What comes to immediately when you think of ginormous inflatable objects? Bouncy castles, cute cartoon characters, and most importantly, innumerable Instagram opps? Yes, we know it all too well — that impulse reaction to immediately whip out one’s phone to Instagram every giant floating object you come across. But Floating Utopias, ArtScience Museum’s latest exhibition, wants you to rethink these poufy voluminous objects beyond their photogenic qualities, and examine their part in art, architecture and even social activism throughout history.
As visitors drift away into imaginative realms at the exhibition, they’ll soon realise the pieces aren’t only ’grammable, they’ve got fascinating back stories as well. Culture vultures will have a fab time poring over more than 40 artworks, videos and photographs by more than 15 international and local artists scattered throughout the museum’s sun-drenched galleries. Insta-fiends, too, will have a field day snapping away these larger-than-life inflatable sculptures that are great for the ’gram.
What would conversations between these two camps be like when they’re walking through the exhibition together? We imagine convos between Culture Connoisseur and Instagram Addict about the highlights of the airy wonderland that is Floating Utopias.