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Since 2007, Science Museum Arts Projects has developed temporary exhibitions which explore and challenge ideas, histories, philosophies and processes of science, medicine, engineering and technology.
Since 1997, Science Museum Arts Projects has developed temporary exhibitions, socially engaged participatory and events with contemporary artists working across all media.
Since 1996 the Science Museum has commissioned contemporary artists to study the Museum’s historic collections and create a body of work inspired by the rich resources the Museum has to offer. These residencies are a vital way of offering artists the opportunity to reinterpret the collections by presenting them in an artistic context and offering visitors an alternative way of exploring scientific thoughts and processes.
The Science Museum's Dana Centre is a café bar for adults to take part in exciting, informative and innovative discussions about contemporary science, technology and culture. It's the place for experimental dialogue events, blending the best from science, art, performance and multimedia to provoke discussion. Dana invites experts from all disciplines across the sciences and the arts to explore issues of the day with its audience. Science Museum Arts Projects regularly commissions artist-led projects for Dana.
Artists have a long history of working as and alongside engineers and other technologists to challenge and develop new forms of software and hardware and to question emerging uses for existing technologies. Software art is made by, with or about electronic, digital and other unstable or fast-evolving media. Four pioneering examples of software art were commissioned for Digitopolis, which occupied the second floor of the Wellcome Wing from 2000 until 2006. The Digitopolis gallery was an in-depth exploration of the then-emerging digital technologies, and the surprising and astonishing influences they were having on contemporary society. The gallery invited visitors to question the ways in which new technologies are changing our experience of the world. Moeller, Rokeby, Elliott and Jones-Morris's works are in the Museum's collection even though the gallery is no longer open.