Exhibition Date
June 11th - 20th, 2015

Artists
Altiyanto Henryawan RM
Bimo Suryojati
Cake Industries

Street | Life

Cake Industries (Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen), RM Altiyanto Henryawan, Bimo Suryojati dan mitra kerja Multicultural Arts Victoria mempersembahkan tahap terakhir rangkaian Street | Life – proyek robotika, mekatronik, film dan komunitas di Indonesia/Australia – yang diselenggarakan di Jogja National Museum dari 11-20 Juni 2015.

"Melalui proyek ini kami bertujuan memberi makna baru pada kehidupan jalanan baik di Jogja dan di Melbourne. Bekerja bersama aneka seniman dari negara yang berbeda selalu menjadi pengalaman yang luar biasa dan terutama menyediakan nuansa nyata dari kehidupan kota itu sendiri. Kami sangat bersyukur karena ini adalah kesempatan yang sangat berharga bagi kami sebagai seniman juga sebagai insan manusia."

– Cake Industries (Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen), RM Altiyanto Henryawan, Bimo Suryojati

Kerja kolaborasi bertahap Street | Life di penjuru Yogyakarta, Indonesia dan Melbourne, Australia mengeksplorasi elemen kebudayaan jalanan kontemporer dan para pahlawan tanpa nama di jalanan kedua kota tersebut, mengubah dan mempersembahkan elemen itu dalam rancangan kinetis sebagai bentuk performans/gerilya instalasi di ruang publik. Aktivasi ini berupaya untuk menemukan alasan kenapa kota-kota tersebut menjadi pusat kebudayaan di negaranya masing-masing, serta keterkaitan yang terbentuk, melalui interpretasi patung atas kehidupan jalanannya.

Kegiatan di Melbourne, Australia:

  • Right of Way - Runaway Pedestrian Crossing Buttons Kanan Jalan-Pelarian Tombol Penyeberangan terdiri atas tiga tombol penyeberangan hiperaktif yang kabur sepanjang jalur pejalan kaki yang padat di Melbourne CBD memicu kekacauan dan kelucuan.
  • Urban Transmutation | Bonded Bicycles Transmutasi Urban | Sepeda Terikat menampilkan sepeda-sepeda yang tumbuh dari tiang jalanan mengambil bentuk baru dan pergerakan mandiri.
  • Good Intentions | Wheelie Bin Music Box Niat Baik | Kotak Musik Tempat Sampah mengulik kegiatan buang sampah secara bertanggungjawab dan penuh kesadaran.
  • Deceased Estate | Hard Rubbish All Terrain Vehicle Harta Warisan | Wahana Sampah Berat Multi Medan mengulik koleksi "sampah berat", penempatan perabot rumah tangga yang tidak diinginkan di jalanan untuk diambil oleh Dinas Kebersihan atau tetangga.

Kegiatan di Yogyakarta, Indonesia:

  • Stand Bensin: dibuat untuk menyaru seperti stand bensin lain yang diletakkan di dekat penjual bensin sungguhan di lingkungan yang sepi. Keajaiban terjadi ketika susunan botol di Stand Bensin mendadak mengeluarkan bunyi berupa lagu “Gundul gundul pacul”. Stand yang mistis menjadi sesuatu yang mengejutkan dan menyenangkan bagi masyarakat, di mana tempat berjualan bensin menjadi tempat yang cukup penting bagi keluarga dan tetangga.
  • Keong Peti ditampilkan tanpa aba-aba dan pengumuman di pasar tradisional terbesar di Jogja, Pasar Beringharjo, yang telah beroperasi di lokasi yang sama selama ratusan tahun. Orang melihat peti menjadi hidup dan berlarian lalu sembunyi di tempat yang berbeda-beda. Ada yang tersenyum, sementara yang lain terkejut atas apa yang baru dilihat, kemudian mulai mengikuti si peti yang layaknya keong menjadi terkejut lalu lari lagi sepanjang gang untuk bersembunyi. Mahluk tersebut adalah pengejawantahan sifat fana barang-barang dan lapak-lapak di pasar yang ramai tersebut, sebuah kotak yang penuh dengan hasrat, keinginan dan rasa takut. Selama dua jam Keong Peti berlarian di gang-gang dan daerah sibuk pasar tersebut, menjadi bagian dari kehidupan yang telah berlangsung lebih lama dari bayangan kita.
  • Mempertanyakan apa yang terjadi pada gerobak dorong dalam budaya jalanan Jogja kontemporer ketika pemiliknya meninggal menjadi dasar dari Mbah Gerobak , sebuah gerobak yang berjuang hidup tanpa manusia pemiliknya. Dengan foto pemilik lamanya tergantung di rangkanya yang kini reot dan dengan kaki-kaki serupa manusia terjulur dari bawah gerobak, Mbah Gerobak berjalan terseok-seok, membunyikan kentungan dan kerincingan tetapi tidak akan bisa membuat makanan, bayang-bayang keberadaan pemiliknya yang sudah tiada.
  • Renungan atas perkembangan gempita pariwisata, investasi dan pembangunan yang mengikutinya di Yogyakarta, sang seniman membayangkan hotel tumbuh seperti organisme pada ruang apapun yang tersedia. Pop Up Hotel mengambil bentuk tanaman dalam pot yang kerap terlihat di tepi jalan dekat lampu lalu lintas. Pot tersebut diletakkan di perempatan besar jam 2 pagi, dan selama pergantian warna lampu lalu lintas, tanaman dalam pot perlahan digantikan instalasi hotel berwarna putih yang semakin lama semakin menjulang dengan musik dipasang kencang-kencang di samping tempat sampah dan pot tanaman lainnya--yang seringkali membuat pengendara yang lewat terkejut dan terheran-heran sehingga seringkali mereka berputar dan kembali.

