A landscape called Bandung

A workshop with Saara Piispa at the ITB University, Bandung, Indonesia 2009. Participants: Fajar Abadi, Henrycus, Maria Josephina, Meicy Sitorus, Michael Binuko, Herald Reynaldo, Agung Bezharie and Ahmad Nursalim

We invitied the students  to participate in a workshop to discuss about and create a representation of places of individual importance in Bandung city. Our aim was to deal with psychogeographical landscapes of each participants everyday surroundings and to map these experiences and interests in a collectively produced piece of art.

The workshop consisted of two parts. First we wanted to share ideas, discuss about what are the significant places in Bandung, which create the typical features of everyday Bandung landscapes and living. After the discussion the students created a "monument" and took it to the place that they find meaningful, in order to underline the significance of the place.

The notion of monument itself was questioned. A monument could be a physical object like a miniature statue taken to the place, an act in the place or just the place itself made into a monument by photographing the place. The monuments were documented using photography.

This piece of art was engaged into an exhibition of Piispa's and Lehtonen's earlier works, held in Soemardja Gallery. The exhibition presents three aspects of landscape, in which what we see is not only an object under the gaze of a spectator, but also a way of thinking culture. The installation A landscape called bandung was also shown in Alkovi Gallery in Helsinki, Finland in August 2009. The exhibition was part of the Kiasma URB festival of Urban Arts.

As working as a leader of a workshop Piispa and Lehtonen wanted to work as a non-hierarchical way, encouraging the participants to enjoy the city. The most important part of this project was to create the conversation surface between people living in different cultures, in Indonesia vs in Scandinavia, what are the differences and similarities in tropical and northern urban culture and how can an individual affect one's surroundings. The idea was to share and practice tactics and ideas of how to see the urban space differently than what is usually proposed by consumption, traffic, architecture, etc. This lead the artists to follow construction workers on city streets, sticking band-aids on sidewalks, meditating on a rooftop, placing mirrors into empty houses and taking a indoor decorating plant for a motorcycle ride.

 

 

poster by Faisal

 

 

exhibition at the Soemardja photos by Michael Binukoa_landscape_called_bandung

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Opening at the Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki

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A work by Michael Binuko

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