Exhibition Date
November 12th - December 10th, 2011

Artist
Wimo Ambala Bayang

Wimo Ambala Bayang: ISHOT

IShot: by Wimo Ambala Bayang

With the proliferation of exhibition openings, art fairs and biennales, we are bombarded with thousands of works in every imaginable media that passes for art. But how do we digest, process and absorb this deluge? How to weed out the good, the bad and the ugly? And how many times have we been at an art fair or museum or gallery, cramming to catch a glimpse of a must-see exhibit? And how many times have we been reminded “No Photography!!” ?

But in this digital age, the camera comes to our rescue. It is safe to say that almost every one and certainly every artist I know has a digital camera or mobile phone with camera. It has become part of our everyday lives and almost an extension of our bodies. We would be lost without it.

So inevitably our encounter with art today is aided by the digital camera. We snap we shoot and we blur. Despite the constant reminder to take no photographs, we snap and snap away, and we take these images back home with us, download it, turn it right side up and stare and share with our friends on facebook, and posed the eternal question, is this art? How does it move me? So the camera is the one constant in our contemporary encounter with art and wannabe art.

For the exhibition IShot, Wimo Ambala Bayang wielded his iPod at Artstage Singapore 2011 and his iPhone4 at ArtHK 2011. He elbowed the crowds and endured bad lighting, self-reflection, aching feet and image overload to take a few snapshots of works he wants to revisit in the comfort of his studio and laptop, to digest and to relive the encounter.

None of the images shown here have been manipulated, photoshoped or app-enhanced. It is shown as it was snapped, against pressing bodies, glaring light and reflections. That is the reality of our contemporary encounter of art.

The Art Dept by VWFA @ The Goods Dept
Jakarta 12 November 2011




IShot: by Wimo Ambala Bayang

Dengan menjamurnya pembukaan pameran, pameran seni dan bienal, kita dibombardir dengan ribuan karya di setiap media yang ada untuk karya seni. Tapi bagaimana kita mencerna, proses dan menyerap banjir ini? Bagaimana untuk menyaring yang baik, yang buruk dan jelek? Dan berapa kali kita berada di suatu art fair atau museum atau galeri, berjejalan untuk sekedar mengintip sebuah pameran? Dan berapa kali kita telah diingatkan untuk"Tidak Memotret!!"?

Tapi di era digital ini, kamera datang untuk menyelamatkan kita. Adalah aman untuk mengatakan bahwa hampir setiap orang dan tentu saja setiap seniman yang saya kenal, memiliki kamera digital atau ponsel dengan kamera. Hal ini telah menjadi bagian dari kehidupan kita sehari-hari dan hampir setara dengan perpanjangan tubuh kita. Kami berasa cacat tanpa kamera itu.

Jadi tak terhindarkan bahwa perjumpaan kita dengan seni hari ini dibantu oleh kamera digital. Kita jepret, kita incar dan kita kabur. Meskipun terus-menerus diingatkan untuk tidak mengambil foto, kita tetap saja jeprat-jepret dan pergi, dan kita bawa pulang foto-fotonya, kemudian didownload, diputar ke posisi tegak, lalu dipandangi, kemudian dibagi dengan teman-teman kita di facebook, dan mengajukan pertanyaan abadi, inikah karya seni? Bagaimana ini menggerakkan saya? Jadi kamera adalah satu konstanta dalam pertemuan kita dengan seni kontemporer dan seni ‘jadi-jadian’.

Untuk pameran IShot, Wimo Ambala Bayang mengkaryakan iPod di Artstage Singapura 2011 dan iPhone4 di ArtHK 2011. Dia menyikut orang banyak dan mengalami pencahayaan yang buruk, pantulan dirinya, kaki yang sakit dan kelebihan gambar ketika mau mengambil gambar atas karya-karya yang dia inghin lihat lagi dengan nyaman di studionya melalui laptopnya, untuk kemudian bisa mencerna dan untuk menghidupkan kembali pengalamannya itu.

Gambar yang ditampilkan di sini, tidak ada yang dimanipulasi,diphotoshop atau app-enhanced. Gambarnya ditampilkan sebagaimana hasil jepretan asli, sementara badan pemotretnya tergencet, silau oleh cahaya dan terpantul. Itu adalah realitas atas pengalaman pertemuan kontemporer kita dengan karya seni.

IShot: by Wimo Ambala Bayang

With the proliferation of exhibition openings, art fairs and biennales, we are bombarded with thousands of works in every imaginable media that passes for art. But how do we digest, process and absorb this deluge? How to weed out the good, the bad and the ugly? And how many times have we been at an art fair or museum or gallery, cramming to catch a glimpse of a must-see exhibit? And how many times have we been reminded “No Photography!!” ?

But in this digital age, the camera comes to our rescue. It is safe to say that almost every one and certainly every artist I know has a digital camera or mobile phone with camera. It has become part of our everyday lives and almost an extension of our bodies. We would be lost without it.

So inevitably our encounter with art today is aided by the digital camera. We snap we shoot and we blur. Despite the constant reminder to take no photographs, we snap and snap away, and we take these images back home with us, download it, turn it right side up and stare and share with our friends on facebook, and posed the eternal question, is this art? How does it move me? So the camera is the one constant in our contemporary encounter with art and wannabe art.

For the exhibition IShot, Wimo Ambala Bayang wielded his iPod at Artstage Singapore 2011 and his iPhone4 at ArtHK 2011. He elbowed the crowds and endured bad lighting, self-reflection, aching feet and image overload to take a few snapshots of works he wants to revisit in the comfort of his studio and laptop, to digest and to relive the encounter.

None of the images shown here have been manipulated, photoshoped or app-enhanced. It is shown as it was snapped, against pressing bodies, glaring light and reflections. That is the reality of our contemporary encounter of art.

The Art Dept by VWFA @ The Goods Dept
Jakarta 12 November 2011

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