MUSEUM MACAN'S UPCOMING INSTALLATION LETS VISITORS STROLL THROUGH INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL JUNGLE
Children and families alike are welcome to explore the world of magical creatures, with real-time weather.
The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara, also known as Museum Macan Jakarta, returns with a new art installation at their Children's Art Space, commissioned by Bandung-based art collective Tromarama.
Titled "The Lost Jungle", the digital installation combines art and technology open to the public from December 4, 2021, through May 15, 2022.
Stroll through the magical space and observe moving creatures beyond the imagination inspired by real animals, fully equipped with the cloud formations, rain intensity, and the breeze running through the trees - all influenced by the current weather in Jakarta.
"This is a special project where children can learn how to establish a deeper bond with nature," said Fenessa Adikoesoemo, Head of Yayasan Museum Macan, during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
Other than observing the creatures, visitors can create their own at home and bring them to live in the jungle within the museum. At the palm of your hands and within the comfort of your homes, let your children be as creative as they can with patterns, shapes, and colors that are inspired by real, endangered animals.
Families can also access a digital catalog titled The Lost Jungle: Fauna Archive (www.museummacan.org/cas/the-lost-jungle) to learn about endangered or extinct animals.
Aside from the virtual jungle, the installation also features an artwork called 40ºC Fable (2021) – a three-video-canals-installation that responds to people as they move through the gallery. It is equipped with sensors to capture the motion of visitors and children and then show how their activities impact the environment. Look out at how the animations work for you!
The work of The Lost Jungle is presented by the art collective of Tromarama, dedicated to children and families across the nation. Established in 2006 by Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans, and Ruddy Hatumena, the three engage the concept of hyperreality in the digital age, exploring the harmony between the virtual and physical world. Their projects often feature videos, installations, computer programming, and public participation – hence the interactive art installation.
The Lost Jungle was created through collaborations with biologists to research the relationship between humans, the natural environment, and technology. It aims to connect humans' major impact on the planet's biodiversity and ecology as well as the technology that keeps us connected.
"The research for this installation was done for two years, almost throughout the pandemic. Ever since we created the Children's Art Space in 2018, we have always wanted to work with artists whose projects are connected with technology," said Aaron Seeto, the Director of Museum Macan, during the virtual press conference.
The goal of the installation aligns with the museum's core mission – which is education. Aside from providing artists of different calibers from multiple countries space to showcase their works, the museum also has an education program for young visitors and learners of art.
Their programs include Educaters' Forum, a gathering for art educators from all levels, and school visits. The museum had also partnered with schools in the past to provide educational resource materials. It also helps support teachers to engage their students with art outside the confine of the walls of the museum, with their Education Resource Kit.
Meanwhile, they also have internship opportunities and other education and training programs for young professionals to help develop a healthy art ecology and landscape in Indonesia.
Since the launch of the Children's Art Space, the museum has collaborated with multiple artists from Indonesia, such as Entang Wiharso, Gatot Indrajati, Shooshie Sulaiman, and Citra Sasmita.
The latest installation is available for viewing from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available online now on multiple ticketing sites.
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