Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Smart textile @ crosslab (Rotterdam)

Yesterday I have been in Crosslab in Rotterdam for a talk about fashion and technology.

There were presentations of some projects in a DIY craft style (very hype nowadays). I liked very much the presentation of Meg Grant, who did a very nice and simple top with leds called " See-thru-me.

Another presentation, not so exciting was the Dutch/American artist Annet Couwenberg. For almost 3 months she worked together with Marisol Trowbridge and students on an interactive (textile) art piece. Point of departure were conversations (sewing sessions) with Turkish migrant women. Via this special form of dialogue they talked about themes like fashion, politics, hope, beauty and cultural diversity. Though the theme is relevant, specially in Netherlands, She felt in lots of cliches concerning the duch and islam culture. The project was not clear and the output not so interesting. Well.... I admire her enthusiasm but maybe in the next time. This work did not touch me ;-(

Another presentation was a livingroom made by students that created several non convencional switches that turned on several strange electronic devices. Funny, but I again missed the point ;-(

see-thru-me from Sneaker Peet on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 18, 2010



“That the modernist tradition of progress and ceaseless extension of the frontiers of innovation are now dead. Originality is dead. The avant-garde artistic tradition is dead. All religions and utopian visions are dead and resistance to the status quo is impossible because revolution too is now dead. Like it or not, we humans are stuck in a permanent crisis of meaning, a dark room from which we can never escape. Humans will not be visible, humans will be invisible. (Inspired by Kalle Lasn's Contemporary Society) - Irene Agrivina, 2010”

The House Of Natural Fiber (HONF) are proudly to present Cellsbutton#04: Invisible Cells - Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival. Cellsbutton#04 will take the theme of “Invisible” as part of Education Focus Program curriculum in 2010. Cellsbutton#04 will consist 12 days duration of the festival, focussing on educative artistic activities engaging local and global development and application in art, science and technology. As an annual international community-base festival, Cellsbutton#04 will be a cross-collaborative starting platform for international artists, communities, scientists, researchers, lecturers, inventors, theorists, activists practitioners, to exchange knowledge that beneficial for the society.

Cellsbutton is an annual community-base organized international media art festival in Yogyakarta, Indonesia initiated by HONF. Since it was started in August 2007, Cellsbutton became the first international media art festival in Indonesia that focus on education. Cellsbutton act as a platform that connect international artist with interdisciplinary people in Indonesia to expand limitless creations and innovations through media art. As part of HONF Education Focus Program [EFP], Cellsbutton is set to became HONF primary instrument to provide the proper dissemination of knowledge, information and networking in media art for the general public in Indonesia especially Yogyakarta; a special province that contain great deal potential of intellectuality from various disciplinal backgrounds and famous as a center for Indonesian higher education. The organizing of the festival was done through the collaboration with the support from local creative communities in Yogyakarta.

The House Of Natural Fiber
The House Of Natural Fiber (HONF) is a media art laboratory run by a community in Yogyakarta. They implemented a methodology called Open - Community which is mostly concerned to the needs of cross-collaborative actions responding to technology development and practical use in daily life. In the beginning, they started as a young community with various backgrounds and ideals. They want to do whatever they wish, but with a natural inclination to create by the spirit of togetherness. There is no ambition to work simply for personal profit. They create for themselves, their family, and their environment. This is the basis for the first actions and commitment between them. Since 1999, they concentrate on the principles of critique and innovation. Thinking forward, positive and creative is becoming a vision for HONF. In the implementation of this vision, in every program, they work towards the development of art with technology. This desire to contemplate the future of technology and art is an important endeavor for the technology itself.

