ruangrupa was formed by 7 artists from Jakarta. ruangrupa provides and arranges an autonomous art workspace for artists to live and work intensively within a certain period of time. It is open for any (visual) artist (group and individuals, Indonesian and foreign) who is willing to work in co-operation with ruangrupa and are enthusiastic about sharing different opinions; exploring and experimenting the artist's interaction with Jakarta urban life.
ruangrupa organises artist residencies, workshops, a journal and a web site.
"Karbon" is the online journal published as an output media for all ruangrupas activities and observations. The journal will focus on art and cultural essays that relate to the artist residencies and the workshop projects, as part of our research and documentation.
This website shows some of the activities. More information on the website of ruangrupa.
read » 2012 Artist Talk & Launch 14 Oct. with Ade Darmawan& Agung Hujatnikajennong
Artist Talk & Catalogue Launch
'Human Resource Development'
Ade Darmawan & Agung Hujatnikajennong
14 October, 2012 at 2 PM
at Ark Galerie
Jl Senopati Raya 92
read » 2012 Jakarta 32°C - film and discussion 14 October, Kineforum, Jakarta Pusat
Program Jakarta 32°C 2012
Diskusi Film: Rupa Kota dalam Film Indonesia
Minggu, 14 Oktober 2012
Kineforum, Komplek Taman Ismail Marzuki (Belakang Galeri Cipta 3)
Jl. Cikini Raya 73, Jakarta Pusat
15.00 – Diskusi dan ngobrol santai bersama
Alexander Matius dan Amali Sekarjati
17.00 – Samson Betawi
19.30 – Matahari - Matahari
read » 2011 5th Jakarta International Video Festival 2011 6 - 17 October
OK. Video FLESH
5th Jakarta International Video Festival 2011
Exhibition / Competition / Discussion / Public Program
6 - 17 October 2011 / National Gallery of Indonesia, Jakarta
Thursday, 6 October 2011 | 19.30
at Galeri Nasional Indonesia
Jl Medan Merdeka Timur 14
7 - 17 October 2011
Open Hour: 11.00 - 21.00
Curators: Hafiz, Agung Hujatnikajennong, Farah Wardani, Mahardhika Yudha & Rizki Lazuardi
29 September - 29 October 2011
at various public spaces
From Rijksakademie, former residents Meiro Koizumi, Reinaart Vanhoe and Sebastian Diaz Morales.
read » 2011 Call for: OK.Video - Jakarta International Video Festival
Call for submissions - Deadline 31 August, 2011
OK. Video 2011 conceives flesh as a metaphor of biological entity of the human body that transforms into digital entity (images, sounds, texts) through the advanement of audiovisual technology. It also represents video that progressively shows its organic characters: grown in virtual sphere across the dimensional and temporal boundaries, metamorphoses into various media and consistently reproducing itself by the reason of virality.
OK. Video Festival focuses on non-narrative video works and opens for reconstructions, recording manipulations and an array of experiements of the audiovisual language.
Best three works will be rewarded and announced at the opeing of OK. Vdieo FLESH - 5th Jakarta International Video Festival 2011 at Gallery National of Indonesia,Jakarta.
Format: dvd (hardcopy) & softcopy (video links for download), duration 3-15 minutes. Production: 2009-2011.
www.okvideofestival.org / firstname.lastname@example.org.
read » 2010 2011 ruangrupa celebrated its 10th Anniversary
read » 2010 2011 Philippe van Wolputte (alumni) joined Art Lab program
read » 2010 RURU shop - 14 February
RURU shop - Opening:
14 February 2010
'THE MICROPHONE MUST BE PROUD"
Super Istimewa Karaoke on stage by
The Golden Love Tape', CD, 25 ex.
Broken Heart Book, Artbook prject, 25 ex
and other products
read » 2009 OK. Video Comedy DVD
Ok. Video DVD
Jakarta International Video Festival is a Biannual video festival held since 2003 by Ruangrupa.
