Just a few decades ago, it was still common to complete an assignment using pen and paper instead of a computer and to play with physical toys rather than a handheld device. Fast forward to today, where technology now plays an indispensable role in our daily lives, and pivotally transformed the ways in which we live, work, play, and socialize. We are more “switched on” today than ever, and connected to a vast network of technology and gadgets than we could have possibly imagined back then.
At On/Off we step into this immersive showcase and explore how everyday technological tools changed and shaped the lives of Singaporeans from the 1970s to the 2000s. Set against the backdrop of the nation’s industrialization and rapid transformation period, the showcase takes visitors through familiar local settings at home, work and other social spaces with a small, yet specially curated selection of technology icons from Singapore’s past. These include the typewriter and personal computer, as well as telecommunications and entertainment devices such as the payphone, pager, and the technicolour television set.
You can look forward to getting to know and reconnecting with some of these technologies, through several themed installations with complementary gamified experiences including an escape room activity.
National Museum of Singapore
Address: 93 Stamford Rd
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