Venzha Christ / HONF

Indonesia Media Art / HONF projects

HONFablab / Fablab Yogyakarta

HONFablab / Fablab Yogyakarta

Fab Lab (FABrication LABoratory) is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication, which is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything". This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.

Fablab is a local laboratory connected with other Fablabs around the world in a global network where everyone can engage in a creative learning process, share ideas and techniques, and even open their design among one another.

Fablab Yogyakarta, commonly known as HONFablab, was created in accordance with the vision and mission of the House of Natural Fiber (HONF)'s EFP (Education Focus Program). The EFP is a program carried out by HONF and conducted independently during a period of more than 10 years.

The EFP is a curriculum that concentrates on interdisciplinary scientific exchange and collaboration in the critical analysis of issues that arise from existing circumstances. This triggers the processing of innovative ideas to find the best solution for the problems. The EFP mainly aims to build an open mindset and mentality in society by bridging the arts, science and technology through educational activities in a continuous nature.

The House of Natural Fiber (HONF), the Netherlands-based Waag Society, local authorities and guests celebrated the Fablab Yogyakarta grand opening in its new office in Jl Taman Siswa, Yogyakarta on Friday, July 29th, 2011. HONFablab, the moniker with which Fab Lab Yogyakarta is known, is the result of a collaboration between HONF and Waag Society. It is also the first amongst a number of Fab Labs to be established in the South East Asian region, as stated by the MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms Director Neil Gershenfeld via video conference.

(posted by venzha christ - all pics courtesy of HONF Foundation)
2012/12/18 05:20

Cellsbutton#05: Institutional Cells - Yogyakarta Interna...

thanks for all participants and audiences

Institutional Cells
Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival 2011


Swiss Mechatronic Art Society (SGMK)
Kartoenbitjara Indonesia
Kampung Halaman
FabLab International Network
CIANT (International Centre for Art and New Technologies)
Common Room Network Foundation
Video Vortex | Institute of Network Cultures
Asialink | Arts Queensland and Austrialia-Indonesian Institute
WAAG Society
QCA | Queensland Collage of Art
SEAD | Space Ecologies Art and Design
Thedeo Mix Blood
Fablab Amsterdam
Sky Needle
Urban Space
Cured Pink
sasayaka political action group
Motion Projects | Prosthetic Engineering


UGM | Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta
USD | Sanata Dharma University Yogyakarta
NUS | National University of Singapore
Unair | Airlangga University
PETRA Surabaya
UKDW | Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana Yogyakarta
ITS | Institut Teknologi Surabaya
UI | Unniversitas Indonesia
Unpar | Universitas Parahyangan Bandung
UPN Veteran | Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Surabaya
WdKA | Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam
Kunstochschule des Landes Hansen
NAFA | Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
College of design & Innovation,TongJi university Shanghai
Lasalle College of The Arts Singapore

Video Vortex

IVAA | Indonesia Visual Art Archieve
KUNCI Cultural Studies Center
OK Video
KKF | Kedai Kebun Forum
LAF | Langgeng Art Foundation
Ruang Rupa
Forum Lenteng
FFD | Festival Film Dokumenter


Lap. Bakung Baciro, Yogyakarta
JNM | Jogja National Museum
TBY | Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Via Via Cafe
USD | Sanata Dharma University
LAF | Langgeng Art Foundation
IVAA | Indonesia Visual Art Archive
UGM | Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta
KKF | Kedai Kebun Forum
GATE store
secret beach (yeah!)


THANKS THANKS THANKS .....................


2011/08/03 04:13

HONFablab Coming on July 2011

HONFablab Coming on July 2011

About HONFablab and History

HONFablab Equipments

Starting on this July 2011, HONF (ID) and Waag Society (NL) will host HONFablab, a FabLab project in Yogyakarta as the first Fablab in Indonesia and even in South East Asia! HONFablab project is funded by NL EVD, through Indonesia facility program (INDF), which will come in 5 Result Phases during 3 years duration of time. Those result are Creative Research, Creative Incubation, Health Care, Dissemination and Communication.

During March 2011, HONF and Waag Society held grand meeting, as "kick-off meeting" in Yogyakarta as part of the Result Phase 1. The meeting conducts a series of final planning on each results, local materials and hardware research, legal setup and final agreement between each sides in the establishment of HONFablab in Yogyakarta.

