Singapore Art Museum’s Imaginarium returns for its 6th edition at SAM at 8Q this May! Themed “Over the Ocean, Under the Sea”, the contemporary art exhibition is a whimsical introduction to ideas that surround seascapes. The various exhibits presents tactile and interactive works that encourage discovery through exploration and play. Featuring site-specific adaptations and specially commissioned artworks, the exhibition inspires reflection about the impact humans have on the natural world and the importance of preserving the oceans’ ecosystems.
Level 1: Dimana Mogus?
A tactile underwater seascape crocheted from yarn by Indonesian artist, Mulyana, ‘Dimana Mogus?’ is a hit with many young children.
Especially with the colourful coral seabed, cushy and cute-looking underwater friends and imaginary octopus monsters!
Level 2: Submaroom
Keep the kids occupied with origami-making or learn the Internation Code of Signals with the Republic of Singapore Navy in here. I learned my lesson from last year’s Imaginarium and chose the easiest origami design to teach the kids, so that we won’t have to be in there forever! :p
Level 2: Moving Image Gallery – Beyond the Deep Blue: Short Films Screening
If you do the top to bottom route like us, take a break in here and enjoy a special selection of local and international short films inspired by adventures and aquatic tales while out in the deep blue.
Do note that some films need more parental guidance with the younger audience.
Level 3: ADA
ADA is a free-floating giant sphere with charcoal studs affixed to her surface. It is an interactive art-making creature that glows with the bio-luminescence of denizens of the deep. Visitors can move her around the darkened gallery. As she moves, she leaves indelible marks along the walls, ceiling and floors, mirroring the consequences of the visitor interaction to our relationship with the seas.
Warning: The charcoal marks do get all over the kids’ faces, bodies and clothes as they chase after the sphere in the room. Do remind them not to rub their eyes or put their hands into their mouth or nose when they play in here!
Level 3: Kinetic sculptures by Thai artist, Krit Ngamsom
The sculptures are hardly interactive, hence did not appeal to my kids much.
But they were nonetheless, impressed with the whale!
Level 4: Suara Muara (The Sounds of the Estuary)
Get ready to experience Lasem, a tiny town on the northern part of Java island where the Lasem River meets the Java sea.
Feel the breeze and listen to the sounds of the sea.
Level 4: Plastic Ocean
I really like how this installation by Singapore illustrator and artist, Tan Zi Xi, sends a simple but clear message about the effects of pollution on the sea and the creatures that live in the sea. I didn’t have to say much to explain the point to the kids!
Walking through a sea of 14,000 pieces of non-biodegradables to experience floating in the midst of trash, as the sea creatures might!
As you explore through the various levels of SAM at 8Q, you can’t miss the wall murals by Thai-born Japanese artist Yuree Kensaku, titled Apex Predator.
We will probably try to visit again as we missed out the Underwater Labyrinth by Janice Wong and let the kids play in the colourful crocheted underwater world.
imaginarium: Over the Ocean, Under the Sea
14 May – 28 Aug 2016
SAM at 8Q