ArtScience Museum in Singapore explores the intersection between art, science, culture and technology. It is positioned as a place to reflect on how the future might be evolving, and to offer audiences opportunities to actively shape it. As a museum focusing on the future, one of the issues they return to again and again is environmental sustainability.
In this talk, Honor explores how contemporary museums might draw on art, science and technology to respond to environment issues. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has recently proposed a new definition of a museum. It includes a section that describes museums as places that, "contribute to human dignity and social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing."
The idea of a museum as a space that contributes to "planetary wellbeing" is one that has caused some controversy within the museum world. This talk explores why this might be an idea for museums to embrace.