Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Artist Pension Trust

Artist Pension Trust (APT) is a global organization which offers long-term financial stability, exposure and networking opportunities to selected artists. For the APT profile of Roy Voragen see here.

writings Roy Voragen on art

Selection of writings by Roy Voragen on contemporary art - mostly Indonesia - can be downloaded here.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

RE-ENTRY#2 R. YUKI AGRIARDI

In collaboration with PLATFORM3, Roma Arts (http://fatumbrutum.blogspot.com) presents RE-ENTRY#2, a talk with Bandung-based R. Yuki Agriardi (http://www.agriardi.com/). He studied interior design at ITB and he continued his studies in the UK. He earned his MA Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and he returned home recently. Usually, Indonesians returning from a trip abroad will be asked for oleh-oleh, but we invited him to share with us his experiences of living, studying and creating abroad as food for thought.

Moderated by Kiki Rizky Soetisna P.

Free admission & open for the public and in Indonesian

Friday 6 December 3PM

PLATFORM3
Jl. Cigadung Raya Tengah No. 40
Bandung 40191
022 – 82522727
http://www.infoplatform3.wordpress.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Biennale fever

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Roy Voragen, “Biennale fever in Indonesia, Temporary sites for contemporary art,” Art Monthly Australia 265 (November 2013): 9-13; see here.

This essay was written nearly two years ago but only now published at the eve of a new biennale fever...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Godspeed: a series of durational performances by Rudi Abdalah @ PLATFORM3

 
Godspeed

Rudi Abdalah

10-13 October 2013 @ PLATFORM3

curated by Roy Voragen

PLATFORM3 & Roma Arts present Godspeed, a series of four durational performances by Bandung-based performance artist Rudi Abdalah (1982; https://vimeo.com/user18902589). He performed at Undisclosed Territory #6, Solo, and recently at The Substation, Singapore, in a program organized by R.I.T.E.S.

1.     Devotion – Thursday 10 October 2-10pm
2.     The Underdog – Friday 11 October 2-10pm
3.     Fellowshit – Saturday 12 October 2-7pm
4.     Godspeed – Sunday 13 October 2-3pm (followed by a discussion)

Four durational performances with common threads running through: a troubled heart, on the verge of hope, organs without bodies, a pulsating and amplified beat, counting blessings and figments of reveries, icy ink and blood, overcoming and becoming, immobile traveling, rebooting belief, looking back and forth, contemplating action and act, fail, and act again… 

Godspeed |Gädspēd|
exclamation dated
an expression of good wishes to a person starting a journey.
ORIGIN Middle English: from God speed you [may God help you prosper]

Free admission & open for the public (Fellowshit for 18+ only!).

Poster design and silkscreen print by Irfan Hendrian (http://regmart.net/) - assisted by Sigit Ramadhan (http://sigitrmdhn.blogspot.com/) and Tandia Bambang Permadi (http://tandia.tumblr.com/).

PLATFORM3
Jl. Cigadung Raya Tengah No. 40
Bandung 40191
022 – 82522727

For curatorial text see here.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Art & Law: public lecture and workshop at FSRD/ITB

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Art & Law
Mariska J. van Zelst-de Wit, LL.M

Public Lecture & Workshop

4 and 5 October 2013
Visual Art Study Program, FSRD/ITB

Friday 4 October 2pm: public lecture (free admission & open for the public) – introduced and Q&A moderated by Ranti Puji Agusti – seminar room Visual Art Study Program, FSRD/ITB

Saturday 5 October 10am: workshop (by invitation only & limited seats) – studio Intermedia 4 Visual Art Study Program, FSRD/ITB

Visual Art Study Program, FSRD/ITB, and Roma Arts present a public lecture and workshop by Mariska J. van Zelst-de Wit, who is legal advisor collections at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (http://www.rijksmuseum.nl).

In her public lecture and workshop, Mariska J. van Zelst-de Wit focuses on intellectual property, copyright and contract law in connection to the arts. Artists, gallerists, program and artist managers as well as collectors, she proposes, will all greatly benefit if there is shared knowledge what the law could offer to those involved in the arts.

You can download material for the public lecture and workshop here: http://bit.ly/1b54o98 

Visual Art Study Program, FSRD/ITB
Jl. Ganeca 10 – Bandung
022-2534104

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Undisclosed Territory #7: review


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For my review of Undisclosed Territory #7, Solo, 2013, see here.

