Look inside MOD., Adelaide’s New ‘Museum Of Discovery’

Walk through a tunnel of light, talk to an animatronic head and watch artworks come to life using AR.

Adelaide’s newest museum, MOD. at UniSA, opened last week on the western side of North Terrace. Entry is free to its six galleries that explore where art, science and innovation meet.

Highlights include ‘Josh’, an animatronic head modelled on the face of an Adelaide teenager; ‘Our Sky’, which looks at the science of astronomy through Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal perspectives, and ‘Feeling Human’, which invites people to test their perception of pain by sitting in a chair that emits subtle electric shocks (tip: get family or friends to try it out – it affects people differently).

You can also walk through a tunnel of light in ‘Birds and Bees’, which examines the differences between human and animal perception and spatial navigation; and watch still visual art come to life using AR technology in ‘Prosthetic Reality’. The strangest exhibit of all, though, might be ‘Transfigurations’ – a series of silicone babies ‘modified’ to adapt to medical, social and environmental issues that could arise in the future.

MOD. is walking distance from Uni SA’s Innovation & Collaboration Centre, fast becoming the most forward-looking corner of Adelaide and home of this year’s HWA LAB. A chance at a share in $85,000 of SA Government grants, mentoring from world-class mentors and the opportunity to network are just a few of the reasons why anyone with a tech-related idea should apply. Applications are open now.

Hybrid World Adelaide takes place from 20 – 24 July. Early bird Tech Conference tickets are on sale now for a limited time.