Irene Agrivine in collaboration with Caroline Rika

Open systems advocate, technologist, artist and educator Irene Agrivina is graduate from Visual Communication Design program at the Indonesia Institute of Art (ISI), Yogyakarta, and continuing her study at Culture and Religion Magister Program at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta. She is one of the founding members and current directors of HONF, the Yogyakarta based new media and technology laboratory. Created in 1998 as a place of open expression, art and cultural technologies in the wake of the Indonesian "revolution", HONF aka the 'House of Natural Fiber' was born out of the social and political turmoil against the Suharto regime, its nepotism and governmental corruption. Agrivina runs HONF's 'Education Focus Programme' (EFP) which focuses on the application and practical use in daily life of collaborative, cross-disciplinary and technological actions responding to social, cultural and environmental challenges. In response to the needs of societies in development and transition, HONF and EFP apply open, collaborative and sustainable actions that systematically expand or convert accessible technologies to be used as multifunctional tools and methodologies. She has participated in numerous festivals such as Re;Publica, Transmediale, Pixelache, Mal Au Pixel, New Museum Trienalle, APAP 5. She exhibited her work and gave her lectures at some respectable galleries, museums and universities around the world. At 2011 in collaboration with Waag Society she co-founded HONFablab, as the first Fablab in South East Asia, and at 2013 she founded XXLab an all female collective focusing in arts, science and free technology as a HONF’s spin-off communities, one of their project, SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE (2015) was crowned as the winner of 2015 Prix Ars Electronica awards, a prestigious European Commission-supported competition for cyberarts in Linz, Austria. She was also chosen by Asialink, Australia as one of The Six Women in Pioneer from South East Asia.

Caroline Rika Winata

Caroline Rika Winata was born in Bandung, Indonesia, and currently lives in Jogjakarta. Having graduated from the Indonesia Institute of Arts with a major in textiles, Rika works mainly with tie-dye. She has participated in several exhibitions, fashion shows, and design of contemporary dance costumes. Among these are Intimate Distance at the National Gallery, Jakarta; the 6th Asian Fiber Arts Exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Jakarta;the Arafura Craft Indonesia-Australia Exchange exhibition at MAGNT Darwin, Australia. “2020 ARTFEM Women Artists 2nd International Biennial of Macau” at the Former Municipal Cattle Stable, Macau SAR. Rika do many researches on the idiom of mass culture, such as train tickets, used bras, etc. The idiom helps in communicating messages through the artworks.
Manusia telah memproduksi tekstil selama ribuan tahun. Tekstil didefinisikan sebagai bahan yang terbuat dari serat alam atau serat buatan, dipintal menjadi benang dan benang sebelum ditenun, dirajut, diikat atau dipres menjadi bagian tubuh yang fleksibel. Kristal juga memiliki sejarah panjang penggunaan dan makna bagi manusia. Para arkeolog terus menemukan manik-manik dan batu permata di situs-situs suci di seluruh dunia dan lintas budaya. Dipercaya bahwa kristal dan batu mulia ini dapat melindungi orang dari kekuatan jahat dan juga telah menjadi bagian integral dari banyak ritual agama dan budaya.

Dalam karya ini, Irene Agrivina, sebagai seniman/teknolog dan Caroline Rika, sebagai desainer tekstil, berkolaborasi untuk 'menumbuhkan' konstruksi tekstil baru di tempat yang paling tidak mungkin. Gelas laboratorium dan labu berbentuk kerucut dengan tekstil sebagai media untuk menumbuhkan kristal. Hasilnya, mereka membangun kain baru dengan bentuk, struktur, dan fungsi unik yang diciptakan melalui metode ilmiah dan desain arsitektur.