SATU for Nextwave – Structural Integrity [installation]

Installed on Next Wave Festival – Structural Integrity 2010, Melbourne Australia

In May 2010, I was chosen as one of the participating communities for Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Australia. With “No Risk To Great” theme for the festival, our activities will include a residency, workshops and an exhibition throughout the program. Jeff Khan’s statement in Next Wave media release, “What are the real risks of our time, what are the risks worth taking, and what is our role as individuals, and as artists, in relation to them? Where is the line between our own personal, moral and ethical worlds, and the codes and principles which circulate in the broader context of contemporary culture? What is our capacity to draw, hold or cross this line?” With this theme, we are included as one of eleven Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) which consists five ARIs from Asia and six from Australia.

As a keynote project in Next Wave Festival, All of ARIs in will be running the Art House Meat Market for a “World’s Fair – styled exhibition and residency project”. The event itself is called Structural Integrity, which is Next Wave’s biggest collaboration with the Asia-Pasific Region in the festival’s 25-years history. The five ARIs from Asia are; Art Centre Ongoing (Tokyo/Japan), Post-Museum (Singapore), Vitamin Creative Space (Guangzhou, China), TUTOK (Manila, The Philippines), The House Of Natural Fiber – HONF (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and six ARIS from Australia are Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane), FELTspace (Adelaide), Locksmith Project Space (Sydney), West Space (Melbourne) Six_a Artist Run Initiative (Hobart) and Y3K (Melbourne). Each ARIs will be given a space for the exhibition that will be open for public and held through the end of the festival programs.

For this festival, we are preparing a project called Saturn Analogy of Trans – Urgency (S.A.T.U). The project is a combination of an interactive audio visual installation, workshops on community-base organization, and also a presentation on our community activities since 1999. S.A.T.U is taken from the phenomenon of Hexagon shapes that occurs in natural environment and its’ geometrical shape is used in ancient civilization throughout the globe. The recent appearance of hexagon shapes is seen in the north polar of Saturn where the shape have a diameter of more than four earth added together is captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. This will be the core of our exploration of in S.A.T.U project, which will present the installation in Next Wave Festival. The installation will experiments sound inductions and its’ effects to life form and matters. The installation will be available in Next Wave Festival from 13 May – 30 May 2010 in Meat Market Art Space, Melbourne Australia.

After 2 weeks of preparation for S.A.T.U project for Structural Integrityof Next Wave Festival 2010 in Melbourne, Australia, we have turn their pavilion in to a dark room filled with hexagonal shapes of aluminum structures. In this pavilion, we installed 3 hexagon installations which experimenting on the influence of Ultra-sound and Infra-sound impact that is undetected by human sensors. A near Ultrasonic audible sounds is also installed to give the audience the feeling of existence inside of the space.

S.A.T.U Installation

S.A.T.U installation created to prove the effects of un-captured energy by human‘s sensors and their presence in reality. The installation use of sound is chosen as it’s physical properties that representing the basic form of energy created by vibration of matters. The facts of every single things in universe is vibrating is also the main consideration to use sounds as the focus of energy in the installation. By experimenting the transmission of sounds (Sonification) in a rotational force and observe its’ effects inside the space, the installation is producing the real application of rotating vortex energy inside the space. The rotating vortex of energy is a simulation derived from speculations and experiments by scientists  as an answer to the reason of the hexagonal shape appearance in Saturn originate from. The installation will then observe the inner and outer space that is created from the boundaries of the vortex by creating several hexagonal shapes in structures to visualize it’s geometrical movements.

The realization of the installation will observe the effects of the Sonification inside the vortex to non-life-forms and life-forms then capture their responses to the Sonification in a vortex hexagonal rotating pattern. The vortex will create a Sonification of three different frequency that is determined from the general limit ability of human hearing. Infrasound (bellow 20 Hz), audible sound (20 Hz – 20 kHz), and Ultrasound (above 20 kHz) will be transmitted in a fast rotation speed that is created by several analog sound instruments.

The first hexagon installation is created to allow the audience to travel through between the inner space and outer space of the hexagon and feel the presence of the energy evaluation of both sides. The second hexagon installation is created to observe the effects of the Sonification to non-life-forms. For the realization of experiment, the installation are using water as a medium of the experiments and capture it’s vibration responds from the Sonification. The third hexagon installation is created to observe the effects of Sonification to life-forms. In this experiment, an indigenous plants that’s common in Victoria region is used as object experiments. Each plants is located on the edge of six edges of hexagons and are observed with real-time analog and digital instruments to identify it’s responds from kinetic energy produced in respond to Sonification. The responds is then projected in visualization in real-time graphical rendering, creating an irregular hexagon shaped based on each of plants energy responds to the Sonification. The installation is also monitoring the space environment situation such as humidity, light intensity, water consumptions, temperature and barometric pressure of the soil where the plants inhabits.

The unification of structural form between science and speculation is the challenge that emerge from the installation. Through community work that is developed by our community, the installation would like to involve the variety and capability of each individuals in the community and re-construct it in an new format. The installation objective is to create an alignment between art and science, individual and community, energy and space, and reformulate its’ integrity in reality.

S.A.T.U Workshop and Presentation
On 20th of May after Structural Integrity started, we give an explanation of S.A.T.U project and an explanation of our community activities in Indonesia. The session is filled with answer and question between us and the audience, to have a better understanding on open community system in Yogyakarta Indonesia. The session is ended with a workshop related to DIY music instruments and some explanation on how to use several affordable sensors in sound generating instruments. After the session, we meets with the audience and gave a more direct approaches in personal questions to the workshops and presentations.

pic credit: nextwave2010

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