Photo above:
The Dust by Melati Suryodarmo (photo by Daniel SW)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Placebo (2)

A performance by Jason Lim and Daniela Beltrani at performance art festival Undisclosed Territory 7, Solo, Central Java, Indonesia.

sweet dreams sweet


A performance by Melati Suryodarmo at Undisclosed Territory 7, Solo.

untitled


Performances by Waldemar Tatarczuk at Undisclosed Territory 7, Solo (he is the director of Labyrynt Gallery in Lublin, Poland).

Sincerely yours,


Performances by AnA Wojak at Undisclosed Territory 7, Solo. Sincerely yours, is part of the Love Letters Project and the soundtrack is by Textile Audio.

The Book of Nothingness

The Book of Nothingness - a performance by Halim HD at Undisclosed Territory 7, Solo.

Inisiasi

A beautiful performance by Retno Sayekti Lawu at Undisclosed Territory 7, Solo.

bunker for one artist...

No one broke the glass...why? Perhaps because we are preconditioned not to touch art (this photo was taken at the Goodman Arts Center in Singapore).

anyhow blues

The feet of anyhow blues man Lee Wen (the photo was taken at Independent Archive, where I also met Jason Lee).

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

mysteries of boundaries

Roy Voragen, “Threshold explores the mysteries of boundaries, review of Takashi Kuribayashi’s exhibition Threshold at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space,” The Jakarta Globe, August 14, 2013, 27; see here

Saturday, August 10, 2013

lost girl...


This is a sculpture by Putriani Mulyadi - aka Uci - which was part of an installation at the exhibition Bandung New Emergence 4 at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung, in 2012 (for the e-catalog of that exhibition see here).

Monday, July 29, 2013

New Media Art in Southeast Asia: a review of a seminar at ITB

For my review see here:
Roy Voragen, "New Media Art in Southeast Asia," in Tempo Magazine, July 14, 2013, pp52-53.

change in 7 days


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change in 7 days

Adhya Ranadireksa
Deden Hendan Durahman
Henrycus Napitsunargo
Sari Asih

SB2013: if the world changed… – National Library of Singapore

“you have to be knowingly unsure,
to seek certitude within the uncertain
and not pursue the uncertain with false certitude.”
Ho Rui An, Several Islands

Give us a photograph, or two, or four, seven is good too – and we depict tales of a city, a city with her bricks and whispers, her raindrops and candies, her meandering river and sailors, her brush strokes, her cacophonous soundtrack, her unsung love affairs, her coffee and cigarettes at the crack of dawn, her green papayas and its odor, her hopes and ghosts, gentle and wicked…

A city we remember. Cities are not merely backdrops to the stories we tell each other over and over again, cities are the fiber that give these stories the much needed bones – and a pulsation, too. A jazzy pulse, or one of gamelan, or heavy metal, or tango, or hybrids – so many cities, so many rhythms.

 To remember is not the same as to commemorate – archives of the city are amnesiac zombie entities of our memory. Graveyards are the sites where memories as we knew them come to an end. Numbered, catalogued, put in neat folders and cabinets in underground basements, our memories are stored to collect dust and fungus. A memory with a pulse is a mobile memory, told or shown to others – countless times given manifold shapes and forms.

With your help, we want to wake up the archives of the city, the city of Singapore. The archive, then, will be turned into a library of visual memory of an ever-changing city, rapid but meandering changes. We want to collect and show the good, the bad & the ugly, the delicious and wreckage, the uncanny and repressed, happiness and joy of you, you and you too, and us as well.

Archival materials are re-animated, opened-up partially, given a second life in our library change in 7 days at the National Library of Singapore during SB2013 (and perhaps long after there or elsewhere when we are no longer present). Visual materials are retrieved from the city’s multiple archives to give you a chance to connect and re-connect, browse through, borrow memories, point out to one and another stories thought long lost and recount them anew.

We also invite you to submit images of you and your city. Wedding photos, graduation party photos, photos of you with your family or friends and etcetera… And we hope that your personal photos will be the many jigsaw pieces of a gigantic puzzle that shows a biography of your city of Singapore, a city, like any other city, with its great many stories and ambiguities. The gamut of these memoirs cannot be overseen in a single breath.

Moreover, we – Adhya Ranadireksa, Deden Hendan Durahman, Henrycus Napitsunargo and Sari Asih, all of us are from Bandung, Indonesia – respond in individual, artistic ways to a selection we each make of the visual materials salvaged from the archives and the images you kindly submitted. In so doing, we weave our threads into this city, your city as our temporary base, a brief home from which we return with memories, our memento mori on our homecoming to Bandung, a city with a different beat.

