Get it [W]all Project 2007/ Yogyakarta – Indonesia
July 3, 2007, 11:28 am
Filed under: Archive, News, Projects

Get it [W]all Project 2007 initially started with the invitation to the French based in Singapore artist Agathe de Bailliencourt for a residency in Yogyakarta with whom she will be collaborating with Arie Diyanto and other local artists from Yogyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta.

Besides Ari Dyanto (Yogyakarta), Aram (Jakarta) and Gustaff H. Iskandar (Bandung), this project are also partcipated by young artists from Yogyakarta; including Wedhar Riyadi, Iwan Effendi, Diki Leos, Hendra he..he, Iyok Prayogo, Tanggul Nusantara, Uji Handoko a.k.a. Hahan, Love Hate Love, Deka, Indun, Eko Didik Codit Sukowati, Farid Chicks and Lads, Terra Bajraghosa, etc.

This project are supported by CCF – Jakarta, CCF – Bandung, LIP Yogyakarta, & Common Room Networks Foundation

Video Production
Gustaff H. Iskandar
Reza Mohamad Iqbal

Music Score
Bomb da Town
Written, performed & produced by DubYouth (Yogyakarta/ Indonesia)

Produced by Bandung Center for New Media Arts/ Common Room Networks Foundation 2007


Video Graffiti Project/Bandung – Indonesia
May 21, 2007, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Archive, Documentation, Performance, Projects, Video/Animation

In Sunday (20/05/07) we decided to run a video graffiti project in five random places in Bandung – Indonesia (Regent Parking Space, Cikapundung, Viaduct, Jembatan Pasupati & Paskal Hypersquare). This project is presenting a multimedia performance by RNRM (Hendra, Ekky & Kanya), Biosampler/UVG (Niang & Megadeth) & Mocko. This project is made possible by support & initiative from Bandung Center for New Media Arts/Common Room Networks Foundation, FF/WD Records, Electrokiller Corps. & Lucky Strike. Visit this link to view slideshow.

Flashback: The Rhizome Project/2002/Jakarta/Indonesia
May 1, 2007, 4:55 pm
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The Rhizome Project

In April ’till June 2002, The British Council Jakarta and Bandung Center for New Media Arts organized a workshop and exhibition located at The Library of The British Council Jakarta. Young artists from Bandung and Jakarta were invited to explore and respond the library space for two months working-period. The opening presented Biosampler, a collective multimedia-performance group from Bandung.

Participating artists:
Adi Cumi
Andri Moch.
Anggun Priambodo
Arief Tousiga
Dewi Aditya
Gustaff H. Iskandar
Hendi Hendarsyah
Hendry Foundation
Indra Ameng
J.D. Avianto
Puji Siswanti
Siti Nazariah

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sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! by Sven König
April 27, 2007, 6:57 am
Filed under: Archive, Documentation, Performance

sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! is the result of an effort to develop an artistic strategy that could shed some light on evident but very confusing problems of intellectual property. Intellectual property is a misconception deeply conflicting with the basic principles of any cultural production because it is completely negating its collaborative nature.

Nevertheless IP laws are continuously expanded as if romantic notions of geniality and originality would not have been put ad acta quite a while ago. At the very latest in todays society which is, to an ever increasing degree, shaped by digital networks und computers it is getting obvious what IP actually is: an instrument of power and censorship to secure economic interests.

Fascinated by the effects caused by a small program called Napster (and its successors) I wondered to what extent certain software could unfold discursive power in such a situation if that software would open up new technical possibilities for something which is already the (subconscious) desire of many.

Because of my interests in artistic strategies and social practises of appropriation – collage, montage, sampling and remix in general and plunderphonics, bastardpop and mashups in particular – the idea of a hypothetical mind music machine has evolved which, as a metaphor, helped the concept and the design of sCrAmBlEd?HaCkZ! to take shape.

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Integrated Circuit aka Chip (Punkdrillard is dead)
March 19, 2007, 12:53 pm
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Is technology turning privacy into an endangered species?
March 17, 2007, 2:56 pm
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(from this link)
Posted by Kerry B Collison

Friday, October 20. 2006

During the last few months, we have seen controversial cases involving the unauthorized dissemination of photos from celebrities’ private handphones. But this is only the beginning of the privacy-loss phenomenon, and our generation is doomed to see more.The handphone camera is one of the most visible examples, but there are plenty of other new gadgets and tools that will contribute to the loss even more. They include the ubiquitous video monitoring in airports and shopping malls, satellite imaging and the proliferation of electronic cash such as credit cards and debit cards.

One of the most striking developments is the use of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. An RFID tag may function as a barcode, and is connected to a network where information about the tag holder is stored. This chip tag has been used to track lost animals and has been implanted in humans to replace magnetic cards.