Anggun Priambodo | Sinema Elektronik (4'17", 2009)
Muhammad Akbar | Telepower (7'40", 2009)
Bayu Alfian | Kita Bicara (12'49", 2009)
Altogetha Collective Video | The Comedy (5'40", 2009)
Nala Atmowiloto | The First Nation on Mars (8'21", 2009)
Ari Dina Krestiawan | Still Going Tekst Project (5'27", 2009)
read » 2008 Art Lab - December
read » 2008 Art Lab - August/September
2008 ruangrupa art laboratory consisted two projects about Mobility through Desire Upon Vehicle (with books called MUSAFIR) and City Design In The City (with magazine called CD.ITC).
read » 2007 Video OK III: MILITIA
OK. VIDEO – MILITIA
3rd JAKARTA INTERNATIONAL VIDEO FESTIVAL.
10 - 27 JULY 2007
In OK. Video Militia, works from Indonesia and abroad that were showing changes, in the fields of politics, war, military, religion, economy, urban and domestic spaces (families) without a narrative. These videos function as ‘signs’, building their own history within the society.
The term militia (milisi in Indonesian) means to arm people in an armed movement to alter and seize power. But militia also means to empower civilians in an organized, well planned manner and mobilize them for the sake of change that should take place, as a beginning, within us all.
In OK. Video Militia – 3rd Jakarta International Video Festival 2007, ‘to arm’ means to give opportunity to the public to use a video camera to challenge the hegemony of the audio-visual language and joining us in building up awareness about social issues that are taking place.
The audio-visual media will become a creative point of departure in developing questions regarding social, political and cultural issues with the goal to produce truth, reality, and our own history, starting from independent initiatives.
OK. Video Militia developed video workshops in 15 locations in 12 cities. People were invited to critically use the power of video as a tool. It was a starting point for a collective way of learning that nothing is singular, that all things can offer diverse choices. From this diversity, we expect to contribute to the tradition of critical thinking.
In Galeri Nasional Indonesia on 14 July 2007,, with Rizki Lazuardi (Kronik Filmedia, Semarang); Arif Yudi (Jatiwangi Art Factory, Jatiwangi); Godel (Rumah Kotak, Depok);
Nico (Gardu Unik, Cirebon); Jefry (Pekanbaru). Moderator: Reza Afisina (ruangrupa)
The exhibition ‘Video In’ showed, among others, the workshop results in Galeri Nasional Indonesia (11-27 July 2007) and selected (international) video works for the festival.
In ‘Video Out’, video was shown in many different public places (window display, shopping malls, cafes and train stations: a.o. Bookstore Kemang | (ak.’sa.ra) Bookstore Plaza Indonesia | Café Au Lait, Cikini | Japan Foundation | Centre Culturel Français de Jakarta, Salemba | MP Bookpoint | Nanonine House Tebet | Toi Moi | Oktagon Photography Store & Gallery | Kineforum-Studio 1, Studio 21 TIM | Point Break World-Mal Kelapa Gading 3 | Nasi Bebek Ginyo |).
119 video works, 99 artists, 10 communities, 2 art projects, 27 countries, workshops series 12 cities, 15 sites.
“OK! Lounge” Electronic Music & Installation
Summer in Berlin - Berlin, Germany
Viva Los Amigos - Camaguey, Cuba
H.F.M.F Records - Jakarta, Indonesia
Bondi Ned Hansel - Manchester, United Kingdom
DubYouth - Jogjakarta, Indonesia
Visual by: LMS - Jakarta, Indonesia
Lobby Ratu Plaza Office Tower | GoetheHaus | Stasiun Gambir | Stasiun Jakarta Kota | Stasiun Sudirman | Bengkel Deklamasi TIM |
Galeri Nasional Indonesia, 19 Juli 2007
Eko Londo (Kampung Halaman, Yogyakarta); Otty Widasari (Forum Lenteng, Jakarta).
