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Wave of Tomorrow will return in late December

Teresa Yovela

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, December 6, 2019  /  01:03 pm
Wave of Tomorrow will return in late December

Visitors explore an installation called Constellation Neverland at the 2018 Wave of Tomorrow festival held from Oct. 19 to 28 at the Tribata Grand Ballroom in South Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Jerry Adiguna)

Technology-based art festival Wave of Tomorrow will be back for its second year, featuring 17 new media art installations by local and international artists. 

The festival, organized by Level 7, will be held from Dec. 20 to 29 at The Tribata Dharmawangsa in South Jakarta and will explore futuristic art through new technology, such as robotics, coding and virtual reality. 

This year’s art curator is Mona Liem, a Switzerland-based Indonesian “artpreneur” and curator, who in 2018 was an international judge at contemporary art festival Apexart in New York, United States, and computer-based international art festival CYNETART in Dresden, Germany. 

To organize Wave of Tomorrow 2019, Mona made an open call for local artists from Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta.

“We selected artists based on the theme we determined. We explained our concept to every artist who was going to be involved. So, with that and countless interviews, we selected based on context, content and display,” Mona said during a press conference on Tuesday.

Nine local and four international artists will be featured at the festival. Sembilan Matahari, whose 2018 installation Constellation Neverland got significant attention, is returning this year.

“If last year’s immersive installation was surrounded by romantic nuances of serene snow clouds, this year we are going to try to deliver a mechatronic environment, which is the basic principle of robotics,” said Adi Panuntun, CEO of Sembilan Matahari.

Adi said his team was inspired by the idea of the fourth industrial revolution, better known as Industry 4.0, where automation and big data were often portrayed as if they were going to swallow mankind alive. They wanted to present the concept in a poetic way.

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Rubi Roesli, another local artist, will exhibit his work at the festival. The architect, who came last year only as a visitor, has created an installation made of thousands of strings to portray space in a novel way. 

“As this is very contemplative for me, my hope is that this artwork will be seen and felt – and that the energy will jump into the audience,” Rubi said. 

In addition to artwork, Wave of Tomorrow 2019 will feature the music of both emerging and well-established musicians throughout the nine-day festival, including Kunto Aji, Danilla, Eva Celia, UK-based DJ HAAi, Hondo and Sunmantra.

Tickets and full performer lineups can be accessed through the event’s website

A one-day-entry ticket costs Rp 100,000 (US$7.15) and a full-event pass costs Rp 500,000. (kes)

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