The Art+Media Group explores innovative methods for communicating Earth science to a wide audience. We also develop and produce a number of artworks and media projects inspired by natural hazards.
We create documentary films, art projects, interactive games, and educational media. Most of our projects are presented in this site and many can be accessed using the menu on the left or the links below.
The Art+Media Group is a research and production group at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS). The group is mostly composed by artists, animators, coders, and filmmakers, and is led by Prof. Isaac Kerlow, Principal Investigator. Many of our external collaborators are in Asia and Southeast Asia including China, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, and Thailand. We also collaborate with individuals and institutions all over the globe including, for example, Chile, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.
The mission of the Earth Observatory of Singapore is to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami and climate change in and around the region, toward safer and more sustainable societies.
People of the Forest: Orang Rimba is the newest short film by Isaac Kerlow and the Art+Media Group at the Earth Observatory of Singapore. Watch the official trailer here:
HAZE, it’s complicated… presents the points of view of oil palm farmers, scientists, activists and officials involved in the haze pollution created by the burning of the peatland in Sumatra, Indonesia, to clear the land for oil palm farming. The documentary feature film was premiered in early 2018.
Some of our documentary films include The Nepal Ratu River Expedition, and Mayon: The Volcano Princess. The Nepal film examines the tectonic fault along the Himalaya in the context of creating a more sustainable Nepal. Mayon is a film about the people who live around the most active and most destructive volcano in The Philippines.
Our interactive games feature Earth Girl, a smart and action-loving character who helps her community survive natural disasters. Earth Girl Volcano is the newest game in the series. Earth Girl 2: Preparing for the Tsunami was recognized by the Singapore National Research Foundation as a top interactive media project in the 2014 Sciences and Technologies Showcase.
Our educational media includes the Merapi Interactive eBook, a project that focuses on the Earth science and the culture of Mount Merapi in Java, Indonesia.
The Knowledge Capsules are a collection of short and very short films, oftentimes used in the classroom as examples of current research. These snippets of Earth science encapsulate in under 5-6 minutes the essence of a researcher’s work or a specific project.
A few of our projects have been inspired by the unpredictability of nature and our occasional negative impact on the environment. See Sudden Nature for the former and CHANGE and SHADOWS for the later.
The EOS ART Projects include six projects inspired by Earth science and natural hazards, developed by visiting artists between 2010-2013.
Funding for our work is provided by the AXA Research Fund, the National Research Foundation, Nanyang Technological University, the Ministry of Education, private donors, and sometimes money from our own pockets.