Moderator: Ugeng T. Moetidjo (writer, critics)
Video Activism. Discussion
Galeri Nasional Indonesia, 20 July 2007
Anna Helme (Engage Media, Australia)
Abduh Aziz (TV Community, Jakarta)
Agung Hujatnikajennong (curator)
Ardi Yunanto (editor www.karbonjournal.org)
Moderator: Mirwan Andan (ruangrupa)
Video performance by Heine Røsdal Avdal (Norway)
Galeri Nasional Indonesia, 19-22 July 2007
Workshop Online Video by Engage Media (Australia)
23 July 2007 at ruangrupa.
read » 2006 KARBON online. The free paper art journal Karbon went online
read » 2006 PICNIC KIT, a project about holiday in Jakarta with Sebastian Friedman [AR]
First, it’s only about to spend the free time, than holiday creates many entertainment places, recreation and shopping center. This supported by the lack of public space to facilitate a free holiday places. At the weekend, many people from Jakarta take a trip to other cities, some of them having a vacation by shopping, or maybe just stay at home. These three artists in this art project is trying to make a review about the individual relation with the mode of holiday in Jakarta, and how the city structure get involved with this. They recorded a holiday atmosphere in photographs, created a new monopoly game, arrange a guide book for holiday, postcards as a souvenir to convinced that you’ve been spend your holiday in Jakarta, and a set of picnic kit, so that you can do your own holiday anywhere and anytime….
24 - 30 September 2006 / 11.00 - 19.00
read » 2006 FOR SALE! a project about consumption with Marco Paulo Rolla (Ceia, BR)
read » 2006 LET THE KIDS PLAY, artist in residency/workshop with Rene Hayashi (el despacho, Mexico)
read » 2006 MEN AT WORK, artist in residency with Reinaart Vanhoe (RA 1999-2000, B)
read » 2006 JAKARTA 32°C student Forum festival with workshops
read » 2005 OK.Video II: Sub/Version, videofestival with exhibitions, screenings, artist talks and seminars
As a continuation of the first Festival held in 2003, O.K. Video 2005 tries to further develop our discussion on video and collaboration with artists and audience, and expand our network with international organizations. The Festival is also an important opportunity to capture the latest currents and phenomena of video art and introduce possibilities and strategies which video as a medium possesses for active and critical observation and reflection on the society as well as for artistic practice.
read » 2005 GREATEST HITS
Ruangrupa 5th anniversary. The exhibition will be showing selected works by ruangrupa from the year 2000 until 2004.
1. Opening 22 January 2005
ON AIR: Radio Ruru, Programme by Dj Asung
ON STAGE:Bandz Leo. Bencong. My Sex.
read » 2005 'We are the generation that wear too many t-shirts'
read » 2005 C.C.C.P. UNITY artists in residence
read » 2005 KAOS project presentation at the Istanbul Bienale
read » 2004 JAKARTA 32°C, festival with workshops, exhibition, film screenings, performances, artist talks
1. Exhibition/16-23 October 2004/ Galeri Nasional Indonesia
Visual works exhibition by Jakarta's students of IKJ, UNJ, UI, Trisakti, Paramadina, Pelita Harapan, IISIP, Perbanas.
Graphic Design, Painting, Graphic, Installation, Mix Media, Photography, Performance Art, Video Art, Fashion
OPENING / Saturday, 16 October 2004 / 19.30
Fashion Show - Acid, Dj + Visual - DJ Asung, DJ Kresna, Visual by Kresna (IKJ), Ibong (UPH), Dibyo (UPH), Ritchie (IKJ)
2. WORKSHOP / 6 - 30 September 2004 at ruangrupa
Workshop on Visual Communication in Public Space
3. FILM SCREENING / 20 - 22 October 2004
Short Film, Documentary, Screening schedule:
4. PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION / 18 - 20 October 2004 / at Galeri Nasional
This presentation program divided into 3 sessions:
a. Presentation Workshop Visual Communication at public space.
Final presentation workshop will talk about working process and the works itself.
Speaker: ruangrupa, workshop participants
b. Presentation 2 Cities Exhibition GRAFMUNCRAT students of IKJ - ISI
Work presentation and 2 Cities Dialogue exhibition by students of IKJ (JKT) and ISI (YK). Speaker:Blangkon (ISI /YK), Bestari (IKJ), Hendro Wiyanto , Moderator: Ade Darmawan,
c. Artist Talk & Film Discussion
Speaker: Dennis Adhiswara, Tintin Wulia, Moderator: Dimas Jayasrana
5. PERFORMANCE ART / Friday, 22 October / 19.30 Will be live performed in one day some performance art work from the students.
