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The 1st Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival held by HONF in 2007. Click here to view the archive


2nd Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival "We Are The Cells" in 2008. click here to view the archives


3rd Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival "Circle Cells" in 2009. click here to view the archives.


4th Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival "Invisible Cells" in 2010. this festival is about to happen from 27th July - 7th August 2010


The 1st Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival held by HONF in 2007. Click here to view the archive

27 / 28 0ct 2008 / intelligent_bacteria?
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 20:47


¬    exhibition
¬    workshop

¬    discussion

¬    workspace

Rapid development of biotechnology so far has been an interesting topic to explore in relation to art and technology. Constant research and studies by artists and scientists to seek a rudimentary form of intelligence from the simplest things alive; bacteria, and its’ relation to aesthetic and use for human daily purpose. 'The House of Natural Fiber’ / HONF lab will continue ‘Education Focus Program’ / EFP agenda in a discussion between artists and scientist on the topics of intelligent_bacteria? ; forms of intellectual in bacteria system of communication, networking and signal processing.

Intelligent Bacteria

Single-celled microorganisms were the first forms of life to develop on earth, approximately 3–4 billion years ago. Microorganisms can be found almost anywhere in the taxonomic organization of life on the planet. Bacteria and archaea are almost always microscopic, while a number of eukaryotes are also microscopic, including most protists, some fungi, as well as some animals and plants. Microorganisms are vital to humans and the environment, as they participate in the Earth's element cycles such as the carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle, as well as fulfilling other vital roles in virtually all ecosystems, such as recycling other organisms' dead remains and waste products through decomposition. Intelligent bacteria will discuss about biotechnology exploration of possibilities in microorganism on sustainable development of art, science and technology. HONF will facilitate the dialogue between artists and scientists in seeking new collaboration in relation to biotechnology. The program is enlisted as below:



Venue: Faperta UGM
Address: Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia

Biotechnology Lab:
Gadjah Mada University / UGM

3pm – 5pm

Discussion / Workshop:

Venzha / HONF

Julian 'Togar' Abraham
Suandi Pratama / UGM

Host / Scientists:

Irfan Dwidja Prijambada
Jaka Widada

In this opportunity, UGM (Gadjah Mada University) with HONF will accommodate participants to take a close look on Biotechnology Lab. The tour agenda will also explain the process, methods, instruments and function of Biotechnology researches especially for agricultural purpose. The agenda will continue with a presentation and discussion about Biotechnology and Environment friendly innovations in recent development of technology. The discussion will bring up responses and actions from scientists and artists in a collaborative problem solving method by using microorganism function in food, energy and waste disposal treatment.

images taken from 'intelligent_bacteria?' preparation 2008

The Bacteria are a large group of unicellular
organisms with a typical size of a few micrometres in length. They have a wide range of shapes, ranging from spheres to rods and spirals. Bacteria are ubiquitous in every habitat on earth, growing in soil, acidic hot springs, radioactive waste, water, and deep in the earth's crust, as well as in organic matter and the live bodies of plants and animals.

There are approximately ten times as many bacterial cells as human cells in the human body, with large numbers of bacteria on the skin and in the digestive tract. Although the vast majority of these bacteria are rendered harmless by the protective effects of the immune system, and a few are beneficial, some are pathogenic bacteria and cause infectious diseases, including cholera, syphilis, anthrax, leprosy and bubonic plague. The most common fatal bacterial diseases are respiratory infections, with tuberculosis alone killing about 2 million people a year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. In industry, bacteria are important in processes such as sewage treatment, the production of cheese and yoghurt through fermentation, as well as biotechnology, and the manufacture of antibiotics and other chemicals.
Bacteria are vital in recycling nutrients, with many important steps in nutrient cycles depending on these organisms, such as the fixation of nitrogen from the atmosphere and putrefaction. Our pictures show the role of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in supporting the growth of plants (Leucaena leucadendron and Macroptilium artropurpureum)
Most bacteria have not been characterized, and only about half of the phyla of bacteria have species that can be cultured in the laboratory.


Venue: HONF laboratory
Address: Jl. Wora wari A80/6 Baciro, Yogyakarta


7pm – 11pm

Discussion / Workshop:

Max 25 participant

Host: Venzha
Irfan Dwidja Prijambada
7pm – 9pm

Guest :
Suandi Pratama / UGM
Julian 'Togar' Abraham
Irene 'ira' Agrivina

2pm – 7pm


images taken from 'intelligent_bacteria?' preparation 2008

HONF will organize an open exhibition at HONF lab. HONF welcome any participant who would like to show some of their works in relation to Biotechnology. The works could be in forms of artworks, scientific researches or conceptual ideas. Workspace will start the event hosted by HONF and will continued by discussion and workshop about technology in artist point of view. The discussion also will discuss about future HONF collaborative projects on Biotechnology.

All events are open for public and completely free. HONF invites any personal from any discipline to participate in these events.


images taken from 'sorry, i change your protein!' project, 2005, anton christanto + jaka widada + venzha


Biotechnology Lab. Faperta
Gadjah Mada University (UGM)
workshop - discussion

workshop / discussion






workspace - exhibition

Host :





irene 'ira' agrivina          "lacto to lacto"



julian 'togar' abraham            "the colony"




supported + thanks to :
_tommy surya  a.k.a 'vjnumberone'
_bagus budiarto
_pimpinan biotechnology lab, faperta UGM
_peri lobi lobi
_HONF residency space




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