RENEW 2013

The 5th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology

Riga / October 8 – 11, 2013

"New Imagery" Participants



Session:New Imagery

Panel:Panel B



An Integrated art project, which aims to find solution for alternative energy other than fossil fuels. . Based on a country that solely depends on agriculture. Combining technology and effective agricultural solution to find a sustainable chain of production and create a community of farmers that could be independent from outside resources. The project is emphasizing on how to maximize the value of materials that are already available in the region, in order to optimize the production circulation in the field of agriculture. The project is emphasizing not only how to convert hay into ethanol but it goes further. One can also see, from how to regenerate waste to allowing the farmers to be sufficient in their needs in relation to food and energy. The presentation—as a sustainable design prototype—consists of 3 core components: a) Installation of a fermentation/distillation machine to process hay (raw material) into ethanol (alternative energy to substitute fossil fuel); b) Satellite data grabber: to obtain data related to agricultural production (weather, climate, seasons); c) Super-Computer: to process data (weather, seasons as well as ethanol production capacity), which is also capable of predicting when a country (Indonesia) can reach energy and food independence. This presentation is a good opportunity for us to reassess basic performative premises of various practices combining science, technology and arts. HONF’s project—as with their previous projects—actually blurs the boundaries that have thus far been setting apart science, technology and arts. They combine all three, which to us brings home the question: where is the boundary between aesthetic experience and function? What possibilities could the relationship among science, technology and arts bring when confronted to actual problems in today’s communities?


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