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2219 Conversations


Saturday, 23 November | 2pm – 3pm
2219: Futures Imagined exhibition, Basement 2 galleries

The 2219 In-Gallery Conversations will take the form of an informal guided tour, with special appearances from four of the exhibiting artists who will offer first-hand introductions to their practices.

Artists include:

  • Jon Ardern (Superflux) – introduction to Mitigation of Shock (Singapore edition)
  • Finbarr Fallon – introduction to Subterranean Singapore 2065
  • Songyu Bao – introduction to Museum of Marine Life 2119
  • Adeline Kueh – introduction to Everything but Gold
  • Nina Ernst – moderator

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2219 In-Gallery Conversations is complimentary to exhibition ticket holders.

2219 Conversations


Saturday, 23 November | 11am – 1pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

As part of the opening programme of 2219: Futures Imagined, exhibiting artists, strategical futurists and others will present their works and explore the role of art in looking ahead to what the future holds for us.

Speakers include:

  • Alvin Pang (Singapore), Writer, who will introduce the idea behind 2219: Futures Imagined
  • Finbarr Fallon (Singapore/UK), Architect, who will speak about his work, Subterranean Singapore 2065
  • Lisa Park (South Korea/USA), Artist, who will speak about her work, Blooming
  • Chor Pharn Lee (Singapore), Futurist, who will talk about what a ‘futurist’ does and what scenario planning is
  • Scott Smith (Netherlands/USA), Futurist, who will give a talk on why 'experiential futures' matter
  •  Honor Harger (NZ/Singapore), Curator, moderator

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Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis, limited to capacity.



Friday, 22 November | 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

This intimate fireside conversation will focus on the ideas raised by one of the key protagonists of 2219: Futures Imagined, the acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah (UK). John Akomfrah will introduce his iconic work, Purple and the environmental issues which motivated it.

Purple is an immersive six-channel video installation. John draws from hundreds of hours of archival footage, combining it with newly shot film and a hypnotic sound score to address themes related to the implications of climate change across the planet and its effects on human communities, biodiversity, and the wilderness.

John's talk will be followed by a panel discussion which will explore why the climate crisis has become such a major topic for contemporary art practice.

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Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis, limited to capacity.

AdrienM and ClaireB


31 October, Thursday | 7.30pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

The Adrien M & Claire B Company creates performances and exhibitions that playfully blend reality and virtuality. Meet the founding members Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot as they discuss the diverse ways in which a project takes shape within their studio.

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Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. 

A programme part of Voilah! France Singapore Festival. 



23 October, Wednesday | 7.30pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

Gunalan Nadarajan will present a passionate plea for cross-disciplinary focus in tertiary education and lead a panel discussion with local educational leaders considering implications and challenges to higher education in the arts, humanities, science and technology in Singapore. 

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29 September, Sunday | 2pm-3.30pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4
Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis.

Complex Systems features international guest speakers, Rika Preiser (Senior Researcher, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa) and Sara Walker (Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, USA), in a stimulating afternoon of talks that look at complexity as a new interdisciplinary approach to science and society, bridging traditional academic frameworks and paradigms with real world systems.

This programme is organised in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as a satellite programme of Conference on Complex Systems 2019.

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25 May, Saturday | 2pm – 5.15pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4, ArtScience Museum
Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis.

Organised on the opening weekend of Floating Utopias, this reflective programme of talks gathers curators, artists and activists to investigate the historical development of inflatable objects and discuss how they have inspired the imagination of alternative and utopian worlds.

Featured speakers include the Floating Utopias curatorial team – Anna Hoetjes (artist), Artúr van Balen (artist and founder of Tools for Action) and Fabiola Bierhoff (art historian), Graham Stevens (artist), Dawn Ng (artist), Norhaizad Adam (Artistic Director of P7:1SMA) and Honor Harger (Executive Director of ArtScience Museum).

2.00pm – 2.10pm Opening note by Honor Harger
2.10pm –2.40pm Exhibition overview by Anna Hoetjes, Artúr van Balen and Fabiola Bierhoff
2.40pm –3.10pm Artist talk by Graham Stevens
3.10pm –3.25pm Q&A with Anna Hoetjes, Artúr van Balen, Fabiola Bierhoff and Graham Stevens, moderated by Honor Harger
3.25pm –3.40pm Break
3.40pm –3.45pm Welcome back
3.45pm –4.10pm Artist talk by Artúr van Balen*
4.10pm –4.30pm Artist talk by Dawn Ng
4.30pm –4.50pm Artist talk by Norhaizad Adam
4.50pm –5.10pm Q&A with Artúr van Balen, Dawn Ng and Norhaizad Adam, moderated by Honor Harger
5.15pm End of programme


13 April, Saturday | 2pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis.

Join us in Conversations: Wonderland to explore the versatility and timelessness of Alice and the enduring fascination her world inspires.

