Tentang Program Rimpang Nusantara
About the Rhizomatic Archipelago Program
Rimpang Nusantara (Rhizomatic Archipelago) is an ongoing program initiated by Cemeti – Institute for Arts and Society since December 2018, as a platform to develop an art and cultural work model that is managed together egalitarian and transparently by each participant in it, by emphasizing the importance of decentralization, as well as maximizing the distribution mechanism of knowledge and experience equally.
The program focuses on the search for and mapping of various forms of contextual art practices and knowledge production supported by the principle of mutual cooperation, community-based approaches, uncoordinated working patterns, the power of critical literacy, and respect for diversity. The program is also actively building an inclusive arts network and opening up possibilities for experimentation and collaboration across disciplines, locations, collectives, or institutions.
The program also aims to explore the association of art and society, elaborate ideas on living together in the context of cultural citizenship, and become part of a deep and participatory democracy both in the local and broader contexts. This network is a collective process in which we broaden the horizon of literacy with our own linguistic treasures, through contact and exchange with various socio-cultural contexts.
Rhizomatic Archipelago Background
Along with the process of restructuring and transfer of generations, the Cemeti worker team intends to establish relationships with art practices carried out by post-1998 generations from several regions in Indonesia.
We realize, within a specific Indonesian context, we have a long history of Java and Non-Java narration related to center-periphery ideas. What comes from the center is often blamed as an effort to “Javanization” so that it always holds an arena for debate about the identity and politics of problematic representation. Considering we have historical experience as a postcolonial region, the narration has a shading with constructions of others in “colonialist” discourse.
Such a central-periphery idea precisely we could formed it over and over through various kinds of relationships between cultural contexts to the present. So is there a possibility to hack and form the new types of relationships that are equitable, mutualistic, and transformative?
Regarding the center-periphery that is becoming increasingly complex as the development of transportation, information and communication technologies. The connection experience is no longer only obtained through physical links, but also virtual. That is why we chose to carry out the practice of Rhizomatic Archipelago in the “in-between areas”, by occasionally tracing the marked territory or marking itself as the center or the periphery, while examining the colonial discourse and naration offered at each layer that was traversed. Rhizomatic Archipelago’s work mode is not intended to encourage narrations from the in-between area and or the periphery to the center, but rather to build awareness that the narrations are part of our identity without having to reduce them to others.