All posts filed under: “Essay”

The Poetic in Process, Data and Events

Re-examining Dyah Retno’s Solo Exhibition titled ∆HRT =∆HOR+(∆HP-HR), which was presented from 2-30 July 2022 at Cemeti Institute for Art and Society, Yogyakarta, we can explore the elaboration of concepts of “process”, “data” and “events”.

Rotting Indomie Working Paper No 1

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.

Death In Life, Life In Death: The Body and Death among Javanese People

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.

We fail to smell the rotten stench on the screen and can we smell it in social realities

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.

Gazing into Gapura Buwana: An Artistic Reflection on Gegerboyo’s Formal Experiment

The “non-systemic” drawing workflow that has been implemented by Gegerboyo is, in fact, an attempt to go beyond the boundaries of the consecutive system. As we can see in this exhibition, titled Gapura Buwana, the visual tsunami on Gegerboyo’s walls is fragmental instead of sequential—the fragments of the images interrupt one another, resulting in a visual solidity.

Mediated Resource Migration; Constructed Cultural Biotope

The issue that forms the basis of the artistic practices of Elia Nurvista and Youngho Lee, through which they attempt to draw connecting threads in this exhibition, is an enthusiasm for representing the phenomena of global migration of resources. They have investigated a number of these sources as historical issues, while others have been collected from contemporary encounters.