Featured speakers include Jessica Bram (Wonderland curator, Australian Centre for the Moving Image ACMI), Dan Koerner (Creative Director of Sandpit), Katherine Blyn Wakely-Mulroney (Assistant Professor at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) and Stuart Wee (Co-founder of Andsoforth).

Programme Schedule*:

2.00pm – 2.15pm Welcome and opening note by ArtScience Museum
2.15pm – 2.35pm Jessica Bram
2.35pm – 2.55pm Katherine Blyn Wakely-Mulroney
2.55pm – 3.15pm Dan Koerner
3.15pm – 3.30pm Stuart Wee
3.30pm – 3.45pm Panel Q&A

*Subject to changes

For speakers' biographies, please click here

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23 March 2019, Saturday | 2pm – 5.30pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4
Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis.

Firmly established in the lexicon of twentieth century art, the impact and influences of Minimalism are felt to this day, bringing about ongoing and compelling discourses as each generation of artists mines its form.

Organised as a programme of Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. at ArtScience Museum, this symposium discusses Minimalism as a cross-arts phenomenon by addressing the rich terrain of intersections, and encourages new thoughts about the role and influence of Minimalism on performative practices.

Visitors to the Minimalism Symposium will also enjoy complimentary entry to Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition from 5pm on 23 March.

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Speakers include:

- Adrian George, Associate Director of Exhibitions at ArtScience Museum and co-curator of Minimalism: Space. Light. Object at ArtScience Museum
- Jennifer Ray Burris, Assistant Professor in Curatorial Practice at NTU School of Art, Design and Media
- Susan Sentler, Lecturer in Dance at LASALLE College of the Arts, and initiator of the Enfold performance in Minimalism: Space. Light. Object on 26 January 2019
- Wesley Goatley, Sound artist and co-editor of The Sound Room Reader, a companion publication for Minimalism: Space. Light. Object.
- Adeline Wong, Musician and composer, who has a composition in The Sound Room in Minimalism: Space. Light. Object
- Lionel Tan, Musician, member of T'ang Quartet violist, and participant of ArtScience Late on 21 March 2019
- Mervin Wong, Composer and participant of ArtScience Late on 21 March 2019

Programme Schedule:         

2.00pm - 2.10pm: Opening note by Honor Harger (Executive Director of ArtScience Museum)
2.10pm - 2.35pm: Adrian George (Associate Director of Exhibitions at ArtScience Museum)
2.35pm - 3.00pm: Jennifer Ray Burris (Assistant Professor in Curatorial Practice at NTU School of Art, Design and Media)
3.00pm - 3.25pm: Susan Sentler (Lecturer in Dance at LASALLE College of the Arts)
3.25pm - 3.40pm: Panel Q&A with Adrian George, Jennifer Ray Burris and Susan Sentler, moderated by Honor Harger
3.40pm - 3.55pm: Coffee/tea break
3.55pm - 4.20pm: Wesley Goatley (sound artist and researcher in Critical Data Aesthetics)
4.20pm - 4.45pm: Adeline Wong (lecturer in Composition at YST Conservatory of Music)
4.45pm - 5.10pm: Lionel Tan (T'ang Quartet violist and Associate Professor of Viola at YST Conservatory of Music) and Mervin Wong (composer/producer)
5.10pm - 5.25pm: Panel Q&A with Wesley Goatley, Adeline Wong, Lionel Tan and Mervin Wong, moderated by Honor Harger
5.30pm: End of programme

*Please note that the schedule may be subject to change.

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. marks a first-time collaboration between ArtScience Museum and National Gallery Singapore. Over 130 artworks - many being shown in Singapore for the first time - are set across the two sites exploring the history and legacy of this groundbreaking art movement.

Minimalism Symposium unfolds across ArtScience Museum and National Gallery Singapore between 21 March and 23 March, starting with a performance by T’ang Quartet, Mervin Wong and Open Score Project at ArtScience Late on 21 March and extending into a series of talks presented at both venues on 22–23 March. 



23 February 2019
2pm - 4pm 
Expression Gallery, Level 4
Free admission, No Registration Required

Curious about quantum physics in film? Learn more about these fascinating concepts with Quantum Shorts shortlisting panel judges Dr Dagomir Kaszlikowski and Dr Michael Brooks.

