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ARTSCIENCE ON SCREEN


ArtScience on Screen explores the intersection between art and science using moving image, video and film. In a rolling programme, ArtScience on Screen features a range of exciting filmmakers and artists from Singapore and beyond, at various stages of their careers.  

Presentations will include solo showcases of artists’ moving image work, curated programmes of film exploring specific artscience themes, feature length film screenings, multi-screen presentations and creative documentaries that introduce key practitioners and methods in the field.

ArtScience on Screen forms the backbone of the museum’s dedicated film programming, and is part of Marina Bay Sands’ ongoing commitment to the local and international film culture and community. In addition to screenings, Level 4 of ArtScience Museum will also host regular press conferences, dialogue sessions and masterclasses with acclaimed filmmakers and artists, with the aim to inspire audiences to discover art and science through film and moving image.


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ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe (Duration: 1hr 43min)

Venue: Expression Gallery, Level 4
Dates: 29 – 30 Apr, 1 – 16 May, 24 – 26 May, 28 – 31 May (Shown in a continuous loop) 


'Look at the Earth from the Universe’ is a companion programme of single screen artists’ films to compliment The Universe and Art: An Artistic Voyage through Space. The exhibition is a journey through the cosmos, exploring where we came from and where we are going. It weaves a rich constellation of Eastern and Western philosophies, ancient and contemporary art, and science and religion, to explore how humanity has constantly contemplated its presence in the Universe.

With elements of science fiction and strong strands of performance, ‘Look at the Earth from the Universe’ explores our fascination with space and questions what might happen in an encounter with other intelligent life. 

This screening programme of single-channel video works was curated by Tsubaki Reiko (Associate Curator at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo). It is a part of ArtScience Museum’s Art and Science of Space season. 
 

ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Facing the Unknown

Running time: 13 minutes 59 seconds
Rating: G

As often in Yamamoto Takayuki’s practice our world in this video is reflected in the eyes of the child. As the wonders of the universe is explained in its increasingly intricate detail, flickers of wonder at its scale as well as frustration at its complexity register in the eyes of two small children. As a professor of physics explain the phenomena of black holes, much of what they felt they knew about the world becomes undone. 

About Director: Yamamoto Takayuki 
Yamamoto Takayuki is a Japanese artist, based in Tokyo and has a background as a teacher. As an artist he works in mixed media and has exhibited his work internationally.

 

ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

The Moonwalk Machine 

Running time: 5 minutes 4 seconds
Rating: PG

“The Moonwalk Machine – Selena’s Step” is a short film visualizing an amateur scientist Selena’s attempt to imitate her idol, a superhero Lunar Girl by constructing a high heel rover and launching it on the surface of the moon. To create Selena's rover, Sputniko! sought out NASA's Universities Space Research Association and Lunar Planetary Institute for an accurate prototype. Through a series of complex calculations, scientific breakthrough, and hands-on engineering our protagonist rewrites history to leave a very female imprint on our space legacy.

About Director: Sputniko! 
Sputniko! is a British/Japanese artist and scientist whose works push the boundaries of gender and cultural norms and include machines, robotics, music and video practices exploring issues surrounding technology and pop culture. 

ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

The Space Camp

Running time: 6 minutes 46 seconds
Rating: PG

Produced on the occasion of Tom Sachs' “Space Program: MARS 2012” at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, “Space Camp” is an athletic, dietary and psychological conditioning program, designed to prepare Tom Sachs' crew for the rigors of the Mars mission. Handmade but carefully studied and obsessive in detail, the crew recreates every aspect of a space program regime, the minutia of the costume and comradery of the mission. 

About Director: Tom Sachs
American sculptor Tom Sachs often recreates culturally significant objects or event in inexpensive, non-industrial materials. 
 
ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Newton

Running time: 4 minutes 16 seconds
Rating: PG

In a multimedia practice Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen often juxtaposes historical facts and with performed rituals and absurd or humourous situation. In Newton, we are one hand floating in gravity-defying whiteness, whilst at the same time watching a seemingly significant white opus falling to hit our all-white protagonist in the head. In a Sisyphean circular narrative, normal laws of physics and time seem to have been dissolved, and action have little or no consequence.

About Director: Ho Tzu Nyen 

Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen represented Singapore in 54th Venice Biennale and has participated in Cannes Film Festival and Sundance as well as numerous media art festivals and international exhibitions.
 
ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Planet A & Planet Z 

Running time: 17 minutes 10 seconds
Rating: G


A first work in the Planet series, “Planet A” shows a worrisome, strange yet playful world composed only of salt crystal formations. The physical beauty and corrosive character of these crystals appear like an invading and dangerous force in a fragile ecosystem. 
In Planet Z, the second in the Planet series, the artist creates a gigantic world out of oddly domestic protagonists: sprouts, mold and fungus. These tiny elements infest and colonise, in a dystopian vision of a rapidly changing world. 

About Director: Seto Momoko
Through her video works, extensively presented at prominent film festivals around the world Japanese artist Momoko Seto invites us to undertake sensorial journeys through highly poetic and unusual worlds. 

ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Towards the Possible Film

Running time: 19 minutes 20 seconds
Rating: PG

In a surreal encounter, two otherworldly figures meet the indigenous inhabitants of a rocky coast. The meeting of tribes is charged with tension and distrust, and narrated in hallucinatory, distorted bursts. Their indigenous dialects long forgotten and their temples in ruins, perhaps the inhabitants here have reason to be on guard, as the fragility of civilisations is explored as a science fiction narrative, with strong colonial undertones.

About Director: Shezad Dawood
London based artist Shezad Dawood creates multi-media works drawing inspiration from his Pakistani, Indian and British cultural heritage. His poetic practice across a variety of media is concerned with notions of place and language and translation.
 
ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Black Rain

Running time: 3 minutes
Rating: PG

“Black Rain” is made in collaboration with scientists and sourced from images collected by the twin satellite, solar mission, STEREO. Here we see the HI (Heliospheric Imager) visual data as it tracks interplanetary space for solar wind and CME's (coronal mass ejections) heading towards Earth. Using raw scientific satellite data which has not yet been cleaned and processed for public consumption, the work reminds us of the presence of the human observer who endeavors to extend our perceptions and knowledge through technological innovation.

About Director: Semiconductor 
Semiconductor is an artist duo made up of UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Their moving image works are concerned with scientific practices and data, and has been exhibited internationally.
 
ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Trinity

Running time: 17 minutes 40 seconds
Rating: PG

A re-imagination of traditional the traditional myths of Mao Son, who is said to have come from Venus millions of years ago. During a new visit to contemporary Japan, the Defender Lord wants to reassemble the trinity of Love, Power and Sun to bring harmony and peace to the universe. In a fluid mix of genres, the film questions the role of outsiders and highlights the tension between tradition and new thinking.

About Director: Alexandre Maubert
Alexandre Maubert is a French filmmaker and visual artist. His work is often concerned with mythologies of the part and notions of utopia of the future.

ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Space Noise 

Running time: 8 minutes 25 seconds
Rating: G

Space Noise is an ongoing project that has already been shown in 18 countries around the world since 2013. Evolving through partnerships with musicians and video artists, it is usually shown as a live performance. Here the artist presents a shorter version of the work, provoking the imagination of a viewer by playing with the qualities of film.

About Director: Makino Takashi
Japanese artist Makino Takashi’s practice engages in experimental film. His video works explore the unique qualities of the medium, in particular its treatment of time and relationship with audience. Abandoning conventional structure, the artist layers images over each other and often performs live to allow them to interact in ways that also harness the qualities of chance. With the help of musician collaborators, Makino Takashi creates unpredictable encounters.
 
ArtScience on Screen: Look at the Earth from the Universe

Lunar Economic Zone

Running time: 4 minutes 19 seconds
Rating: G

From a mid-autumn lunar celebration in 2028, this animation reflects a version of the future where China has mastered the extraction of ‘lunar minerals’ and has become a resource-rich and technologically advanced superpower. The film unfolds as a Mid-August Day Lunar Mineral Parade takes place in the newly-formed Lunar Economic Zone, an administrative agglomeration of Shenzhen and the Moon. In this not too distant future many of the hallmarks of our contemporary life remains, and the parade although grander and more urban that we could currently imagine still carries an uncanny resemblance to the world today. 

About Director: Zhan Wang 

London-based artist Zhan Wang works in a variety of media, including sculpture and video. Motifs are often appropriated from contemporary Chinese culture and treated in a simple yet thought-provoking way.