Kapitän Biopunk : Fermentation Madness

Kapitän Biopunk : Fermentation Madness, 2011 | Sound Installation


Since raising the excise duty on alcohol significantly in 2010, Indonesia has experienced an increase in homebrewed and black-market alcoholic drinks. However, people drinking this unregulated alcohol often become ill and there have been numerous reported fatalities. This project developed in response to the situation in Indonesia.

Through a series of workshops and an installation, Kapitan Biopunk: Fermentation Madness aims to educate people on how to make safe and cheap fermented alcohol beverages, while democratizing the laboratory and liberating knowledge for a wider society.

The sound installation draws attention to the complexity of the fermentation process, permitting the audience to listen to the sound of fermentation, as yeast transforms sugar into ethanol and CO2. The sounds generated depend on a multitude of variables within the production process, including temperature, sugar levels, the types of fruit being used, the quantity of yeast, light intensity and the size of the containers used.


Transmediale, HKW, Berlin, 2011


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Kapitän Biopunk : Fermentation Madness, Layout & Manual