Watch the top ten shortlisted films and meet two local finalists: director of Slide!, Thomas Tay and screenwriter of Heads or Tails, Chen Peishan, in an exciting panel discussion, moderated by Jenny Hogan.

Dr Dagomir Kaszlikowski (Principal Investigator at CQT and filmmaker) 
Dr Michael Brooks (Author, Journalist and Broadcaster) 
Moderator: Jenny Hogan (Associate Director of Outreach and Media Relations, CQT)

2pm – 2.05pm Welcome by ASM 
2.05pm – 2.10pm Intro Quantum Shorts 
2.10pm – 2.30pm Dr Michael Brooks 
2.30pm – 2.50pm Dr Dagomir Kaszlikowski 
2.50pm – 3.30pm Screening 
3.30pm – 4pm Panel Discussion, Q&A

Conversations: Minimalism

17 Nov 2018, Saturday | 4pm
Free | Expression Gallery | Level 4

Firmly established in the lexicon of twentieth century art, the impact and influences of Minimalism are felt to this day, bringing about ongoing and compelling discourses as each generation of artists mines its form.

Join us for a programme of inspired talks and discussions with artists featured in Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. that accompanies the exhibition in its opening weekend. Explore the legacies and dimensions of Minimalism through the lens of each artist’s work, ideas and process.

Admission is free on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability..

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Conversations: All Possible Paths

20 October 2018, Saturday | 11am – 6pm
Free | Expression Gallery | Level 4

Theoretical physicist and Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman was one of the most brilliant and original thinkers of the 20th century who explored the value of curiosity to a well-lived life.

On the occasion of Feynman's centenary celebration and in conjunction with the exhibition opening of All Possible Paths: Richard Feynman’s Curious Life, this programme presents discussions and talks by leading scientists and artists in honour of his contributions to science and society as a scientist, teacher, and all-around curious character.

Free admission. Seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability.

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Global Art Forum: 'I Am Not A Robot' | Singapore Edition

21 - 23 Sep 2018, Friday to Sunday
Free | Expression Gallery | Level 4

'I Am Not A Robot' invites audiences to reflect upon the true meaning of big data, automation and artificial intelligence in our current digital age. Through the work and ideas of artists, curators, designers, journalists, writers, scientists, technologists and filmmakers, this three-day conference discusses Singapore’s approach to AI, the future of work in an age of automation, cultural and artistic approaches to AI, big data and robotics, and depictions of robots and synthetic beings in cinema.

Speakers include Shumon Basar, Noah Raford,Marlies Wirth, Jessica Bland, Ania Soliman, Wong Tien Yin, Koo Sengmeng, Lim Sun Sun, Wong Choon Yue, David Hsu,Sara M. Watson, Wesley Goatley, Louis-Philippe Demers,Volker H. Schmidt, Lee Chor Pharn, Cheryl Chung, Wei Qing, Sougwen Chung, Gemma Roig, Elie Ayache and Isabel Lewis.

*Free on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited capacity.

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Conversations: Seeing Systems

Conversations: Seeing Systems

18 August 2018, Saturday | 1:30pm
Free | Expression Gallery | Level 4

Get inside the minds of the filmmakers and curators of Seeing Systems in this lively exchange of ideas and dialogue. Join us as we discuss the collaboration behind this project, the filmmakers’ practice and process, as well as the broader context of contemporary filmmaking. Participating speakers include boredomresearch (AfterGlow), Lyndsay Mann (An Order of the Outside), Ursula Mayer (Atom Spirit), electronic noise artist Ewa Justka and Jamie Wyld (Director of videoclub).

This Conversations event is a parallel programme of ArtScience on Screen: Seeing Systems, presented in collaboration with videoclub.

videoclub is an artists’ moving image platform showing artists’ work across the UK and internationally established in 2005 by Laura Mousavi-Zadeh, Ben Rivers and Jamie Wyld. We support artists through curated programmes, engaging the public through screenings, exhibitions, talks, residencies and commissions.

*Free on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited capacity.

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Conversations: Theo Jansen


23 June 2018, Saturday | 2pm – 4pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

* Admission is free via online pre-registration on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability.

Nicknamed the “Leonardo da Vinci of the 21st Century”, Theo Jansen creates works inspired by biological evolution that bridge the realms of art and science. For the last two decades, he has been breathing life into Strandbeests, large-scale kinetic sculptures designed to roam coastlines, feeding on gusts of wind.

Join us for a compelling encounter with the Dutch artist as he talks about the union of art and engineering, imagination and reality in his creatures, and shares his insights on new ideas of existence.

