Kartika Oktorina (Kae) was born in Bandung in 1983. In 2007 she completed her Master of Arts education in Media Art Studies at Maastricht University, The Netherlands. She is currently working and living in Jakarta, Indonesia. As a new media artist, her artistic practice focuses on using the latest technology to interpret the complexities of human relationships with technology and nature.

Kae has participated in several collective exhibitions in the country and is one of the Seventh Bandung Contemporary Art Award finalists. In 2022, Kae also won a Bronze Award for the professional installation art category at the Erlangga Art Awards.

In this episode on Extended Asia Vol. 3, “Discovery,” They have a work entitled NON-RAPID EYE MOVEMENT (NREM) in collaboration with K. Oktorina [Kae].

NREM explores audio and visuals that occur during one of the stages of sleep when the body, mental, and mind are on the threshold of reality and the subconscious, better known as NREM.

In this phase, the brain produces small, fast beta waves as if our eyes are closed, and the brain experiences hallucinatory or hypnagogic sensations.

In this NREM phase, it is not uncommon for us to be able to hear the sounds around us and see visuals from the shadows around us even though we are not fully awake from sleep. In this work, Rani combines various audio sensations in the form of natural, urban soundscapes and sounds that are often heard but sometimes go unnoticed. The visuals of these diverse soundscapes combined with various video footage and generative images processed from the beats, rhythms, melodies, and pitches contained in the soundscape.


Image by K. Oktorina [Kae]

This work is part of “Islandwide Coverage,” a multi-site, multi-author project by AWKNDAFFR is an artistic operation situated at the intersection of art, theory, and praxis by Wayne Lim and Soh Kay Min.

Part of “Natasha,” Singapore Biennale [SB2022]—across a network of sites, including the Singapore Art Museum [SAM] at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. It will take place from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023.