The Jakarta Post
Wave of Tomorrow 2018 festival aims to break through boundaries in the art scene to bring installations accompanied by music, presenting a fresh take on new media arts and technology. (Courtesy of Wave of Tomorrow 2018/File)
Music and arts festival Wave of Tomorrow 2018 starts on Oct. 19, with the 10-day event set to present over 30 artists and musicians at the Tribrata Grand Ballroom Darmawangsa in South Jakarta.
In a collaboration between Level7 and Bale Project, the festival aims to break through boundaries in the art scene to bring installations accompanied by music, presenting a fresh take on new media arts and technology.
"This is a new platform, where Wave of Tomorrow 2018 is a technology-based arts festival combined with special musical performances from several domestic and foreign musicians," Bale Project's Maharani said in a statement. The festival, Maharani added, was actually in tune with the current trends in Indonesia. Maharani said the upcoming event responded to the public rising interest as shown with the popularity of Museum Macan, ArtJog and Art Bali, which showcase works of art from conventional techniques to spatial installations.
Maharani further said that similar events succeed in introducing art to the wider community in Indonesia.
Wave of Tomorrow is expected to present local and international creators who work with new media art and technology, such as the Sembilan Matahari, Kinara Darma, Maika Collective, Rebellionik, Ageless Galaxy, as well as French creator Nonotak.
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Sembilan Matahari is known for its video-mapping projects and has garnered international awards, including as the winner in classic category video mapping in the Art Vision Contest of the Moscow Circle of Light festival in Russia in 2014.
At the festival, Sembilan Matahari would present a tunnel installation with video mapping illusions, where visitors, upon entering, would feel like their vision is limited by the tunnel. After a while, 3D illusions would bring new horizons and perspectives, with the help of video projections.
Adi Panuntun, CEO of Sembilan Matahari, said they appreciated the Wave of Tomorrow festival. “As an artist, I support this event, as it can be a role model in bringing fresh ideas and the courage to venture into uncharted territories,” he said. “I think international artists as the festival's guests is important for Indonesian artists in terms of comparisons, as well as looking up to them as benchmarks, even stimulus.”
Adi would also present the famous Constellation Neverland for Wave of Tomorrow, an installation that combines artificial clouds and hanging strings that depict the natural course of rain, snow and lightning. The installation has been presented at international mapping festivals, including in Switzerland, Japan and Taiwan.
Besides art installations, the festival will also include a variety of special performances from domestic and foreign musicians, such as Dan Shake, Bradley Zero, Barasuara, Stars & Rabbit, Glen Fredly, Maliq & D'Essentials, The Groove, Yura Yunita and Potret. (liz/kes)