HONFablab Kick Off Meeting
After planning process, the realization of HONFablab started in March 2011, with the initiation of the Kick Off Meeting between Waag Society and HONF in Yogyakarta Indonesia. Bart Tunnissen as Legal Officer, Karen Van der Moolen as a Board Member, Paulien Melis as Program Manager, and Alex Schaub as Fablab Guru delegates meet with Venzha as director HONF, Tommy Surya as HONFablab Project Manager, Irene Agrivina as Board Member, Luthfie Hendaru as Legal Officer, and supported the coordinator for activities that will be conducted by HONFablab.

Meetings and negotiations are going professionally as well as personally. Both sides start with a good portion to resolve a favorable resolution and agreement for future cooperation in a short amount of time in the meeting. The future cooperation is marked with a mutual agreement contract from the Waag Society, which is signed by Bart Tunnisen, and HONF, which is signed by Venzha. The agreement itself is witnessed by HONF and Waag Society members. The contract was then sent to EVD as a legal basis for cooperation between the three parties.

With the signing the contract, marking the third parties is legally and official to build HONFablab in Yogyakarta, as well as running the mission and vision in accordance with the proposals. It is expected that everything will go smoothly as planned. It is also expected in the future HONFablab provide substantial positive impact for the advancement of knowledge, social, education, culture that are local in Indonesia in particular and the global world in general.

A space has been set up for the HONFablab, Fablab Yogyakarta. Located at Jalan Taman Siswa 59, one of busy traffic area in Yogyakarta which aimed to establish a creativity, entrepreneurship, education and empowerment to local communities, and society.

About HONFablab and History

HONFablab Equipments

2011/06/18 02:21

The First Asia-Pacific DIYbio & Bioart meeting: Democrat...

The First Asia-Pacific DIYbio & Bioart meeting: Democratising the Laboratory

Yogyakarta, 24 - 25 April 2011
- HONF lab
- Gadjah Mada University (UGM)


People doing strange things in their kitchens and bathrooms? ‚ "My home is my lab" movement? Global exchange of biotech kits and protocols, playing with genome and creating synthetic organisms for pets, using lab tools when cooking and transforming kitchens into biotech labs, these are just some of the faces of the global pop biotech. Artists, designers and scientists across the region translate scientific protocols into art manifests, create sculptures from tissues, help local communities with low cost and low tech protocols, do performances with DNA and installations from biotopes. We will meet to probe the territory between public, private and lab spaces and discuss various forms of biohacking, biopunk, bioart and molecular gastronomy. How relevant are these citizen science practices for innovation and how can they support local communities? What are some new design and art ideas related to biotechnologies? How can we involve critical design practices in bioethics discussions? How can these probes and experiments enable local communities? We will cook, brew, play and hack in order to discuss the potential of DIYbio and BioArt in the region.


* Irfan Dwidya Prijambada - Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta (UGM), Indonesia
* Donny Widianto - Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta (UGM), Indonesia
* Denisa Kera - National University of Singapore
* Ionat Zurr - SymbioticA, University of Western Australia
* Romie Littrell - DIYBio Los Angeles, USA
* Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara - BCL, Japan & Austria
* Angelo Vermeulen - Biomodd network
* Jo Tito, New Zealand
* Marc Dusseiller - Hackteria network
* The House Of Natural Fiber (HONF) Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Day/Date/Location: Sunday/24 April 2011/7.00PM - 12.00AM (GMT +07.00)/HONF

* Presentation Denisa Kera - DIYbio & Food Hacking in South-East Asia
* Presentation Ionatt Zurr - SymbioticA
* Presentation HONF - Intelligent Bacteria on Education Focus Program
* Teleconference: Georg Tremmel & Shiho Fukuhara - BCL

Day/Date/Location: Monday/25 April 2011/8.00AM - 09.40AM (GMT +07.00)/Pusat Antar Universitas UGM

* Presentation Denisa Kera - Post Biology and Posthumanism
* Presentation Ionatt Zurr - Tissue Culture and Art Project
* Presentation Romie Littrell - Safety and Security of Biotechnology

Day/Date/Location: Monday/25 April 2011/7.00PM - 12.00AM (GMT +07.00)/HONF

* Presentation Romie Littrell - Piracy of the Age of DIYBio
* Presentation Irfan Dwidya Prijambada dan Donny Widianto - Biotechnology Practices for Society
* Teleconference: Angelo Vermeulen - Biomodd Network
* Teleconference: Jo Tito
* Teleconference: Marc Dusseiller - Hackteria Network

(all pics by HONF)


2011/05/12 02:22

HONF the winner of transmediale award 2011

(texts and pics taken from transmediale website and related links)

The jury for the transmediale Award 2011 have nominated seven outstanding art works from among an impressive pool of over 1000 entries submitted from around the world, covering a broad range of digital and media arts practice. The jury selections reflect visionary and innovation expression, originality in practice and exemplary in their contributions to the discourse that address our technological, societal and global digital cultures. The nominated works, cover new online, performative, time based, interactive and collaborative digital works reflecting upon the complex and current themes defining today's artistic and cultural landscapes.