Held in conjunction with the exhibition Wind Walkers: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests, the programme will be chaired by Sabrina Smith (Director of Community Engagement at the Earth Observatory of Singapore) with participation of Michael Friedman (horological expert and historian at Audemars Piguet) and Isabelle Desjeux (artist).

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Thank you for your interest in Conversations: Theo Jansen, online registration is now closed. Seats will be released to walk-in visitors on the event day from 1.50pm onwards if they become available. 

Conversations: If Walls Could Talk

Conversations: If Walls Could Talk 

13 January | 2pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4

What is behind one of the most vibrant, vital contemporary art currents that is sweeping through our time?

Conversations discusses the multiplicity of street art and its transformation over the last four decades as a global phenomenon, delving into the codes of the movement and its constant innovation. Held in celebration of the opening of Art from the Streets, the programme explores the diversity of artistic expressions in response to our evolving urban environment, and how street art is transforming the way that the city is perceived and lived.

Speakers include Magda Danysz (gallerist and guest curator of Art from the Streets), Remi Rough (artist, founding member of Agents of Change, member of Graffuturism), Zul Othman a.k.a. ZERO (artist, founder of Rsclsand THE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT), Laurie Maravilla a.k.a. SPAZ (artist, founder of Rebel Daughters and THE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, member of RSCLS), Priyageetha Dia (artist), Natalie Tan (Senior Manager of Placemaking at Aliwal Arts Centre), Mark Wong (founder of Ujikaji Records), Alvin Tan (founder and artistic director of The Necessary Stage) and Cherian George (Professor of Media Studies at Department of Journalism of Hong Kong Baptist University).

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Saturday, 25 November | 2:00pm
Expression Gallery, Level 4
Free on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to capacity. Register in the lobby.

Natural history is essential to expanding our understanding of the diversity of life in a rapidly changing world – a 4.5 billion year old story that is continuing to unfold. It is deeply marked by human curiosity and longing, representing our attempts to make sense of nature. Yet it also reveals our complicated relationship with it, exposing our hopes, fears, and questions about our place in natural world.

Held in conjunction with the opening of Treasures of the Natural World, Conversations invites you to contemplate our encounters with natural environments and consider our connection to an extraordinarily complex, fragile network of interconnected natural systems.

Speakers include Susan Holmes (Lead Interpretation Developer of Treasures of the Natural World, Natural History Museum, London), Dr David Middleton (Director of Research and Conservation & Keeper of the Herbarium, Singapore Botanic Gardens), Daniel Tham (Curator (Exhibitions, Research & Publications), National Museum of Singapore), Dr John van Wyhe (Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, Fellow of Tembusu College, National University of Singapore), Ann Ang (Poet and educator), Dr Benjamin P Horton (Associate Chair, Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University), Sabrina Smith (Community Engagement Director, Earth Observatory of Singapore) and Honor Harger (Executive Director, ArtScience Museum).

The Chronicle of Evolution with Brian Arthur & Sander van der Leeuw

Conversations: The Chronicle of Evolution with Brian Arthur & Sander van der Leeuw

13 October 2017, Friday | 3pm

Expression Gallery, Level 4

Free. Register on Level 4, on a first-come, first-served basis.

In this 9th session of the Chronicle of Evolution, pioneering technology thinker and economist Brian Arthur sets forth a bold, original way of thinking about technology in his talk The Emergence of Technology in Human History, while founding director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, Sander van der Leeuw discusses the role of invention and innovation in the evolution of societies in his talk The Evolution of Innovation.

This lecture series is presented and discussed in 10 sessions over 10 months, covering 10 different time frames on a logarithmic scale. This 14-billion year journey will take us from the big bang, starting with the origin and evolution of the universe, galaxies, stars and planetary systems.

Each session moves one order of magnitude closer to the present time, subsequently covering the origin of organic molecules, origin of life, photosynthesis, genetic code and replication (around 1,000,000,000 years ago), the origin of multicellular organisms and vertebrates (around 100,000,000 years ago), the origin of mammals (around 10,000,000 years ago), the origin of humans and the evolution of the brain (around 1,000,000 years ago), the origin of language (around 100,000 thousand years ago), written history (around 10,000 years ago), modern history (about 1,000 ago), contemporary age (about 100 years ago), including the evolution of science and technology. This narrative will eventually bring us to today and explore how humankind might change the very course of evolution to bring us into an indeterminate future.

The 10 sessions are jointly organised by Para Limes @ NTU and A*STAR. For more information: 10-on-10 The Chronicle of Evolution.


