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Indah Arsyad: Metamorphosing science & technology through artistic expression

Carla Bianpoen

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Wed, March 31, 2021  /  08:00 am
Indah Arsyad: Metamorphosing science & technology through artistic expression

Indah Arsyad’s ‘Butterfly’ visualizes how people undergo a personal transformation when they interact with others from different places, cultures and social classes. (JP/Courtesy of Indah Arsyad)

The Breath is a compelling digital video installation combining art, science, technology and the human spirit that deals with the shortness of oxygen. “I can never forget the cry, ‘I can’t breathe,’ which George Floyd uttered repeatedly before he died under the knee of a police officer on his neck,” explained Indah Sulistiowati Arsyad. As the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the world, Indah became painfully aware how important oxygen is to human life. She went researching, going so far as to take samples of seawater to study the effects of pollution on phytoplankton, which accounts for up to 85 percent of oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere. She even visited the laboratory of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Research Center for Oceanography to further her research. Indah Arsyad looks through a microscope at the Indonesian Institute of Sci...