Award Winners 2011

At the Award Ceremony Stephen Kovats first welcomed Prof. Dieter Daniels who gave a short speech and address. Next Stephen introduced Kristoffer Gansing who will join us from Sweden to become the new artistic director of transmediale. Finally jury member Micz Flor, Claudia Becker of the _Vilém_Flusser_Archiv in Berlin and Mark Surman, Mozilla CEO and this year's speaker at the Marshall McLuhan Lecture, moderated the ceremony and talked us through all of the 14 nominated artworks and projects. At last they handed over the three prizes.

And the winners are.............

The House of Natural Fibre (HONF)
were honoured with the transmediale Award for their installation Intelligent Bacteria – Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Join them on Sunday night, 6 February, when they perform their bacteria orchestra in the HacKaWay in one of the closing events of transmediale.11!

Jordan Crandall is this year's winner of the Vilém Flusser Theory Award. A few days ago he presented his written piece GATHERINGS 1: EVENT, AGENCY, AND PROGRAM in a performance lecture at the Auditorium.

The public voting for the Open Web Award ended on Saturday night 4 February with Evan Roth having scored the highest amount of votes. With a total of 415 votes his project Graffiti Analysis / Graffiti Markup Language is the first project to ever be awarded the Open Web Award, a new collaboration between transmediale and Mozilla / Drumbeat. Evan himself couldn't be there to receive the prize but had a friend read out a statement for him. Pointing out how difficult it can be in the arts to get proper financial support and funding Evan decided to split the award money of 5000 Euros between all of the three nominees in his category as a gesture towards the importance of projects of this kind.

Furthermore these works were honoured with a Distinction: Congratulation also to Christin Lahr for MACHT GESCHENKE: Das Kapital – Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie, by Les Liens Invisibles and Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez with her piece Digital Anthropophagy and the Anthropophagic Re-Manifesto for the Digital Age as well as the trio of FLOSS Manuals for Booki and Dmytri Kleiner for thimbl !

some pics / documentation from HONF project
Intelligent Bacteria – Saccharomyces cerevisiae

(all pics by Jonathan Gröger / transmediale)


2011/03/28 19:37

Intelligent Bacteria - Saccharomyces Cerevisiae / IB : SC

Intelligent Bacteria - Saccharomyces Cerevisiae / IB : SC

Intelligent Bacteria is one of the research program in the Education Focus Program (EFP), which focuses on the collaboration between art and science. This program is the result of collaboration between HONF and a scientist community from the University of Gajah Mada (UGM) to explore the field of microbiology and biotechnology. Intelligence Bacteria have a main goal to bridge the practice, theories and innovative ideas from the fields of art and science to actualize it's application based on generic infrastructure and affordable technologies. This platform was built from a common vision to develop and integrate the two fields of disciplines to find new forms of innovation which refers to the needs of interdisciplinary actions for the wide society.


Based on the mass media in the past two months, numerous victims have died in vain due to unfortunate self-made alcohol drinks. Directly or not, this phenomenon occurred post the announcement of new regulation from the Ministry of Financial Department (PMK) No.62 of 2010 date 17/03 (Peraturan Menteri Keuangan (PMK) No.62 tahun 2010 tanggal 17/03) about the increasement in excise duty on alcohol. This regulation directly triggered expensive price in retail selling of alcohol drinks in the early of April 2010. Whereas the market segmentation of local traditional alcohol drinks is addressed to the diversified community low-middle economic community.

This phenomenon is mainly caused by the new regulation are causing the price of local produced alcohol drinks are unaffordable by the society. For example, the price of one bottle of Red Wine "Orang Tua" brand before the regulation was Rp. 15,000.00. After the new regulation, the price went up triple times as much as Rp. 45,000.00.

