house of natural fibre | york


stage 1: november - December 2019


About the artist

The House Of Natural Fiber started as Yogyakarta New Media Art Laboratory, it was run by a community in Yogyakarta. They implement a methodology called Open –Community, which is mostly concerned with the needs of cross-collaborative actions responding to technology development and practical use in daily life.

In the beginning, they started off as a young community with various backgrounds and ideals. They wanted to do whatever they wished, but with a natural inclination to create with the spirit of togetherness and not to work simply for personal profit. They creation is pointing for themselves, their family, the society and their environments. This was the basis for the first actions and the commitment between them. Since 1999, they have been concentrating on the principles of critique and innovation. Thinking forward, positivity and creativity have become the vision for HONF. In the implementation of this vision, in every program, they work towards the development of art, science and technology for the society. By this vision HONF initiated Education Focus Program (EFP), a curriculum which acts as the guideline for every HONF activity that is created to respond to the global situations and conditions in Indonesia.

EFP concentrates on interdisciplinary knowledge exchanges and collaborations in critical analysis towards local and global issues and creating innovative ideas to seek solutions for them. EFP’s main objective is to build a modern mind and mentality of society by bridging art, science and technology that is useful in processing local potentials into beneficial outputs for the society based on human uses and urgent needs.

To accelerate the impact of EFP to the society, Cellsbutton – Yogyakarta international media art festival and yivf – yogyakarta international videowork festival was held annually to invite local and international communities to collaborate and expand new possibilities in creative innovations and solutions.

About the community

For 60,000 years it was known as Ballardong after the Noongar language group that lived here.

Named after the town of the same name in England, York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, situated 97 kms east of Perth in the Avon Valley. Home to around 2500 residents, it was settled by Europeans only two years after Perth was established in 1829. 

By the late 1880s the town was teeming with miners and fossickers making their way across the plains to the eastern goldfields and was the biggest regional town in WA. In recent years, the town has adapted by changing from a traditional sheep and wheat agricultural community into a tourist town. WA’s sandalwood industry started in York and York is the gateway to the Wheatbelt, which stretches 154,000sqm across WA’s Southwest producing premium wheat and canola that is exported worldwide. 

York has had a strong association with the arts and was once labelled Australia’s best festival town.  Its interest in art continues through events like the 40 year old York Art & Craft Award and in recent years two new art galleries have opened, but like many regional towns, it struggles economically and outside agriculture, offers limited employment or cultural opportunities and struggles to retain its younger population. 

Partner organisation: York Arts and Events