6. CLOSING / Saturday, 23 October 2004 / 19.00
Theatre - Students of IKJ [Gunung Dromo Theatre]
Music Performance - Upacara Bendera, Black Ribbon, United by Haircut, Angkatan Udara, Pemuda Elektrik, The Kudaponis, Belajar Membunuh, That?s Rockefeller
read » 2004 Workshop Komik, comic and graphic artists from Jakarta
Date April 2004
This workshop focussed on how story and context works in a comic process creation especially in the urban environment of Jakarta.
Didoth, Muhammad Reza, M. Arief Russanto, Narpati Awangga, Rachman
read » 2004 Top Collection, photography project with photographers from Indonesia
A photography Project
27 February – 10 March 2004
Observing Photography in development of visual culture. Investigation, identification and questioning the possibilities in photography as a medium and in its relation with the changes in society.
Andang Kelana, Angki Purbandono, Dimas Jayasrana, Indra Ameng, Irwan Ahmett, Henry Foundation, Wimo A. Bayang
read » 2004 ZERO EYE LUTION
1-9 October 2004
What do you think about the object you recognize? From Ianguage till semiotics, there is a universal agreement. And that is our suspicion about the system that is controlling it. Why are some people very sure about the object they recognize in a normal perception. Perhaps, material is a shadow which is a doctrine, since many people define it Iiterally. This project duplicates material. Personality becomes a different perception or digresses. And the appreciator emotionally enters to that perception, with objects that are just found in everyday life.
Future is an idea, because human being is moving not by order of its anatomy but by the idea of how he/she can arrive at a certain place.
read » 2004 The project #25
Artists in residency
Project #25 is dedicated to the national election in Indonesia, with a new form and new choice of a new party
Exhibition 4 – 15 April
Aprilia Apsari, Francy Vidriani, Luthfia Ayu Islami, Rebecca Theodora
read » 2003 Chiko and Toko workshop, with children by Tomoko Take (JAP) and Chikako Watanabe (JAP)
The artists Tomoko Take and Chika organised a workshop in collaboration with ruangrupa and the Trisula Pengangsaan elementary school in Jakarta.
Chiko & Toko Project – Jakarta 2003:
On October 7th and 14th 2003, we organised a workshop in collaboration with the artists intitiative ruangrupa and the SD Trisula Pengangsaan elementery school in Jakarta, Indonesia. We worked with 25 children in the age of 10 and 11 years old.
The workshop started with the presentation of a slide show of our story `Eluna`.
The story was told in Indonesian by a native speaker. After the show we asked the children, inspired by the story, to draw the creatures that live in the Eluna Sea. They started with pencil and crayons, and continued with watercolour. For most children it was the first time they used watercolour.
All the children considered carefully on what to draw and their action was very slow in comparison with European children. But once they got started they could concentrate for a surprisingly long time.
On the second day of the workshop we chose some drawings/creatures of the children and enlarged them. There was great excitement when we handed them their original drawings together with the enlargements.
We then asked the children to cut out the enlargements of their creatures and put them on the wall to create their own Eluna Sea together.
At the end of the workshop we showed the documentary video of the first day, displayed all the original drawings and made a final presentation in the school.
Tomoko Take + Chikako Watanabe (Japan)
read » 2003 APARTMENT Project, residency with Tomoko Take (JAP) and Arjan van Helmond (NL)
Housing in Jakarta used to spread horizontally and people still have strong relations with the ground; socially, culturally, and historically.
Changing from horizontal to vertical, apartment buildings failed because of a lack of investigation and consideration with the inhabitants.
In the Apartment Project artists researched these questions by interviewing and working with the inhabitants of two apartment buildings and a slum area.
Related to this project there was an exhibition, a discussion and a publication as results of the project.
Six Indonesian artists, architect and writers participated in the project as well as the artists Tomoko Take (JAP) and Arjen van Helmond (NL), residents of the Rijksakademie.
