November 28, 2022

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ArtScience Museum in Singapore bridges the gap among artwork and science

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Mental: Colours of Wellbeing is an ongoing exhibition at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, in collaboration with the Science Gallery, Melbourne. The Moshe Safdie intended ArtScience Museum aims to bridge the hole among art and science by mixing themes of artwork, science, lifestyle and know-how.

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Thoughtforms (2021) by Dr Kellyann works by using private experiences, science and technology to document and therefore create types via a procedure of electronic imaging and 3D printing Graphic: Courtesy of Marina Bay
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Since its inception in 2011, the museum has played host to exhibitions in collaboration with the American Museum of Normal History and Smithsonian, as effectively as artists like Herman Miller and Eric Valli. Psychological: Colours of Wellbeing is a reflection of this alliance among artwork and science, with participation from artists and scientists alike.

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Anxiety Animations (2022) by EYEYAH! is a series of colourful crowd sourced illustrations that manifest notions of anxiety | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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Panic Animations (2022) by EYEYAH! is a sequence of colourful crowd sourced illustrations that manifest notions of panic Image: Courtesy of Marina Bay
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It is the last exhibition in a calendar year-extensive programme of exhibitions and activities that are created all over raising consciousness and initiating exchanges about psychological wellbeing. Also, it acknowledges the uniqueness of singular psychological wellness journeys by celebrating distinctions and complexities. By extension, it deciphers the distinct approaches of getting, surviving and interacting, with an goal to confront societal biases and stereotypes about mental overall health.

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Portal (2021) by Rawcus | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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Portal (2021) by Rawcus Picture: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
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The exhibition is a selection of 24 interactive displays, artwork jobs and significant-scale installations by global artists. Articulating a South East Asian perspective on mental health and fitness, are the works of 7 Singaporean and South East Asian artists, interspersed with other exhibits throughout 4 broad themes – Relationship, Exploration, Expression and Reflection. Central to all their do the job is the acknowledgement of the distinctive encounters of mental wellbeing in the 21st century, irrespective of whether tangible or intangible.

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Wheel (2021) by Hiromi Tango and Dr Emma Burrows | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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Wheel (2021) by Hiromi Tango and Dr Emma Burrows Image: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
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The ‘Wheel’ – co-conceptualised by artist Hiromi Tango and neuroscientist Emma Burrows – explores the impact of physical exercise on human temperament. Operating on the hypothesis that training is “mood medicine” for the human system, the vibrantly colored set up is modelled to gather information to establish the influence of voluntary actual physical action towards memory reduction, depression and panic.

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Cushions? (2022) by Emily Fitzsimons | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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Cushions? (2022) by Emily Fitzsimons Impression: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
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When the ‘Wheel” will involve actual physical action, Emily Fitzsimon’s Cushions?  is a sensorial exhibit, consisting of cushions that are formed like enlarged capsules. The softness of the cushion is a metaphor for the cushioning that treatment supplies to the mind. Stemming from her individual heritage with medication, the dilemma mark in the title is a symbol of the conflicting connection involving the artist and her anti-depressants.

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Model - Kitchen (2022) by Divaagar | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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Product – Kitchen (2022) by Divaagar Graphic: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
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Singapore-based artist Divaagar’s Product: Kitchen area is a multimedia set up that throws mild on the significance of treatment. Combining the format of the kitchen area showroom and electronic renders, the artist creates a kitchen area house, to attract out the symbolic context involving the spectator and the get the job done of artwork. This scenography of kitchen areas, total with counters, appliances as very well as a display screen projecting an exterior scene (alluding to a window), has committed a single wall to the concern, “Did you take in nowadays?”. 

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Elements of the Model: Kitchen as a portrayal of community life | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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Elements of the Model: Kitchen as a portrayal of local community daily life Image: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
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This seemingly easy query throws gentle on the importance of care as a result of the techniques that are set in enjoy in communal spaces, normally taken for granted. In performing so, the kitchen room decodes the intimacies of familial treatment. In Singapore, in which food items is noticed as a unifying cultural thread, the kitchen is a communal area, a house that enables interactions for the duration of food preparing – a course of action that organically effectuates an exchange of strategies (by way of recipes), quite often inter-generational. Therefore the installation unfurls the a variety of intimacies of food planning, familial equations and treatment in the house, heading over and above its purposeful and aesthetic worth.

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The Aesthetics of Being Disappeared (2019) by Wednesday Kim | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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The Aesthetics of Remaining Disappeared (2019) by Wednesday Kim Image: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
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The Aesthetics of becoming Disappeared by Wednesday Kim is a collage of photographs, text and audio all-around the theme of pop culture and internet lingo. Applying her lived knowledge of nightmares, intrusive ideas and childhood trauma, Kim takes advantage of this medium to illustrate her introverted disposition, and the consequential desire for digital spaces in excess of their physical counterparts. The set up can thus be noticed as a visual representation of her hectic mind-house – displaying a website of feelings ranging from nervousness to nervousness to humour.

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Between Earth and Sky (2018) by Alecia Neo is an homage to the contributions of caregivers whose sacrifices are so often overlooked | Mental: Colours of Wellbeing | ArtScience Museum, Singapore| STIRworld &#13
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Among Earth and Sky (2018) by Alecia Neo is an homage to the contributions of caregivers whose sacrifices are so generally forgotten Picture: Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands
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With the establishment of artwork treatment in the 1940s, art arrived to be formalised as a variety of treatment. The approach of innovative expression fosters healing and mental wellbeing. Formerly a medium for communication, self-expression and therapeutic, it is now incorporated-alongside with dance, drama, tunes and crafting treatment, as a standard process of psychological counselling. By extension, even the artwork of architecture contributes to psychological wellbeing and vice-versa. Architectural psychology is the science of human practical experience and behaviour in designed environments. Mental: Colours of Wellbeing explores how art remedy, spatial organisation and science can be practised to realize, mend and boost psychological wellbeing.

The exhibition Mental: Colours of Wellbeing is on perspective at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, until finally February 26, 2023.

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