National Museum calls for public ideas to make arts more high-tech

Proposals should suggest how to transform the museum experience through technology, while addressing current or anticipated gaps in how visitors enjoy exhibitions.
Proposals should suggest how to transform the museum experience through technology, while addressing current or anticipated gaps in how visitors enjoy exhibitions.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The National Museum of Singapore is asking the public to come up with ideas for projects on digital art and technology that could enhance visitors' experience.

Announcing the move on Monday (Jan 29), it said proposals should merge culture and immersive technology and focus on themes such as museology, heritage, research and the gallery experience.

It has set up two categories for ideas. The first, "museum experience", is aimed at the technology industry.

Proposals should suggest how to transform the museum experience through technology, while addressing current or anticipated gaps in how visitors enjoy exhibitions. Furthermore, they should increase access to the museum's collections

For example, trackers could collect data on how visitors interact with exhibits, allowing the museum to better curate its exhibits.

Projects should cost no more than $20,000.

The second category, "art and creatives", is for artists and creators who want to use technology to express their art. An example of this could be film-makers who use virtual reality.

Projects in this category should cost no more than $30,000.

The public call is part of the museum's DigiMuse initiative, which hopes to nurture a cultural sector that embraces digital innovation. Launched last month, the programme wants to foster collaboration between the technology industry and the arts.

The proposals are open only to Singaporean citizens and permanent residents, and must be submitted by March 15.

Selected projects will be announced in April.

Final entries will be showcased in August.