Tomoko Take (JAP) and Arjen van Helmond (NL), Anggun Priambodo (Jkt/ID), Dimas Jayasrana (Jkt-Purwokerto/ID), Henry Foundation (Jkt/ID), Reza Afisina (Jkt/ID), Teresa Stok (Jkt/ID),
See also: book publication: Jakarta Megalopolis by Arjan van Helmond and Stani Michiels.
drawings: Arjan van Helmond
read » 2003 OK Video festival, first Videofestival jakarta at the National gallery
The ruangrupa artists’ initiative in Jakarta organised the first Biennial for Video Art in Jakarta: O.K. Video. The festival presented video and new media art by national and
international artists. A diversity of styles, techniques and concepts were
presented in exhibitions and screenings. The presence of artists
from various countries and cultures was exploited to the full and ideas
were exchanged in meetings, workshops and other collaborative
O.K. Video - Jakarta Video Festival tries to raise attention on issues about technological power of video and more importantly, to trigger critical apprehension of the moving images.
Participants and former participants of the Rijksakademie were invited to the festival via the RAIN network. Stani Michiels (B) for an "artist talk", and video works by Agnes Geoffray (F), Xuan Khan (CHIN), Sebastian Diaz Morales (AR), Yael Bartana (ISR) and advisor Anne-mie van Kerckhoven (B) were presented. Greg Streak from the PULSE artists’ initiative of South Africa made a presentation about South African video arts and - artists.
read » 2003 Garbage Sale
read » 2002 Participation at Gwangju Biennale Korea as an artists’ initiative.
In 2002 the ruangrupa artists’ initiative was invited to introduce itself with a presentation at the Gwangju biennial in Korea. In the programme section entitled PAUSE, artists’ initiatives from the entire world were presented as examples where new models for art creation and communication are being established. Ruangrupa’s presentation included the work and publications of seven of its artists and won the Unesco award “for the promotion of the arts”.
Participation in this biennial has expanded ruangrupa's network and contacts with other artists’ initiatives in Asia considerably. At the video festival they recently organised there was a wealth of Asiatic video film to be seen.
read » 2002 Lekker eten zonder betalen
2-30 March 2003
Ruangrupa presented itself in CEMETI, an artist initiative in Jokyakarta, Indonesia.
Ten artists participated in this visual art project entitled 'Lekker eten zonder betalen' (nice food without paying) ; a dinner party, interior design, cooking, music, discussion etc.
The artists created an interactive environment between people and objects, people and people and objects and objects. An interaction project to determine attitudes towards “gallery walls”.
All happenings and recordings were left behind / left in place as objects that have been used or have given energy throughout the exhibition.
ruangrupa at Cemeti Gallery – Yogyakarta
1. A ‘road show’ screening and
2. discussion of Video artfrom
Indonesia and abroad in about 15
university and high school in Jakarta.
3. This programme also travelled to
other cities in Java, Sumatera and
read » 2002 RAIN Network partnermeeting Jakarta
In June the ruangrupa artists’ initiative in Jakarta hosted the RAIN partners meeting where artists from all the initiatives and former participants, mentors and staff at the Rijksakademie met together.
The theme of the meeting was "strategies of artists (initiatives) whereby they can relate to the socio-political context in which they work".
Most partners in RAIN want to create a place, a structure and possibilities for artists in their local environment to develop and analyse their work. Often they have a process-oriented approach of working. Besides this, they deliberately respond in their activities to the specific (social-political) context they work and live in. The way they do it and their reasons vary.
From the need they felt as individual artists working in a specific context, the artists that decided to join forces in an 'initiative', try to establish more open and democratic structures for artists to work. As important is however the need to relate to the socio-political context at large in the content of projects or individual artworks. Strategies differ in both areas and are interrelated.
In a very rough classification these range from activist strategies of ruangrupa and Open Circle, to the development of artistic thinking by Trama, the intersection of arts and crafts in the projects of Soleil d'Afrique, more intimate communication with a specific environment by El Despacho and curating context related work and discussion by PULSE, with overlaps on all sides.
Also the coalition of the initiatives within the network RAIN is in itself a strategy to relate to a globalised word, in which power is not equally divided yet and social circumstances differ. The need to create alternatives in the local context through artworks and -projects and at the same time the wish to contribute to a more international dialogue, is specific for the work of the artists related to RAIN-partners.
