For thousands of years, mankind has looked into the deep, dark sky and wondered: what is there?
And over the past few decades, we’ve taken small steps into the endless mysteries of space, discovering worlds and wonders beyond imagination.
Beyond space travel, this limitless curiosity has spilled over into the creation of cutting-edge artistic experiences, and nowhere more than at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore.
From November 25, 2021 to February 27, 2022, the museum launches us into space with Beyond Earth, a program of films and works of art in virtual reality on the interstellar theme.
Fancy sci-fi thrillers, dreamy space travel documentaries, and even a flight to the moon through a VR headset? Here is our recap of the highlights of the program.
Immerse yourself in VR space missions with Spacewalkers
Most of us may never be able to live our astronaut dreams, but here’s the next best thing: a virtual reality jump into space.
In the all-new VR gallery, ArtScience Museum is poised to push the boundaries of immersive experience with Spacewalkers.
Spacewalkers closely follows Hyperrealities – the VR Gallery’s premier show starring contemporary artists Olafur Eliasson, Marina Abramović, and Anish Kapoor – and you can expect tickets to sell out just as quickly.
Designed by leading German VR studio Faber Courtial, Spacewalkers showcases two exhilarating VR artworks that immerse us in space.
First shown at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, the experiences were shaped with exclusive archive footage and NASA recordings of the Apollo missions – meaning you can expect to relive a slice of it. story in rich and authentic detail.
1st Step – From Earth to the Moon (2019) traces the footsteps of the legendary Apollo mission that took humanity’s first step on the moon.
Just forget about learning about their awe-inspiring journey – now you can experience the view from inside the command pod, dive into the dizzying depths of space, and soak up the moonscapes recreated in 3D.
Meanwhile, 2nd Step – From the Moon to Mars and Beyond (2018) takes us beyond Earth’s orbit and towards the mysterious red planet – Mars.
This VR film propels us through the breathtaking backdrops of current and future space missions, drawing on the catchy music of Debussy and Ravel to introduce an emotional dimension to the documentary.
Spacewalkers will take place from November 25, 2021 to February 27, 2022 at the VR Gallery, ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974.
Tickets are priced at $ 16 (Singaporean adults) and $ 12 (Singaporean concession).
Watch space-themed movies in Beyond Earth
The latest series in the ArtScience on Screen program, Beyond Earth is nothing less than a cinematic journey to the stars.
From award-winning thrillers to groundbreaking documentaries, the rich selection covers the fantasies of youth about spaceflight, meteorite explorations and poetic odes to the moon.
The best part? Most of the movies are free entry, so be sure to reserve your ticket to the space quickly.
This holiday season, you can expect to see a lineup of family-friendly films.
Take a journey into the not-so-distant future with Dennis Villeneuve’s acclaimed Home (2016), based on Ted Chiang’s award-winning short story, Story of Your Life.
With the arrival of twelve alien spaceships through Earth, linguist Louise Banks must hurry to decode the language of aliens, in order to unravel their mysterious messages about a “weapon” – one with disturbing implications for the perception of time by humanity.
For your little ones, let their imaginations run wild with two fantastic fun animations.
Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1989) is a throwback to Nick Park’s first award-winning comedy series, in which eccentric inventor Wallace and his dog take off in a homemade rocket to find out if the moon is really made of cheese.
Meanwhile, Moomins and the Comet Chase (2010) features Moomintroll’s adventure in a distant observatory with his forest friends, where they learn terrible news: a fierce comet is blazing towards Moominvalley.
For the coming year, moviegoers can look forward to a provocative line-up of arthouse films, including premieres in Southeast Asia and Singapore.
A highlight to be grabbed is certainly Gagarin (2020) – a debut film by Fanny Liatard and Jeremy Trouilh that won acclaim at Cannes 2020.
Set in the decaying Parisian estate of Gagarine Cité, this haunting film stars 16-year-old dreamer Yuri – a boy who wants to be an astronaut and sets out to save his beloved home from demolition by turning it into his “ship. spatial “. .
Premiere in Singapore, To The Moon (2020) by Tadhg O’Sullivan is a dreamlike, cinematic ode to Earth’s only natural satellite – one that weaves archival footage and literary extracts into a meditation on meaning of the moon for people down through the centuries.
Documentary lovers, Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) should tickle your imagination.
Directed by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, the film explores the overwhelming cultural impacts of meteorites through time – from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs to the black stone that allegedly fell from heaven.
Then embark on a transcontinental journey with Planetary (2015), a documentary by Planetary Collective USA.
In the face of climate change, this visually stunning film calls for a change in mentality in the perception of our planet as interconnected.
Beyond Earth will take place from November 25, 2021 to February 27, 2022 at the ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974.
Paid movies (Gagarin and Planetary) are priced at $ 5, while admission to all other movies is free. It is recommended to book in advance for film screenings; book your slots online here.
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This article first appeared in Nomads of the city.