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National Museum of Singapore opens its first space dedicated to digital media


The museum also plays host to a two-day conference that looks at how digital technology impacts culture and heritage. 

Link to installation for the work in Gallery 10, National Museum of Singapore here.


The two-day event, titled The Digital In Cultural Spaces, opened on Wednesday (Dec 7) at the National Museum of Singapore (NMS).

Organised by the Culture Academy Singapore in partnership with Australia’s University of Melbourne, it brings together 20 media, digital and culture experts from six countries to discuss how cultural institutions can remain relevant in the digital age. 



In his opening address, Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Community and Youth Baey Yam Keng pointed out how technology has permeated everyday life, including culture.

“We have seen how digital technologies have enabled both the creation and spread of culture,” he said.


The conference coincides with NMS’ recent efforts to go digital. The museum announced the opening of its latest space, Gallery 10, which will be dedicated to digital media. The first work on display is a video piece by artist Sarah Choo Jing, which features Indian, Malay and Chinese dance performers.

It follows the opening of the revamped Glass Rotunda, which includes a multimedia installation by Japanese art collective teamLab that was inspired by natural history drawings from the William Farquhar Collection.

Both will be open to the public beginning Dec 10.

“It’s very important for museums to be in the know in terms of technology and innovation,” NMS director Angelita Teo told Channel NewsAsia.

But while museums are always evolving, she added that their collections are always at the core. “Technology cannot take away the beauty and wonderment that objects give to visitors. Technology can only excite them to want to find out more about these objects.”



Video still from Sarah Choo Jing's Art Of The Rehearsal. Exhibition at National Museum of Singapore's new space dedicated to digital media, Gallery10. (Photo credit: Mayo Martin)