Given the interest at all these differing places in the world and having done a small research amongst the partners in the RAIN network, the proposal is to dedicate the next RAIN partners meeting to the research on the strategies of contemporary artists to relate to the specific socio-political contexts they work and live in. Both the working-method and the artwork itself and the social/political context the work is referring to are subjects of research. The way artists want to relate to the institutionalised art world - if at all - is related to this subject matter.
As a result of the outcomes a joint publication was made that is recently issued: Shifting Map
read » 2002 residency Tina Gillen (B)
July 24 – August the 15th 2002 The Belgium artist Tina Gillen was invited by ruangrupa for an artist in residency period in Jakarta.
During this period, Tina worked in collaboration with the Jakarta based artists Jimmi Multhazam, Oscar Firdaus and Ade Darmawan.
read » 2002 Polygame
POLYGAME - a touring performance art by Asbestos
W Christiawan, Mimi Fadmi, Hendrawan Riyanto, and Rahmat Jabaril
read » 2002 ULTRA OUTPUT
experimental sound, and performance art.
Venzha christ and Jompet [Yogyakarta
read » 2002 Muvi workshop
Music Video Workshop
Music Video Workshop, with Oliver Husain and Michel Klofkorn(Germany).
Involve 14 participants (video artists and art students.
with Oliver Husain and Michel Klofkorn (German).
read » 2002 PRINT 2000+2
ruangrupa group exhibition - ' print 2000+2 project'
An printmaking exhibiton playing and questioning the ideas of prints and the truth behind printing objects.
read » 2002 What do you mean by using the other?
A group exhibition called: "what do you mean by using another"
An exhibition by three artists from Jakarta: Yunawantyo, Aditya Satria, and Ernest Wang. They presented sound, objects, installations, and video art.
three artists from Jakarta: Yunawantyo, Aditya Satria, and Ernest Wang
read » 2001 Silent Forces, videoartproject with AnneMie van Kerckhoven (B) and Sebastian Diaz Morales (AR)
The presentation of this collaboration took place in the Japan Foundation Jakarta. The workshop confronted different ideas on video art and multi media, and how the artists use the media as an individual matter. Furthermore, this workshop was to investigate the existence of video art and multi media ideas as an art medium especially in relations with the Indonesian contemporary [art] context.
Anne Mie van Kerckhoven [Belgium], Sebastian Diaz Morales [Argentina], Aditya Satria [Jakarta], Adrianto Sinaga [Jakarta].
1. Workshop May 2001
2. Presentation/ 11-16 June 2001/ Japan Foundation
read » 2001 My Sneakers, residency Michael Blum (F)
In 1999 the artist Michael Blum bought a pair of Nike "sneakers" in Paris.
Two years later he was invited by Ade Darmawan from ruangrupa to participate in a project and he travelled back to where his sneakers were manufactured: Indonesia.
Blum decided to have his sneakers travel back to their origin and went in search of their makers, the factory, etc. The film that records his trip and experiences is not a journalistic document, but a diary-like, philosophical image story.
read » 2001 Swarm Project by Tero Nauha (RA 1999-2000, FI) and Ade Darmawan (RA 1998-1999, ID).
Swarm - the animal society as a possible metaphor for human social structure. Heraldic animals have been the symbols for identification of nations and tribes for as long as there has been culture. These mammals symbolize strong patriarchal structures. The swarm is rather opposite to this. It has no center, no beginning and no end. Most creatures which are creating swarm, also create repulsion on us: rats, roaches, ants, termites, flies and so on. Except the bees, because they are useful for man. The Swarm is the starting point for this project. All three artists create performances, installations, photographs, drawings and situational works. One of the goals for this project is to create a dynamic space for collaboration, events, discussions and actions.
