Mind the ocean

Are you familiar with some plastic trash in this picture?

According to a research which was conducted in 2015, plastic entrails were found in one out of four fish sold in some markets in Indonesia and the United States (Oksman, 2016).

Mind the ocean is my first design activism piece of artwork that purposed to bring up the issue of pollution on the ocean and its significant effect to the sea creatures and considerably to the human being for the future. This artwork aim is to raise the awareness of that sad condition of the sea. The creative process in making this installation are consist of the illustration, photography, music, video, and light.

This artwork is telling stories about plastic and ocean with evidence because I think only with a real proof, the visitors will understand and believe that the issue about plastic pollution already hurting the ocean is real.

all the plastic trash that used in the illustration are collected from Whitley Bay as well as the domestic waste of my friends and myself have made.


Am I the one who feels sad after dissertation?

I really learned many things and received much help here. Thank you very much for everyone patience here. I am gonna miss this kind of conversation:

"Bena, does it make sense?", "umm no, please say it again"

"make sense??", "almost"

"does it make sense? if not, I don't mind saying it again" 
"at this moment, I understand, thank you"

How does public making differ from other forms of creative research? [Liam’s seminar – Public Making]

public making

This topic makes me flashback to the topic from a previous semester about research in art and design.

‘Research into art and design’ is something I usually do before creating something. But when I heard about ‘research through art and design’, this is a new thing for me. According to the Allison index of research in art and design, research through art and design is about materials research, development work [for example, customizing a piece of technology, do something no one had considered before and communicating the result] and action research [where a research diary tells in a step by step way of a practical experiment and resulting report aims to contextualize it].

why is it important to do research? Without “research” design may still exist, but we don’t always know how or what to create if we don’t do the exploration.

Public making is different because it has the relationship between the art and public or audience, what the art is saying and what is the aim of that art. the scope of public making is bigger than others art form.

How could a Public Making approach extend beyond a museum context? [Kyp’s seminar – Public Making]

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Kyp has explained about the differences between making in public and making with public. The important thing of public making is Visibility, Accessibility and Accountability.

The discussion getting more interesting when Kyp mentioned the Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant in America which only serves food from countries with which the united states in the conflict. here is a what I got from https://www.conflictkitchen.org/

at this moment they serve a Palestinian foods. I had a personal experience with Palestine [ I’ve been there once, I never expected I would love this country but this is the first place when I just arrived there I promise to my self someday I’ll be in Palestine again]. when I see the website, I think everything here is well presented. The way Conflict Kitchen serves the food with metal plate is very conceptual with the newspaper as table mat. and the website design used a pattern from that country as well. Visual is always be an important aspect to get attention.


the website also provide an information and story about the conflict countries. its all written well, they mentioned about daily live of people who live there, how people there help each other even though they are different, some war story [yes, it is sad, but still well presented] and so on.



“Conflict Kitchen uses the social relations of food and economic exchange to engage the general public in discussions about countries, cultures, and people that they might know little about outside of the polarizing rhetoric of governmental politics and the narrow lens of media headlines. In addition, the restaurant creates a constantly changing site for ethnic diversity in the post-industrial city of Pittsburgh, as it has presented the only Iranian, Afghan, Venezuelan, North Korean, Haudenosaunne and Palestinian restaurants the city has ever seen.”

To be honest, I am not really concern about war or political views. but in my opinion, Conflict Kitchen success to raise public awareness and also open a new perspective about conflict countries.


Describe Public Making and give some examples the work draws upon? [Yaxi’s seminar – Public Making]

public making

Public making can be divided into making in public [space] and Making with public [involve public engagement].

Public Making is not only about any art which is exhibited in a public space such as city park, accessible buildings, wall on the street and so on. But it also has the relationship between the art and public or audience, what the art is saying and what is the aim of that art.

During a seminar, Yaxi mentioned a book with the title Making, written by Tim Ingold. This is book about four related disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. This title argues that these four disciplines are concerned with exploring, interpreting and describing the worlds we inhabit and the ways we perceive them. Making creates knowledge, builds environments and transforms lives.

here is a video from Tim Ingold- Thinking through Making

Frankie and Johnny Northern Stage – Project Documentation [Public Making]

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I would like to say thank you for every help to our group project. It would not have been possible without helps from our lectures and classmate [ I received help much more than what I wrote on my previous blog]


I learnt many things during this module. Not only the technical, electronic, software and hardware things but also communication and how to working together as a group member. During The Late Show, our installation only visited by a few people. It is a great opportunity when Northern Stage asking us to keep the installation until the show of Frankie and Johnny end so that we can show this project to more people.

