The Museum of Imaginary Science opens at Galleria Huuto
Brains on Art: The Museum of Imaginary Science
Galleria Huuto, Tyynenmerenkatu 6, 00220 Helsinki
22 April – 7 May 2017
Combining science with art, the Brains on Art collective’s new exhibition, The Museum of Imaginary Science, features a group of interactive devices that have been built on thebasis of imaginary devices drawn by children and young people. The collective has built, for example, the Cockroach Squasher, the multisensory Candy and Rainbow Machine as well as the Light Machine that absorbs and produces light.
The Museum of Imaginary Science was inspired by the questions of who has the right to imagine new science and how the creativity related to science and technology can be addressed through the means of art.
The devices created by children highlight, for example, the popularity of Pokémon Go (e.g. the Pokémon Drill), 3D printers and their different variations (a cow cloning extinct animals using DNA) as well as solutions developed for children and young people’s everyday problems, including the Homework Doer and the Boyfriend Finding Machine. Recycling and ecological issues have also been in the children’s minds when designing the devices. The collective received almost 400 drawings from 3 to 15-year-old inventors for the exhibition. The ideas were collected through an open call and all of the source material is on display at the exhibition.
The Brains on Art collective consists of art educator Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka, cognitive scientists Aleksander Alafuzoff and Henri Kotkanen as well as Jari Torniainen, M.Sc. Designers Arto Kuusisto and Mikko Akkola and graphic designer Annukka Mäkijärvi have also assisted the collective throughout this exhibition. The exhibition has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Brains on Art was established in 2010 and The Museum of Imaginary Science is the collective’s fourth solo exhibition. The collective has also taken part in several group exhibitions, including the Mänttä Art Festival in 2014. During the same year the collective’s poetry generator Brain Poetry was on display at the Frankfurt Book Fair as part of the Finnish Pavilion.
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