Astonishing Science. Spectacular museum.
Located on the first floor
Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin's Listening Post immerses us in a rhythm of computer-synthesised voices reading, or singing out, a fluid play of real-time text fragments. The fragments are sampled from thousands of live, unrestricted internet chatrooms, bulletin boards and other online public forums. They are uncensored and unedited.
Located throughout the Science Museum.
Climate Changing… is a thought-provoking series of events, exhibitions and installations in the Science Museum. As part of the series we have commissioned artists to respond to the theme of 'our changing climate'.
In 2010, David Shrigley created the first art commission in the new atmosphere: exploring climate science gallery and the current display is Shacketon's Man Goes South, a free e-book by author Tony White.
A Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum, a participatory art event by Superflex, takes participants on a quirky journey through the Museum, exploring the impact of scientific developments on the climate, from the perspective of one of our planet’s true survivors, the cockroach.
Located on the first floor of the Wellcome Wing in the Science Museum.
The Who am I? gallery explores the challenging area of biomedical science, covering major themes such as human identity, language, consciousness, genetics, sexuality and brain science. For the first version of the gallery, which opened in 2000, six artists contributed works that engage with universal narratives relating to the gallery themes. Since Who am I? first opened there have been major advances in biomedical research, including the completion of the Human Genome Project and significant developments in neuroscientific research. The gallery was updated in 2010 and two more artists were commissioned to create artworks for its display.
Located on the ground floor of the Wellcome Wing in the Science Museum.
Talking Points is a stunning series of thought-provoking exhibits scattered throughout the ground floor of the Wellcome Wing. Beautiful, awe-inspiring or controversial, they raise questions about the influence modern science is having on us. Talking Points includes four installations by leading contemporary artists. The artists were asked to respond to contemporary science with works created to provoke strong responses. Yinka Shonibare and Daryl Viner were inspired by developments in biomedical sciences and genetic engineering, while Scanner created a work that draws upon the new ways of experiencing the world we are able to encounter as a result of emerging technologies.
Located on the second floor of the Science Museum.
Energy - fuelling the future is a hands-on gallery for children aged 7-14 which looks at the questions surrounding how we can continue to meet our energy needs now and in the future. Artists Christian Moeller, Mike Stubbs and Simon Tegala were commissioned to create artworks exploring issues related to the gallery's themes.
Located on the first floor of the the Science Museum.
The Challenge of Materials gallery explores the science of materials, looking at how and why materials differ from one another and the ingenious ways we manipulate materials when manufacturing an end product. Five artists contributed works for the gallery that investigate the meaning of materials to our lives in all their guises, and three artists created temporary interventions to celebrate the launch of the gallery.
Located in the basement of the Science Museum.
The basement galleries reopened in 1995, incorporating a multipurpose space for events and demonstrations for children and young adults. Two artists, Tim Head and Charlie Hooker, were commissioned to create integral artworks in collaboration with Ben Kelly, the basement designer. Both artists produced playful and educational artworks that evoked an emotional response and were particularly appealing to a younger audience.
Located on the third floor of the Science Museum.
In 2006, Scott Snibbe was commissioned to create an artwork responding to the themes of Launchpad, the Science Museum's popular hands-on physics gallery for young people aged 8 to 14 years.
In 1993, Dalziel & Scullion were commissioned to produce an artwork for Health Matters, a gallery exploring how medical technology, health surveys and medical research have dramatically changed the way we experience medicine.