In this exhibition, Anang with his platform PARI initiated a project entitled EXPLORING FARMER GROUPS – JOGJA X FUKUDA to converses food sources and agricultural practices between Yogyakarta City, Indonesia, and Fukuda in Shozu-gun city, Shodoshima-cho in Kagawa province, Japan. This conversation will apply methods that are processed through an artistic approach, such as design practice, photography, video, and events. These various media serves to promote as well as discuss the entire process of interaction between the two community groups.
What do we know about Indomie, apart from its established existence as ubiquitous instant noodle? For many, Indomie performs as a fast track to obtain a budget decent meal. The decency value of Indomie can be adjusted according to various needs and a particular health ambition. The preference for Indomie is usually taken in favour of instantaneous, efficiency and economical values over the actual nutritional values contained in each noodle package. Eating is never not just about a matter of filling the fuel for our body-machines.
Several questions that arose during the undergone process, included ‘how do people interpret death today?’ Mainly how the pandemic had fractured the customs and traditions which communities live by. More specifically, we also contemplated whether changes in death rites have changed the way people view death. What do people believe in regards to death? How do people view bodies and corpses? How do people view the changes that occurred with death rites during the pandemic? Oblo and Enka’s collaboration attempts to present death through the fragments captured by the camera and recalled memories derived from their traumatic and magical experiences.This paper presents a description and analysis of the processes in producing the work entitled “Mati Sajroning Urip, Urip Sajroning Pati” (Death in Life, Life in Death). The first part highlights the body in context to the phenomenon of death. The medical perspective regarding the body shows a different position from the cultural perspective. The medical body is a biological body that can naturally grow and decay. The cultural body is a glorified body because it is formed from rudiments of society’s cosmology. The second part describes death rites and its alterations in society. In this case, we explicate mortuary rituals among Javanese people that is very innate in our daily life.
The short story entitled “Rotten Stench” by Eka Kurniawan presents an interesting bodily experience as there is only one full stop at the end of the two-thousand-word story, forcing us to read it non-stop, where throughout the story short pauses are only made available by commas, and since there is no full stop in between, it has no paragraphs either, thus, when we read the story, we will gasp for air, looking for escapes to catch our breath in between the endless sequence of sentence that tells the story of a rotten stench that entirely engulfed a city named Halimunda.
The Body Journey workshop included 11 participants of various professions and backgrounds—graphic design, video/film, dance, digital art, anthropology, curation, performing arts, art management, and cross-discipline.
On the fourth day, the final workshop continued the discussion about each participant’s idea. Iwan Wijono directed the participants to finalize their ideas.
On the third day of the workshop, Iwan Wijono gave material to develop references for creating artwork through paper and stationery. Participants were asked to write one word on paper alternately clockwise.
The second day of the workshop focused on exercise and meditation. Iwan Wijono asked participants to do relaxation. Participants sat around in a circle. They have already prepared themselves with comfortable clothes and a yoga mat. First, the procession began by stretching the stiff muscles, then proceeded with Ganesha exercises. After that, Iwan Wijono started the Chakra balancing.
Iwan Wijono gave an introduction about “Nusantara Contextual Art” which emphasized the importance of action-awareness, the context of space and time, as well as consideration of how the public receives the action. For Iwan, artists must be humble and aware that they are part of society.
In Body Journey, 14 selected participants will use the concept of Nusantara contextual art to create a connection to crisis and the post-pandemic period. Our awareness of the balance of human relationships with society and nature is at the heart of the workshop.