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Heiho let’s go! I heard rumors that some people have been questioning about the exhibition #HLab14 will be having in the end of this main phase. Hehehe. I also do not know how it will exactly look like … But here’s what I have in mind: We will be exhibiting in a gallery space, not so white cube in the sense of its look/appearance, but it is a white cube in a broader sense of it It is the typical environment that I work around so I kind of can map the kind of people that will come to these type of spaces: In general, they are the art public. People who are used to coming to art shows therefore they are artsy and thinks that they know everything about art, especially contemporary arts. Though so, media art/new media art/bioart/whatever you wanna call it is not a common practice in this part of the world. Considering that, we will be speaking/using “the arts language/terms” for the exhibition-related publication and wall texts Our stance on the exhibition is that this is a (or one of the) way(s) to disseminate the idea of DIWO (Do It With Others/which is the extension of DIY) within the context of citizen initiative in arts and science. We chose to use the “citizen initiative” term because it is more open in the sense that it does not necessarily only to citizen science practices but also to cultural acts/movements/initiatives So the exhibition does not necessarily need finished objects nor projects, but it needs to highlight the three ecological nodes in #HLab14 and the participants’ collaboration surrounding that (be it projects or artworks/objects). Collaborative process and work is the of course one of the main keywords (I tend to avoid the term participatory because of its political stance within the arts) Currently, I have this imagination of exhibition format just to ease my mind. Haha. Please note, this is just an imagination, my imagination. The exhibition is generally divided to three ecological needs (forest, river, volcano); so basically its just like entering a small Jogja by its ecologies. What is shown is instructions and kits of stuff that people can make (or interact with); e.g. MAKE YOUR OWN SMOKE BOMB - instructions, kit on a table, and a space to tryout what people have made. So it is pretty much adopting the common form of educational exhibition though it will not stop there. Some of the on-going projects will definitely resulted in a form of presentable project/artwork (for that we would most probably show the process and develop further discussions on the topic) The exhibition is OF COURSE open for whatever mediums; video, performance, painting, sculpture, object, pure data, yadda yadda yadda… Before I use my imagination too much—and at some point it might be useless too—; that is it for now… Shoot some ideas if you guys have any! Both on the form and also conceptually about the exhibition! I will start working on Langgeng Art Foundation (Gallery 2) from April 22 Cheers! Grace I am going to repeat this stuff related to the spatial use and infrastructures for the exhibition: I have 15 bases/tables 1 meter tall 12 of it is 28x28cm and 3 of it is 28x42 cm All objects will be put on those bases I also have 10 flat lcd tv/monitors (8 of them are reserved already for (6), (7), (8), (16); so currently only 2 is left! who needs it? be quick! :p :p) There will be exhibition guides (volunteers during the whole exhibition period, so for stuff that needs instructions/demo, you can also bring it on) I do not have LCD projectors and am avoiding it due to spatial reasons I would avoid mounting photographs on walls or generally putting anything on the wall We can hang not so heavy stuff (max 5 kgs)
The Philosophy of Constant Waiting, Chapter 7 Yogyakarta
Sound installation (Two pairs of speakers, cable extensions and two MP3 players)
Description: Collecting field-recordings of three ecological nodes as well as from the constitution of HLab14, using those recordings as acoustic seeds to feed into a self-designed digital audio patch and composing improvisationally the soundscape, and sculpting the attributions of their spaces, that is, situating the known to unknown.
Future plans: Reconnecting memories and imaginations for personal soundscape archive, apply to other performances and installations.
Keywords: Soundscape, acousmatic, culture, nature
Yogya Natto Making
Installation of fermented soybean in petri dish, dried rice, straw, photo
By Ai Hasegawa
Description: This project is try to make a Natto with Yogyakarta rice straw, soy beans and local bacteria. This would help to know if there is Natto making bacteria in Yogyakarta.
Nattō is a traditional healthy Japanese food made from soy beans fermented with Bacillus subtilis (Known as hay bacillus or grass bacillus, is a Gram-positive, catalase-positive bacterium.)
It is popular especially as a breakfast food with hot white rice. Although, Nattō smells bad, like someone’s feet and slimy texture.
Let's make and eat the Yogya Natto!
Future plans: Make a better one which is tasty and safer!
Keywords: Bacteria field research, fermented food
An Exchange of Words
Video installation comprising five synced Raspberry Pis; five monitors; a router; and Aninnen network
Description: This video installation recreates a discussion between five international participants of HackteriaLab 2014. This project was inspired by the fleeting nature of conversations and the difficult task of preserving these critical discussions.
Future plans: Make it into a full length installation and complete final video that can be shared and viewed online.
Hurdi Gurdi Grade
Live installation comprising microscope, sensors, LCD Screens, micro controllers, DC Motor, tray and Hurdi Gurdi
Description: It is a bioacoustic instrument that looks the interface between non-humans and human cultural artifacts. This work is a continuation of the akustikologi project. Akustikologi itself is a platform for artists, designer, hackers, makers, musicians, and scientists to work on acoustic technology and related issues. The exploration of sonic possibilities has always been an integral part of hackteria and hackterialab, and akustikologi is a continuation of that tradition.
Future plans: We hope that the [Akustikologi] network will extend with more collaborators and partners.
Keywords: Bio Acoustic, tardigrade, akustikologi, collaboration, interface