Bridging Art, Science and Free Technology: Creative Citizen Participation in Indonesia’s New Democracy

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 18:00 - 19:30

This Macgeorge Visiting Speaker/Performer Award public lecture will be presented by multimedia artists Irene Agrivina and Tommy Surya, founding members of the multiple award-winning House of Natural Fiber (HONF) Foundation media art community in Yogyakarta.

The lecture will focus on HONF's creative community, ideas and projects since its establishment in 1999. It will address HONF’s collaborations with academics and professionals in various fields. The art community uses scientific research and DIY (Do It Yourself) and DIWO (Do It With Others) methods to create public interactive works. It attempts to expand the conventional parameters of art, and offer effective solutions for pressing issues of contemporary life.

In the lecture, HONF will present its latest project ‘GROW KITCHEN#2’. Based on the Javanese philosophical principles of Syekh Siti Djenar (1348-1439 AD) about the nature of life, science and creativity, this installation uses aquaponics and hydroponics systems, natural fermentation dye, DIY electronic circuits, DIY microbial fuel and algae fermentation to reflect on the origins of life, and to demonstrate that combinations of art, science and technology are possible.


Event type

Free Public Lecture


B120 Theatre, 207 Bouverie St, Parkville