Brian Arthur

W. Brian Arthur is best known for his early theoretical work on increasing returns or positive feedbacks in the economy and their role in locking markets in to the domination of one or two players. He is also one of the pioneers of the science of complexity—the science of how patterns and structures self-organize. He is one of the founders of the Santa Fe Institute, and served many years on its Science Board and Board of Trustees. Recently he has investigated technology and innovation in his book The Nature of Technology, What It Is and How It Evolves (2009).

Arthur is the recipient of the inaugural Lagrange Prize in Complexity Science in 2008, the Schumpeter Prize in Economics in 1990, and two honorary doctorates. He has been Dean and Virginia Morrison Professor of Economics and Population Studies at Stanford, and Citibank Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. His other books are Increasing Returns and Path Dependence in the Economy (1994), and Complexity and the Economy, (2014).

Sander van der Leeuw

Sander van der Leeuw is the founding director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University (ASU) and the emeritus dean of its School of Sustainability. He currently is a Foundation professor in both Schools. Prior to joining ASU, van der Leeuw taught in Amsterdam, Leyden, Cambridge and Paris (Sorbonne), and conducted archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines, Syria, Holland, France and Mexico.

Van der Leeuw’s expertise lies in the role of invention, sustainability, and innovation in societies around the world. He is a corresponding member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences and an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute. In 2012, the United Nations Environment Program named van der Leeuw the Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation for his work on human-environmental relations. He currently directs the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems at ASU.

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ASOS - Gone Shopping © Wee Li Lin

In Conversation With: Aisle of Dreams

7 October 2017, Saturday | 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Expression Gallery, Level 4

Gone Shopping is filmmaker Wee Li Lin’s bittersweet look at the intense relationship between Singaporeans and the space of shopping centres. When Li Lin made the film in the mid-2000s, Orchard Road was at its prime with ION Mall being constructed and the promise of more retail fantasies to be met. Our happiness as Singaporeans and the space of the shopping centres was, arguably, one and the same.

Today, Orchard road, the state of shopping centres and our relationship with them, has changed. Our panel will discuss what does the space of the shopping centre mean to us now and perhaps in the future. We will also look at the themes of fantasy, home, identity and individuality as explored in Gone Shopping.

About the Speakers:

Wee Li Lin
One of the pioneer female filmmakers in Singapore, Li Lin’s work ranges from feature films, shorts, telemovies to online/commercial content and has a distinct comedic and fantastical touch. Awarded as ""Best Director"" at the Singapore International Film Festival and receiving a ""Star Award"" at the Shanghai International Film Festival for actress Joanna Dong for her starring role in Li Lin's sophomore feature ""Forever"", Li Lin’s films have travelled to prestigious festivals such as the Tribeca Film festival in New York, the Cairo International Film festival, the Shanghai international film festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival and many others. In 2011, the Substation's Singapore short film awards presented Li Lin with an honorary award for her commitment to the local filmmaking scene. Li Lin is a graduate of Brown University (BA in Art Semiotics) and NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in Dramatic Writing). Li Lin is also a film educator teaching film related studies at various tertiary institutions around Singapore, something she enjoys tremendously.

Professor Chua Beng Huat
One of Asia’s leading commentators on the sociology of shopping and consumption, Professor Chua Beng Huat has written and published multiple articles on popular culture in Asia. His book, Life Is Not Complete Without Shopping: Consumption Culture In Singapore was published in 2003. He is a professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore and has held teaching and directorship positions at Trent University, Canada and Housing and Development Board respectively. 

Sonya Nair
Sonya Nair’s debut in Gone Shopping created a stir with her poignant acting and charming demeanor as Renu. Playing an abandoned child at a 24 hour shopping mall, Renu’s character is a reflection of the lost souls who seek comfort and fantasy in shopping malls.

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Special Conversations: Martin Rees: Exploring the Cosmos


Friday, 16 Jun 2017 | 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Expression Gallery, Level 4

Free on a first-come-first-served basis. Register in the lobby.

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees invites you to explore the cosmos, imagining its origins and what the future might hold. In his signature style mixing humour and profundity, he encourages us to use astrophysics, and science more broadly, not only to make sense of space and time, but also to question the bigger existential reasons for our being.

About Martin Rees:

Martin Rees is a leading astrophysicist as well as a senior figure in UK science. He has conducted influential theoretical work on subjects as diverse as black hole formation and extragalactic radio sources, and provided key evidence to contradict the Steady State theory of the evolution of the Universe. He was one of the first to predict the uneven distribution of matter in the Universe, and proposed observational tests to determine the clustering of stars and galaxies. Much of his most valuable research has focused on the end of the so-called cosmic dark ages — a period shortly after the Big Bang when the Universe was as yet without light sources.