Cities, certainly, are only built metaphorically in 7 days. However, 7 days is ample time to spectacularly wipe out an entire metropolis with its sinners, specters and samurais of the face of the earth. 7 days is also plentiful of time to alter our imagined city. Images can move us – move us to built a city, multiple cities out of our memory to remember, to be committed to, jointly…


(I was asked by the four artists to ghostwrite the above text for their project at SB2013.)

Friday, July 26, 2013

The threads of an ongoing love affair with your art


Occasionally – when fortunate, with effortless effort – we experience a poetic encounter with a work of art and this experience, in turn, lingers in our memory for times to come and unexpectedly can reflexively pop-up again into our thoughts while doing something completely mundane like sipping hot coffee in the morning. The experience of art and the memory of it can morph us – become part of our body, part of who we are or who we want to become. We are all art thieves. Our memory takes care of that; we (unwillingly) take home the unexpected, exquisiteness as well as the uncanny – a rough brush stroke here, a fine pen line there. For this, art needs to travel. For this, we need to travel – and leave our comfort zone behind, go back & forth to exhibition spaces and meet time after time works of art. 


(From my preface for the catalog of Besti Rahulasmoro and S.E. Dewantoro’s exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Yogyakarta, curated by Kerensa Johnston and produced by DarahRouge.)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bandung Network 10

Jason Wee - a Singapore-based artist, curator and founder of Grey Projects - is in Bandung for two days as a Roma Arts guest.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Contemporary Arts Bandung


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About Contemporary Arts Bandung
Roma Arts founded Contemporary Arts Bandung in 2013. Contemporary Arts Bandung is an online portal – it includes Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ContemporaryArtsBandung) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/ArtsBdg) – to promote everything related to contemporary arts and culture in Bandung: exhibitions, workshops, seminars, talks, etc.

About Roma Arts
Roma Arts, founded in 2011, promotes passionate, ambitious and focused ways of producing, presenting, experiencing, and writing about the diverse forms of the arts. Roma Arts gives keen attention to art practices, forms of presentation, experiencing the arts, and discourses on art. In 2012, Roma Arts initiated a residency program to foster creative person-to-person contacts. For all Roma Arts programs – talks, exhibitions, workshops, etc. – collaborations are cultivated with art spaces. For more information on the residency program and documentation of past residents see here: http://bit.ly/14EczQP

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Navigating the sublime and the profane

 I wrote two essays to accompany the Frying Tahu (http://fryingtahu.tumblr.com/) exhibition, Soemardja Gallery, Bandung, 4-12 July 2013:

“Navigating the sublime and the profane,” see here: http://bit.ly/1aeobRO

and:

“The Sublime, Ludwig Wittgenstein and the transcendental in dialog,” see here: http://bit.ly/14XqzIM

The first of the above two mentioned essays is a short, personal essay; the second, on the other hand, is a longer and more academic essay. The reader can decide for her- or himself in which order to read these two essays.

Above artwork is by Bandung-based artist Maradita Sutantio, http://maradiata.wordpress.com/

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

RE-ENTRY#1 Rudi Abdalah




In collaboration with Galeri Gerilya, Roma Arts presents RE-ENTRY#1, a talk with Bandung-based performance artist Rudi Abdalah. April 1, Rudi Abdalah performed at The Substation, Singapore, in a program organized by R.I.T.E.S. or Rooted In The Ephemeral Speak. In this talk, he will discuss his performance piece, what the value is of going abroad and what we can learn from his trip to Singapore and his dealings with The Substation and R.I.T.E.S., which was founded to encourage exchange among performance artists from different backgrounds and generate wider appreciation for performance art.

Moderated by Rifda Amalia

Free admission & open for the public

Friday 28th of June at 3PM

Galeri Gerilya
Jalan Raden Patah 12, Bandung
twitter.com/galerigerilya

Video documentation of Rudi Abdalah's performance at The Substation:
https://vimeo.com/68209543

valise



The very same container ship that brought me Tanto’s watercolor drawings, brought me a valise – a valise filled with letters from the poet Marije Langelaar (mostly dated from the late-nineties). In a much earlier life – before WWII – this valise traveled by boat from Rotterdam to NY. By now, this valise has crossed two oceans – no more unpacking for this valise though, it stays in Bandung (for now, I must add).

