Ring Project: Metaphors About Islands

Metaphors About Islands

Presentation of Ring Project #1: Metaphors About Islands is a result of interlocal collaborative art projects initiated and co-curated by Gudskul (Jakarta) and Sandy Lo (Taipei), and supported by Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation. Since March 2021, this project has been an attempt at adaptation, healing, and solidarity within art realm, wherein global pandemic triggered us to seek new cycle for interlocal works. Entitled Metaphor About Island, various perspectives and metaphors on ‘island’ become the unifying idea for artists and collectives involved in this premiere project. For ten months, they discussed, redefined, speculated, and examined the meaning of closeness, residence, survival, togetherness, diversity, presence, connectedness, and equality within respective ‘island’ and time zone.

Ring Project #1 pairs 20 artists and art collectives from Bangkok, Bangladesh, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Phnom Penh, and Taipei, with 22 Indonesian art collectives that participates in the third batch of Gudskul Collective and Contemporary Art Ecosystem Studies, class of 2020/2021, spread around Bandung, Batu, Cirebon, Gresik, Kuningan, Jakarta, Makassar, Maumere, Nganjuk, Palu, Sidoarjo, Solok, Sukabumi, Surabaya, and Yogyakarta. Pieces of process from these artists and collectives from around the world and time zone complete a series and concept of Jakarta Biennale 2021: ESOK in National Museum, Jakarta.

Rahic Talif (Taipei) X Volume Escape (Sukabumi)
Yuma Taru (Atayal) X KAHE Community (Maumere)
YAO Jui-Chung & LSD (Taipei) X Prfmc.rar (Bandung)
HOU I-Ting (Taipei) X IIYH Collective (Jakarta)
LIN Yi-Chi (Taipei) X Blanco Benz Atelier (Bandung/Germany/USA) & Studio Malya (Yogyakarta)
ZHANG Xu-Zhan (Taipei) X Pind.ink (Jakarta)
Lightbox Library+ (Taipei) X SOKONG! (Yogyakarta) & RAWS (Bandung)
Gubuak Kopi (Solok)
Britto Art Trust (Dhaka) X Sinau Art (Cirebon)
Sa Sa Art Projects (Phnom Penh) X Ruang Alternatif (Cirebon)

Hanoi DOClab (Hanoi) X Cut and Rescue (Jakarta)
Lostgens (Kuala Lumpur) X TUDGAM (Kuningan)
Baan Noorg Collaborative Arts and Culture (Ratchaburi) X Ekstrak Collective (Jakarta)
LASANAA (Kathmandu) X Siku Ruang Terpadu (Makassar)
Alienpang (Jakarta) X Roompok (Bandung)
Noorlintang Suminar (Jakarta) X Xobat Xeni (Jakarta)
Putri Ayu “Kobelita” (Jakarta) X Kecoak Timur (Surabaya)
Haoritsa X Katakerja
Grafis Huru Hara (Jakarta) X Forum Sudut Pandang (Palu)
Ugeng T. Moetidjo & Susilo Nofriadi (Jakarta) X Sanggar Seni Rupa Kontemporer (Bandung)

Film Screening 8 January 2022

Portraits of a Woman with Institution Series (2009-2020)

43 min 58 sec
Anna Daučíková

8 January 2022
13.00
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA) – Audio Visual Room

The series consists of:

1) Portrait of a Woman with Institution Anča Daucikova with Catholic Church
2) Portrait of a Woman with Institution_ Muda Mathis and Sus Zwick with Zweisamkheit
3) Portrait of a Woman with Institution_Hanna Hacker with UNI of Vienna
4) Portrait of a Woman with Institution Alina Lamakh with Textile Industry

Synopsis: The work examines the institution as a (woman) disciplining and normalizing place where the delegation, manipulation and personification of power takes place. 

Sekolah Pemikiran Perempuan

Panel Discussion “Women’s Marginalization in Art History”

 

#belajardaripuan #bersamasama

#learningfromwomen #together

 

Mother is only one of the many roles that women take up. December 22, 2021, commemorated as Mother’s Day, reduces the integrity of the role of women, their power and agency as well as the existing reality. Women are also thinkers, leaders, organizers, movers, protectors, breadwinners, sources of knowledge, and many more besides mothers.

Looking back at history, Mother’s Day was established based on the First Women’s Congress that was held on December 22-25, 1928. This congress discussed, among other things, issues in marriage law and their implications for women’s social condition, women’s role in society, and information about the women’s movement in Europe.

The School of Women’s Thought with Jakarta Biennale 2021: ESOK commemorates our predecessors through this panel discussion by discussing the role of women in art history.