As Astronomer Royal and a Past President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees is a prominent scientific spokesperson and the author of seven books of popular science. After receiving a knighthood in 1992 for his services to science, he was elevated to the title of Baron Rees of Ludlow in 2005.

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Conversations: Stelarc with Steve Dixon


Saturday, 27 May 2017 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Expression Gallery, Level 4
Free on a first-come-first-served basis. Register in the lobby.

As part of the opening programme of HUMAN+ - The Future of Our Species, two of the pioneers of art and technology will come together for one afternoon of riveting presentations and discussions at ArtScience Museum. Stelarc is one of the true legends of art and technology performance. Three of his recent performance artworks are exhibited as part of HUMAN+. Steve Dixon is President of LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, and a world-renowned scholar of technology in performance.

In this age of gene mapping, body hacking, gender reassignment, neural implants, face transplants, prosthetic augmentation, turbine hearts and organ printing, these distinguished speakers will show us a rapidly approaching future where what a body is and how it operates becomes problematic; where technology is what defines the meaning of being human, and is part of being human.


Steve Dixon takes a lively look at artists who explore themes of Cybernetic-Existentialism in their practice, in the light of emerging themes within contemporary arts and performance that appear to relate simultaneously to both fields and to fuse them.


Prof Steve Dixon is an internationally recognised academic, researcher and interdisciplinary artist with a distinguished career in both higher education leadership and the professional creative industries. He joined LASALLE College of the Arts as its sixth President in February 2012.

Following a successful career as an actor and award-winning director of film and digital media productions, Steve became an academic in 1991. He quickly established an international reputation for his research in the use of media and computing technologies in the performing arts.

His seminal, 800 page book, Digital Performance is recognised as the most comprehensive scholarly work on the subject and won international awards including the Association of American Publishers Award for Excellence in Music and the Performing Arts.

He has an accomplished record as a strategic and visionary leader. Prior to LASALLE he was Head of the School of Arts, then Pro Vice Chancellor at Brunel University, London.


For the past four decades, Stelarc has interrogated the aesthetics, the ethics, and the engineering of robotics, virtual systems and biotechnology to explore alternate interfaces with the human body, generating concepts of the future that can be contested, critically examined and possibly appropriated. Stelarc will give a lecture about his work, which forms a key part of the exhibition, HUMAN+.


Stelarc explores alternate anatomical architectures, interrogating issues of agency, identity and the posthuman. He has performed with a Third Hand, a Stomach Sculpture and Exoskeleton, a six-legged walking robot. Fractal Flesh, Ping Body and Parasite are internet performances that explore remote and involuntary choreography. He is surgically constructing and stem-cell growing an ear on his arm that will be internet enabled. In 1996 he was made an Honorary Professor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and in 2002 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by Monash University, Melbourne. In 2010 was awarded the Ars Electronica Hybrid Arts Prize. In 2015 he received the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Ionian University, Corfu. Stelarc is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow, School of Design and Art, Curtin University. His artwork is represented by Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne.

Three of Stelarc’s recent performance artworks are presented in HUMAN+: Propel: Body on Robot Arm (2015), Rewired / Remixed: Event for Dismembered Body (2016), and Stickman (2017). Also on show is documentation of the Extra Ear project, made by artist Nina Sellars.

Presented in partnership with LASALLE College of the Arts and Curtin University.

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Conversations: Future Sapiens


Saturday, 20 May | 11:00am – 6:00pm

Expression Gallery, Level 4

Free on a first-come-first-served basis. Register at the lobby.

What do we mean when we talk about enhancement and what are the potential future trajectories of our species? What makes us human in an age of science and how do new technologies challenge our understanding of what it is to be human? Unfolding across a series of talks linking ideas, artworks and experiments in Human+ The Future of Our Species, Conversations invites you to contemplate the different dimensions, societal costs and unintended consequences of human enhancement.

Speakers include Artist Agatha Haines, Art theorist and Curator, Gunalan Nadarajan, Designer and Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London, Jimmy Loizeau, Artist and Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Louis-Philippe Demers, Artist and Director of SymbioticA, Oron Catts, Assistant Head of Prosthetics & Orthotics Service, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Trevor Binedell and more.  

Held in conjunction with the opening of Human+ The Future of Our Species.

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Conversations: You Are The Universe


Sat, 1 Apr | 2pm

Expression Gallery, Level 4

Turn your imagination to the cosmos and join us in this Conversations event to explore the universe from the perspectives of art history, cultural history and science. Ponder about our existence, the trajectory of our dreams and interpretations of the universe, and the future of humanity.

