Sensorium 360° at Singapore Art Museum

I’m rather disappointed that there’s no Art Garden at Singapore Art Museum this year. The kids love it and we usually go more than once if we can. But we managed to check out Sensorium 360° the other day and there are some installations that are appealing to and suitable for kids. It’s an exhibition of Southeast Asian and Asian contemporary art that explores how sensory experiences locate us in understanding the world and knowing the self and is on until 22 October.

Sensorium 360°

Sensorium 360°

I was there with Anya and her classmate and The Overview Installation was their favourite and they went through it at least 3 times! You have to put on a pair of goggles that replaces your normal viewpoint with an image streamed from closed-circuit televisions so you see yourself from a third-person point of view or from above or ‘god view’. I tried it too and it’s like a computer game and the effect is quite disorienting. A simple maze becomes extremely difficult to navigate!

The Overview Installation

The Overview Installation

this is what they see

this is what they see

making their way through the maze

making their way through the maze

Another favourite was noon-nom where the kids got to jump around and hide in a roomful of boob cushions. The kids called it the xiao long bao room and I can totally see the resemblance. The installation supposedly questions prevailing attitudes towards the female breast in order to reassert its significance as a natural form that symbolises nourishment and comfort, and emphasises the importance of touching and feeling as a means of reconnecting in human relationships.

noon-nom

noon-nom

boobs everywhere!

boobs everywhere!

Cage  uses green lasers to create two virtual cages and is supposed to trigger instinctive responses of disorientation and even anxiety in viewers. The kids didn’t seem anxious at all and had fun trying to climb over, wriggle under or squeeze in between the laser beams without getting the light cut off.

Cage

Cage

climbing over laser beams

climbing over laser beams

In The Sensoroom, visitors can relax in a reading corner of specially selected books and participate in the activity stations that explore the senses of the human body. Some of the items in the touching station were missing and probably taken away by other kids (or adults).

The Sensoroom

The Sensoroom

what's inside?

what’s inside?

There were a few other rooms that the kids didn’t find that interesting and one that was full of glass so I was a bit nervous when they were in that particular room. But we still spent a couple of hours there and I had to drag them away eventually. You can refer to the exhibition guide for more information about the different installations in Sensorium 360°. I like how all the installations challenge the way we use our senses and our perceptions.

There is a Tree in the Heart of Death

There is a Tree in the Heart of Death

smells

smells

leaving a message

leaving a message

hanging up her disc

hanging up her disc

honey

Project: Honey Sticks (6,425)

My favourite was Twinning Machine 4.0 because I actually managed to take a photo of myself (taking a photo of myself). An interactive installation, the video captures the viewer and projects the life-sized image onto a screen, but with a few seconds’ delay, so it really feels like you are looking at a twin or a ghost of yourself.

Twinning Machine 4.0

Twinning Machine 4.0

I'm there too

I’m there too

I’m glad we managed to have a good time at Singapore Art Museum even without Art Garden but I’m really hoping that they will bring it back next year in some form or other. Sensorium 360° is until 22 October and there are programmes you can sign up for and worksheets for older children to guide them along.

Read more about Sensorium 360° at Mum in the Making.

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6 thoughts on “Sensorium 360° at Singapore Art Museum

  1. Ai Sakura

    Very interesting installations.. I read noom-nom as “nom-nom” the first time haha. It’s great that they had that room to remind people that boobs are more than just sexual objects as often seen in popular media. Actually, quite surprised that the censors didn’t think it was too “RA” for kids given the recent hoo-ha about certain books :P

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  2. Jus

    Yes my kids enjoyed themselves too, but weren’t too keen on some exhibits. Bouncing on boobs was a hit though! :) I’ve linked up finally, thank you for linking up!

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  3. selenaquah

    I just read your post! They let anya n her friend into the glass room! When we went they said no kids allowed so the boys had to wait outside. I thought they were extremely paranoid about the kids in general, but laissez-faire about teenagers even though there were many who were behaving worse than the young ones.

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    1. delphine Post author

      They were extremely (and unnecessarily) nervous about the kids being in the glass room so I got them out of there as fast as I could. :(

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