Art, culture, technology and sustainability converge at the iconic ArtScience Museum from 1-30 September 2023 through new interactive and immersive experiences, ‘Aquasia’; ‘Geylang Crunk’; and ‘Sky Farm Island’.
Singapore, 7 August 2023 – The MeshMinds Foundation returns to ArtScience Museum for the third time with MeshMinds 3.0: ArtxTechforGood. This immersive showcase, supported by The Arts Fund, invites young visitors to try extended reality (XR), Metaverse and gaming prototypes developed using the latest 3D world building platforms and artificial intelligence tools. These fun, educational, experimental experiences encourage visitors to 'play for the planet' and learn about the importance of protecting our culture and the environment in the digital age. The ultimate goal is to inspire youth to build cities of the future that are inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, in support of Goal 11 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
In the Curiosity Gallery, younger audiences aged 8-12 will have the opportunity to explore 'Sky Farm Island,' a groundbreaking sustainable farming experience, inspired by community farms in Singapore, created by MeshMinds for the Roblox platform. This interactive journey through sustainable agricultural practices is designed to captivate young minds, inspire them to shop and grow locally. In doing so, the game hopes to sow the seeds of healthy eating in a new, engaging and enjoyable way.
For older audiences aged 13 and above, the VR Gallery awaits, where 'Aquasia' and 'Geylang Crunk' will transport visitors into imaginative and immersive realms, pushing the boundaries of creativity and storytelling within the virtual space. 'Aquasia', created by MeshMinds and its collaborating partner, Metamo Industries, offers a journey into an imaginary marine utopia that offers hope for the future of human habitats in the face of rising sea levels. 'Geylang Crunk' by Metamo Industries showcases local musicians and artists to promote Asian representation in immersive media. Each VR experience, carefully crafted by award-winning digital artists, filmmakers and world builders based in Southeast Asia, offers an opportunity for teenagers and young adults to delve into visionary worlds that promote Asian culture and inspire action towards a more sustainable future in the face of a changing climate.
MeshMinds 3.0: ArtxTechforGood explores the convergence of art, culture, technology, and sustainability and will be accompanied by an exciting two-day forum, “Conversations for People and Planet" in the ArtScience Cinema on 8 & 9 September.
Key highlights of the exhibition include:
‘Aquasia’ by MeshMinds and Metamo Industries - Dive into an Unforgettable Floating Metaworld:
Embark on a mesmerising virtual reality journey to ‘Aquasia’, the world's first educational metaworld set in a floating city in Asia. This imaginary marine utopia aims to raise awareness about rising sea levels while showcasing groundbreaking technologies that reimagine food, energy, and transportation systems capable of sustaining life on our Blue Planet. Supporting this journey will be 2D and 3D printed artworks created with cutting-edge digital printing technology by Mimaki, sustainably produced merchandise, interactive AR effects, and the launch of the Aquasia soundtrack, allowing you to take a piece of this extraordinary experience home.
Courtesy of MeshMinds
‘Geylang Crunk’ by Metamo Industries - Embark on a mind-bending journey through Neo-Santara in 2065:
Dive into a groundbreaking immersive music VR experience produced by Metamo Industries to address the lack of Asian representation in immersive media. This innovative project takes participants on a 10-track rollercoaster ride through the futuristic city state of Neo-Santara in 2065, featuring collaborations with regional musicians and artists. By leveraging the power of immersive media, ‘Geylang Crunk’ not only offers multi-dimensional experiences but also paves the way for inclusivity, diversity, and cultural richness in the tech industry, creating a more connected future.
Courtesy of Metamo Industries
‘Sky Farm Island’ by MeshMinds - Cultivate the Future of Food Production:
Become a Sky Farmer and explore the fascinating world of hydroponics and aquaponics and manage your own sustainable farm. Collaborate with a community of like-minded farmers, using innovative techniques to grow crops without soil, convert food waste into fertiliser, and unlock the potential of sustainable food production. ‘Sky Farm Island’ is a Roblox game that invites kids and parents to grow their own food in a vertical farm. It inspires kids to eat healthy, locally-produced food and build sustainable cities.
Courtesy of MeshMinds
Conversations for People and Planet - Shaping a Responsible Metaverse:
Innovative tech industry leaders, digital creators, and educators will come together for a two-day summit to explore the intersection of responsible branding, digital technology, and environmental education. The summit, hosted by The MeshMinds Foundation and Global Tech Advocates will feature four dynamic sessions dedicated to envisioning a metaverse that resonates with audiences while safeguarding our natural world and cultural heritage.
Films for People and Planet by MeshMinds, Studio Birthplace and The Akeroyd Collection - Showcasing the Power of Visual Storytelling:
Immerse yourself in a curated showcase of short films that confront the triple planetary threat of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. These powerful narratives aim to inspire
collective action and shed light on the urgent need to protect our planet's precious resources. Experience the captivating stories told by talented filmmakers, further reinforcing the commitment to sustainability within the MeshMinds community.
School Holiday Workshops ‘Play and Learn on iPad’ - Using the iPad to power environmental storytelling:
Immerse your children in an educational adventure that combines cutting-edge technology with the importance of protecting our planet. Join us during the September school holidays for interactive workshops where children aged 8-12 years old will delve into the fascinating realms of the future of food and human habitats. These workshops aim to educate and empower young minds, fostering a deeper understanding of the challenges posed by our changing environment. By utilising augmented reality as a powerful learning tool, we want to inspire the next generation to become advocates for positive environmental behaviour. Don't miss this opportunity to ignite their curiosity and pave the way for a sustainable future.
MeshMinds 3.0: ArtxTechforGood will take place at Level 4 of ArtScience Museum (Curiosity Gallery, VR Gallery and ArtScience Cinema) from 1- 30 September 2023.
To learn more, visit www.meshminds.com/artxtechforgood.
Reserve your tickets for ‘Conversations for People and Planet’ and the interactive ‘Play and Learn on iPad’ school holiday workshops via www.meshminds.com/artxtechforgood-visit.
All exhibitions and experiences are available free of charge, including the ‘Aquasia’ and ‘Geylang Crunk’ VR experiences.