National Museum of Singapore calls for ideas


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. 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.

Announcing the news on Jan 29, the Museum mentioned that proposals should merge culture and immersive technology and focus on themes such as museology, heritage, research and the gallery experience.

There are two categories of ideas. The first is "museum experience" and the second one is "art and creatives".

The first category 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. Moreover, 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. The cost of the projects should not be 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.

Only Singaporean citizens and permanent residents can take part on this call and their proposals must be submitted by March 15. Selected projects will be announced in April and final entries will be showcased in August.