In New Eden: Science Fiction Mythologies Transformed, visitors will be able to uncover new perspectives on the genre of science fiction, encountering multiple futures and alternative realms inspired by Asia’s rich history and culture.
Over the years, the traditionally male-dominated and Western-centred genre of science fiction has evolved to give rise to more diverse voices. New Eden celebrates this by showcasing how women artists from Asia are addressing science fiction, dream worlds and fantastical realities in their work. This major new contemporary art exhibition spotlights 24 Asian women artists and collectives, including some of the biggest names in contemporary art globally, such as Mariko Mori, Cao Fei, Patty Chang, Sputniko!, Lee Bul, Shilpa Gupta and Anicka Yi.
With close to 70 contemporary artworks, ancient artefacts, and Hollywood and Asian films, New Eden offers visitors a unique journey through time and space to uncover fascinating realms and strange lifeforms. It expands on popular Western science fiction concepts such as parallel worlds, interstellar travel, and transcendence – notions that are deeply rooted in Asian philosophy and spirituality. By exploring Asian mythologies and philosophies including hybridity, mysticism, moving beyond humanity’s corporeal limitations, and the enduring fantasy of an other-worldly paradise, the exhibition also draws lines between these discrete cultural traditions, suggesting that some science fiction tropes could have their origins in Asia.
Venue: ArtScience Museum
When: 21 Oct 2023 - 3 Mar 2024,