Self-made alcohol drinks in the market, in fact contain very dangerous substances. Research results from Forensic Laboratory of Kudus City Police Department in analyzing the self-made alcohol that caused the death of three people in Kudus last April, shows an amount of Methanol substance inside the drinks ( Based on the explanation from researchers at Microbiology Department of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) of Yogyakarta, Methanol substance inside the drinks are likely caused by unfavorable fermentation in the production. The type of alcohol produced from fermentation process that can be safely consumed in a certain amount is Ethanol. Unhygienic fermentation process can caused bacterial contamination causing Methanol to be produced as the alcohol product. If Methanol constantly consumed in certain amount of time, it can caused vision disorder to blindness, and even death.

The containment of Methanol produced from the producing of self-mad alcohol drinks by the society is mainly caused by the lack of knowledge from the society in the proper fermentation process. By these reason, HONF collaborate with researchers at Microbiology UGM Yogyakarta to conduct a research in introducing a proper and safe fermentation technology for the society. Hopefully, this technology can be used by the society in producing self-made alcohol that is safe for consumption.


Fermentation is a process of energy producing by microbes through the sugar molecules splitting in an anaerobic atmosphere. Anaerobic atmosphere is an atmospheric situation which Oxygen (O2) are not available in the area. In alcohol fermentation process, the microbes are commonly used is called Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In the process, Saccharomyces cerevisae will convert Sugar in to alcohol (Ethanol) and CO2. CO2 gas will be released in to the atmosphere, while alcohol (Ethanol) will remain in the container where the fermentation took place (Fermentor).

Normally, fermentation process lasts for 10 - 14 days, and the percentage of the alcohol (Ethanol) produced is less than 15%. This can be caused by many factors such as sugar content, room temperature, microbial properties, material density, water activities etc. Basically the main ingredient of the fermentation is the amount of sugar inside the fermentation materials. Thus, any material containing sugar can be used as a fermentation material.

Taste, flavor, and of course alcohol content (Ethanol) that is produced are dependable on the type of fermentation materials. In this research, HONF and UGM Microbiology Laboratory have tried several types of fruit as fermentation materials to evaluate the differences in taste, aroma, alcohol (Ethanol) grade that is generated and also production cost of the fermentation itself. Fruit that has been used as test subjects for fermentation materials are Pineapple, Chrysophyllum, Palm water, Salak, Mango and Soursop.

pics by different sources / HONF lab
2011/02/11 09:13

HONF in KIBLIX fest , Slovenia

TRIGLAV how are you? – greetings from Merapi

HONF in KIBLIX fest , Slovenia


Irene Agrivina & Adhari Donora (HONF)

TRIGLAV how are you? – greetings from Merapi
an interactive audiovisual installation exploring volcanic material properties and modi!ed technology



From 2002 to 2009 KIBLA Multimedia centre was gradually transforming the international, technically oriented open code festival Kiblix into a domain of art and education, its 9th edition in 2010 stepping into an even wider cultural and social field. Oriented into education, KIBLIX Festival is intended for secondary school and university students as well as expert and business audiences interested in information technology, open code, open society and contemporary trans-new-media art.

The programme-formal framework of the 9th edition (2010) is low technology, ecology, open code and dump, waste, i.e. Waste – Technology Minus, as indicated in its title.
Featuring exhibitions, ambient installations and a workshop spanning several days as well as discussions, round tables and a fashion show, and particularly, establishing cooperation and integration of new media and open code festival platforms at home and abroad, the 2010 edition of KIBLIX seeks to lay the foundations for abandoning the exhibition spaces mentioned in favour of the wide field of culture and society, and to launch the 2011 edition already in 2010.


Irene Agrivina & Adhari Donora (HONF)

Brief Description
TRIGLAV how are you? – greetings from Merapi

For this festival, The House Of Natural Fiber (HONF) present a new initiated project from the recent activities of mount Merapi. Since its’ erupted in 26 October 2010, mount Merapi in northern part of Yogyakarta has been stated as the most active volcano in the world.
Million thousands square cubics of materials was erupted from Merapi, destroying the villages inside 10 km of its’ range and forcing local people to evacuate to the nearest shelter. Its’ volcanic ashes have reached more than 30 km radius, covering several cities around Merapi, such as Solo, Magelang and of course, Yogyakarta. HONF and microbiology UGM are in the early phase of research to investigate Merapi volcanic ashes properties and its’ impact to the environments.

On this participation HONF present an interactive audiovisual installation exploring volcanic material properties and modi!ed technology. The installation will bring playful interactive system that explore the volcanic materials properties. A visual display of micro properties of the materials will also be projected in the installation. HONF will also give a presentation of the installation works, and interdisciplinary collaborations of open systems that HONF implemented in the community of Yogyakarta.