Rijksakademie resident (99-00) Tero Nauha [Finland], Tina M Ward [U.S.A.] and Ade Darmawan [Indonesia, RA 98-99]
read » 2001 Jakarta Habitus Publik
'Jakarta Habitus Publik' a public art project
organized by ruangrupa, which is part of the first 'Jakarta Art Festival 2001'. The main subject for this project was: art activities based on the act of exchange, intervention, negotiation, and negation in the public space. The project was divided in four subjects: site specific, video art, mural and poster. More than 50 artists [individual and group] were involved from Jakarta, Bandung, and Yogyakarta. The whole project was done in June, with two months in advance for research, documentation and preparation. The project brought up the question of the artist's position in society and was questioning the public space in urban environment. During the project we had many problems with the authority [city government] for the permissions. The issue of how art/artists should negotiate in public spaces like Jakarta where space is still "owned" by the authority and the authority is still worried about the inner dynamics of society, became an important issue. There were very good responses and support from the people in the city and the media through all the critical publications towards the city government.
more than 50 artists [individual and group] from Jakarta, Bandung, and Yogyakarta.
read » 2000 Urban Printing with Alexander Sudheim (Pulse, SA), Walter van Broekhuizen (NL), Reinaart Vanhoe (B)
10 – 24 November 2000
Prints on everyday objects can be seen as autonomous works, in its function and form. But at the starting point of creation they absorb elements of contemporary social, economic and political issues.
The aim of the workshop was to investigate the conflicts between communal and individual space in creative processes.
During the workshop, the artists observed and investigated the social-cultural elements in the Jakarta urban society. Observations made directly in Jakarta urban life, such as the market (traditional -, Mall and Dept.store), public transportation (bus, train, Mikrolet, bajaj), entertainment places (cinema, discotheque, pub) and a Jakarta slum area.
After collecting ideas and materials, the artists started to interact and work on alternative products as stickers, t-shirts, stickers on LP, a sex toys manual book and images on newspapers. For the presentation of the project one of the main public transportation in Jakarta; the Mikrolet was used. By travelling around several public spaces in Jakarta it functioned as a medium for presentation and exchange with the public.
Hauritsa, Irwan Ahmett (Jakarta), David Tarigan, Syagini Ratnawulan (Bandung). Through the RAIN Network: Alexander Sudheim (Durban, South Africa), Walter van Broekhuizen (Netherlands) and Reinaart van Hoe (Belgium)
read » 2000 Public Art Project
public art workshop/debate – ‘taring padi’ and ‘apotik komik’
In this workshop we invite two groups from Yogyakarta which is intensively works in public space, these two groups are: Lembaga kerakyatan Taring Padi and Apotik Komik, mass media always confront them as two groups with different standpoint to see the public art.
The workshop took place in Hanafie studio (situated in Depok – in a suburb of Jakarta), and these two groups were stay for two weeks together, during the workshop ruangrupa arrange the debate between these two groups and two other speakers with different discipline and perspective. The speakers are Marco Kusumawijaya [Architect, Urban city researcher] and FX Harsono [artist, and art critics]. In the end of the workshop two groups who participate present their works and discuss it on ‘open debate’ at Japan Foundation.
1-15 June 2000
During the workshop Taring Padi intensively working in public space and directly involve with the people around Ciliwung river [it’s a big slum area in the side of Ciliwung river-big river in Jakarta], on that site Taring Padi make a big ballyhoo with all the pictures inspired by the situation and people who live on that specific location, and they also work together with the people who live there. In this project ruangrupa have a lot of help and support from Ciliwung’s Community [Komunitas Sanggar Ciliwung], organized by Romo Sandyawan who support urban and poor people live in that area.
The Apotik Komik was focused on observation of public transport in Jakarta. They come up with different approach about how to treat the bus as a main public transport in Jakarta; the idea is to cover the bus with the parody and satire picture of bus user in Jakarta.
Lembaga kerakyatan Taring Padi and Apotik Komik And Marco Kusumawijaya [Architect, Urban city researcher] and FX Harsono [artist, and art critics].
read » 2000-2006 Karbon journal, OK.Video publications (see under publications)
On the left side you can see the Karbon editions in the good order.
Karbon Edition 1 - 11/2000
Karbon edition 2 - 04/2001
Karbon edition 3 - 02/2002
Karbon edition 4 - 09/2002
Karbon edition 5 - 05/2003
Karbon edition 6 - 04/2004
Karbon edition 7 - 01/2006