Hivos – The Brain Grind Session, Stockholm, Sweden

Interdisciplinary Community Gathering Discussion And Presentation


Hivos Brain Grind Session

Hivos Brain Grind Session is a session that held by Hivos preceded by Creative Time’s Annual Summit at Stockholm, Sweden. Creative Time Annual Summit is the leading conference devoted to exploring the intersection of art and social justice, which are already held annually since 2009.

Preceded by its annual summit, Hivos invited a group of fifteen people who are all committed to this subject but come at it from different angles. I became a participant in The Brain Grind Session on behalf of Lifepatch member, which was as the attendant on Creative Time’s Annual Summit 2014 and became a participant in Hivos – Brain Grind Session.

The Process Documentation by Mthabisi Phili
The Participant List (Booklet)
The Presentation Material
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Citizens Initiative On Environment Monitoring – unconference session presentation at the Camp Pixelache (Vartiosaari), Helsinki

Interdisciplinary Community Gathering Talk And Presentation



Pixelache Helsinki (‘Pikseliähky’) is an electronic art and subculture festival that was being held in Helsinki since 2002. it has various programs, such as seminars, workshops, exhibitions, concerts and club events.

Since 2012, the festival themes have become quite diverse as well as the organizational of Pixelache. Pixelache Helsinki 2014 was an international 2-day trans-disciplinary event focusing on the theme of “The Commons”, including biocommons, urban culture, and the kinds of knowledge about The Commons.

Adding a new island to its logbook after Suomenlinna (2011) and Naissaar (2013), Camp Pixelache will take up residence on Vartiosaari, a nature island surrounded by eastern suburbs of Helsinki, during 6-8th June 2014.

I became a participant on Camp Pixelache 2014 on the behalf of Lifepatch member and also represent the Hackteria International Community to disseminate the HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta event that was held on April 15 – 30, 2014. In the unconference session presentation at the Camp Pixelache, I get a chance to present the research, mapping, and monitoring of the river in the JRP – Jogja River Project. Moreover, the presentation itself also contains the dissemination of the HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta event.

The Presentation Material
Became contributor at Camp Pixelache 2014: Remix the Commons video-mix

Remix the Commons is a collaborative and evolutive multimedia project. It aims at documenting and illustrating key ideas and practices of the commons movement, including the creative process of the project itself. During Camp Pixelache 2014 in June on Vartiosaari, Alain Ambrosi & Frédéric Sultan from Remix the Commons platform worked together with M-Cult,‘s Maria Candia and Kalle Kuisma to make recorded interviews & conversations with the Camp participants about how they defined the Commons, and about the gathering that was taking place.

Alain Ambrosi and his team from Remix The Commons documenting people sharing what the commons means to/for them, in their own language. Videos will be part of Define the commons project. – Description and Photo by Ong Jo-lene


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360-degree panorama pictures of Lifepatch: Jogja River Project [JRP]

Interdisciplinary collaboration of environment monitoring at Jogja River Project
(2013 – Present)


Jogja River Project (JRP) is a serial interdisciplinary collaboration project between various communities in Yogyakarta. Sincerely, during the first project that was held in 2011, JRP was an exploration expedition on the Yogyakarta river bank that was wide open for everyone who was willing to join and open share all the data during the exploration.

My first contribution to this project was on the third exploration trip on the Gajahwong River, on 20 May 2012, when was joined as the representative from The Landscape Indonesia community. From that exploration itself, I made a travel journal photo story and published it as a short article on with the title “Menelusuri Sungai Gajahwong Yogyakarta dalam Jogja River Project #3” (Exploring the Yogyakarta Gajahwong river at Jogja River Project #3).

In 2013, the Jogja River Project developed as a bigger project with 4 main activities, such as the development of the Bio-Electronic Laboratorium at the house of Lifepatch, making serial workshops about water sampling and visual documentation of the river environment, research activities through documentation and water sampling of Code river, and collaboration activities with various communities in Yogyakarta on Gajahwong river. Besides that, JRP also becomes part of the Bio Design for the Real World program. A collaboration project between Lifepatch, various communities in Yogyakarta, Microbiology Department of  Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta University (UGM), EPFL Switzerland and Shrishti School of Art, Design, and Technology, India. The main idea of The Jogja River Project and The documentation of the Jogja River Project 2013 process itself had been described in very detail on Lifepatch Website.

Within this big collaboration, I joined as a member of the visual documentation team and worked with Joan Prahara Bumi. In order to record The river environment condition as information that is easy to understand, we made a 360-degree panoramic picture of every water sampling location. To support the process, we made a small research to build a simple extension tool for our tripod, which is a homemade panoramic head that only costs approximately $1. Although still need enhancement, the tool itself that we called The DIY 360-Degree Panohead V.01 is already quite useful to support the process of environmental monitoring documentation.

The river environment condition documentation itself is conducted in about 20 locations that spread along the Code River, which are still in the administrative territory of Yogyakarta city.

Moreover, within the process, we produced raw pictures as material usually about 45-50 pictures from each spot location. From this point, all of those pictures became part and stitched all together and made the 360-degree picture.

The serial photos as the environmental documentation in each location that was previewed with Adobe Photoshop CS6

Within the process of 360-degree panoramic picture-making, the documentation team also make a collaboration with Budi Prakosa, Lifepatch member who is a programmer. In his hand, all the material pictures stitch together with PTGui, a panoramic stitching software that originally developed as a Graphical User Interface for Panorama Tools.

After that, all the 360-degree panoramic photos combined with all the data of river monitoring became part of an interactive map of the Code River environmental monitoring. The map itself is made as an online platform database with free and open-source software (LGPL) for information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping that is developed by a non-profit software company called Ushahidi, Inc.

Map Interactive from lifepatch on, a video that was made by Adhari Donora about user interaction with the Lifepatch Jogja River Project map.

In 2014, the project continues until nowadays. Within the process of the Jogja River Project 2014, the location of the water sampling and documentation process increased became 27 locations, which is conducted to make better documentation and wider data.


Meanwhile, to support the documentation process with better equipment that is still cheap and affordable, we start to develop the second version of DIY Panohead that is based on information from free source knowledge at Wiki. With the DIY Panohead V.02 that only costs about 20$, the 360-degree documentation process conducts again at the same spot. A review of the DIY Panohead V.02 design process itself is already documented on the 360-degree Panohead page.

The Lifepatch documentation of the Jogja River Project 2016 by Adhari Donora


Related Article:
-“Menelusuri Sungai Gajahwong Yogyakarta dalam Jogja River Project #3
– 360-degree Panohead design process

Published On Local Newspaper:
The article that published in a daily local newspaper called Harian Jogja and Solopos on August 27, 2015. The article was written by Gilang Jiwana []

Reference and Link External:
– Detail and description of Jogja River Project –
– Detail and description of Jogja River Project 2013 –
– Bio Design for the Real World  – EPFL + (Art)ScienceBLR +Lifepatch