SINGAPORE: The National Museum of Singapore on Tuesday (Jan 31) announced its first digital gallery, aimed at exploring the relationship between art and digital technology.
Called Gallery10, the museum's 10th permanent gallery is equipped with advanced projection technology and is designed to be an immersive digital space for artists to experiment with the "traditionally binary ideas of art and science".
“The role of the museum has changed over the years, expanding its focus beyond presenting things of the past to include creating a connection with the present,” said director of the National Museum of Singapore Angelita Teo. “Gallery10 is a space that provides us with the opportunity to do just that and more, through the adoption of digital and future technology to create an immersive experience for our visitors to engage with history and art.”
As part of its launch, the museum commissioned multidisciplinary artist Sarah Choo Jing to produce a three-channel immersive video installation. Titled Art of the Rehearsal, the installation depicts Singaporean dancers from various cultures rehearsing their performances along the back lanes of cultural districts in the city, such as Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India.
“Artists from different spheres of practice are increasingly seeing the value of collaboration and its ability to produce one-of-a-kind artworks,” said Ms Choo.
“Gallery10 has provided us with a blank canvas with infinite possibilities to create an experience like never before. Through the use of the latest projection technology, we were able to capture the beauty of our multi-cultural diversity and tell the story of perseverance by showcasing the process of the dancers’ rigorous training behind every performance," she added.
The permanent installation, which was funded by the National Arts Council, involved dancers from Asparas Arts, Era Dance Theatre and the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kian Dance Theatre.
EAT WHILE ENJOYING THE EXHIBITS
Gallery10 was converted from the dining hall of a Chinese eatery, Chef Chan's Restaurant, and is the National Museum's first gallery where eating and drinking are allowed.
"The special thing about Gallery10 is that food and drinks are allowed, which means we can create experiences that normally, because of conservation guidelines, most museums are not able to do," said Ms Teo.
“For Singaporeans, food is such an important part of our social identity," she added. "Because we understand that projection of food is something very exciting these days, a lot of new dining experiences can be created ... We want to test out some of these ideas in this space.”
The gallery opened on Dec 10 last year and entry is free for all visitors.