  1. Speakers:
  • Brigitta Isabella works through various knowledge production platforms engaged in the intersections between art history, critical theory, and cultural activism. She is affiliated with KUNCI Study Forum & Collective, PERETAS (Women Across Borders), and is a member of the translocal editorial collective of the journal Southeast of Now: New Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art.
  • Farah Wardani is currently the Program Director for the 2021 Jakarta Biennale and a member of the Jakarta Arts Council’s Fine Arts Committee. Previously, Farah was a director of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA), artistic director of the 2013 Jogja Biennale, and assistant director of the Resource Center of National Gallery Singapore.
  • Futuwonder is a cross-disciplinary collective that works on a platform for developing arts and visual arts discourse as well as supporting artistic activities for women. Fronted by Ruth Onduko (art manager), Putu Sridinari (designer & researcher) and Citra Sasmita (artist), this collective aims to build a healthy and progressive collective dynamic in Bali’s art scene.
  • Ratna Mufida is an art management worker. Currently, with Hyphen—, she is involved in the Danarto and Kustiyah et al research project. Previously, she was active in organizing art events in Yogyakarta such as Ngayogjazz, Equator Symposium, the Jogja Biennale, ART|JOG, Jogjakarta Arts Festival, etc. She has also managed a number of art spaces such as Kedai Kebun Forum, iCAN, and FFR.
  • Umi Lestari is a lecturer for the Film Study Program at Multimedia Nusantara University. She writes film criticisms on several online sites and on her blog, umilestari.com. As a researcher, Umi won the New Emerging Writers Fellowship from the journal Southeast of Now in 2019. In 2021, Umi curated the “B. Resobowo Exhibition” at the National Gallery of Indonesia.

Host:

  • Lisabona Rahman is a volunteer translator who also manages film presentation projects, archives, and women’s works. Lisabona has studied film preservation and curatorials in the Netherlands and has worked as a film restorer in Italy. She currently works freelance in restoration projects, film treatments, screenings and knowledge exchange forums.

 

Image from the Collection of Griya Seni Hj. Kustiyah Edhi Sunarso.

Film Screening 18 December 2021

To Singapore, with Love (2013)

67 min 39 sec
Tan Pin Pin 

18 December 2021
13.00
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

Singapore political exiles, some of whom have not been home for 50 years, talk about the City of their dreams.
Director Tan Pin Pin attends a funeral in the hills of southern Thailand, a family reunion in Malaysia and goes for a drive through the English countryside, searching the world for the displaced souls of Singapore: different generations of Singaporean political exiles who have not been able to come home. Some have not returned for 50 years. They are now in their 60′s to 80′s. Some were activists, student leaders, others were card carrying communists. Though they are from different political persuasions, they all fled Singapore in the 1960’s, 1970s and 1980′s to escape the prospect of detention without trial carried out by the British Colonial Government and later, by the Singapore Government.
It is clear that while up to 50 years may have passed, the idea of Singapore is still very much on their minds. “Singapore oh Singapore, you are still on my mind, today and everyday” intones a poem written by one of them. As they recount their lives, we see a City that could have been. A love letter to Singapore, from the outside.

https://www.tosingaporewithlove.com/

Alteraksi

Alteraksi is an audience interaction program which incorporates film screening and facilitation methods, as a tool to discuss a wide range of issues, provoke new questions, and encourage the power of imagination. It celebrates the diverse voices of the audience. 


Alteraksi is held by BesiBerani, a social interference through film that was initiated by Suryani Liauw, Rival Ahmad, and Ardi Yunanto in 2018. 

Film Screening

Labour of Love – The Housewife (1974)

 

Rajendra Gour
17 min,

HD video

11 December 2021
13.00 – 13.30
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

 

Labour of Love – The Housewife (1974) was a bronze medal winner at the 50th American International Film Festival. This short film examines the role of the Asian woman within the realm of the home and the family, in particular the role of the housewife. The film is an early feminist take at the misconception of the non-economic value of the stay-at-home mother and wife, whose contribution to society is often underrated.
 
Supported by: Asian Film Archive.

Wild Relatives (2018)

 
Jumana Manna
64 min,
HD video
 
11 December 2021
13.30 – 14.34
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)
Deep in the earth beneath the Arctic permafrost, seeds from all over the world are stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to provide a backup should disaster strike. Wild Relatives starts from an event that has sparked media interest worldwide: in 2012 an international agricultural research center was forced to relocate from Aleppo to Lebanon due to the Syrian Revolution turned war, and began a laborious process of planting their seed collection from the Svalbard back-ups. Following the path of this transaction of seeds between the Arctic and Lebanon, a series of encounters unfold a matrix of human and non-human lives between these two distant spots of the earth. It captures the articulation between this large-scale international initiative and its local implementation in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, carried out primarily by young migrant women. The meditative pace patiently teases out tensions between state and individual, industrial and organic approaches to seed saving, climate change and biodiversity, witnessed through the journey of these seeds.
 

