May 11, 2018
A new museum called MOD. has opened its doors at the University of South Australia, bringing a futuristic mix of science, art and innovation.
After much anticipation, MOD. has opened its doors to the public. Short for Museum of Discovery, MOD. introduces us to a space that’s somewhere between a science museum and an art gallery.
The idea behind MOD. was conceived several years ago at the University of South Australia, with the goal of creating a centre to engage students in the world of science. With Dr Kristin Alford at the helm, the idea became MOD.
The museum’s first exhibition is MODify and features a range of gallery spaces that provoke us to reconsider what we know. There’s Josh, the animatronic head of a teenage boy who talks to us about love and loss. But is he a machine based on a real person or a person replicating a machine?
MOD. also features Australia’s first installation of Science on a Sphere, a giant, suspended globe that depicts images and animations of Earth, planets, stars and much more. Science on a Sphere is surrounded by animations and videos of the Kaurna community, challenging us to reconsider the many ways of knowing.
But beyond simply the curation of world-class exhibitions, MOD. has given Australian researchers an opportunity to work with local artists to create unique pieces. The exhibition Birds and Bees is a collaboration between robotics expert Professor Srini Srinivasan and artist Sam Leech. The space features a large tunnel illuminated with vertical or horizontal lines, replicating an experiment about flight navigation in birds. Its a flipped arena where the experimenter becomes the subject.
MOD. is now open to the public. For more information including opening times, head to the MOD. website.
The Questacon Smart Skills Program is touring in the South East South Australia region and northern Victoria during Term 1, 2019. In addition to presenting in-school STEM workshops for students we will also be conducting FREE STEM based, Professional Learning workshops for teachers. Registrations are currently open for workshop 1!