Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Navigating the sublime and the profane

 I wrote two essays to accompany the Frying Tahu ( exhibition, Soemardja Gallery, Bandung, 4-12 July 2013:

“Navigating the sublime and the profane,” see here:


“The Sublime, Ludwig Wittgenstein and the transcendental in dialog,” see here:

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,

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

Video documentation of Rudi Abdalah's performance at The Substation:


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.