"Exhibition", 1st Draft: Propositions, MAINTENANCE WORKS_

“Maintenance Works 1st Draft: Propositions” Exhibition

English | Indonesia

Location: Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society
Date: 20 January 2017 – 25 March 2017
Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Exhibition of the Maintenance Works 1st Draft: Propositions.

Launching, Exhibition and events program

Maintenance Works 1st Draft: Propositions

Friday, 20 January 2017Launch of Maintenance Works 1st Draft: Propositions 1st Draft
18.00–19.00Whistle Stop Tour of Maintenance Works 1st Draft: Propositions
19.30 – onwardsOpening reception

Public Events:

THE YEAR OF the rooster is near, and here at Cemeti we cock-a-doodle-do out to you, to join a year filled with workshops, assemblies, working groups, residencies and an evolving exhibition of propositions, notes and first drafts. With our year-long programme Maintenance Works we hope to create a space in 2017, Cemeti’s 30th year, in which we can collectively experiment, test ideas, make mistakes, and even fail together, as we think through various models of instituting; sketching alternative possible futures for Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society.

Maintenance Works is the first programme under the new team at Cemeti, where after more than 28 years the artist founders have stepped aside from the day-to-day running of the organization, staying on to advise as chairs of the board. As we, the new team, take the helm we wanted to take a moment for public reflection. Instead of rolling out a fully developed program, we decided to use 2017 to recalibrate, envisioning Cemeti as being “down for maintenance” (like a website), whilst being open to the public. By conceptually taking the institution offline, we hope to create time to ask basic questions about where we are, and where we want to go, beginning with:

“What are the key social and political urgencies in the city, the country, the region today?”
“What is the social and political agency of art practice?”
“What can institutions (of art) do?”
“What is a gallery for?”
“How do we work together?”

We will launch this process with several initial “propositions” in Cemeti’s gallery and domestic spaces, consisting of art works and art practices such as Tintin Wulia’s Proposal for a Film: Within the Leaves, A Sight of the Forest, Wok the Rock’s Trash Squad, a selection from Tania Bruguera’s Arte Útil Archive, a presentation of materials from the independent mayoral campaign by JOINT Jogja Independent with Agung Kurniawan, a reorganisation of Afterwork Readings by KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre, a changing archival display of alternative histories from Cemeti’s own archive and beyond, a growing collection of video interviews documenting collective conversations with local constituencies in and outside of the art world (starting with Ace House Collective), evolving drafts from the redesigning of our new logo, website and house style by TUHANTU Studio, the rewriting (for the here and now) of Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! by an editorial group consisting of Agnesia Linda, Alec Steadman, Arham Rahman, Brigitta Isabella, Hannah Ekin, Jorgen Doyle, Lisistrata Lusandiana, Sanne Oorthuizen, Syafiatudina, Timoteus Anggawan Kusno.

These propositions in the gallery will be added to, change and evolve, but importantly they are meant as a form of public study and knowledge sharing and as such the catalyst for an active programme of workshops, talks and events. At the core of this public programme will be a series of Assemblies each focusing on specific issues coming out of Maintenance Works, from making public(s), to ecological crisis, to alternative educational models, to de-colonizing practices. Through Maintenance Works we hope to sow the seeds for our future programmes, artists’ commissions and models of working. We hope to see you on Friday 20th January for the launch, or at some point in the year to come.