Singapore’s ArtScience Museum Launches Sustainability-themed Programmes For October

An estimated 8 MILLION TONNES of plastic waste end up in the ocean each year. Sounds outrageous? It sure is. Plastic pollution is threatening lives in the ocean including fish, seabirds, sea turtles and other marine mammals. The animals get entangled in or mistakenly ingest plastic debris, which result in suffocation, starvation and drowning – thus drastically affecting our planet’s ecosystem.

How on Earth are we humans going to fix this monumental issue that is plaguing the planet? With whatever way we can, even with something as small as promoting awareness.

Which is why the ArtScience Museum in Singapore is proud to present Climate S.O.SSeason of Sustainability that is taking place all throughout October. The programme highlights the impact of climate change on some of our planet’s most important ecosystems including the oceans and the polar regions.

Climate S.O.S features film screenings, hands-on workshops, a digital art commission, a multimedia showcase, as well as a special edition of ArtScience Late, ArtScience’s Museum’s monthly performance art event. All programmes are curated to help raise awareness of the climate crisis and hopefully will inspire action to address these issues.

Here are some of the highlighted events that visitors can expect from Climate S.O.S.:

1. Multimedia Showcase

Event: Changing Course 2019 

When: 5 October – 3 November 2019 (10am – 7pm) 

Image credit: Eco-Business

Changing Course 2019 is a multimedia exhibition of photographic prints by a team of award-winning journalists. It also features a virtual reality experience on the global climate crisis. The showcase explores humanity’s relationship with the planet, outlining the challenges in the current global patterns of consumption and production, and provoking answers to the critical question of how we can change the course of humanity.

Don’t miss out on the global premiere of Arctic Awakening, a new short documentary that was shot in the Arctic and Singapore.

2. Musical Performance

Event: ArtScience Late: iNCH

When: 17 October 2019 (7.30pm & 9pm)

Where: Level 4, Expression Gallery

Admission: Free (first come first serve basis)

Image credit: Crispian Chan

Helming the October edition of ArtScience Late is Singaporean musician iNCH who will present a radio play that is intimately based on the personal experience and reflections of her expedition to Antarctica as part of 2041’s International Antarctic Climate Force Expedition. Combining original compositions, a radio play, as well as field recordings, the performance evokes her experiences encountering one of the world’s most unique environments.

3. Interactive Workshop

Event: Everyone Can Create: Clean Seas

When: 5-6, 19-20 and 26-27 October 2019 (11am – 12pm) 

Where: Rainbow Room, Basement 2

Admission: Free (first come first serve basis)

Image credit: Marina Bay Sands

This interactive workshop incorporates photography, drawings, videos and music to create works of art that can inspire the global movement to beat plastic pollution and create clean seas for future generations. Using the ‘Everyone Can Create’ curriculum from Apple Books, each participant will use an iPad to transform ideas from 2D to 3D using AR Makr, a creative toolbox for augmented reality. The workshop will be facilitated by Singaporean creative technology studio MeshMinds.

4. Augmented Reality (AR) Experience

Title: CleanSeas AR

When: All October

Image credit: André Wee and Mesh Minds

Can’t make it to the Artscience Museum for the programmes? Not to worry – you can also join the global movement to beat plastic pollution wherever you are by simply snapping and sharing a photo or video! ArtScience Museum has commissioned creative technology studio MeshMinds and digital artist André Wee to create an interactive AR experience, titled CleanSeas AR. The artwork, made for Facebook Camera, encourages users to learn about the importance of reducing marine pollution by refusing single-use plastics. 

The CleanSeas AR experience is available online at:

Climate S.O.SSeason of Sustainability is happening in October at ArtScience Museum in Singapore. Check out their website for more info and other events. 

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Written by Irvin Hanni

Irvin enjoys conversations with the trees and the stars. Sometimes they share recipes, sometimes they share jokes.

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