Exhibition and Presentation of Artists in Residence HotWave #3
Esther Kokmeijer, Leonardiansyah Allenda, Nathan Gray
During her residency Esther Kokmeijer (born in Dokkum, The Netherlands, 1977) became fascinated by the imaginary line that connects the Merapi Volcano and the South Sea, with the Yogyakarta Palace as the central point. She researched the unifying factor between mythology and geography, how myths shape the surrounding landscape and in turn are shaped by it. The works she creates are based on both old and recently formed myths, and will be presented in an installation charting this imaginary line in a poetic way. In the work “The more you take, the more I give” she shows how myths involve daily life and are part of politics, romance, education and power. This is visualized by interventions in the landscape, sculptural works and photographs.
She will also present the design for an evacuation proof pavilion on the Merapi Volcano, based on foldable architecture. This design is her contribution to the village of Kinahrejo, destroyed in the 2010 eruption. The banana garden next to Cemeti Art house will be turned into a public space to show a basic structure of this pavilion. (www.estherkokmeijer.nl)
The architectural concept of the palace and the myth of an imaginary line have inspired Leo to question: How did this culture form and interact with the current culture? During his residency Leo tried to capture his feelings about the strength of Javanese culture. The value of Jogjakarta's inherited royal tradition has greatly influenced the identity of its people. This acculturation is the fundamental concern in Leo's recent set of works. Leo's spatial interventions seek to subtly alter the function of rooms. He uses a number of techniques for this purpose including mirroring and sculptural installation. His work is an examination of the structures beneath Javanese culture.
Leonardiansyah Allenda (born in Banyuwangi, Indonesia, 1984) completed his studies in Sculpture at the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). In many of his works, Leo explores the relationships between humans and spaces. Leo lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia. (http://lallenda.blogspot.com/)
Does Java exist? If it does, is this the real Java or is it a pirate copy? How can we resist what does not exist? Nathan's residency has been one of material investigation into bootleg books, home gyms, musical junk and the optical properties of bamboo, out of which he has built a Theorist Training Camp, a piece to hone your skills as a strongman, musician and thinker. Working out, practicing, studying; Theorist Training Camp is a place for training perceptions, aesthetics and politics, to prepare us for survival in all possible Javas.
Nathan Gray (born in Perth, Australia, 1974) is an artist and musician whose practice seeks to extend the processes of experimental music into visual and spatial composition, and its social forms into models for collaboration. Nathan lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
HotWave #3 is a residency program organized by Cemeti Art House and Heden (The Hague, The Netherlands), and Asialink (Australia). This project is supported by Heden (The Hague, The Netherlands) and the Cultural and Development Program of The Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta (Indonesia), Arts Victoria, and Australia - Indonesia Institute.