Street | Life – proyek robotika, mekatronik, film dan komunitas di Indonesia/Australia dikembangkan oleh para seniman dalam kemitraan dengan Multicultural Arts Victoria didukung penuh oleh the Commonwealth melalui Institut Australia-Indonesia Departmen Luar Negeri dan Perdagangan; Pemerintah Australian melalui Dewan Kebudayaan Internasional Australia, sebuah inisiatif dari Departmen Luar Negeri dan Perdagangan; Dewan Seni Australia (hibah Asia di Australia dan Seni Eksperimental), Creative Victoria, Jogja Contemporary dan Jogja National Museum.

Cake Industries (Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen), RM Altiyanto Henryawan, Bimo Suryojati presents in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria the final stage of Street | Life – a robotics, mechantronics, film and community project in Indonesia/Australia – at the Jogja National Museum from 11-20 June 2015.

"Through this project we aim to give new meaning of life on the street both in Jogja and also in Melbourne. Collaborating with artists from different countries is always a great experience and importantly offers a real feeling from the city life itself. We feel so grateful for that, because this experience will be very valuable for us as an artist and also as a human."

– Cake Industries (Jesse Stevens & Dean Petersen, RM Altiyanto Henryaway, Bimo Suryojati

Street | Life’s multi-stage international collaboration across Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Melbourne, Australia explores elements of contemporary street culture and the unsung heroes of street surrounds in both cities, transforming and presenting the elements with kinetic design as performance/installations guerilla style in public spaces. These activations seek to explore what it is that makes these cities arguably the cultural centres of their respective countries, and the link they share, through sculptural interpretation of their street life.

Highlights from Melbourne, Australia:

  • Right of Way - Runaway Pedestrian Crossing Buttons comprised three hyperactive pedestrian crossing buttons careened through the heavy foot traffic of Melbourne CBD leaving mayhem and hilarity in their wake.
  • Urban Transmutation | Bonded Bicycles featured bicycles sprouting from a street pole to take on new form and autonomous movement.
  • Good Intentions | Wheelie Bin Music Box explores the act of disposing of garbage in a responsible and thoughtful manner.
  • Deceased Estate | Hard Rubbish All Terrain Vehicle explores "hard rubbish" collection, the placement of unwanted household items on the street for collection by council and local residents.

Highlights from Yokyakarta, Indonesia:

  • Bensin Stand: built to blend in like any other bensin (petrol) stand was placed alongside a real bensin seller's shop in a relatively quiet neighbourhood. The magic started when Bensin Stand paused its evening flickering and the haphazardly arranged bottles begin to tap out a traditional Javanese folk song called "Gundul gundul pacul". The mystical stand became a surprise point of delight for the gathering crowd, bringing to life the bensin stand and its place as a key connection point for a community, where selling petrol in some ways almost becomes secondary to being an important place for neighbours and families.
  • Hermit Crate was presented without announcement in the largest traditional market in Jogja "Pasar Beringharjo" that has operated for hundreds of years on its current site. Quickly people began to notice that the crate was alive and running to hide in various different places. Some smiled, whilst others were in awe at what they had just seen, to then follow it as it made its way through the isles running for safety like a startled crab. The creature was the embodiment of the fleeting nature of goods and stalls in this busy hub, a living box with needs, wants, and fears. For two hours Hermit Crate scuttled the isles and busy areas of the market becoming one with the way of life that has existed for longer than we can imagine.
  • Questioning what happens to the ubiquitous grobaks (mobile food carts) in contemporary street culture in Yogyakarta when their owners pass on formed the basis of Old Man Grobak, a grobak attempting to carry on without a human companion. With pictures of the former owner’s life hung over the now distorted frame and with human like legs stretching from the underside of the cart, Old Man Grobak would make slow dragging steps as it pushes itself along, ring its gongs and bells but be unable to make food, an echo of his now lost companion.
  • Reflecting on the massive growth in tourism, investment and subsequent construction in Yogyakarta, the artists imagined hotels growing like organic forms from any available space. Pop Up Hotel took the form of potted plants often seen by the road near traffic lights. Installed at a major intersection at 2am in the morning, during the red traffic light intervals, the potted plant would slowly be displaced by the rising white hotel installation and loudly playing music next to bins and other potted plants – much to the surprise and intrigue of passers-by who would often circle back.

Street | Life – a mechatronics, ­film and community engagement project Indonesia/Australia was developed by the artists in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria and made possible through support by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Australian Government through the Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; the Australia Council for the Arts (Asia in Australia and Experimental Arts grants), Creative Victoria, Jogja Contemporary and the Jogja National Museum.

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