installations!
Special Late Night Openings
In conjunction with the Singapore Night Festival 2019, the museum will open for extended hours on the following nights:
23, 24 August: 7 pm to 12 midnight, last admission at 11 pm, free admission to all galleries
25 - 28 August: 7 pm to 10 pm, last admission at 9 pm, only Stamford Gallery, Singapore History Gallery and The Future is Today installation venues will be open, where visitors can enjoy free admission
29, 30, 31 August: 7 pm to 12 midnight, last admission at 11 pm, free admission to all galleries
Whispers | Light Society (Sakchin Bessette, Aliya Orr) | Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
The dramatic Whispers by Canadian group Light Society is set to convert the Gallery Theatre into a hypnotic and captivating space. Encapsulating the sensation, power and sound of wind, the experiential installation draws visitors into the rise and fall of nature's power.
Advisory: This show may not be suitable for all audiences, especially visitors who are pregnant, or have spatial or sensorial sensitivities. Visitor discretion is advised. Parents must attend to their children.
About the Artist
Light Society explores the intersections of art, science and mysticism. Conceived as a series of extended experiments across a diverse range of media - including sculpture, installations, video and performance - their work seeks to generate meaningful engagements with altered states of consciousness, perception and the magic of the everyday.
Image courtesy of Etienne Saint-Denis.
Intergalactic Dreams | Jahan Loh | Rotunda and outside Salon, Level 1
Exploring the effects of climate change, the three-part installation Intergalactic Dreams by Singaporean artist Jahan Loh captures his exploration of alternative homes in an imagined future where Earth is no longer hospitable.
About the Artist
Singaporean contemporary artist Jahan Loh's roots are firmly entrenched in both fine and street art, which he forayed into in the early 1990s. With his tongue-in-cheek play on words and images, Jahan successfully merges traditional mediums with guerrilla aesthetics to develop a style that is not only inimitable, but affirmed in both high and low art.
His works have been featured in art exhibitions both locally and overseas. Jahan was also one of eight Singapore contemporary artists selected for 8Q-RATE, the inaugural exhibition for the opening of Singapore's 8Q museum in 2008. Jahan's art has also been featured in toy, apparel, and footwear collaborations with Adidas, VANS, Sony, Samsung, Carhartt, Devilock, Subcrew, and G-SHOCK. His works are collected by individuals and institutions throughout the world.
Collapse! | Luc Jacquet | Gallery10, Level 1
Multimedia engineering by: Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Neuchâtel
Sound design by: Samy Bardet
Collapse! by internationally-acclaimed French filmmaker Luc Jacquet invites visitors to confront the effects of global warming through an immersive audio experience that transports one to the edge of collapsing ice glaciers in Antarctica.
Advisory: This show is an immersive sensory experience in total darkness with a loud soundscape. It may not be suitable for all audiences, especially visitors who are pregnant, or have spatial or sensorial sensitivities. Visitor discretion is advised. Parents must attend to their children.
About the Artist
Having finished his studies in biology, Luc Jacquet spent time in Antarctica where he discovered the two great passions in his life: images and scientific mediation. His first feature-length movie, March of the Penguins, was seen by 25 million film-goers from all over the world. It received many awards, including the 2006 Oscar for the best documentary feature film. In 2010, he decided to get involved in helping to preserve nature using the emotions provoked by the magic of cinema.
Ice and Sky, his feature-length movie with the eminent glaciologist, Claude Lorius, was screened at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It was part of a programme to raise awareness of the issues connected with global climate change. Luc also designed and produced the popular immersive exhibition Antarctica, hosted by the Musée des Confluences in Lyon.