Singapore & the World: World War Two and the Technologies of Perception

The Salon,
Level 1
6.30pm (2 hour session)
Free admission with registration
Join Associate Professor John W.P. Philips from the National University of Singapore, as he looks at how technology has helped transform Singapore and the world as we perceive it today.
world war two and the technologies of perception

Rapid developments in military technology during World War Two have filtered into everyday life, between then and now. This same technology underlies the story of the internet, social media and smart phones. Based on original research by Associate Professor John W.P. Philips, this lecture will look at how technology has helped transform Singapore and the world as we perceive it today. 

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About the Speaker

John W.P. Philips teaches at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has written about art, literature, philosophy, science and technology. He has published extensively on the connections between modern art and military technology, and is currently completing a book on the symbolism of dawn, which follows variations on the theme of the rising sun in philosophy, literature, art and music.

Image courtesy of John W. P. Philips.


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About Singapore and the World

Covering topics related to history, design, art, music, food and technology, Singapore and the World is a programme that focusses on the historical and contemporary connections that link Singapore to the world. Brought to you by the National Museum of Singapore and its key cultural partners, the different multi-disciplinary events that make up this programme are an opportunity to celebrate the commonalities and differences that make the world a vibrant and diverse place, providing new insight into Singapore’s place in global history.

Family Time

Take a trip through 700 years of Singapore's history with your little ones with our Family Time Guide to find out how life in this Lion City has changed over the centuries. On your journey, you will meet various historical figures as well as landmark objects in each phase of Singapore's history. Explore how people from different communities used to live, their aspirations and how they helped shape the Singapore we see today.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!

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