Two Sides / Notanlab (ID), Photo: Notanlab


Ars Electronica Garden Jakarta: Media Art Globale (MAG) organized by Connected Art Platform (CAP)

Previously in Ars Electronica, we have usually highlighted Indonesia local foods, such as tea, spices, sambal, jamu. This time we would like to show TEMPEH UNIVERSE. Indonesia has experienced our heritage foods being claimed by another country. The question is who has “the ownership” of traditional and heritage foods like tempeh? Do tempeh have DNA like humans to prove their inheritance too? Indonesia has made tempeh and used it as their daily food in Central Java since 1600. It is made from fermented soybeans, by natural culturing and controlled fermentation. Various ingredients of tempeh have medicinal value with an impressive nutritional content.

Since the pandemic, the movement of eating healthy foods has become a lifestyle, for which reason tempeh is well known in Europe, too.

Together with our collaborators, MAG garden will reveal the secret of tempeh and at the same time put the tempeh in the Indonesian DNA. Notanlab will respond with an installation which exploits a series of algorithms trying to imitate the emerging and self-organized structures present in some biological systems. Some types of fungi create extremely complex structures based on elementary communication processes. Binus University and partners have produced an innovation which offers a solution to tempeh production. They will make it more hygienic and efficient through portable machines. The MAG team is eager to explore their experiments combined with imagination in the TEMPEH UNIVERSE through AI, with multisensory experiences.

  • Indonesian Tempeh Maschine (I-TempeH)

    Indonesian Tempeh Maschine (I-TempeH)

    Rinda Hedwig (ID), Marcel Saputra (ID), Trias Septyoari Putranto (ID), Kenneth William Santoso (ID), Davrell Mylka Jowkins (ID), Savita Sondhi (ID)

    I-TempeH is an automated, hygienic tempeh production machine. It produces tempeh in less than 48 hours with energy-efficient consumption.

  • Two Sides

    Two Sides

    Notanlab (ID)

    Beyond the reach of the human eye and within the macroscopic level of the universe. Good and bad have permeated all the cores of the living universe. All maintain each other’s existence and maintain balance. As in the human body, the cells between good and bad attack each other.


  • Tempeh Universe Special Lunch

    Tempeh Universe Special Lunch

    Mona Liem (ID), Rinda Hedwig (ID), Chef Trias (ID)

    We will serve the results of the I-Tempeh machine, which is tempeh in a variety of cooking methods.

  • Tempeh Universe: Cooking Performance

    Tempeh Universe: Cooking Performance

    Mona Liem (ID), Rinda Hedwig (ID), Chef Trias (ID)

    In MAG Garden Indonesia there will be a multisensory introduction to tempeh: visual, audio, touch, flavor and taste where there will be some tempeh-based food presented to the audience.


CAP (Connected Art Platform) is an art eco-system built on a vision of using art, creativity, science, technology and education to open possibilities for every individual to grow globally and ultimately lead to collaborative projects and exhibitions. MAG (Media Art Global) by CAP is an event focused on showcasing cutting-edge media artworks and prospecting potential talents from SEA. We aim to connect creative and innovative producers to create a relationship that is substantive and based on mutual benefit.


Curator and Artistic Director: Mona Liem (ID)

Connected Art Platform (CAP), Media Art Globale (MAG) Festival, Binus Global. Collaboration research: Bina Nusantara University, Krida Wacana Christian University, Bina Nusantara High School. Notanlab. Mona Liem (CAP). PIC of Partnership. Dr Rinda Hedwig, Dr Diah Wihardini. CAP team (Bintang Gemilang, Sean Lee, Adam I. Hawari, Jessalyne T.).