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The Lost Jungle at Museum MACAN

Arts | 7 December 2021

Photos: Museum MACAN

Liven up your weekend by bringing your kids and family to Museum MACAN to experience and learn about nature biodiversity and the close relationship between humans, nature and technology in an immersive digital installation about environmental education for kids.

Museum MACAN recently launched a new UOB Museum MACAN Children’s Art Space Commission featuring Indonesian artists collective Tromarama. UOB Indonesia is the museum’s major education partner and the collaboration reflects the strong cross-sector support for art and education especially for children.

Through the hybrid experience of physical installations and online engagement designed exclusively for children and their families, the Children’s Art Space Commission invites young audiences to imagine the present condition of jungles.

Tromarama’s work, which is an immersive digital installation, brings together art and technology and aims to raise awareness of the environment and biodiversity for children and families. As a leading collective of artists working in technology, Tromarama continues to explore the relationship between humans, nature, and technology.

The work, titled Tromarama: The Lost Jungle reflects on the rich and broad range of flora and fauna in Indonesia and the threat that human activities have on the ecological environment, which may lead to the extinction of animals and plant species. It also provides an experience of a live digital simulation of a jungle that is responsive to actual weather conditions in Jakarta. This digital ecosystem and the movement of the creatures in the virtual exhibition is activated by real-time weather indicators, including the cloud formation, rain intensity, and wind speed and the movement of creatures within the imaginary tropical jungle. The artists have used publicly accessible weather data from Jakarta.

The virtual jungle in the museum is also connected to audiences wherever they are through The Lost Jungle’s dedicated website. On this website, www.museummacan.org/cas/the-lost-jungle audience can create imaginary creatures using the patterns, shapes, and colours inspired by real, endangered animals. These imaginary creatures will inhabit the virtual jungle at the museum. In this work, the artists ask us to reflect on the human-centric order and the impact that we have on natural ecologies.

Another work on display, 40ºC Fable (2021), is a three-channel video installation that responds to the movement of visitors within the galleries, via a motion sensor. This motion sensor that is connected to a computer program that animates an imaginary creature on screen, will capture visitors’ movements in front of the screen and then demonstrate how human activity impacts the environment. The skins and textures of the animated characters are based on samples from real, endangered or extinct animals, while the title of the work refers to the temperature within a CPU of a computer when it is running. In this work, the artists ask us to consider ideas of ‘cause and effect’— particularly in the context of the relationship between human activity, technology and the natural environment.

Tromarama: The Lost Jungle opens from 4 December 2021 to 15 May 2022.  Visitors to the museum are required to observe strict protocols and precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all.