PERSONAL COMPUTER : RAMIN NTAANGAN



Personal computer : ramin ntaangan (2022) was commissioned by The Lock Up for ‘PLAYGROUND’, curated by Holly Farrell.

Personal Computer : ramin ntaangan (2022) features a custom PC built by the artist in the style of a Bidayǔh longhouse. Longhouses were large, raised communal homes built by Indigenous communities in Borneo. Constructed from forest materials, longhouses were once the heart of Bidayǔh life and knowledge, but since colonisation most have since been demolished and replaced with Western-style housing. Those few that remain are continually evolving, hybrid structures, built using native hardwoods with extensions in concrete and tile. As an isolated Bidayǔh woman living far from ancestral lands, much of Baker’s research and connection with culture is maintained through her digital life - on Facebook groups, Whatsapp chats with friends and family and using internet searches. Baker has imaged her computer as a personal trove of references - a knowledge machine that enshrines her connection to culture. Conceived of as an iterative project that undergoes continual adjustment and customisation, Baker’s custom longhouse PC imagines the intersection of her digital life and her Bidayǔh heritage as deeply treasured and full of world-building potential. 

Artwork details:
Computer parts, screensaver video, bamboo, timber, palm and coconut leaf, plastic twine, heirloom machete, other mixed media


Blender animation by Jean-Luc Schmid.





Personal computer : ramin ntaangan, 2022, installation view, The Lock Up, NSW. Documentation by Ben Adams.




Personal computer : ramin ntaangan, 2022, installation view, The Lock Up, NSW. Documentation by Ben Adams.




Personal computer : ramin ntaangan, 2022, detail, The Lock Up, NSW. Documentation by Ben Adams.




Personal computer : ramin ntaangan, 2022, detail, The Lock Up, NSW. Documentation by Ben Adams.




Personal computer : ramin ntaangan, 2022, detail, The Lock Up, NSW. Documentation by Ben Adams.




Personal computer : ramin ntaangan, 2022, installation view, The Lock Up, NSW. Documentation by Ben Adams.












I live and work on the lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation.
This sovereign land was never ceded.
The land I live on always was and always will be Aboriginal land.