(pics by HONF)
2010/12/19 04:15

VENZHA CHRIST: 'S.A.T.U / Saturn Analogy of Trans Urgency'

(a report)

VENZHA CHRIST: 'S.A.T.U / Saturn Analogy of Trans Urgency'
a solo exhibition of VENZHA CHRIST
(a research project and media installation)
Galerija Kapelica, Kersnikova 4, Ljubljana
9th – 17th sept 2010

S.A.T.U. je eksperimentalna avdiovizualna instalacija, ki izhaja iz teorij heksagona. Instalacija je nastala kot raziskovanje geometričnih lastnosti in energijskih učinkov, ki so zajeti v teorijah heksagona. Pri tem je zvok oz. zvočne vibracije glavno raziskovalno orodje, s katerim se opazuje soodvisnost med energijami, geometrijo in živimi organizmi. Instalacija S.A.T.U. je ustvarjena z namenom, da bi dokazali obstoj in učinke energije, ki jo človeski čuti v naravi ne zaznavajo. Dejstvo, da vse stvari v vesolju vibrirajo, je v instalaciji glavno vodilo pri uporabi zvoka kot energetskega kazalca. Eksperimentiranje z rotiranjem zvočne mase in opazovanjem njenih učinkov v omejenem prostoru se v heksagonalni instalaciji kaže kot vrteči se energijski lijak.
Venzha Christ je raziskovalec, komponist in eksperimentalni DJ iz Yogyakarte v Indoneziji. Je ustanovitelj novomedijskega umetniskega laboratorija H.O.N.F. in vodja mednarodnega video festivala (YIVF) ter mednarodnega medijskega festivala CELLSBUTTON.

(imagine) Hyperdimensional Hexagon

Hexagon Intro
In geometry, Hexagon is a shape created from a polygonal with six edges and six
vertices. It’s symmetrical shape have been known existed in natural forms of life such as beehive honeycomb and turtle’s carapace. Hexagon also considered as one of the fundamental geometrical shapes in the structural of nature as it could be found in chemical compounds, crystal structures and snowflakes. It’s shape in chemistry appears as structural foundation of molecules, bonding diverse multi-atoms in to a stable composition. It’s characteristic shape that make efficient use of space, also makes hexagon shape is often used in structural engineering. Hexagon existed in all evolution of nature, as a base structure of the tiniest until the largest composition known to human and technology.
The six point foundation of Hexagon could also be drawn in to a hexagram, a symbol that contains historical, religious and cultural contexts from ancient civilization of human kind. In many ancient heritage throughout the world, hexagram emerge as a common symbols that is used in multicultural backgrounds. Even though there were many theory about why and what hexagon symbolize to the respective culture, the reason of the commonness of the symbols between them still remains a mystery. One of the most famous symbol that uses the basic geometry of hexa-polygonal is the flower of life, a composition of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles, that are arranged so that they form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry like a hexagon. In this shape, flower of life is found in diverse culture of human civilization. Flower of life symbols considered by to be a symbol of sacred geometry, said to contain ancient, religious value depicting the fundamental forms of space and time.

Hexagon on Earth
A depiction of “Flower of Life” in the eastern hemisphere shows a connection between 5 different places with great ancient civilization in the history. In one of the centre point, Java, Indonesia, Hexagon shape could be found in “Borobudur”, a ninth century Budhist temple and the largest Stupa in the world that is located in Central Java. The basic form of Borobudur structures is taken from the shape of Yantra, a hexagram Mandala shape from Hinduism and Budhism that symbolize a perfect meditative state of balance achieved between Man and God. As a structure symbol, the hexagon is universally used to represent the relationship in equality, variety, and divinity based in it’s basic shapes, symbols and characteristic. There are many more hexagon shapes in the universe and many theory on why and what creates the hexagon symbolize respectively to each culture. However, the reason of the similarity of the symbols between one and another is lost in the mist of antiquity and still remains a mystery until present time. Off course theories always create pro or contra by reviewing the evidence brought from the phenomenon. But on the other side, it also challenge a new way of thinking and new perspective from arguments and selfopinions which brings new theories. One could say that all of the appearance and facts are merely coincidence while another may say that its’ occurrence were created through an advance understanding of nature which beyond the comprehension of human in the present time.