The happiest moment for me is when I found people enjoying the installation, see them taking a photograph with the artwork, and they said this is so lovely. When I set off the installation after the first show, someone ran to me and asked with enthusiast “this installation, did you made it? I really love it”. Then I was smiling and proudly said, “yes, thank you”. I asked him for the feedback “may I have your opinion and record it?” “of course!” then we talked about Frankie and Johnny story and he said, I should watch the show!

here is the video documentation that I made for this project


Frankie & Johnny Northern Stage [Public Making] documentation 1

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Here the brief from Northern Stage:

then, i make a note about the thing i should consider about:

  • i want to create an interactive installation
  • presented on 18 or 19 may 2018
  • target market / audience / visitor / people who will use this installation is adult 35-60 years old [mostly women].
  • It should be very friendly user interactive installation.
  • the main aim people come to Northern Stage to enjoy the show, not to visit the exhibition or artwork. what kind of installation that could get their attention?
  • mostly women would be interested in something visually attractive, regarding the target market are an adult over 35, I think it should be something simple, pretty and enjoyable.
  • imagine if I am a northern stage audience, have not much time to spent at the venue. would i try the takes time installation?
  • it should be in a relationship with the show. what is the Frankie and Johnny movie? what is clair de lune? if i want to make something related with story, it means i need to watch a movie first.
  • its written on the brief “On this occasion, we don’t want to showcase the grittier side of 1980s NYC”. what is the meaning of gritty?. Hmm.. New York City? what if i used a landmark of this city?
  • it is the late-night show. can I do something with the light? which part of Foyer bar that fit for my idea?
  • this is a group project, I think my idea should be something that easy to collaborate with other group members idea.and i always open to change this idea.

my first idea was to create a sculpture of piano [with new york skyline] that can play Clair de Lune when people crossing the walk and I want to use projector to show a video. first meeting in northern stage me, Katherine and Kyp were talking about which part of venue can we use. Kyp also gave an idea about collaborating with a Northern Stage to using their main speaker as part of the artwork.

me and katherine, decided to use the wall on the stairs for our project. the first meeting with northern stage i have shown them the preview of our installation and they gave us the further brief; safety is number one, the budget is low, Frankie and Johnny will be played in stage one, too much noise doesn’t allow, they suggest to change the projector with LED flood light because it would be cheaper and there is also a space under the stair.

Then in the studio, I discuss with Pete about this idea. He gave me much new insight into how to make it, suggest me about what kind of lamp I can use, we even talked about budgeting for buy the equipment.

Kyp and Jas decided to make a movie. while me and Katherine want to make an installation. at the next meeting with Northern Stage, Kyp was very helped us to communicate with NS staff about our project. Yaxi and Scarlett join our installation group. I love Yaxi’s idea to use a telephone as a trigger because it’s very related to the movie and clair de lune song.

I was going back to Indonesia during Easter holiday. I try to find some equipment which is cheaper in Jakarta. unfortunately, I bought a wrong an addressing strip LED light. then I bought another strip light from Adafruit store. i following the guideline book, but there was a power supply problem that caused the strip light doesn’t work.

then i asked Pete how to make it work. he explained me patiently and he also bring his adafruit. then i understand how to play a song from memory card through adafruit.

Yaxi has an idea to put a moon sculpture that will light graduallly when people move, here the preview

we measured the area for piano sculpture. the width is 4,60 cm it means we need 5metres strip light. we tried to find 1 strip light with 5 metres long but its unavailable everywhere. i discussed with Tim about this situation then i decided to buy 5 x 1 metres strip LED lights. after that, i struggled with solder to connected the strip LED and tested it with multimeter.

using a laser cut we try to make a piano skyline sculpture. Yaxi explained to me how the machine works, we went to the northern stage to fix the size of piano, then i setting all the piano part into A1 size to make it fit in laser cut machine.

we changed the idea several times, at first Yaxi want to make a sculpture of the moon, but it’s not allowed to hanging any material there, so we change the idea to make a video of Katherine dancing. we still think about using the telephone as a trigger but at that time, we have no budget for buy an old telephone. thanks to Tim has provided us with his own telephone.

here is the new plan:

a piano skyline – put the strip light in front of sculpture – 45 sec sound of clair de lune – play video with the processing – use a telephone as a trigger – put telephone on the desk [others equipment under the table] – when the audience pick up the telephone sound, light, and video will be play.

we still had problems. the sounds working but the light still not working following the sound. Tom helped me to make both of them work. we resolder the strip light, find out what was wrong with the code and explained to me about the power supply.

we still need a video, it’s not easy to make a video of the dance. Scarlett had an idea to make a video from the film’s conversation. then I changed the video format to work with Processing. still, we had problems. every time I tried to combine all the code into one was always failed. I asked Tim advice to solve this issue.

almost all the part had working. but, the trigger cannot work. on Friday 18th we had a plan to installing, i told the team I cannot come in the morning because I need to finish my other assignments. when i arrived the piano skyline has installed beautifully. then, we need to fix a technical stuff. again, Tim and Tom helped us to fix it.

here it is our project on Saturday:

Maker Movement [Student Seminar – Public Making]

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as described in the previous session,

I think people who drawn into the making movement is

most of the products created under the maker movement are open source, as anyone can access and create them using available documentation and manuals.


why people drawn into the making movement?

