August 28, 2022

MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum

Kathryn Shanks
MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum
These installations help visitors explore and reflect on their relationship with mental wellbeing.

As conversations around mental health continue to open up around the world, the ArtScience Museum in Singapore celebrates the diversity of the human mind in an interactive exhibit called MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing. With over twenty interactive exhibits and large-scale installations by international artists, designers, and scientists, the exhibition confronts societal biases and stereotypes about mental health gently and accessibly.

The exhibition approaches mental health and wellbeing not by focussing on illness, treatments, or cures, but by emphasising the diversity of the mind in a neutral way. The featured artworks encourage visitors to reflect on how they conceptualise mental wellbeing, asking them to question what they know about themselves, others, and society. One installation, Mirror Ritual (2021) by Nina Rajcic and SensiLab, explores how facial expressions indicate emotional states: the mirror detects expressions and generates a uniquely tailored poem in response, allowing the viewer to reflect on their inner world and how that’s portrayed outwardly.

Never has there been a more important time to explore mental health, especially for young people. […] The exhibition highlights that we are all on our own mental health journey through life, just not all journeys are equal.
– DR RYAN JEFFERIES, DIRECTOR OF THE SCIENCE GALLERY MELBOURNE.

MENTAL was first developed and presented in Melbourne, with the themes and several installations based on the lived experiences of young people. Crafted in consultation with experts and academics from the sciences and creative arts, the exhibition is a truly multi-perspective, multi-disciplinary endeavour. Rather than constituting a passive exhibition, MENTAL is a ‘dynamic and colourful playground’ with interactive and experimental installations, such as a human-sized rainbow wheel visitors can exercise in. Accessible engagement is the baseline here, allowing all visitors the chance to explore mental wellbeing in a fun and thoughtful way.

Running from September 3, 2022, until early 2023 at Singapore’s ArtScience Museum, MENTAL: Colours of Wellbeing is a beautiful and reflective exhibition that delves into the complexities of the mind. Tickets are available now from all Marina Bay Sands box offices.

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