Hexagon of Saturn
The most recent appearance of hexagon shape was seen on the planet Saturn. First captured in 1980 by “Voyager 1” (NASA spacecraft), the hexagon shape is still visualized in the northern pole of Saturn in 2006 by NASA’s spacecraft “Cassini”. The hexagon shape is formed by clouds of ammonia race anti-clockwise along the straight edges of the hexagon at over 300 miles per hour, making the 60 degree turns at the edges. The hexagon is enormous, measuring over 25,000 km across (wide enough to fit four planet earths from edge to edge inside it). The fact that the hexagon shape still exists after 26 years brought a conclusion that the shape is not a random natural occurrence in the universe like the early predictions from the scientists. This phenomenon later known as “Hexagon of Saturn” which still bring debates between scientists at the present time. NASA scientists have stated that they cannot identify the processes which formed and maintain the hexagon on Saturn’s surface, it has them baffled. Whether NASA scientists really are baffled – or simply unwilling to reveal the science will unfortunately also remain a mystery. However until now, there’s only one thing is certain; the existence of the hexagon shape is not merely an anomaly, but a structure created by an enormous natural form of energy where it’s appeared.
Further scientific investigation from “Hexagon of Saturn” showed the appearance of aurora along the hexagon is generated. It transmit radio waves emissions which captured both by “Voyager 1” and “Cassini” spacecraft. Scientists discovered that there is a descriptive similarity of aurora and sounds between Hexagon of Saturn to Earth’s Northern Light. It is already been discovered that the formation of aurora on planets is generated on the weak spots of planet’s magnetic field. It is allowing charged particles from the solar wind to penetrate into the atmosphere. This similarity conclude that the same aurora creation with different shape has proven that all planets have weak spots that could be analyzed by it’s magnetic field. One question remains is that what’s the main cause of it’s to appeared in a hexagonal shape on Saturn’s northern pole?

Hyperdimensional Hexagon
In many of the theories developed by the appearance of hexagon phenomenon, there are several that could be taken as interesting examples based with strong proof and theory that support it. The first theory is “Hyperdimensional Hexagon” from Richard C. Hoagland, where he stated that “Hexagon of Saturn” could only be explained by a form of physics which he called “Hyperdimensional Physics”. “Hyperdimensional Physics” believe that within our solar system , planets appear to be capable of outputting (or loss of) far more energy than they absorb from their nearest sun (even after taking into account internal chemical / nuclear reactions) leading to the conclusion that unseen dimensions exist from which, energy transfer can occur. “Hyperdimensional Physics” is Richard’s theory in explaining the appearance of planetary processes which result in the appearance of odd geometrical patterns visible on their surfaces. The appearance of hexagon also could be seen on the retreating polar ice cap on north pole of Mars and quasi-hexagon appearance in the north pole of Jupiter.

Hexagon and Cymatics
Second theory to explain “Hexagon of Saturn” was innovated long before the phenomenon was even discovered. The theory travelled long from the early beginning where Galileo Galilei notice that an oscillating body displayed regular patterns and wrote it in his 1632 book, "Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems". Later on in 1680, the discovery was supported with Robert Hooke, who was able to see the nodal patterns associated with the modes of vibration of glass plates. Hooke ran a bow along the edge of a glass plate covered with flour, and saw the nodal patterns emerge.
His work were later on repeated by Ernst Chladni repeated the work of Robert Hooke and published "Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges" ("Discoveries in the Theory of Sound"). In this book, Chladni describes the patterns seen by placing sand on metal plates which are made to vibrate by stroking the edge of the plate with a bow.
In the 1960s and '70s Swiss engineer and medical doctor Hans Jenny performed experiments using sound frequencies on various materials such as water, sand, dust, liquid plastic and milk. Dr. Jenny placed the material on a metal plate attached to a crystal oscillator which was controlled by a frequency generator capable of producing a wide range of vibrations. He then filmed and photographed what happened on the plate.
From low frequency sound induction on to the matter, a rather triangular rounded shape of was formed by the matter. The pattern are becoming more complex as the sound frequency risen up which in many, displaying hexagonal shapes. He coined the term Cymatics (the study of wave-form phenomena), which is derived from the Greek kyma (κύμα) meaning 'wave', and ta kymatica (τα κυματικά) meaning 'matters pertaining to waves'. To simplify the understanding, “Cymatics” is a study visual display of sound by induction to matters.