Tuesday, June 4, 2013



R.E. Hartanto's (better known as Tanto) long lost Amsterdam drawings resurfaced... These drawings were made during his residency (2001-2002) at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Bandung Network 9


After having finished her residency at JAF, Mae Aguinaldo stays a day at our place before flying back to Manila.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bandung Network 8


For the next two weeks Irwan Bagja Dermawan - better known as Iweng - and Jenni Maria Savela will stay at our place.

Above is a photo of Iweng's mural at the fly-over in Bandung.

A video of this mural: Gift for the city.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Kristoffer Ardeña - Roma Arts artist-in-residency - Documentation




Bandung, Indonesia, 9 – 23 May 2013

Kristoffer Ardeña

Roma Arts artist-in-residency
In collaboration with Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Irfan Hendrian Studio, Oma Anna Handwork, and Visual Arts Study Program at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, ITB

Documentation can be downloaded here (Issuu) and here (Box).

Above photo was taken by Deden Hendan Durahman during Kristoffer Ardeña's talk at ITB.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Dear Curator Curate Me: Chabib Duta Hapsoro & Rizki Lazuardi



Dear Curator Curate Me: Chabib Duta Hapsoro and Rizki Lazuardi

Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (http://www.selasarsunaryo.com/) 19 May-8 June 2013

Dear Curator Curate Me is a project by Kristoffer Ardeña.

The booklet is designed by Irfan Hendrian and hand-made by Oma Anna. The limited edition booklet can be downloaded here (Issuu) and here (Box).

Dear Curator Curate Me in Indonesia is coordinated by Roma Arts (http://fatumbrutum.blogspot.com/).

Kristoffer Ardeña selected 15 videos and this selection travels around the world, each place where this selection makes a stop a curator is invited to develop a discourse on these videos. Dear Curator Curate Me at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space is this project’s debut, which will continue in the Philippines, Spain, Peru, etc. This project reverses the roles of the artist and the curator in a witty manner by emphasizing the curatorial essay. This traveling project aims to show how in different contexts around the globe curators can respond to the same collection of videos and slowly this project will turn into an archive of a curatorial discourse with its many contrasting voices.
 – Roy Voragen (project coordinator Dear Curator Curate Me Indonesia & Roma Arts)

The making of the Dear Curator Curate Me booklet: the binding




The Dear Curator Curate Me booklet is designed by Irfan Hendrian and hand-made by Oma Anna.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dear Curator Curate Me: Chabib Duta Hapsoro and Rizki Lazuardi



19 May 3pm, Roma Arts artist-in-resident Kristoffer Ardeña (1976, Philippines) will present Dear Curator Curate Me at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space with Chabib Duta Hapsoro and Rizki Lazuardi as the curators. Kristoffer selected 15 videos and this selection travels around the world, each place where this selection makes a stop a curator is invited to develop a discourse on these videos. Dear Curator Curate Me at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space is this project’s debut, which will continue in the Philippines, Spain, Peru, etc. This project reverses the roles of the artist and the curator in a witty manner by emphasizing the curatorial essay. This traveling project aims to show how in different contexts around the globe curators can respond to the same collection of videos and slowly this project will turn into an archive of a curatorial discourse with its many contrasting voices.

The opening will be officiated by Pak Krisna Murti and the opening will be followed by a curatorial talk at which the artist is present.

For more information:
Selasar Sunaryo Art Space: http://www.selasarsunaryo.com/   

Friday, May 10, 2013

Ghost - curated by Rizki Lazuardi



Ghost is an exhibition curated by Rizki Lazuardi at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in collaboration with Roma Arts and Dear Curator Curate Me, the exhibition opens May 19, 2013.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bandung Network 7




With a 14 hour delay, Kristoffer Ardeña has arrived in Bandung and he will stay at Roma Arts until May 23. He is the fourth artist from the Philippines visiting Roma Arts in one year. The first was Mark Salvatus, who was here exactly a year ago for a short stay (he is the founder of 98B). The second was Marika Constantino (head special projects 98B), she gave a talk about 98B at Common Room and she created a mural at Roma Arts. And the third was Jef Carnay, he gave a talk on On Pins and Needles at Galeri Gerilya and he created an installation and performance at Asbestos. Kristoffer will give a talk at ITB’s Visual Arts Study Program (15 May 2pm) and his project Dear Curator Curate Me will open 19 May at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Public talk at ITB: Kristoffer Ardeña