Encounter Moments at ISA Art and Design

Encounter Moments at ISA Art and Design

Featuring Winners and finalists’ NFT artworks of NFT Art Prized Moments 2021.

Friday, Dec 10 – Saturday, Dec 18, 2021
11:00 – 18:00

Venue:
ISA Art and Design
Ground Floor, Wisma BNI 46
Jl. Jend Sudirman Kav.1
Central Jakarta

This event will strictly follow the health protocols, and please book your visit by clicking the link below:

https://bit.ly/EMatISA

Encounter Moments is a series of offline exhibitions of artworks from reputable Indonesian and international artists curated by Rizki Zaelani to complement the online experience during AMJO2, enabling art enthusiasts to experience the artworks in person. Encounter Moments is a collaboration with Tezos and Metarupa.

Film Screening

To Singapore, with Love

67 min 39 sec
Tan Pin Pin (2013)

27 November 2021
13.00 – 14.30
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

Singapore political exiles, some of whom have not been home for 50 years, talk about the City of their dreams.
Director Tan Pin Pin attends a funeral in the hills of southern Thailand, a family reunion in Malaysia and goes for a drive through the English countryside, searching the world for the displaced souls of Singapore: different generations of Singaporean political exiles who have not been able to come home. Some have not returned for 50 years. They are now in their 60′s to 80′s. Some were activists, student leaders, others were card carrying communists. Though they are from different political persuasions, they all fled Singapore in the 1960’s, 1970s and 1980′s to escape the prospect of detention without trial carried out by the British Colonial Government and later, by the Singapore Government.
It is clear that while up to 50 years may have passed, the idea of Singapore is still very much on their minds. “Singapore oh Singapore, you are still on my mind, today and everyday” intones a poem written by one of them. As they recount their lives, we see a City that could have been. A love letter to Singapore, from the outside. https://www.tosingaporewithlove.com/

The Devil Opens a Night School to Teach the Secrets of Success and Failure

29 min 35 sec
Ines Doujak and John Barker (2015)

27 November 2021
14.30 – 15.00
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

The devil opens a night school in Kyiv to teach the secrets of succcess and failure. The curriculum includes the uses of drugs in war, the war against drugs, drugs as war and the drug of war. This wandering school will make its first stops in Ukraine and Spain, where the crises are acute and provide stark examples of the forces of profit as violence and the resultant break-downs. The artists use the figure of the devil and its many names and guises to dramatize and amalgamate the businesses of war and drugs. A movable tent with a specially designed and printed cloth on which there are horses, rotting grapes and close-up charred wood becomes the devil’s night school location. As a start the devil will offer two types of drug: heroin, as a legacy to the world from the wars in Vietnam and then Afghanistan, and crystal meth. http://at.tranzit.org/files/The_School_of_Kyiv_Guide.pdf

Me Culture / We Society

2021 Korea Research Fellow 10×10
Daehyung Lee, Art Director

28 November 2021
13.00 – 15.00
National Awakening Museum (STOVIA)

A forum of 10 curators x 10 media artists to address the social role of art, the current crisis of mankind, and a possibility of global solidarity. Find out more on www.krf10x10.com.

WALLTEXT-ESOK

ESOK….!

Di masa rezim militer Orde Baru, seni dilucuti dari komitmen etisnya, yaitu respons terhadap kenyataan-kenyataan sosial dan politik. Perguruan tinggi seni dipaksa untuk melulu mengajarkan keterampilan. Sebagai akibatnya, dihasilkanlah anak didik yang dapat disebut sebagai “pengabdi keindahan”. Sementara itu, realitas (sejarah) membombardirnya dengan masalah-masalah yang sama sekali tidak indah: Genosida 1965–66 dan berbagai kejahatan atas kemanusiaan, penghancuran hutan demi tambang dan kelapa sawit—termasuk perampasan tanah dan hutan ulayat, hukum yang tidak menjunjung keadilan, budaya suap dan korupsi, biaya pendidikan dan kesehatan yang tak terjangkau kaum miskin, ketidaksetaraan gender, diskriminasi terhadap para pemeluk aliran kepercayaan, penganiayaan terhadap etnis Tionghoa, kekerasan militer di Papua, pencaplokan Timor Leste, operasi militer di Aceh, pemberangusan media-media massa dan pemberedelan, pelarangan pentas teater, penculikan dan pembunuhan aktivis buruh dan aktivis prodemokrasi, dan seterusnya… silakan Anda tambahkan sendiri! 