Education Focus Program (EFP)
EFP is a curriculum that act as a guideline for every HONF activities that is innovated responding the global situations and conditions in Indonesia. EFP concentrate on interdisciplinary knowledge exchanges and collaborations in critical analysis towards local and global issues and creating innovative ideas to seek solutions toward it. EFP main objective is to build a modern mind and mentality of society by bridging art, science and technology that is useful in processing local potentials into beneficial outputs for the society based on human uses and urgent needs. In the implementation of EFP programs, HONF use Open-Community form, a methodology that invites local communities in Yogyakarta to take various roles accordingly to their ability and competency, which allows them to be involved in the activities with HONF acted as navigator. This method is chosen, as community is a primary working method that is used by the society in Indonesia at the present time. It is also enabling EFP to be a generic infrastructure that enhance and amplify the dissemination of knowledge to involving communities and wide range society. EFP programs are presented in informal educative platforms that are accessible by the society to overcome the current Infrastructures and curriculum of overall education system in Indonesia that is far from efficient.

Invisible seeks sustainable actions that were created to systematically expand or convert accessible technology and generic infrastructure to be used as multifunctional and cross-functional tools. Invisible will try to reveal innovation and creation that is developed in response to local and global situations and conditions. Invisible then will challenge the application and how art could function between artists and society in responding how it reaction could be achieve from suitable and crucial action rather than emphasizing the existence of the actor.

How to Apply
Please send an email to before 25 May 2010 an A4 size pdf format files containing information of:
1. Applicant’s Name
2. Applicant’s Short Biography (100 words max)
3. Project Title to be presented in Cellsbutton
4. Project Description
5. Brief Explanation on how the project would be beneficial to local communities

Term and Condition
HONF will provide place to stay, 1 meal per day and local transportation for Cellsbutton#04 schedule of activities. For international transportation HONF could only provides a letter of invitation to support and letter of recommendation for the participants to get funding. As the Official Office and meeting point during the festival, HONF lab will be open for every participant as the gathering place, studio and meeting point.

1. openCELLS : opening act of Cellsbutton
2. cellSONIC : special audiovisual performance act of Cellsbutton
3. cellsDISCO : club party, VJ gathering/VJ School
4. cellsOUTING : meet the fibers!
5. cellsKIT : DIY workshops, researches and presentations
6. cellsPICNIC : “even God take a day off...”
7. Indonesia Bricolabs : international global network focussing on local and global development generic infrastructure incrementally develop by communities
8. cellsKID : children workshop. Simple art - simple technology - fun learning and nourishing activity
9. breakcore_LABS : open platform for experimental music and audiovisual performance
10. The fibers : platform for collaboration and researches between media labs and creative communities
11. EA Channel Meeting : exchanging informations on global and local networking
12. cellsLIVING : pre-Cells and post-Cells residency program. Collaborating with local creative communities
13. cellsRADIO : sharing information & knowledges through radio frequency
14. offBUTTON : off - file not found (closing party)

Now and then...
“We’re looking for the invisible! And with togetherness we’ll overcome the invisible and become one! With this start, we see Cellsbutton#04 – Invisible Cells as our destination in presenting beneficial outputs in both directions to outer our communities and inside. Learning and progressing as our curriculum of Education Focus Program (EFP) have helped us in evolving and adjusting our role to accommodate the local communities for the last 10 years. We have reached a milestone more than we have expected, but thousands waits in our path. We realized that we are small, but from those small things we have evolved. For a new step and beginning of The House of Natural Fiber in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, we devoted ourselves think the unthinkable, to touch the untouchable and to see the invisible. One minor step we take in 2010 for our remaining long and distant path.” (/microCELLS - A Prelude To Cellsbutton#04: Invisible Cells - Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival 2010)

Welcome to the invisible cells!!!

andreas siagian
the house of natural fiber [HONF]
yogyakarta new media art laboratory
jl. wora wari a 80/6 baciro 55252
yogyakarta indonesia
p: +628175471005
url: http;//

Monday, April 12, 2010

Plantas Parlantes - Gilberto Esparza and Recycle-x

The day I arrive from Mexico I started to work with the recycle-x team and Gilberto on an interactive sound sculpture or something like this.

It was a week of production and last saturday was the oppening.

You can check the recycle-X HERE.
more about Gilberto Esparza HERE.
more about plantas parlantes SOON.
more about the exhibition: HERE.