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‘Machine/Magic’: Exhibition shows the science fiction of today’s reality

Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, November 6, 2019  /  03:10 pm
‘Machine/Magic’: Exhibition shows the science fiction of today’s reality

Breaking the norms: A video installation by Japanese artist Hayashi Chiho shows a sensual relationship between a woman and a cyborg by the name of Mr. President. (JP/Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak)

Arts people understandably categorize the art of science fiction as the kitsch of modern art, but despite their flashy presence – with multimedia gizmos and all – there is nothing common about the art installations on display at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta. After its debut last year with “Sandbox”, which was about games, the international festival on new media art returned with Instrumenta #2 entitled “Machine/Magic” to bring visitors to a parallel world of reality – one that may not make any sense today, but could imminently, or already does in real life in a way that can best be described as science fiction. Multifaceted: A unique symbiotic system between water fern and bacteria, which is known as Azolla-Anabaena azollae, is linked to the presence of the mythical goddess of fertility, Dewi Sri, through this work. Some of the a...