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Multimedia feast at ST exhibition

PEEK INTO THE FUTURE: The Samsung Gear VR headset showcases a vision of Singapore in 2065, drawn from public contributions as part of the #BuildSG2065 campaign. Here, nine-year-old Gwen Lee (in red), gets to experience virtual reality by using the he
PEEK INTO THE FUTURE: The Samsung Gear VR headset showcases a vision of Singapore in 2065, drawn from public contributions as part of the #BuildSG2065 campaign. Here, nine-year-old Gwen Lee (in red), gets to experience virtual reality by using the headset during a visit to the Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow exhibition last month. The exhibition is ongoing at the ArtScience Museum. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
TAKE IN DIGITAL DISPLAYS: These four LG 55-inch flatscreen television sets showcase more than 43,000 front pages of The Straits Times from 1845 to 2015.
TAKE IN DIGITAL DISPLAYS: These four LG 55-inch flatscreen television sets showcase more than 43,000 front pages of The Straits Times from 1845 to 2015. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
VIEW VIDEO ARCHIVES: Visitors young and old can check out the dozen LG 55-inch Oled TV sets, provided by LG equipment sponsor Best Denki, playing 18 videos mostly from the ST archives.
VIEW VIDEO ARCHIVES: Visitors young and old can check out the dozen LG 55-inch Oled TV sets, provided by LG equipment sponsor Best Denki, playing 18 videos mostly from the ST archives. PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
SLIDE BACK IN TIME: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trying out the interactive Singapore Slider feature, which contrasts photos of old and modern-day Singapore, at the launch of the exhibition. The touchscreen table is from the ArtScience Museum’s i
SLIDE BACK IN TIME: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trying out the interactive Singapore Slider feature, which contrasts photos of old and modern-day Singapore, at the launch of the exhibition. The touchscreen table is from the ArtScience Museum’s inventory.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

With tech help, visitors can delve into stories and journey through ST's 170-year history

At the entrance to the Singapore STories: Then, Now, Tomorrow exhibition, visitors are greeted by four 55-inch LG television sets that take them back in time on a virtual journey through 170 years of The Straits Times' history.

Inside the exhibition area at the ArtScience Museum, the interactive element continues with a dozen 55-inch LG Oled televisions, mostly screening videos produced by The Straits Times.

Visitors can also use four units of LG's flagship G Tablet 8.0 LTE to watch interactive videos, explore a 360-degree panorama of the National Gallery's interior or try out the Singapore Slider, which contrasts old photos of Singapore with their modern-day counterparts.


SLIDE BACK IN TIME: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong trying out the interactive Singapore Slider feature, which contrasts photos of old and modern-day Singapore, at the launch of the exhibition. The touchscreen table is from the ArtScience Museum’s inventory. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

To immerse themselves in the stories, visitors can reach for one of 20 pairs of Sennheiser Momentum headphones, or, for a truly captivating experience, don one of two Samsung Gear VR virtual reality headsets.

Ms Honor Harger, executive director of the ArtScience Museum, said that digitising some of the content "created different forms of experience in the exhibition routes that cater to the various interests of our visitors".

The Straits Times arts correspondent Huang Lijie, who was part of the six-member curatorial team that put the exhibition together, added: "The Straits Times has kept pace with time and it now presents its content digitally, beyond print and paper, and the tech equipment in the show allows us to highlight our rich multimedia content."

• The exhibition is open from now until Oct 4 at the ArtScience Museum. Admission is free.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 12, 2015, with the headline 'Multimedia feast at ST exhibition'. Print Edition | Subscribe