Public Talk

Wednesday 15 May, 2pm

Kristoffer Ardeña

Studio Seni Grafis/Intermedia (lantai2)
Visual Art Study Program
ITB
Jalan Ganeca 10, Bandung

Wednesday 15 May, 2pm

Open for the public and free admission (limited seats)

Roma Arts artist-in-resident Kristoffer Ardeña (1976, Dumaguete) lives and works in Madrid/Spain and Manila/Philippines. He has created individual projects in Museo Carrillo Gil and Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo del UNAM, both in Mexico, Vargas Museum and the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila (Philippines), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum (Madrid), La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo in Murcia), Spain. He has also participated in various collective projects, among them the 3rd Bucharest Biennale (Romania), 3rd Guangzhou Triennale (China), Konstholl C in Stockholm (Sweden), Caixa Forum in Barcelona and La Casa Encendida in Madrid (Spain), Casino Forum d’Art Contemporain (Luxembourg), Apexart in New York (USA), Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico) and the Museo de Arte Moderno in Medellin (Colombia).

Termasuk seniman-magang di lingkar Roma Arts, Kristoffer Ardeña (1976, Dumaguete) hidup dan bekerja di Madrid/Spanyol and Manila/Filipina. Proyek-proyek individual yang digagasnya antara lain di Museo Carrillo Gil dan Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo del UNAM, keduanya diselenggarakan di Meksiko, Vargas Museum dan the Cultural Center of the Philippines di Manila (Filipina), Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Museum (Madrid), La Conservera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo di Murcia (Spanyol). Ia juga turut ambil bagian di berbagai proyek-proyek kolektif, beberapa di antaranya adalah 3rd Bucharest Biennale (Rumania), 3rd Guangzhou Triennale (Cina), Konstholl C di Stokholm (Swedia), Caixa Forum di Barcelona dan La Casa Encendida di Madrid (Spanyol), Casino Forum d’Art Contemporain (Luksemburg), Apexart di New York (AS), Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Meksiko) dan the Museo de Arte Moderno di Medellin (Kolombia).

(Poster design: Irfan Hendrian)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The buoyant counterweight of a paper trail




Roy Voragen
“The buoyant counterweight of a paper trail”
My review - see here - of Prilla Tania’s solo exhibition E at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (exhibitions runs until May 11).
Tempo Magazine, 5 May 2013, 60-61

Photo: Prilla Tania, Larung (courtesy Selasar Sunaryo Art Space).

Dia.Lo.Gue. - exi(s)t




My dear friends at Dia.Lo.Gue. are looking for young, talented & Jakarta-based artists for their exi(s)t project:

EXI(S)T adalah proyek pameran yang akan diselenggarakan tiap tahun oleh Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace. Kegiatan ini bertujuan untuk menjadi lebih dari sekadar ‘ruang kosong’ dimana karya-karya seni dipamerkan, tetapi menjadi semacam inkubator untuk berbagai potensi artistik.
Berbeda dengan program-program yang sudah ada, EXI(S)T ditujukan bagi mereka yang sudah bukan lagi mahasiswa, yang juga ingin membuat karya seni. EXI(S)T mengajak mereka untuk ‘keluar’ (to exit) dari jalur-jalur yang sudah mereka jalani untuk ‘ada’ atau ‘hadir’ (to exist) di peta seni rupa Indonesia, Jakarta khususnya. Disini, kami tertarik bukan hanya pada ‘produk akhir’, tapi berbagai tukar-pikir dan obrolan intensif yang membentuk sebuah karya seni dan juga sebuah pameran.
Deadline: 17 Juni
Informasi lebih lanjut: http://dialogueexist.wordpress.com/
Dia.Lo.Gue.
Jalan Kemang Selatan 90A, Jakarta

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Coming soon! Dear Curator Curate Me: Chabib Duta Hapsoro & Rizki Lazuardi




Selasar Sunaryo Art Space and Roma Arts present the exhibition ‘Dear Curator Curate Me: Chabib Duta Hapsoro and Rizki Lazuardi’, which will run from 19 May until 8 June at Ruang Sayap (Wing Gallery), Selasar Sunaryo Art Space. On opening day there will be a curatorial talk. Dear Curator Curate Me is the brainchild of the Filipino-Spanish artist Kristoffer Ardeña. Kristoffer Ardeña will conduct an artist-in-residency at Roma Arts, he will be present at the opening of ‘Dear Curator Curate Me: Chabib Duta Hapsoro & Rizki Lazuardi’ and he will also give a talk at ITB’s art school, 15 May at 2pm.