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Contemporary Arts Programme

Not everyone knows that the Science Museum is home to an ongoing contemporary arts program, so we thought we would give you a bit of an update about what we have going on in the Museum art-wise.

Not everyone knows that we have an ongoing contemporary arts programme, so we thought we would give you a bit of an update about what we have going on in the Museum art-wise.

Our contemporary art programme is now in its 15th year and is going from strength to strength. We exhibit art projects that explore artists’ perspectives on the past, present and future of science and technology and offer ways of thinking about the impact of science within wider cultural contexts.

Our latest offerings include a temporary display of large-scale photograph ‘In the House of My Father’ by seminal Black British artist Donald Rodney in the Who Am I Gallery, a gallery about human identity.

Our ever popular Cockroach Tour by maverick Danish artists collective Superflex is still in action. ‘Listening Post’ by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen is an extraordinary ‘portrait of online chat’ run out over a ‘curtain’ of 251 vacuum fluorescent screens which show live chat fragments in real-time.

Coming up, we have the UK premier of works by innovative art production company Electroboutique (Alexei Shulgin and Aristarkh Chernyshev). Their gorgeously designed broadcast and interactive ‘art products’ encourage participation and new forms of ‘Crititainment’ (entertaining critiques) through what the artists call ‘Creative Consumption’.


Electroboutique work with the languages of pop culture, media and art histories, real-time data processing and custom electronics, framed by a tongue-in-cheek appropriation of the language of corporate marketing speak. ‘Electroboutique pop-up at the Science Museum’ opens on the 23 November, running until 14 February 2012.

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Over the next few weeks we will be publishing an interview with Alexei Shulgin as well as running a live Q and A on Twitter.

Over the next year our prize-winning Writer in Residence Mick Jackson will be keeping us up to date with his discoveries in the Museum and next March we are delighted to be hosting a solo show of new works by British artist Suzanne Treister, details of which are to follow shortly.

Post by Hannah Redler, Head of Arts Projects