Held in conjunction with the opening of The Universe and Art.

Conversations: Open Wide Wilderness


11 Feb | 2.00pm – 4.00pm

ArtScience Museum, Inspiration/Expression Gallery, Level 4

Connections between technology and art with nature have become increasingly inextricable. In the reimagining and renegotiation of our relationship with the natural world, new technology is humanised and embraced as an opportunity to unite environments through art for social change.

This edition of Conversations celebrates the launch of the museum’s latest permanent development Into the Wild: An Immersive Virtual Adventure. It brings together technology creatives and sustainability leaders of this project as they envision the interconnectedness of nature, digital technologies, art and humanity, and how this can lead to an onward and upward movement to the future. Speakers include Brian Gothong Tan (Commissioned Artist for Into The Wild), Miguel de Andrés-Clavera (Head of Creative Technology, Asia Pacific at Google), Sunarto (Wildlife Ecologist, World Wide Fund for Nature - Indonesia), Kevin Teng (Executive Director of Sustainability at Marina Bay Sands), moderated by Honor Harger (Executive Director of ArtScience Museum).


The Race To The Next 4 Billion


14 Feb | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

For the first time in Singapore, engage with Dr Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator, NASA and Dr David Oh, Project Systems Engineer & Former Lead Flight Director, Curiosity Mars Rover, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). They will share insights on NASA’s mission to Mars and how the scientific explorations of the JPL missions have changed our understanding of the solar system. Dr Newman and Dr Oh will also discuss the impact of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAMd) education and NASA’s newest Discovery Mission: Psyche, Journey to a Metal World will reach new frontiers.

This special panel discussion is hosted by ArtScience Museum in partnership with EmTech Asia and NASA. EmTech Asia takes place from 14 – 15 February 2017 at Marina Bay Sands. The event examines the emerging technologies with the greatest potential to change our lives, including robotics, artificial intelligence, genome editing, cybersecurity, virtual reality and space tech.


As part of Art and Science of Space Season

21 Jan | 2pm – 3.30pm

As part of the Art and Science of Space season and in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Space Race, hear from prominent industry leaders as they share about their experiences in the aviation industry, advancements in aerospace innovation, and the future of human spaceflight beyond Earth.

Laurence Chin, Country Manager at United Airlines, shares some of his personal experiences working for United Airlines, a pioneer passenger carrier that has been at the forefront of innovation in the aviation industry. Hear about his impressions and memories from key moments in aviation history, and his reflection on how a significant encounter with aerospace technologies changed the course of his life.

As manned missions to Mars become closer to reality than ever, Robert (Bob) Gagne, Director at Boeing Defense Space & Security, brings exciting insights on pioneering next steps in space exploration. Learn about Boeing’s involvement in NASA’s Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built for a new era of exploration beyond Earth's orbit into deep space, and be inspired by research projects benefiting humanity.



·         Welcome and introduction by Anita Kapoor, Television Host and Emcee

·         Laurence Chin, Country Manager at United Airlines

·         Robert (Bob) Gagne, Country Director, Global Sales at Boeing Defense, Space & Security

·         Q & A


As part of Art and Science of Space Season

Sat – Sun, 21 & 22 Jan | 11.30am

Join us for a unique chance to hear Indonesian artist, Venzha Christ, as he shares what triggered his fascination with space, how art has enabled him to express his curiosity and how he is reaching out to deep space from Earth. You may also wish to check out his art installation, Indonesia Space Science Society, which is an addition to the exhibition, NASA – A Human Adventure. This artwork presents radio waves from space, sent and collected through self-made radio antennae gathering precise data from astronomical objects in space.

Complimentary to ticket-holders of NASA - A Human Adventure

NASA – A Human Adventure at ArtScient Museum


Saturday, 19 Nov | 2pm

Moderated by Adam Lyle, Executive Chairman at Padang & Co

Opening our blockbuster exhibition, NASA – A Human Adventure, is a riveting Conversations edition surrounding humanity’s journey of space exploration. Discover how the human journey to space has progressed and transformed through this sharing by scientists, astronauts and space crusaders as we anticipate space travel in the near future. Featuring leading voices within the Southeast Asian space industry, speaking about regional efforts to explore space:

- Bidushi Bhattacharya is a Singaporean rocket scientist who has worked in spacecraft development and operations. She will speak about using space technology for good.
- Lynette Tan will talk about the Singapore Space & Technology Association.
- Izmir Yamin will talk about his pioneering plan to send a rover to the Moon, from Malaysia.
- Venzha Christ from The House Of Natural Fiber will talk about the Indonesian Space Sciences Society.

