MAG (Media Art Globale) Festival 2022 showcases "Between humans, earth and technology"
By: Mona Liem
The exhibition of SPICETOPIA expresses the relationship and journey between humans, earth, technology and spices as symbols of health and nourishment. SPICETOPIA explores technology as a transformative tool for artists, researchers & academics. MAG showcases artists and researchers who develop experimental coding & AI objects investigating new perceptions of our daily life, environment and human sense interaction, using spices in cultural tradition and new materials.
Indonesia is the heaven of spices, plantation and seas. Spicetopia`s artwork invites us to explore and reflect on that journey. Indonesia is rich in culinary variety, for sambal only, we have 322 kinds of recipes. HOW DO U FEEL TODAY? was an experimental “sambal” to stunning hybrids of low technology and human interactions. SPARK OF SPICES uses technology as a bridge that will maintain the human treasures of the past with the present to begin to taste the future. AUTOMATED ANGKLUNG used AI to show one from many indigenous traditional musical instruments from Indonesia, made of specifically cut bamboo to produce different tunes. Bamboos include some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, this rapid growth and tolerance for marginal land, make bamboo a good candidate for afforestation, carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation. DOMUS ANGUILLAE is a video of an art installation that is placed underwater as a medium for coral to grow to create a new diving destination. Its presence carried an education and ecology awareness for the locals.
SPICETOPIA aims to accelerate developments and reflection based on what spices, plantation and seas has been, is and could be.