The desire of making is one of the most basic human drives. moreover, grew up in the era of lego and play-doh also inspires people to be a maker instead of a consumer. There is also widespread rumours that people that people who make things are better than who don’t.

people making movement because there is an opportunity to make a movement. technology has made life easier. typing “how to…” on google somehow become a habit when people want to create something.

today, industrial equipment has landed on the desktop. the tools of creation and design become digital. the maker can work together online. Makers can even use their network to raise money.

The key to the explosion of the maker is accessibility. tutorials are easy to access such as Youtube, Skillshare, Instructables and other learning websites.


And, who is excluded or stay away?

I think everyone has a different opinion and interest. it is ok if people don’t want to join a movement. but remain to the previous slide [the explanation of why people join a movement] with all the resources now available over the internet. now anyone can create a simple device. It seems like there is no reason for people not to take their part of the maker movement. but its all depends on they want it or not.




Live Electronic Performance

Live Electronic Performance

The concept of my performance is covering The Cure – Trust. I would like to make it like a story of someone journey on a hard day.

Why this song? I love this song,  this is a sad song which has a lot of repeated melody, so I think I can make this song more emotionally and dramatic if I manage it in puredata.

here is the mood board that I made to help me stick to the concept

I would like to start my performance using glasses then I want to make rain and wave sound by managing a sine wave and noise on the right number and play it smoothly at the right time. I prepare step by step to make sure I can manage other patches to play. I also prepared for the visualisation from processing. I thought everything well organized.

I was ready to start my performance by playing notes with my glasses. I also prepared for visual that would be shown during my performance. At the moment, I felt confident and fully prepared. Until my friend asked me at 4 pm “Have you try your performance using a mixer?”, “should I?” Then I realise my standard of preparedness was very low.

When I set up for my performance, I found my F# glass broken. I was not panic because I knew I could find the other glass immediately.  I thought the way Processing show up in projector would be the same as other programmes. Twenty minutes before the show, Tim showed me if it is different. Then I regret that I did not explore Processing and Projector connection previously.

At the last minutes, I decided not to show my visualisation. I put my full concentration on my Puredata patches. It was my first solo performance, so I just wanted to make my self comfortable during the performance. The show began. I did some mistake during my performance, I remembered exactly what should I do with my patches but still there was a mistake when I controlled it but I finished my performance nicely.

note to my self;

  • If I understand the meaning of preparation I believe I could do better.
  • If I don’t understand, ask questions.

OSC animation LEP


I want to create a graphic which moving responsive to the sound. It needs pure data to sending an amplitude that will impact the move in processing java. Here is my favourite part: Drawing a visual

on the processing code written:

fill(255,255,255); change here for color (R,G,B)

rect(30,height-4*sensorData1,20,60) change here for shape, rect is rectangle, an ellipse is for circle (weight position, height position, 20,60 shape size)

if  I want to have a shape to stay on the position, I need to write the coordinate that I want, but if I want it to move following the sound I need to add a number of coordinate + or –number*sensorData1.

To filling colour, I use Photoshop colour picker to find the Red, Green, Blue number.

or using an RGB calculator from this site

With a connection send amplitude from Pd and advice from John, now my visual not only can move vertically but also horizontal.

tunes LEP

Live Electronic Performance

There was a song stuck in my head, and I played it over and over again. When I am working with Puredata unexpectedly, my laptop stuck on loading screen.

Then, I decided to play with Koma electronic. The guidebook said it would be fun to try in the kitchen. But I was too afraid to connect electronic things on the kitchen. There were a lot of glasses in the kitchen. I tried to knock the glasses and determined the sound from each glass. My friend Christabelannora helped me to find a tune and teach me how to make a music with glasses. Then we tried to play that song and connect it with Koma.

The song has a very long intro and contained with only five note repeat. But the problem is, there was only three microphone on Koma set, and the sounds heard imbalance. So, I decided to play without Koma.

after that, my laptop working again. What if I try to play this song with arduino?

With Arduino Uno, Piezzo buzzer, ultrasonic sensor, jumper cables, ruler and the understanding about note frequency that I got from Michigan Technical University website I try to control a tone with my hand by controlling the distance.

my first attempt was to create C D E F G A B C2 note. Then I change the code according to the song. it has a repeating melody between five notes F#, A, C#2, B2 and E2.

Just like playing a game, very tricky. Patience and precision are needed to find the right note. I draw the distance on the paper to help me recognise the right note. Here is the way I was playing with sound

here a link for original song.