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Blink, Glance, Gaze of an Active Agent

Blink, glance, gaze atau kedip, kilas, tatap merupakan tajuk pameran yang diusung oleh Mitha Budhyarto, selaku kurator pameran saya dan Angela Judiyanto. Awalnya saya ingin mengulas tentang karya-karya yang pada tanggal 2 November akan mengisi ruang galeri Dia.Lo.Gue, namun pembahasan mengenai ‘ways of seeing’ sebagai introduksi pameran, terasa lebih tepat.

Mengapa proses ‘melihat’ menjadi begitu penting?

Saya ingin bercerita sedikit tentang pengalaman mengunjungi pameran “Design Ah!” di 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo beberapa bulan lalu. Sebuah pameran yang berbasis dari program pendidikan di stasiun TV NHK. Pameran ini menyoroti fungsi desain yang menjadi elemen substansial di dalam kehidupan, baik di dalam tubuh politik, ekonomi, sains, maupun aktivitas sosial. Dari bermacam permainan visual yang menggelitik sensitivitas indera mata, kulit, dan telinga yang dipamerkan, tulisan Yugo Nakamura yang ditujukan untuk anak-anak, menjejakkan kesan yang paling dalam.


To Children

Most of “making” is about “seeing”. The start of making things has its roots in the things I have seen until now. In this world, what and how we “see” is the foundation of all things “created”. The first thing I thought of on this children’s program “Design Ah!” was on this act of “seeing”

Many beautiful and interesting things lie hidden around us. If there was one thing that you could “see” only with your own eyes without telling a single soul; that would be something for you alone… your own private world. Revel in the joy of something from it…and show it to everyone. And I promise you, that “your” bountiful creation is sure to bring bounty even to the next “you” who sees it.

This “Design Ah! Exhibition” shows many things in many ways. But just like “Design Ah!” on TV, remember that “you” are the one “seeing”


Motivasi dan dorongan positif yang begitu kuat untuk berbagi pengalaman ‘melihat’ sudah ditanamkan sejak dini. Usaha yang baik ini datang dari pemerintah, akademisi, hingga praktisi seni. Saya iri melihat penduduk Tokyo yang setiap akhir pekan dapat berkumpul bersama keluarga, mengunjungi museum-museum yang sangat baik. Hidup dan bekerja di Jakarta, kita terdidik menjadi pribadi konsumtif dalam lingkup ruang mall ibukota, terdidik untuk menghabiskan sebagian besar hari di dalam kemacetan, terbiasa mengunyah berita tentang kehidupan pribadi selebritis hingga aib para wakil rakyat, bagai kerupuk udang gurih, yang menjadi pelengkap di jam makan siang. Mari mengeluh bersama, sebentar saja.

Semua hal yang kita telan dan rasakan, setiap kedipan, kilasan dan tatapan pada objek yang sama memberikan rasa, makna, dan impresi yang berbeda pada setiap lidah dan dua bola mata yang ada di dunia. Taku Satoh, exhibition director dari program Design Ah!, berkata “As we enter an age of instant access to giant pools of information, how we go beyond passiveness and willingly feel, choose, and broaden our minds toward the things that matter in our lives is becoming an issue of ever-greater importance.” Apakah harum kopi saat hujan pagi, atau rasa geram ketika melihat kemacetan Jakarta yang berdarah dingin dapat menjadi jejak awal terciptanya sebuah kreasi visual? What’s stopping us from coloring the world with our own standpoint? Mungkin ini mengapa sebuah “kejujuran dalam berkarya’” menjadi sesuatu yang sangat klise dan sering terucap. Mengutip Marshall di TV seri How I Met Your Mother, “A cliché is a cliché for a reason. It's comforting.” Setiap individu memiliki naluri alami untuk mencipta, dan terlebih untuk didengar. Penciptaan yang dimulai dari rasa nyaman, memiliki titik balik kecintaan terhadap ‘our own ways of seeing’.

Satu pertanyaan yang jawabannya mungkin datang saat mata terpejam, apa yang sering mengganggu ‘kenyamanan’ dalam proses mencipta? Seorang “active agent” nalurinya terus berupaya agar satu kisah manis, satu pertanyaan, satu keputus-asaan, atau segala proses kognisi yang niscaya terus tercipta selama sang agen bernafas, menjadi suatu bentuk konkret yang memiliki daya. Ungkapan “active agent” yang sangat baik ini saya temukan di dalam buku John Berger, Ways of Seeing.

If the new language of images were used differently, it would, through its use, confer a new kind of power. Within it we could begin to define our experiences more precisely in areas where words are inadequate. (Seeing comes before words.) Not only personal experience, but also the essential historical experience of seeking to give meaning to our lives, of trying to understand the history of which we can become the active agents.

“Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.” Berbagi cerita dengan kreasi, terus hidup, dan menjadi active agent. Dari kilas, menjadi kedip, kemudian mantap menatap.

 

Jakarta, Oktober 2013
Yaya Sung


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Exi(s)t 'Maps Reimagined' Exhibition on Jakarta Globe

Artists Exi(s)t With Hope of Gaining More Exposure

The Indonesian art scene is thriving, but renowned Indonesian artist FX Harsono has observed that development with worry, especially when it comes to fresh artistic talent in the capital. “There is a lot of potential in this city,” he said, “but unlike in Bandung or Yogyakarta, many young artists in Jakarta have trouble finding their way into galleries to present their work. “Many of these talents have other daily jobs, mostly in the creative industries, because they lack an outlet for their art,” he added. “It’s not easy to get your work into commercial galleries because most of [the galleries] want to make a profit as well, which can be difficult if they feature the works of ‘no-name’ artists.” To nurture up-and-coming artists from Jakarta and help them develop their reputations, FX Harsono initiated the project Exi(s)t, an effort to create a platform for them to garner attention and exposure in the local art scene.

In collaboration with Dia.lo.gue Artspace in Kemang, South Jakarta, the project’s inaugural exhibition, “Maps, Re-Imagined,” opened on Saturday afternoon.

A breeze of novelty is apparent upon entering the exhibition space, which currently features the works of 12 Jakarta artists who reimagined places in the city that they visit every day.They each created art to answer a single question: How does our imagination affect how we position ourselves on the map of everyday life? Approaching that question from varying perspectives, they each arrived at different answers. Their works consider a range of topics such as ethnic background — beautifully done in Stephany Yaya Sungkharisma’s print series, “Unfamiliar Roots (Walking Banana)” — as well as marriage, family life, urban density and the politics of the creative industry. The exhibition pieces are all new, exuding a sense of curiosity that is usually only possible in pieces from artists who have been relatively untouched by the industry’s influence.

The most intriguing piece belongs to Angela Judiyanto, who contributed the installation art piece “A Little Encounter.” Neatly arranged on a long wooden shelf, the eye-catching installation consists of many small glass jars with golden lids, which she has given a new look by painting. Visually stunning, the jars have been transformed in painstaking detail into pieces of art, as Angela adorned them with words and images of faces, people, buildings, touching hands or just abstract images. Artist Adnyani Dewi has taken up the ever popular subject of Jakarta’s horrible traffic congestion in her work, though she gives it an unusual twist. In her photographs, she lets her imagination run wild to explore why we so often sit in a car or on the back of a motorcycle without moving forward. In her mind, it might as well be a dancing bear and a panda that cause the traffic jams. With this playful approach, she tries to encourage Jakartans to sit through the unavoidable gridlock without getting too frustrated or depressed. Agra Satria, better known by his moniker Ghost, is another artist who has been invited to join the exhibition. He has a reputation for his daring jewelry designs, which he creates together with his wife, but he reveals his other artistic side at Dia.lo.gue, displaying photographs and paintings that come together in collages, combining the mysterious with the glamorous and the peculiar with the stunning.

FX Harsono said the exhibition is only the beginning of a long-term project, as he is planning to hold further editions of “Exi(s)t” on a yearly basis.

“I will be constantly looking for fresh talents,” he said. “And hopefully, in five to 10 years, the artists who participated in this project will have been able to make a name for themselves in the art scene.”

Exi(s)t: Maps, Re-Imagined Until June 10 Dia.lo.gue Artspace Jl. Kemang Selatan No. 99 A South Jakarta Tel. 021 719 9671- - 'Maps Reimagined' still ongoing until June 10.

 Katrin Figge 

(about) Maps, Reimagined Exhibition

This Saturday! 26th of May at Dia.Lo.Gue art space Kemang "Every exit is an entrance somewhere else" - Tom Stoppard

EXI(S)T is an annual exhibition project that acts not only as an 'empty space' where artworks are exhibited, but as a vessel in which creative potentials converge and artistic possibilities incubate.

The theme for this year's exhibition is 'Maps, Reimagined' involving 12 emerging artist from Jakarta. The artists began by exploring the idea of negotiating their various positions within the tense but inter-related worlds of art and industry, private and public. This led them to specifically respond to issues about ethnic background, urban density, the politics of creative industry and many more. A common belief shared by those involved how the 'process' involved in this exhibition is just as important as the final works displayed here.

Opening address by: FX Harsono at 5 pm Curated by: Mitha Budhyarto I will exhibit my newest work: Unfamiliar Roots - Walking Banana where I talk about cultural identity. (will write more about it later!)

This exhibition is a part of "sMart dia.lo.gue Pasar Seni dan Pameran" event, there will be live music, live painting, live band, and so much more! Let's have some fun and get inspired this Saturday! Go take a closer look at the poster for more info about the timeline, etc.

See you soon! x