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Migration Identity

An Astronomical Experience, Seeking for Interstellar Migration


“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”- Oscar Wilde

Sakdurunge ana tetenger lintang kemukus lawa
Ngalu-alu tumanja ana kidul wetan bener
Lawase pitung bengi,
Parak isuk bener ilange
Bethara surya njumedhul


Java’s great prophet Jayabaya has been compared to Nostradamus in the Western world, he lived 400 years before Nostradamus and a Hindu king in Java whose importance in the history of the archipelago now known as Indonesia, and well known for his prophecies, particularly regarding the future of Java. Jayabaya at his prophecies often ask people look up at the sky and see the sign from space.

The study of astronomy often is arguable as the first science. People have to make sense of what they saw in the sky and feel on earth, and use it to make sense of the rest of the world. They studied the movement of celestial objects, the changing of earth, to help them keep time, determined the principles of leadership and community, navigating and planting, moving and migrating  and to predict and explain terrestrial events.

DIY Radio Astronomy

Nowadays astronomy plays an important role in daily life and the most important reasons to study astronomy is that astronomy seeks to satisfy our fundamental curiosity about the world we live in and how was the universe created? Where we come from? Are there any intelligent life forms?

Astronomy constantly reminds people of two seemingly contradictory things, First the universe is infinite and we are of but the tiniest fraction of importance. And second that life is rare and precious. A home as beautiful and unique as earth does not come often. We must protect it.

About The Work

The works will make a preposition of using today’s technology for diy astronomy. Using the concept of biomimetic nano-antenna arrays: designing sub-wavelength angle-sensing detectors at optical wavelengths to create an astronomical experience in navigation and migration.

human-astronomy-smallFOTO2 VENZHA CHRIST 10FOTO2 VENZHA CHRIST 17Biologically-inspired coupled antenna arrays that mimic the hyperacute sense of directional hearing of certain insect species have recently been reported and several prototypes of such antennas have been experimentally characterized at microwave frequencies. The concept of a two-element biomimetic antenna array is extended to optical frequencies and a new design for a two-element nano-antenna array that can act as a sub-wavelength angle-sensing optical detector is presented. The main feature of the proposed sub-wavelength detector is that it can be used to perform angle sensing without the need to perform coherent measurements at optical frequencies. This is particularly important at infrared and optical frequencies where conducting phase coherent measurement is challenging. The principles of operation of the new nano-antenna array along with the design and simulation results of a prototype are present as an astronomical experience to human to determine their migration and navigation. And seeking for the possibilities of interstellar migration.

C6H1206+O2: Azolla & Anabaena

“Every cell I have is yours, individually and collectively. I can’t be more yours than I am, even if a surgical operation made us one.”

C6H1206+O2 is an innovative work using an unique photosynthesis from Azolla, a water fern and Anabaena (Cyanobacteria). They both formed unseparable marriages or symbiotic associations to each other in a quantum biology. Divorce is practically non exist, and separations may result for their death.

They are the pioneers of the planet earth, it was the cyanobacteria who first evolved to gain energy from to sun about 2,5 – 3,5 billions years ago. Life back then tapped quantum engtanglement as a process to capture the energy and information of the sun.

C6H1206+O2, aim to create an alternative solution for a sustainable circular economy. By using the combination between arts, science and technology to exploring the potentialities of unique symbiotic relation between azolla and anabaena, their photosynthesis process  able to produce biofertilizer, biopolymer, water purifier, microbial fuel cell, livestock feed and reducing man- made climate change.

The Rise of Indonesian Digital Art | EDWIN JURRIËNS

The rise of Indonesian digital art

The substantial growth in Indonesia’s contemporary art sector over the last two decades points to something more than a ‘new market phenomenon’

Edwin Jurriëns

Indonesia’s digital art is breaking new boundaries as well as tackling important issues in society, writes Edwin Jurriëns.


Indonesian digital art is breaking new boundaries, taking on policy issues and working with communities for a better future.

Since the 1990s, Indonesian contemporary art has overcome various politico-economic obstacles and experienced a few impressive booms to earn a secure position in the global art market.

In April 2014, the 1979 oil painting Pasukan kita yang dipimpin oleh Pangeran Diponegoro (‘Our soldiers led under Prince Diponegoro’) by S. Sudjojono was sold for HK$58.36 million (US$7.53 million) at an auction at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong, which is the record for Southeast Asian art. One of the commercially most successful younger artists, I Nyoman Masriadi, had his 2000 triptych Man from Bantul (The Final Round) sold at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in 2008 for $Hk7,820,000 (US$1 million), then an auction record for a living Southeast Asian artist.

While the top end of the Asian art market has been dominated by the medium of painting, in recent years there has been a growing interest in multimedia artists, including artists who use or are inspired by various types of digital technology. Apart from the artists themselves, a group of relatively young art collectors have played a role in putting new media art on the map in Indonesia. Without an outside curator, they showed this type of art in an exhibition aptly titled ‘No painting today’ at Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta in July 2014. A similar exhibition, titled ‘Zeitgeist’, was held at Gallery Kunstkring in Jakarta in May 2012.

While the young collectors rightly appreciate the context and provenance of digital and other new media art, they are still, like other collectors, interested in owning it. In a gallery or private collection it becomes alienated from the collaborative processes that spawned it, and the communities that created it. In a sense it loses its meaning. Unlike other conventional art, it is often a spontaneous product of unique socio-political circumstances, responding to community concerns in a ground-breaking way.