Di masa itu hanya segelintir seniman perupa yang menolak tunduk pada rezim militer Soeharto. Hari ini, di masa Reformasi, perguruan tinggi seni masih tetap saja menjalankan cara mendidik yang sama dan terus menghasilkan anak didik yang apolitis, maka ahistoris. Di masa ini ada sedikit perbaikan, ada Badan Penyelenggaraan Jaminan Sosial (BPJS) dan kebebasan berpendapat sedikit lebih longgar. Namun, selebihnya tetap sama, bahkan lebih buruk.

Negara tetap saja melanggengkan perusakan alam dan ekologi melalui pertambangan (bahkan permintaan untuk batu bara bertambah), kelapa sawit, pabrik kertas, pabrik semen. Kejahatan atas kemanusiaan masa lalu tak diselesaikan, maka persekusi terhadap para korban kekerasan politik 1965–66 terus-menerus terjadi. Korupsi dan suap-menyuap semakin meluap. Perpecahan sosial akibat politik identitas justru beringas. Diskriminasi terhadap LGBTQ+. Perampasan tanah dan hutan ulayat tetap berlangsung. Kasus pembunuhan Munir tidak pernah dituntaskan. Pendekatan militeristik terus berlanjut di Papua. Undang-undang ITE membuat orang takut berpendapat. Maka, apatisme massal yang selama ini sudah terjadi semakin parah! Ideologi Pancasila warisan orde militer Soeharto yang bercirikan intoleran terhadap keberagaman politik dikemas baru, stigma anti Pancasila terus diobral!     

Pandemi membuktikan dengan gamblang seberapa besar komitmen Negara terhadap kesehatan rakyatnya: presentase kematian akibat COVID-19, Indonesia menjadi juara dunia (saingannya hanyalah negara-negara termiskin di dunia), bocah stunting (usia 1–1.000 hari) mencapai 10 juta anak (estimasi UNESCO, Mei 2021, sekitar 31,8 persen), remaja usia 15–24 tahun yang menderita anemia mendekati 20 juta orang (laporan Riskesdas pada 2018, sebanyak 14,7 juta remaja atau 32 persen).

Sementara itu, jumlah orang dengan kekayaan bersih 1 juta dollar AS atau lebih bertambah 61,69 persen! (106.215 orang pada 2019, naik menjadi 171.740 orang pada 2020.) Dan jumlah orang dengan kekayaan di atas 100 juta dollar AS naik 22,29 persen, jumlahnya 417 orang (31 orang di antaranya memiliki kekayaan 1 miliar hingga puluhan miliar dolar AS!)

Inilah nasib sebuah negara yang didikte oleh oligarki, yang seluruh kebijakan publiknya dibuat demi mengamankan akumulasi pribadi dari segelintir orang/korporasi beserta sekutunya, para pemangku kekuasaan, dan para wakil rakyat.   

Bicara mengenai etik adalah sepenuhnya bicara mengenai Hak Azasi Manusia, yaitu: hak untuk hidup yang melekat pada manusia sejak dari dalam kandungan ibu. Itu berarti etik seharusnya melekat pada seluruh sendi kehidupan: budaya, agama, politik, ilmu pengetahuan, seni beserta seluruh lembaga yang melingkupinya: universitas, rumah sakit, majelis ulama, ormas, kepolisian, militer, kehakiman, kejaksaan, korporasi, hingga lembaga kekuasaan tertinggi Negara!

Inti dari seluruh masalah adalah tidak adanya rasa hormat terhadap manusia dan alamnya. Negara tidak (tidak mau?) paham bahwa penghancuran ekologi adalah identik dengan penghancuran budaya. Dan budaya adalah sumber dari seluruh asal-usul kita sebagai manusia yang harus dihormati dan dilindungi!

Maka, Hak Azasi Manusia dan seluruh permasalahannya adalah landasan dari pameran Jakarta Biennale 2021 demi hari ESOK yang lebih manusiawi!

Semua perguruan tinggi seni harus mereposisikan diri dan memulihkan kedaulatan dan martabat seni yang selama ini dikerdilkan.

Bicara mengenai ESOK adalah bicara mengenai pembusukan yang terjadi hari ini! 

Bicara mengenai ESOK adalah bicara mengenai perubahan dan untuk mewujudkannya seni harus berada di barisan terdepan!  

Dolorosa Sinaga, direktur artistik