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Floating Utopias

August 5, 2019 - November 18, 2019

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Floating Utopias

A playful, poetic exhibition that explores the social history of inflatable objects, showing how, over the decades, they have been used in art, architecture and activism.

For the curious, for the humanist, for the scientist … as described by the Museum, below.

Since the first hot-air balloon ascended into the skies in the 18th century, inflatable objects have inspired the public’s imagination, generating utopian dreams of castles in the sky, floating laboratories and cloud cities.

Floating Utopias reveals the impact inflatables continue to have on our collective imagination, juxtaposing historical and contemporary works, featuring over 40 artworks by international and local artists, as well as hands-on workshops and interventions in urban space.

Inflatables embody a transformative aspect in themselves: formless bundles of material instantly become voluminous spaces. Their light, mobile and soft qualities entice people to be both dazzled spectators and playful participants.

Floating Utopias shows how inflatable objects have opened up new technological possibilities through history.   Floating Utopias explores how the pivotal invention of the hot-air balloon shaped the way we understand the world and our place in it, how inflatable objects were used the first part of the 20th century, in socialist and capitalist mass parades, and how, in the 1960s, a new generation of architects began using inflatable structures in a search for new approaches to designing space and alternative ways of living.

Floating Utopias also explores how inflatable structures can help us rethink our relationship with the environment.

Inflatables invite us to be playful and to reclaim public space; they help to forge communities and promote participation. Their disruptive, ephemeral presence challenges power structures, by reminding us that after all, everything is temporary.

10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. daily, including public holidays.
Last admission @ 6.00 p.m.


August 5, 2019  
to November 18, 2019
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Art Science Museum
6 Bayfront Avenue 018974 Singapore + Google Map


ArtScience Museum