Projects 69: Making Humans More Humane with Technology

All of the most cutting-edge technologies in the 21st century from Virtual Reality (VR) to 3D printing never cease to amaze us. Despite our perpetual fascination about technology, we also often find accusations that technology is the culprit of human decadence, arguing that technology products have rendered us less humane.

In its most recent students’ artworks exhibition titled “Projects 69”, Visual Communication Design (VCD) Study Program of Sampoerna University proposed a counterintuitive angle to the issue of human-technology relations.

“We believe that through technology, humans can be more humane. VR, motion interactive and all artworks we have here are in essence about human interactions with technology,” said Maria Wahyuni, the VCD lecturer in charge of the exhibition which was officially opened on Wednesday (5/15/2019) at VCD Creativity Center, on the 7th floor of L’Avenue Building, Jakarta.

Sixty-nine (69) has an interesting underlying philosophy. “It is a magical number for us. It means ‘to give and to get’. Six means this year marks our university’s 6th anniversary. And nine is the summation of Sampoerna magic number (2, 3 and 4),” she continued.

On the same occasion, Visual Communication Design (New Media) Study Program Head Tombak Matahari, M. Ds. congratulated all of the students involved in the exhibition.

Sampoerna University Rector Dr. Wahdi Yudhi also extended his acknowledgment of students’ hard work and during his opening remarks, saying,”I appreciate your creativity very much. Do your best, not only for today but also for your future.”

He encouraged VCD students to be ready and open to any opportunities of cooperating with industry players as this may result in potential partnerships, collaboration and so forth.

The 24 artworks showcased in Projects 69 vary. They range from Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Motion Interactives Technology, design installation, e-publishing, games and mobile applications.

Students freely blend not only arts and technology but also concepts from other disciplines, making the exhibition rich with bold ideas. Rifai Dwi Cahyo and his independent project “The Homunculus” (Latin: “a little man”), for example, combine 3-dimensional printing technology, history, alchemy history, and psychoanalysis theory. “I created a number of figurines, showing the inner psyche and nature of human beings. The inspiration derived from tales of alchemists in the European Middle Age and I borrow Sigmund Freud’s theory to conceptualize the idea”.

This interdisciplinary way of thinking is taught at Sampoerna University because in the future, challenges are a lot more complex than they are now. And a more comprehensive, transdisciplinary approach is required to generate better solutions.

The exhibition is open from the 15th, 2019 to 22nd of May 2019, during office hours (9.00 AM – 4.00 PM). The exhibition is free of charge and public visitors are welcome. (*/)