lifepatch – citizen initiative in art, science and technology
Lifepatch is a citizen initiative that works in a creative and effective applications in the fields of art, science and technology. In its activities, Lifepatch’s practices focus on the arts and science through the means of educations and accessible technologies that are practical and useful for citizens around them. This is done through with the development of creative and innovative practices in technology such as biological technology, environmental technology and digital technology. In practice, Lifepatch enriches the culture emphasizes on the spirit of DIY and DIWO by inviting designated public to be involved, to examine, explore, develop and maximize the function of technology in both the theoretical and practical use to society and culture itself.
Lifepatch’s main focus is in disseminating tactics of dealing with day-to-day issues within specific communities, mainly through education. The dissemination of the activities is conducted through the collaboration of individuals and communities from art and science, either from formal or non-formal practical background. They have a close collaboration with formal educational institute such as Microbiology Laboratory of Agriculture Faculty Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta to initiate Jogja River Project in 2011 – 2013, inviting citizens to investigate water quality of the rivers in urban areas of Yogyakarta while also documenting social activities of the communities along the riverbanks that they travelled.
Lifepatch consciously chose to state itself as a ‘citizen initiative’ to not limit the result of its own activities only to an art outcome/artwork. It sets a flexible platform and condition for all of the members to initiate projects that could be implemented accordingly to the needs of the surroundings, the society, the public, the people; yet still based on each own interests and community’s vision. By saying targetted public, Lifepatch is pointing at different groups of people depending on what is it that they are working on. Each targeted public groups then have the chance to be more than just participants but also to develop, hack or disseminate the shared idea. To reach distributed wider range of public, Lifepatch practices the combination of real physical activities with virtual platform to share the knowledge and expanding networks both local and international.
Bigger-scale and long term projects initiated by the Lifepatch members are: Urbancult (an online mapping and location-based database of street art); Jogja Rivers Project (a citizen initiative in river environment monitoring, mapping and documentation); and they just finished a collaboration with the International Hackteria Society for HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta, a two-weeks intensive meeting point and multidisciplinary collaborative opportunities for makers, be it artists, scientists, hackers, etc).
lifepatch was founded in 26 March 2012 by several people with different discipline background and practices. This made lifepatch have a strong interdisciplinary characteristic in their activities. Even though the organization is relatively still new, the collaboration between them have been established for years. The current member of lifepatch are:
- Agus Tri Budiarto
- Agung Firmanto
- Budi Prakosa
- Andreas Siagian
- Nur Akbar Arofatullah
- Adhari Donora
- Arief Wicaksono
- Ferial Afiff
- Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio
As an organization, lifepatch have made several collaborations with both formal or non-formal organization/institution/communities. This collaborations were build for mutual respect and benefit of each sides who conducted the activities. Several of our collaborators are:
- Microbiology Laboratory of Agricultural Institute Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta
- Hackteria.org – an international community focused on open source biological art, DIY Biology and Generic Lab Equipment
- Bio-Design for The Real World – a collaborative project between (Art)ScienceBLR, India ; School of Life Sciences in EPFL, Switzerland
- Cantigi Indonesia – a community of environmental activist in Yogyakarta
- Otakatik Creative – a hackerspace working on creative use of recycled waste, based in Yogyakarta
- http://lifepatch.org – lifepatch website in wiki format (indonesian)
- http://facebook.com/lifepatch – lifepatch in facebook
- http://twitter.com/lifepatch_ – lifepatch in twitter
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