Exhibition and Presentation
Artists-in-Residence Period #2 2017
23 – 30 November 2017
Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society, Yogyakarta
Since 2006, Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society (previously ‘Cemeti Art House’) has organized an international residency program that encourages an open process of research and knowledge exchange by connecting artists to a diverse network. The guiding idea of the residence is to encourage and support artists from Indonesia and abroad to interact directly with local communities and to deal with issues central to the local context and beyond.
From September to November 2017, Cemeti hosted the artist collective Das Archipel (Germany) and artist Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri (Indonesia) for a three month period. Cemeti’s Residency Period #2 2017 (September-November 2017) is a cooperation with Goethe-Institut Indonesien.
For Arum Dayu, living and working in Yogyakarta was not a new experience as this city has been one of her regular stops, for brief periods or for longer time. During her residency at Cemeti, Arum tried to create a distance and alienate herself from the city by visiting spaces she had never had any connection with before. For example, she participated in a parade with the riverside community of Gemblakan Bawah, Kali Code to celebrate Yogyakarta’s anniversary. Here, Arum observed how the onlookers used their gadgets to see and to document the parade. This observation further enticed Arum to explore the relationship and interdependency between humans and our technological devises. Aside from being an artist, Arum also works as a musician, a context within which she finds herself at the other end of the smart phone lens of her audience. Following these seeds of enquiry Arum created a collaborative music project called Klout with Hannah Ekin and Ayash Laras. In collaboration with project organisers Sekutu Imajiner, Klout organized an experimental music gig at Cemeti entitled See The Grid, Feel The Gig. Following a series of warm up acts, located both in the gallery and streamed from the artist’s hometown of Bandung, Klout’s performance began. Whilst being physically present in the same building, the audience and the band could not see each other. Their relationship only existed by means of a live stream on Instagram. The audience found themselves in an empty space, only marked from its usual appearance by colored lighting. The music composition played and the visual setting the band performed in was a digital tapestry of electronic sounds and images. The gig was an experiment Arum developed as part of her artistic research for her residency at Cemeti; a first constructed scenario allowing her to further explore our increasing reliance on our devises, the human and the post-human.
Das Archipel engages with communities in every place they land. During their residency at Cemeti, Das Archipel wanted to get to know people in their workplaces, so they looked for a “job”. They spent a week in a commercial batik studio, working with a group of young, recently graduated women. Their second “job” was at a family-run wood workshop nearby Cemeti, where they built an angkringan (food cart).
Das Archipel parked their angkringanin public spaces across the city, inviting specific groups they had formed a relationship with –from the young women working at the batik studio, to union workers and debt collectors to a group running an informal school—, as well as people hanging out in these public spaces to join a conversation. Here, they discussed issues around labour, resistance, future utopias and collective values. They addressed questions such as “How do economic systems shape our daily lives and (re)produce separate identities?”, “What´s your image of an alternative future?”, “Does collectivity have the potential to overcome boundaries and make space to rethink the way we organize, produce and live together?”.
Working from a utopian vision, Das Archipel aimed to overcome the lines that separate both individual and collective identities, testing out forms of collectivity that could potentially undermine current dominant power structures: “Starting from questioning our personal way of working together, it could be the driving force to work on alternative modes and objectives of production together.” During their residency, Das Archipel had the chance to work and talk with people who share a great sense of collectivity. At the end of November, Das Archipel will bring the groups together in their angkringan, this time transported to Alun-Alun Selatan, the power-filled Southern Square of the Sultan’s Palace. Although in their daily lives, the groups engage with different kinds of labour, they share a way of working that is more communal: most work spaces function as social spaces at the same time. By “creating images that contain existing traces of a potential future – a future we want to live in”, is it possible to common these groups into a bigger, radically collective body?
Photo documentation Opening of Exhibition & Presentation by Artists-in-Residence Period #2 2017, November 23, 2017, Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society. (Photo: Dimaz Maulana)
Artist’s Biography (in alphabetical order)
Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri (Indonesia)
Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri is an artist. She initiated a learning space for anyone interested in photography. With friends, she co-runs Omnispace, an alternative art space in Bandung. She loves to sing and play the ukulele and has a music project called Tetangga Pak Gesang with Meicy Sitorus.
Das Archipel (Jerman)
Das Archipel (in Yogyakarta: Nuriye Tohermes and Finn Brüggemann) works in critical spacial practice that aims to engage with people to envision how we want to live together. Das Archipel is working as a collective based in Hamburg, Germany, since 2013.