On Minahasan Philosophy: Technopoetic, Cosmology, and Speculative Fiction

Multidisciplinary artist Natasha Tontey will speak about her ongoing research into the cosmology and ecology of the Indigenous nation of Minahasa from the Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Tontey’s previous work from The Epoch of Mapalucene Series (2021) is currently on display at the Sonic Acts Biennale (W139, Amsterdam). She will debut her more recent films Garden Amidst the Flame (2022) and Of Other Tomorrows Never Known (2023) at the Stedelijk during Studium Generale. With these works, Tontey explores notions of queerness, ancient knowledge, the non-Anthropocene, and the equilibrium between human and non-human.

Natasha Tontey is a multidisciplinary artist based in between Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her work deals with the impact of colonialism and its relation to cosmology, sovereignty and modernity. In her practice, Tontey presents alternative and indigenous knowledge in contrast to established institutional knowledge and technology determined by extraction. In 2020, she received the HASH Award from the ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Akademie Schloss-Solitude. She was a fellow for Human Machine of the Junge Akademie at Akademie der Künste Berlin 2021-2023.