Astrolabe – whakaterenga, a digital art showcase that combines virtual reality, audio-visuals, dance and kinetics will make its debut at the National Museum of Singapore on 5 December for a month, as part of its DigiMuse initiative. The contemporary exhibit Astrolabe – whakaterenga is inspired by Chinese culture and the ancient Asian star charts which will take audiences on an immersive experience across space. The DigiMuse initiative seeks to build a vibrant cultural sector, as well as engage with the wider technology industry to encourage creative experimentation in cultural spaces.
Astrolabe – whakaterenga offers greater insight into New Zealand’s sophisticated, futuristic and unique arts sector. It allows visitors to experience old-world wisdom through the digital lens of today in Astrolabe – whakaterenga (meaning “to launch, float” in Maori). As an immersive digital arts space inspired by early Chinese and Pacific Island cosmology, the showcase is presented by New Zealand arts laureate Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts. Through Virtual Reality (VR), visitors will get to watch dancers on film work with the moving star charts like ancient space mariners and navigate a digital landscape that features film projection and soundscape.
Supported by DigiMuse and Creative New Zealand, Astrolabe – whakaterenga was created in collaboration with 15 artists across the fields of film, dance and sound from 6 countries, including Singaporean composer and sound artist Joyce Beetuan Koh and dancer Jill Goh.
Venue: National Museum of Singapore, Gallery10
When: 5 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020, 10am - 7pm