This has been illustrated by the emergence since the late 1990s of new media art collectives such as ruangrupa and Forum Lenteng in Jakarta, The House of Natural Fiber (HONF) and Ruang Mes 56 in Yogyakarta, Common Room in Bandung, Jatiwangi Art Factory in Jatiwangi and WAFT in Surabaya. These collectives often produce project-based art in collaboration with local society, and display their works in galleries as well as public outdoor spaces. They are the product of the increased accessibility of consumer technology in Indonesia, particularly laptops, mobile phones and video cameras, and the increased freedom of expression of the post-Suharto era. The emergence of digital art in the art market may look like it has happened suddenly, but this form of art has been part of a longer, ongoing creative struggle responding to all sorts of socio-political factors.

One example is HONF’s ongoing project Micronation/Macronation: Democratizing the energy. The background to the project was the public outrage about government plans to cut fuel subsidies in March 2012. At its core are three components: fermentation/distillation machines, which can transform hay into ethanol; satellite receivers for obtaining data related to agricultural production, such as weather, climate and season conditions; and super-computers for processing data about agricultural conditions, ethanol production, and food and energy sustainability levels. The project is meant to generate alternative, cheaper and renewable energy sources, which would ideally secure energy independence for Indonesia. It includes creative collaborations with farming communities in the Merapi and Kulonprogo areas in the Yogyakarta special region.

HONF has been able to survive for close to two decades now, and has also contributed to the sustainability of Indonesian new media art by inspiring a second generation of spin-off communities, including XXLab, an all-female collective founded in 2013.

Similar to HONF, XXLab explores creative solutions for previously undetected or understudied links between waste management, food and fuel shortage or unaffordability, and poverty reduction. In one its projects, SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE (2015), the collective uses digital and biological hacking methods for designing dresses and other ‘haute couture’. The clothes are made from a leather biofabric, which is based on the liquid waste of tempeh and other soy industries known for polluting the Indonesian rivers and soils. SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE was crowned winner of one of the 2015 Prix Ars Electronica awards, a prestigious European Commission-supported competition for cyberarts in Linz, Austria.

HONF and XXLab illustrate that Indonesian digital and other new media art encompass more than the objects bought and sold at the art market. They have moved aesthetics beyond tangible works of art, by facilitating collaborative, laboratory-like experiments that seek solutions for some of the most urgent issues of our times. From a policy perspective, many challenges still lie ahead of these new media art communities, however.

They have observed, for instance, that the new forms of digital creativity, and the creative industry more broadly, are insufficiently supported by the formal education system. The artists also struggle with restrictions on access to digital information and the criminalisation of Internet users through government legislation, such as the 2008 Information and Electronic Transactions Law (UU ITE). Governments and banks are rarely prepared to fund community initiatives, and most creative projects are order rather than idea based. At the same time, a lack of legal enforcement has let to unbridled piracy and has taken away revenue from creative entrepreneurs.

Additionally, many of the new media artists feel that policies tend to support the owners of financial capital rather than the creative workers themselves, whose wages are usually below the minimum. While official policies tend to prioritise the material infrastructure of cities, the artists rightly urge for developing creative capital through increasing people’s access to suitable education and information. Until these needs are met by formal policies and programs, the digital art communities are filling in the gaps themselves, occasionally with the financial support of a select group of keen young art collectors.

This article is published in collaboration with New Mandala, the region’s premier website on Southeast Asia.

This piece was first published at Policy Forum, Asia and the Pacific’s platform for public policy analysis and opinion. Read the original here:

River Pollution: Analyzing river pollution level from industrial waste water through Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) water sample examination

Intro to River Pollution

Fresh water from rivers that generally flows through residential or industrial areas are often used for daily life purpose. People live around the river most likely uses river as source of water provider and as a house waste disposal while industries will use it as a final destination of their waste disposal. Those are the main factor that influenced the condition of water in the river declining that could lead to a significant lost in the river ecosystem. Read more

Nalareksa: Investigation on Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide Amounts In The Air Using Location-Based Aerated Water Sample

Nalareksa ResearchIntro to Nalareksa


Nalareksa is a method of air analysis by using water as a mediator for the research. To investigate out the elements in air, we could use water as a mediator for the container of the elements from the air if we know the balance condition between air and water. Nalareksa was founded by Prof. Ir. Hardjoso Prodjopangarso as his intention for his research could be useful by small people in Indonesia.
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The Kingdom of Rebels

Rebelliousness: Rebel Like You, Rebel Like Me

by: Irene Agrivina W

In the corner of a dark streets in front a club that play drum n bass, a boy standing in the corner, Mohawk hair, full tattoos, nails all over his belt and a dirty face. He smile at me, the smile look innocent, and friendly eyes.
Then he gave me a bottle of cheap vodka, ask me to drink. With a little doubt I drink it and damn! the taste is horrible, he get a bigger smile and laugh so hard. And so I laugh. We are laughing together. Then he said in a whisper “ keep the faith buddy ”.
I said “ Let’s go inside, I treat you a beer”

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Sound: Behind The Language, Media and Desire

By: Vincentius ‘venzha‘ Christiawan

My work is based on my personal experiences. But, my personal experiences could be considered as part of our collective experience. My works uses sound as one of its primary elements. Audio/sound refer to an abstract level. As human beings, we have one sensitive tool in our body, and this is the ear. We are often touched by sound, coming from natural or digital sources. We usually relate more to the “words culture” than to the “sound culture”. Sound itself has an independent life.  That is why I am interested to explore it. The possibilities can explore the connection between sounds and between the levels of consciousness and unconsciousness. My work is based on my personal experiences, and I want to share a nuance from this exploration. That could be your experience, everybody’s experience. I believe art could view reality in its different sides. Therefore, through the sound I explore, I could share “something” behind the language, to open our sense of humanity. Read more