Open systems advocate, technologist, artist and educator Irene Agrivina is a graduate of the Graphic Design faculty at the Indonesia Institute of Art (ISI), Yogyakarta, and continuing her study at Culture and Religion Master Program at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta. She is one of the founding members and current directors of HONF, the Yogyakarta based new media and technology laboratory.
Created in 1998 as a place of open expression, art and cultural technologies in the wake of the Indonesian “revolution”, HONF aka the ‘House of Natural Fiber’ was born out of the social and political turmoil against the Suharto regime, its nepotism and governmental corruption. Agrivina runs HONF’s ‘Education Focus Programme’ (EFP) which focuses on the application and practical use in daily life of collaborative, cross-disciplinary and technological actions responding to social, cultural and environmental challenges. In response to the needs of societies in development and transition, HONF and EFP apply open, collaborative and sustainable actions that systematically expand or convert accessible technologies to be used as multifunctional tools and methodologies.
At 2013 she established XXLab an all female collective focusing in arts, science and free technology as a second generation of HONF’s spin-off communities, in one its projects, SOYA C(O)U(L)TURE (2015), was crowned winner of one of the 2015 Prix Ars Electronica awards, a prestigious European Commission-supported competition for cyberarts in Linz, Austria.