One of the most ambitious new museums in the country has opened its doors to the public and is set to challenge everything people expect from the “museum” experience.
The futuristic museum of discovery, MOD., is located in the UniSA Cancer Research Institute on North Terrace.
It is hoped that MOD. will give people aged 15-25 experiences that will change their perceptions of science, partly through a fusion with art, and has an ambitious target of 200,000 annual visitors within three to five years.
Visiting the museum would also help to break down barriers for young people from families who had never been to university, she says.
The museum’s permanent centrepiece is a giant animated globe which at the touch of a screen transforms from the Earth into the sun, moon or any of the planets.
The globe, known as Science On a Sphere (SOS), can show hundreds of other datasets including atmospheric storms, changes in sea levels and ocean temperatures, the migration paths of sea turtles, as well as light pollution, global navigation paths or marine migration all in real time.
MOD.’s first exhibition, MOD.IFY, promises to take audiences on an immersive and unexpected journey that will challenge what they think they know about what it means to be human. Visitors can explore artificial worlds and augmented realities, challenge perceptions of pain and injury, be part of stories about space and place and consider what makes them human versus animal or machine.
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One gallery devoted to the exploration of pain has chairs, left, that deliver light electric shocks to daring visitors under coloured lights and distracting pictures, showing how perception of pain changes under different conditions.
In another, a disarming animatronic head, modelled on an 18-year-old Adelaide boy, “wakes up” and speaks as visitors approach, posing questions about artificial intelligence and the differences between man and machine.
The most confronting exhibit is a series of lifelike, yet strangely enhanced, sculptures of babies, each with a feature designed to help it thrive under future conditions.
One has extra folds of skin on its head for faster heat dissipation, so it could grow up to work in high temperatures in a world hit by global warming.
MOD. is open from midday to 6pm Tuesdays to Thursdays; from midday to 8pm Fridays; and from 10am to 4pm on weekends. Admission is free.