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Jakarta Post

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

  • Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 8 2019   /  02:30 am

Man vs Machine: Yogyakarta-based artist Rudi Hendriatno constructed a wooden machine using joints that only work when several people wind separate handles at the same time.Art people understandably categorize science fiction as kitsch, 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.The works of 28 artists, 21 of whom are Indonesians and most of whom are young people, removed the borders between ar...