Join us for this edition of Conversations as we talk about dreaming of space and reaching the dream space!

2pm Welcome by Honor Harger
Executive Director, ArtScience Museum
2.05pm Introduction to the Conference by Adam Lyle
Executive Chairman of Padang & Co
2.10pm Jukka Nurminen
Curator, NASA – A Human Adventure
2.30pm Venzha Christ 
Artist, Indonesian Space Science Society
2.50pm Dr Bidushi Bhattacharya
Founder and CEO, Bhattacharya Space Enterprises
3.10pm Q&A
3.25pm Break
3.45pm Welcome back by Adam Lyle
3.50pm Izmir Yamin
Founder and Chief Executive, Independence-X Aerospace and Pulsar UAV
4.10pm Lynette Tan
Director, Singapore Space & Technology Association (SSTA)
4.30pm Carter Emmart 
Director of Astrovisualization, American Museum of Natural History
4.50pm Q&A
5.10pm End

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Saturday, 24 Sep | 2pm

A visionary of his time, M.C. Escher saw the world differently. His works reflected a whimsical nature that delved into minute details, creating new perspectives that make us relook the world around us. Join us at Conversations: A Very Serious Game where we explore the game of art and mathematics and how Escher's practice resonates with artists, computer programmers and mathematicians today. 

Speakers include Federico Giudiceandrea , Curator of ‘Journey to Infinity: Escher’s World of Wonder’, Dr Sai Kit Yeung, Assistant Professor of Vision, Graphics and Computational Design (VGD) Group in SUTD, Angela Liong, co-founder and Artistic Director of ARTS FISSION, Richard Hassell, artist and founding director of WOHA Architects and Maria Kozhevnikov, Associate Professor of Psychology at NUS, moderated by Honor Harger.

Line up:
2.00pm Introduction by Honor Harger, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum
2.10pm Dr Federico Giudiceandrea, Curator 
2.25pm Richard Hassell, Founding Director, WOHA 
2.45pm Q&A 
3.00pm Break 
3.10pm Dr Sai Kit Yeung, Assistant Professor, Vision, Graphics and Computational Design (VGD) Group, SUTD
3.30pm Angela Liong, Artistic Director, The Arts Fission Company
3.50pm Dr Maria Kozhevnikov, Associate Professor, NUS Department of Psychology
4.10pm Q&A 
4.25pm End

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Saturday, 21 May | 2pm

Are you ready for the era of Big Data? Join us as we discuss and investigate the route that Big Data has taken, and how this affects the way information is communicated, shared and used in our digital age.

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Saturday, 23 Apr | 2pm

Join us for a series of illuminating presentations about the gemology and artistry behind our new exhibition Van Cleef & Arpels, The Art & Science of Gems. With anecdotes and insights from Van Cleef and Arpels President and CEO Nicolas Bos, Heritage Director Catherine Cariou and French National Museum of Natural History President Professor Bruno David amongst others.

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Saturday, 12 Mar | 2pm–4:30pm

Digital technology expands the experience with art, and digital art creates new relationships between people. Celebrate the launch of the museum’s permanent exhibition at this talk that investigates the work of a new generation of ultratechnologists and digital creatives and how these initiatives manifest for Singapore. Join teamLab’s Toshiyuki Inoko, in conversation with gallerist Ikkan Sanada and iLight Marina Bay’s co-curator Randy Chan.

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Saturday, 27 Feb | 10:45am–11:10am

As we look toward the future, where do we go beyond present gaps surrounding art and technology.


Saturday, 27 Feb | 11:15am–12:30pm

This panel opens up a dialogue on the institutional gaps in society, technology, economical systems, education, arts and culture.



Saturday, 27 Feb | 1:15pm–2:30pm

This panel opens a discussion on curatorial practices, concerns and challenges in digital art, from the perspective of Southeast Asian curators. Where are the interstices of art, culture and digital in Southeast Asia?


Sunday, 28 Feb | 11:00am–11:30am

Nathaniel Stern will discuss frameworks for moving-thinking feeling with interactive art, and show, through specific works, how such experiences have us practise and relate anew in our on-going activities.


Sunday, 28 Feb | 11:40am–12.00pm

Discover the interstices in art, gender and technology from an anecdotal essay by LIA.

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Saturday – 30 Jan | 2pm–3pm

Esteemed experimental particle physicist Dr Peter Jenni sheds light on the world of ATLAS at CERN and takes us on the journey culminating in the discovery of the Higgs boson.