Floating Utopias

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Floating Utopias
Photo by: Luca Girardini
Floating Utopias
Floating Utopias
Photo by: Luca Girardini
Moonshadow Stories
Photo: Moonshadow Stories
Marina Bay Sands
Photo: Marina Bay Sands

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Feast your eyes on a visual treat at the ArtScience Museum. Titled Floating Utopias, this playful yet poetic exhibition explores the history of inflatable objects, showcasing the effects they have on art, architecture and social activism over the decades after the first hot air balloon took off. 

Catch the masterpieces of over 15 international and local artists including Ant Farm, Tools for Action (Artúr van Balen and Tomás Espinosa), Anna Hoetjes, Ahmet Öǧüt, Graham Stevens, Luke Jerram and Dawn Ng. Out of the 40 artworks featured, eight are of giant inflatables that are suspended in the galleries to amp up the dramatic displays. Highlights include the impressive outdoor installation, Castle of Vooruit (2012), by Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt, and a new version of British artist Luke Jerram's giant lunar sculpture, Museum of the Moon, which is also commissioned by the museum to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing in 1969.

From 18 to 20 July, you can commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the moon at Moongazers. The three-day event is complementary to Floating Utopias. Specially curated by ArtScience Museum, the programmes explore the reverberations of Apollo 11's achievement through a series of performances, talks and workshops.

Kamini Ramachandran, a pioneer in Asia's storytelling scene, will be sharing her favourite moon myths beneath Luke Jerram's stunning installation on all three days at 7.30pm. 

On 18 July, watch a poetry-and-sound performance inspired by Islamic astronomy, and written by art collective -wright Assembly at 8.30pm. Moongazers will also host film screenings of Damien Chazelle's First Man and David Fairhead's Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo on all three days. The timings and details of the screenings can be found on the official event page


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