Exterior view of the House of Natural Fiber (HONF), Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Courtesy HONF
The House Of Natural Fiber (HONF) is a media-art laboratory run by an open community in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Our methodology is mostly concerned with the needs of cross-collaborative actions responding to technology development and practical use in daily life. In the beginning, we started off as a young community that wanted to do whatever we wished, with a natural inclination to create with a spirit of togetherness and not work simply for personal profit. We concentrate on principles of critique and innovative creation that is relevant to us, our family, the society, and to our environment. Thinking forward—positively and creatively—is HONF’s vision, which is implemented by working towards the development of art, science, and technology for society. With this vision, HONF initiated Education Focus Program (EFP), a curriculum that acts as a guideline for HONF activities, and is in response to global situations and conditions in Indonesia. EFP concentrates on interdisciplinary knowledge exchanges in critical analysis towards local and global issues, and creating innovative ideas to seek solutions toward them. To accelerate the impact, Cellsbutton, Yogyakarta International Media Art Festival, and YIVF, Yogyakarta International Videowork Festival, are held annually to invite local and international communities to collaborate and expand new possibilities in creative innovative practices.