Sunday, April 16, 2017
In collaboration with The ARISAN Project, PLATFORM3 presents a talk by Singapore-based artist Zen Teh (zenteh.com; @zen.teh). Zen Teh is an environmental artist who is interested in our relationship with nature. Zen Teh’s art practice is shaped by her proficiency in photography and painting, alongside her continual investigation into interdisciplinary studies on nature and human behavior. The work of Zen Teh comments, through observation, upon the state of nature and our relationship with it, including our representations of nature. Zen Teh aims to raise social awareness of the environment we live in. As an artist, situations where man and nature collide are highlighted. Each work presents a circumstance for the joint reaction of man and the environment. This circumstance is site-specific and individuated, respectful of the subtly varied realities between one person and another.
4 pm, Sunday 30 April 2017
open for public
Jalan Cigadung Raya Tengah 40, Bandung
The ARISAN Project
Thursday, April 13, 2017
I've collected Dutch-sounding/looking words from the Indonesian dictionary (Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, ed.4). This collection of Dutch-sounding/looking words will be turned into an exophonic poem, which will be published by PLATFORM3 in August. In the meantime, feel free to hack this collection of Indonesian words: http://bit.ly/2nGDl0v
Friday, April 7, 2017
To accompany Cinanti Astria Johansjah’s solo show DOWN DOWN DOWN the rabbit hole at ROH Projects (4 April – 2 May 2017), I wrote an experimental text. The first five out of six texts are lipograms: each omits a vowel, respectively a, e, i, o, and u.
Download the booklet here.
DOWN DOWN DOWN the rabbit hole at ROH Projects is the fourth solo exhibition by Bandung-based artist Cinanti Astria Johansjah (who is better-known as Keni; Balikpapan, 1985; cinantiastria.com). And for this exhibition Keni decided to deal with a solemn theme: grief.
In psychology, grieving is described as a five-stage process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance – the so-called Kübler-Ross model. Keni’s work in this exhibition is situated in between the two stages of bargaining and early depression. And the stage of bargaining is considered to be a bargaining with one self, and one’s anger issues, and one’s surrounding. And in the early stage of depression there is still hope that the depression doesn’t run too deep and too long, and thus there is still hope that one could get out of the black void any time soon.
In-betweenness is a significant motif throughout Keni’s oeuvre. She considers the in-betweenness as an essential ‘adempauze’. ‘Adempauze’ is a Dutch-Indonesian word signifying an ephemeral respite, eerily frozen in time for a brief moment. In the context of this show, ‘adempauze’ also refers to the in-between lulls of grief coming and going in overwhelming waves (thus complicating the linearity of the psychological model).
Download the e-catalog here.
4 April – 2 May 2017
Artist talk: 18 April at 6pm
Artist talk: 18 April at 6pm
– Roy Voragen, curator