visceral zones: snails-and-i 2016

I study epiphragms. Epiphragms are dried mucus or calcium-carbonate structures covering the apertures or openings of snails. They protect snails from dryness and sometimes, digestion from their bird predators. I study these structures to examine and question the dependencies humans have with other non-humans. More importantly, I study them to survive. I have observed and shadowed several snails; from the keong emas (Golden Snail) or Apple Snail along the struggling rice fields of Yogyakarta to the Helix pomatia that have been terribly misunderstood as a French delicacy. I have felt, sensed, watched and listened to these slimy companions in my installations. Similar to Anna Tsing (2015), I believe in a kind of collaborative survival, and a survival which pays attention to non-humans’ intricate adaptations and effects we have on one another.

Media Used: Digital media/photograph

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human epiphragm prototype ver 1.0 2015

The "human epiphragm prototype ver 1.0" is one part of "Inter-entites: snail gazes back" (2015) exhibited at Urban Explorations 2015 Paris

"Inter-entities: snail gazes back" is a series of artifacts and tools designed to study the adaptive features of land snails. It aims to examine how humans relate with non-humans in contact zones. I crafted a few tools to collect scientific data from the field. Doing so helps me asks, "How is the field made? What makes data, information?"

During my artist residency in Paris, I learned about the mucus feature of snails called the epiphragm. The epiphragm prevents snails from losing water and defends them from predating, creating periodic protected homes in unfavorable conditions.

I decided to craft epiphragms to wear. Perhaps a playful attempt at inter-species intimacies, the sculpture hopes to provoke questions related to accountability in the era some have called the Anthropocene. How much can humans escape or even daringly, attempt to reform the already “end-world”, anthropogenic circumstances we are in?

Human epiphragm prototypes are designed and photographed by Cindy Lin
Human epiphragm prototypes' photographs are edited and modelled by Chong Wei Xin

The Nenek Project at Hek - Critical Make - turning functionality

The Nenek Project was invited to participate in
Hek Critical Make - turning functionality after our exhibition in Yogyakarta early in March 2014. Hek Critical Make - turning functionality was held at Basel, Switzerland.

From Hek - Critical Make website:

duration: Thu-Wed

The tinkerers, hackers and researchers of the DIY movement are an important part of the electronic arts. This makes them a crucial point of reference and essential cooperation partner for the House of Electronic Arts.

Main Focus of the Critical Make is the ongoing critical discourse about DIY practices in a neoliberal environment that has been taking place inside the DIY scene for years. The term “Critical Making” refers to DIY as a practice that links digital activities to society and describes thinking as a “hands-on process”.

This approach seeks to overcome institutional boundaries between thinking and acting, nevertheless implying a sort of ambivalence when it comes to the techno-social, a concept that is characteristic for the situation of the DIY and Maker culture. The combination of technology and society enables a functionalization of these correlations, e.g. in optimization of processes in organizations. The exploitation discourse of innovation and entrepreneurship has long since influenced the DIY culture, being affected by these dynamics of functionalization. “Critical Make” is interested in current practices with technologies that operate in this dichotomy and employ measures in a non-economical way: a „Détournement“ (G. Debord), a reversing and turning of purpose, utility and functionality per se. Enabling new perspectives on DIY culture, this week introduces the political, social and economical aspects of DIY culture and their impact on artistic practices.

“Critical Make” is an exhibition as well as a platform and event space in which workshops, presentations, talks, discussions and other formats discussing functionality and DIY culture and practice take place.

Opening: Wednesday, 22.04.2015, 19:00


The Nenek Project 2015
Proyek Nenek

The Nenek Project is a transnational collaboration between Stefanie Wuschitz, Cindy Lin and citizen lab, Lifepatch in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to encapsulate elderly women's ways of experiencing, understanding and doing science and technology. This project focuses on the mothers of lifepatch geeks, a choice largely influenced by our curiosity of the genealogy of citizen science initiatives, grassroots activism and alternative spaces in Indonesia.

The potential outputs of this project are thick narratives from elderly women, a Mobile Phone application, a springboard to discuss access to hacker culture cross-culturally and an examination of the novelty of hacking in Indonesia.

The duration of this project is from December 2014 to March 2015.

Lifepatch is a citizen lab and initiative invested in melding art, science and technology to produce creative and innovative applications in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Stefanie Wuschitz works at the intersection of research, art and technology, with a particular focus on feminist hacking, peer production and grassroots community formation. She graduated with an MFA in 2006. 2008 she completed her Masters at the Interactive Telecommunication Program at TISCH School of the arts at NYU and became Digital Art Fellow at Umeå university in Sweden. 2009 she founded the feminist hackerspace Miss Baltazar's Laboratory in Vienna, encouraging technology that is developed from a female perspective. In 2014 she finished her P.h.D. with the title “Feminist Hackerspaces. A Research on Feminist Space Collectives in Open Culture” at the University of Technology, Vienna.

The Nenek Project logo is designed by Adhari Donora/Antirender

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DILDOMANCY [micro.organism – 4 macropleasure] 2014

PECHBLENDA, Fred Kuang-Yi Ku, Tamara Pertamina, Cindy Lin
sound, black box, pen & paper, wax dildos, motion sensor
Variable size

PECHBLENDA, Fred Ku and Cindy's previous endeavors with dildo making during HACKTERIALAB 2014 have been inspired by Effi Tarner who has created several DIY dildos. Fred Ku, Cindy Lin and PECHBLENDA wanted to create dildos with shapes inspired by microbes and microorganisms commonly found in Yogyakarta’s Kali Code – an infamous river shunned by bureaucrats as a host for life requiring of planning, management and surveillance.

Microorganism formed dildo sculptures on candle wax exhibition
Molds of dildos exhibition
Sensor Motion motors
Body live mannequins

Further plans:
Remove censorship together
Put electronics devices inside dildos