Mohamad Mova Al ‘Afghani, Bremen, Germany

But that’s not all. Consider the development of sensors, which are getting smaller and can detect everything from heartbeat to glucose level and blood type. There are also those handy gadgets that help you find your way up a mountain or down the freeway. If you use the Global Positioning System (GPS), your latitude and longitude could be available to others on the main server. If you use a GSM handphone, your location is trackable through the nearest Base Transceiver System (BTS) antenna.

These chips, cameras, sensors and magnetic cards all contain information about you, including anything from billing statements, to glucose levels and blood types, to data on your purchases, or your current location.

In addition to using all these devices, people nowadays also share their private lives through the internet, blogs, video streaming and podcasts. The information in blogs varies from the kinds of gifts people receive from their loved ones to how old their kids are, which schools they attend and their pictures. And let’s not forget the words we query in search engines.

All of this cyber-sharing yields trackable information that is stored in mainframes. It can be used to figure out your political affiliations, religious background and consumption preferences. It must be underlined that unlike conventional surveillance mechanisms, these activities that threaten privacy are all things the potential victims do voluntarily.

How well-prepared are societies to safeguard this information? The strictness of privacy protection differs from one jurisdiction to another. Internationally, privacy is protected under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; however, this Article may not be as strongly binding as a positive law. In the United States, privacy is stringently protected through the Fourth Amendment and several Supreme Court rulings. In other societies it may be only loosely protected.

There are some other laws related to privacy, such as those that protect medical records and trade secrets and those that obligate disclosure. Medical records are a patient’s right, and it’s a crime to publish them without proper authorization. Trade secret laws protect, for example, the secret ingredients of a commercial beverage.

Disclosure laws are normally imposed on public companies and other companies that have public stakeholders, or on food and cosmetic producers to ensure they are complying with consumer laws. These laws essentially deal with the management of information.

In the future, it is likely that privacy protection will be severely eroded and things which are considered privacy violations today will no longer be categorized as crimes. There had been several court cases which hold that privacy protection is irrelevant.

We can use legal history to predict the future trends of privacy regulation. During the Roman age, there was a maxim which held, “Cujus est solum, ejus est usque ad coelum et ad inferos (Whosoever has the soil, also owns to the heavens above and to the center beneath). The value of land ownership was absolute, and no one had the right to trespass it, above or below, without the consent of its owner.

However, this maxim was abandoned when it became inconsistent with technological development; specifically, during the first years of aviation history. Planes now have the right to fly in the skies, irrespective of any property below them. That is also the case with the “to the center beneath”.

The erosion of privacy will carry several consequences. The first problem, surveillance, raises the classic issue that “power tends to corrupt”. If we are all being watched, then who supervises the supervisors? What will they do with our data?

Another problem is identity theft. This is often carried out on the Internet, since digital identity is vulnerable to fraud.

A growing “privacy gap” is the third problem. In the future, privacy is going to be expensive. You can protect an RFID tag, for example, by using passwords to make access difficult. You can do something similar with satellite imagery. If you do not want your roof or swimming pool to be photographed, you need to shield them, but it will cost you money. This means privacy will eventually belong only to the wealthy.

The fourth problem is the rise of sentience (things with autonomous sensory capability) and its contribution to personalization. Today, web pages, news services, desktop and handphone features can be personalized in order to better meet our needs.

Sentience development opens the door to highly targeted marketing. If I use sentient mechanisms to find about somebody’s reading habits, his spending patterns, his political affiliations, what toys his kids want, where he usually has dinner, which roads he uses and what his health problems are, I can advertise a particular book on the billboards he passes, send campaign volunteers to the restaurant where he’s eating, or woo him for a business deal by bringing his kids’ dream toys to the meeting.

Personalization tends to prevent people from being exposed to different realities and allows them to become preoccupied with their own world. Personalization could direct us into “the matrix”, as it confuses people between true reality and artificial realities.

It is high time we consider the mandatory unbundling of information. There will be a high risk of moral hazards when personal data from banking, health and politics is administered by a single institution or company. As for the corruptive power of surveillance, some have proposed making every aspect of governance transparent and accountable so that people can supervise the supervisor. These steps and more must be weighed in order to keep privacy from becoming as outdated a concept as that old Roman maxim on property.

The writer ( is a lawyer and lecturer, and is currently studying in Germany.

Related RFID journal entries visit this link.

Report: NexxG::Nu-Substance Festival 2007/day three
March 11, 2007, 6:39 am
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nu_substance2007/Day Three

Electronic music concert at Auditorium CCF – Bandung during the NexxG::Nu-Substance Festival 2007 (25 February 2007). Featuring Biosampler, Souldelay, Ape on the Roof & Homogenic. Visual by Biosampler/UVG. Thanks for all the bands and our beloved VJ: Niang, Bayu, Nuril & Mocko. You guys rocks!! See you for the next session 🙂 <<pic by Ryan Koesuma/DRS & Karlina Octaviany>> Please visit this link. More images visit this link.