2017 edition of OK. Video – Indonesia Media Arts Festival explores food and sustainability.
OK. Video – Indonesia Media Arts Festival kicks off with a programme of performances, exhibitions and workshops. Art Radar takes a look at this year’s edition.
OK. Video is one of the working groups created by ruangrupa, a contemporary art organisation founded in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta, Indonesia. OK. Video produced the last editions of the Jakarta International Video Festival, which changed its name to Indonesia Media Arts Festival in 2015. This year OK. Video – Indonesia Media Arts Festival is keeping its promise to expand the scope of the event to include a wide range of time-based artworks, from video to film and performance, sound art, digital imaging, internet-based works as well as an enticing programme of workshops.
The 2017 edition, running from 22 July to 16 August 2017, focuses on art where sustainability, food and culinary practices are central. As the press release states,
Food serves as a gateway for OK. Video 2017 to bring upon artistic exploration opportunities through media art perspective and the utilization of technological development. Apart from efforts to unearth past narratives, such as the New Order’s food strategies, OK. Video tries to envision various narrations and alternative models of the present day.
Art Radar takes a look at the inaugural performances and workshops, and picks a few upcoming events not to be missed.
1. Food, Sustainability and Economics Symposium
Riyan Riyadi aka the Popoh (KantinYangKemaren), FORKS (Purusha Cooperative Research) and Dholy Husada (Warung Ramah) gathered on 28 July to explore the practice of food trading as an activity initiated by artists, either individually or collectively. The Popoh and Dholy Husada shared their experiences as individual and collective entities as well as their daily operational activities. The discussion also revolved around FORKS project related to producing alternative currencies. Renal Rhinoza – OK. Pangan’s assistant curator – acted as a moderator as well as responding to the practices and projects discussed.
2. Alternative Fuel Distillation workshop with Agus Tri Budiarto (Warung Ramah)
In this workshop artist Agus Tri Budiarto instructed participants to distill ethanol by using a simple hack, which can be found in many households. Agus Tri Budiarto has university studies in Chemical Engineering but has been actively engaged in local ecology issues and the ‘biopunk’ movement since 2003.
3. Bakudapan’s Performative Dinner
On 28 July the collective Bakudapan (Bakudapan Food Study Group) held a Performative Dinner – an action conceived to engage with the work they have being doing over the past few months with female survivors and former political prisoners of the dictatorship years. During these conversations the collective listened to the women’s survival stories, which often established vital relations between food, daily life and solidarity. The dinner’s menu has been based on these stories. The Bakudapan Food Study Group was initiated in 2016 and now has seven members. The name Bakudapan originated from the Manadonese words “bakudapa” (‘to meet’) and “kudapan” which means ‘meals’. In a press statement the collective of artists, designers and multidisciplinary thinkers stated:
Food is much more than a mere substance that we eat to relieve our hunger […] food can be an instrument to understand social, political, cultural, and economic issues that takes place within a society.
Upcoming events in August 2017
1. Carolina Caycedo — Beyond Control performance, 2 August
On 22 July, Los Angeles-based artist Carolina Caycedo presented her work Beyond Control (2013-2017), a series of context-specific collective performances that explore the theme of “water”, from histories of colonial regulatory practices (such as the installation of dams) to metaphorical associations with water and containment. According to the press release, the Jakarta instance of the work
continues to explore the gestures and choreographies of power that collocate the issues of water and food, linking an Indonesian context to another ground, such as Colombia. Using the same oratorical script performed elsewhere and enunciated by a local actor, the performance proclaims local experience with global urgency in providing statistics of development aggression and in naming the victims of environmental and food violence.
The work will be performed again on Wednesday, 2 August 2017 at 15:20 in the WIB Hall B, Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem.
2. OK. Video Exhibition, until 16 August
The 8th OK. Video – Indonesia Media Arts Festival opened on 22 July and runs until 16 August. It collects a number of artworks, performances, interventions, site-specific actions and artistic projects, collaborative projects, and research from 25 artists, as well as the 14 Open Lab artists-in-residence funded by the festival. The exhibition explores food as artistic medium, technology, ideology and representation. At Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem and in Bogor, a satellite location in the periphery of the capital, the exhibition reflects in its local contexts, its connection to initiatives and actors, and its participation in regional and global discourse on media art and food-related issues. New works will be presented by Bakudapan Food Study Group, Jen Liu, Luinambi Vesiano, Mark Sanchez, Minerva Co-Lab, Saleh Husein, Soemantri Gelar and Syaiful Garibaldi.
3. Agung Kurniawan — Masya Allah Transgenik Performance, 16 August
In 2003 Yogyakarta-based artist Agung Kurniawan, together with artist Yustina Neni, established the Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF) a gallery, restaurant and performance art space. Currently, Agung “Leak” Kurniawan is the director of Indonesia Visual Art Archive (IVAA), an organisation that processes archives of visual art activities and researches. In this performance, Agung “Leak” performs the “selamatan” – a Javanese praying ritual. The audience will be asked to follow the eating prayer, which is presented in the form of “adzan” (Islamic prayer call) while listening to a recording of ex-President Soekarno’s speech in 1952 about food sovereignty in Indonesia. The performance aims to engage the audience in a ritualistic protest against the politics of transgenic food industry in Indonesia.
4. Aleš Čermák — The Earth Trembles Performance, 6 August
Aleš Čermák is a Prague-based artist, theatre director, editor and founder of the independent publishing house Ausdruck Books. His artistic practice traces the movements and systems in society with and through the human body as the locus of performance and as a subject. The performance The Earth Trembles (2014 – present) in Jakarta explores how a system gradually collapses over time, representing evacuation centres and displaced communities. The performance, which includes multimedia elements, probes the effect of the daily stream of apocalyptic images in the media on the individual and collective subconscious.
The work will be performed on 6 August 2017 at 19.00 in WIB Hall B, Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem.
5. Dongeng Rangkas — Rangkasbitung: A Piece of Tale, film screening
Rangkasbitung:A Piece of Tale (2011) by Dongeng Rangkas is a portrait of the town of Rangkasbitung, which has became well known through the Multatuli (Dowes Dekker) writing on Dutch colonialism. The film explores modes of lingering colonial oppression in the region as well as the lasting effects of 20th century military dictatorship and the post-reformation of 1998. The film follows two characters: two young men from Rangkasbitung – Kiwong and Iron, who work as tofu sellers. Kiwong sells tofu in the economy train of Rangkasbitung to Jakarta, while Iron sells the fresh tofu in the traditional Rangkasbitung market.
The film will be showing on 3 August at 19.00 at WIB.
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