From CGI-heavy comic book and action movies, to video games, iPhones, and smart fashion, there’s no question of technology’s inextricable link with pop culture.
But what came first? The technology, or the culture? While the claim that Jules Verne famously created the submarine in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea has been disproven, many other inventions and technologies still in use today were originally conceived in works of fiction.
From now until May 1, you can explore how pop culture has influenced growing advancements in technology at Space Center Houston’s POPnology spring exhibit.
“Witness science fiction turn into science fact in our all-new spring exhibit, POPnology, on display Feb. 19 – May 1,” the museum writes on its website.
Through a series of immersive series and interactive displays, visitors can track the links between pop culture and technology at POPnology as well as the imagination and engineering that went in to the creative process.
“Explore how innovative thinking, inspired by the stories and movies we love, has led to technological advances that revolutionize the way we live and work.”
The experiences, developed by Stage Nine Exhibitions, include handling a Mars Rover simulation, watching a live 3D printing demonstration, and interacting with some of the most innovative Sci-fi features of their time – including Alien, E.T., and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
POPnology is now on display at Space Center Houston from now until May 1.
For other local exhibits, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is presently showcasing the “largest and most comprehensive exhibition of works” ever of renowned mathematical artist, M.C. Escher.
Additionally, you can transport yourself back to Ancient Egypt at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s world premiere exhibition, Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs exhibition. Opened this past November, this world premiere exhibition combines priceless Egyptian artifacts with cutting-edge technology, creating an experience in equal parts educational and exhilarating!