Future World is a permanent exhibition at the Art Science Museum made to unite art and science in a new and exciting way through the use of cutting edge technology and interactive artwork. Though it has been attracting visitors since the start of 2016, there have recently been some new changes which made me want to visit again. The exhibition is divided into 4 main zones and features 15 major art installations which people of all ages can enjoy. Here, I’ll be telling you about 4 of my favourites in each zone.
The first part of the exhibition has a theme of ‘Nature’ and depicts the creation of life and the relationship we have with the environment. Immediately upon entering the exhibition, there is a room where a video plays through multiple projectors onto the walls around you. The artwork shows crows flying around the room, leaving trails of light behind them. It’s a very out-of- body experience, as it makes you feel as though you are travelling with the birds through an infinite empty space. For me, this was the highlight of the exhibition as it was both visually stunning and also a very unique experience.
Then, the exhibition moves into the ‘Town’ section. Unlike ‘Nature’, the Town section has a main focus on fun, interactive exhibits for kids. However, it’s definitely still entertaining for adults. My personal favourite was the ‘graffiti nature’ section. There, you can colour in a selection of plants and animals and then scan them into a machine. Then, your creation comes to life on the walls and floors around you. There are also ‘sketch town’ and ‘sketch aquarium’ sections, making most of the walls in the room fill up with lots of different creations from adults and children alike. After ‘Town’ comes the ‘Park’. It features more interactive activities for kids and an amazing ‘virtual waterfall’. The 7m waterfall acts as a centrepiece and I think represents the combination of art and science most effectively. Each ‘particle of water’ is programmed to fall according to the laws of physics, and makes for an incredibly realistic, yet still seemingly otherworldly piece.
Finally, at the very end of the exhibition is the ‘Space’ section, which features 1 single installation: The Crystal Universe. It is a room made with 4D vision technology, and features over 170 000 LED lights arranged in a way alongside mirrors that makes the space seem infinite. It is a really amazing way to end the exhibit before going back into the ‘real world’.
Overall, I personally think this exhibition is really great. If I were to give one downside to the experience- it would be that it may be difficult for adults to enjoy all parts of it. Though I’m sure that many adults would enjoy letting loose and having fun with the interactive artworks, others might not be so keen and would prefer a larger focus on more ‘serious’ artworks. With the most expensive ticket being $17, some might find themselves disappointed when a large amount of the exhibition is catered towards kids. However, for those who are still young at heart, it can be a really great way to ‘escape’ and just have fun for an hour or so.