Hexagon and Frequency
Based from both theories, there is a connection that could be taken to explain the
reason for “Hexagon of Saturn” phenomenon. From analyzing the facts, Eruptive event in Saturn’s core send continuous frequency sound energy to surface which also triggers convection currents. The sound travel outwards of Saturn and reflects off ice particle palisade and stabilizes in a region of quiescence in the form of a stationary hexagon as a function of the sound frequency of the eruptive event and the diameter of ice particle palisade. The simplified the explanation, Saturn transmitted an enormous energy that is translated through a sound frequency and vibrates as its’ inducted the matters of the planet and formed a hexagonal shapes on the surface in the process.

Hexagon and Sounds
As sound is essentially a traveling wave and resonance, it’s a form of energy which travel through all matter in which it comes in to contact with. The easiest observation that could be made is by speaking closely to a water surface and we could observe currents it’s created. Particularly, sound means those vibrations composed of frequencies capable of being detected by human ears which is limited to frequencies between about 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz (20 kHz). Other species have different capabilities of hearing range from human, able to detect sounds that unheard but still captured by human censors. Human then classified the lower frequency from 20 Hz as infrasound and above 20kHz as ultrasound. However, sound cannot travel through vacuum but it could be interpreted by radio technology to cross the boundaries.

Hexagon and Vibrations
A yet unexplainable physics but interesting research might be a supportive proof for the explanation of sound frequency transmitted by “Hexagon of Saturn”. Dr. Masaru Emoto in his book “The Message from Water” conducted experiments the impact of sound induction to water. He discovered a different results of crystal formations on the water samples in his experiments based on the words used for the inductions. According to Emoto, Human slowly learned about various vibrations of the laws of nature that is learned through instinct and through experience. The vibration that is created through sounds influenced ''natural'' crystalline structures -- which are all based on the hexagon. In fact, the structure of all evolution in nature, from an informational perspective, is based on the hexagon. The reason hexagons are formed has to do with the chemical reaction of the benzene ring. Emoto believe that anything that lacks this basic hexagonal structure is out of accord with the laws of nature and holds a destructive vibration. So when we look at things that do not exist naturally -- things that have been created artificially -- many of them lack this hexagonal structure and so they have, which Emoto believe, a destructive vibration.
Emoto revealed the influence of sounds and vibrations to crystalline structures of water. However the experiments of sounds and vibrations influence to substances in human bodies are yet to be explored. Theoretically, Emoto’s experiments gave enormous questions of what human responses to different sounds and vibration. With the facts of every single things in universe is vibrating and resonating, we may conclude that human reacts to their surroundings either it consciously or subconsciously.

Sounds and Life-form
From all the theories that already presented, there is huge potential that subconsciously in our mind that our body recorded certain sounds and encrypted it with only our brain has the ability to decipher it. The most conscious explanations we could found is through words and musics and how every individual have different responds to it.
Certain words and musics are interpreted differently by our brain that later on sends different signal to parts of our body and mostly what human itself can detected easily, through emotions.
In everyday life we are surrounded by all different kind of sounds, captured and uncaptured by our sensors. Whether consciously or subconsciously we absorb it and react to it. From all matters that vibrating and transmitted a by-product which human classified it as unwanted sounds and use ‘noise’ as a term. In an environment that we already feel comfortable with, constant and inconstant, regular and irregular noise surround us in which our body and mind encrypted it subconsciously overtime. We somehow became friends to the noises and our censors have became dull or ignorant to the environment. But how do we react to a certain noise in an environment totally unfriendly or new to us?

(imagine) Hexagon
The installation will experiments every essential aspects of hexagon from its’ geometrical figures and energy to explore its’ theory in reality. Sounds as a form of energy will be the focus of the installation and exploration to the realization of interaction between energy, geometry and life. It will be a fundamental activity that accentuate the importance of reaction to energy in our environment. How do we experiments to ourself the boundaries of comfortable or relaxation in an environment? How do we translate and absorb the energy around us and how it will make us react? Or have we already lost the ability from ourselves to translate and transform the signal?


(all pics by venzha)

2010/11/02 21:29

upDATE 0.3 2010

upDATE 0.3
Yogyakarta | Surabaya | Bandung | Jakarta
A collaboration project between UrbanSpace - Ruang Rupa - Common Room - moddr_ - HONF
supported by Kunci Cultural Studies , Kahima Komunikasi Universitas Airlangga, Dewan Kesenian Surabaya and The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture

UPDATE 0.3 is a collaborative project in several cities in Indonesia in the form of presentations, discussions and performances. This project started from an initiative from HONF to establish sustainable and continuous connection with several groups/institutions/communities are active in the field of arts and culture in Indonesia. After Cellsbutton#04 in early August 2010, HONF would like to continue Education Focus Program (EFP) activities to the general public. One of it is the Media program which one of the objectives is to discuss the use of media and contemporary culture influenced with the rapid development of technology on the present time. Another aim is to introduce/strengthen the bond between involving members (groups/institutions/communities/alternative spaces) by exchanging presentations about the activities of each members to open ideas during Update 0.3.

In this project, HONF together with moddr_ have created an attempt to collaborate with Ruang Rupa Jakarta, Common Room Bandung and Urbanspace Surabaya. In October 2010, several members of HONF with moddr_ will held activities in several city in Indonesia such as: Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and Jakarta. The activities are:

1. Presentation + Discussion>> Media: Web 2.0 SuicideMachine

The use of social networks (in this case, Facebook), Indonesia has reached the third position in in the world with the highest Facebook users in 2010. More than 26 million registered user accounts came from Indonesia to the development of 2.4 million new users per month commencing from the beginning of 2010. This phenomenon is quite contrary to the awareness of various social media platforms (social networks) are fastly increasing in an effort to make everything we do on the internet can be tracked and opened, people began to feel uneasy with how much information about themselves that floats around the web and the amount of time to "pokes", "like" and the likes. But how do people in Indonesia really understand about this facts looking at the comparison of approximately 30 million internet user with 9 million mobile device users and more than 26 million Facebook accounts registered from Indonesia.

In the responds to fast increase global social media user, Web 2.0 SuicideMachine, a service to commit suicide in social network such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and LinkedIN was created by moddr_, a media lab based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Web2.0 SuicideMachine promises an easy and chiq way of getting rid of any social network by automatically cleaning all traces of yourself from your social media past. Danja Vasiliev, Gordan Savicic and Walter Langelaar of moddr_ will present some inside details surrounding the launch of their 'Web2.0 Suicide Machine' project, and the ensuing global media attention. Topics include the technical background of the project, the Facebook lawsuit/controversy, and the public's reactions and general discussion.

2. Workshops
- - Why Fi? workshop.
A workshop that will showcase the ease of cracking WEP/WPA wireless network encryptions as a way for understanding the risks of Wi-Fi networks and will provide participants with handy computer skill for the precarious offline times. Further on, easy ways of securing your own wireless environment will be taught.

- - VJ school program
A workshop on handy softwares for VJing tools, visual motion and interactive systems that is easy to use. The workshops will give several examples on visual programming software such as pure data and how to use basic visual programming to create interactive visual projections.

3. breakcore_LABS 0.9.x [series] performance

breakcore_LABS is an open platform for experimental electronic audiovisual art performances. As one part of the curriculum Education Focus Program (EFP), breakcore_LABS has the objective to provide a forum for experimental electronic audiovisual artists to open communication, expand the network and collaborate with one another. breakcore_LABS sustainably produced events - events, gigs, and parties to provide a forum for these artists to present and promote their works exclusively without loosing the spirit of togetherness in their production process. Overall, the work presents breakcore_LABS - audiovisual works that are still sound "aliens" for the public ear and package open for anybody interested to participate therein. Since its inception in the year 2008, breakcore_LABS has managed to produce 9 series breakcore_LABS music events and an international compilation cd.

About moddr_
moddr_ is a young and upcoming artistic medialab formed in Rotterdam in 2007. Since it's inception the lab has gained international recognition for innovative projects showcasing a subversive approach to new media and digital culture, culminating in the global success and media spectacle surrounding their "Web2.0 Suicide Machine" in 2010.

The moddr_core-team is Danja Vasiliev (NL/RU), Gordan Savicic (NL/AT) and Walter Langelaar (NL).

The name "moddr_" resembles the dutch word 'modder', meaning mud, a name also chosen to indicate that a large part of the lab's practice involves modification (modding) and re-creation of already existing technology. The lab's members found they share a general dislike to the idea of contemporary media being labeled 'new', and consider it part of their mission to display a critical perspective on issues related to this through their artistic practice.
Basically the lab consists of some very geeky fine-artists...

The output of the moddr_lab consists of hard- and software development, lectures and workshops, public exhibitions/performances/events, collaborative and individual artistic projects - and/or any possible combination of the above.
The lab is part of a larger collective structure called WORM - the "Dutch Institute for AvantGardistic ReCreation" in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


(all pics by venzha)

2010/10/29 16:34

YIVF#06 / Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival 2010

YIVF#06 / Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival 2010
19 Nov - 19 Dec
organized by HONF

(all pics by venzha)

2010/09/30 06:31

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