Duration: 30 January – 26 February 2015
Official Launching: 30 January 2015
Location: Galeri Chandan, Kuala Lumpur
“Let Me Know You More”
By Utari Dewi Narwanti
The width of our world today is in the palm of the hand. The development of technology makes it possible to happen. The distance is getting more virtual with the emergence of multimedia technology, made available in various platforms and accessible through a gadget at hand.
Social media and the internet somehow have pushed a social change in terms of interaction, replacing the face-to-face with virtual interaction. It is common now to replace verbal communication by texting, even if it happens between two people in the same space at the same time. Such communication conveys strings of fragmented images and texts. In other words, the complete picture of humans, their thinking and personality are represented by a string of short messages, photos and videos. Is our civilization sufficiently built that way? Is physical and face-to-face conversation, not through virtual medium, is no longer needed?
A residency program, especially in the field of art which constitutes a non-virtual interaction program tries to fill the part of the universe that cannot be replaced by virtual media. It facilitates artists to stay temporarily in one place and make interaction with its surroundings, and such interaction is the most important aspect in the program.
Artists joining a residency program will stay and work in a city/country culturally different from their hometowns/countries. Apart from artist from abroad, Nafa’s Residensi also invites artists from this city (Yogyakarta) to take part as it can directly facilitate more intense dialogue and interaction between local and foreign artists in the program.
Dialogues and interactions manifest in various forms whether they are spoken or implied, materialized or hidden, described in drawings or writings, or even concealed in metaphors, to produce both public and personal stories.
Dialogues can sharpen an artists’ thinking, developing their ideas into creative processes and therefore strengthening their skills. When there are three artists with different capacities, a collaboration is made. For example, the first is very good at giving ideas but is less skillful in technical works, the second is very good at drawing and painting but is weaker in a discourse of a subject, and the third is very good in constructing work but rather weak in other aspects, the disadvantages and advantages of each artist can be a bridged for them to cross their boundaries and improve themselves through mutual learning.
This is how a residency program can encourage artists to realize their true creativity and to explore their capacity within the adequacy and limitedness of facility provided by the program. In addition, the management and artists can develop an interaction within a broader community among local artists.
Nafa’s Residensi ran its second residency program in 2013 since its set up in 2012. For the first two years, a residency period named ‘Cycle’ was implemented twice. Cycle One took place during the first semester and Cycle Two during the second semester. Artists selected to participate in this program underwent a varying period; a one-month residency period for artists from abroad while the time span for Indonesian artists varies, ranging from two to six months.
In 2013, Nafa’s Residensi facilitated seven artists from three countries; Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Activities included in the program were studio art visits and art institutions, attending discussions, workshops and many more.
The selection of artists for Nafa’s Residensi 2013 was done through open call applications and/or by invitation and all seven artists who were selected came from various backgrounds while their medium of expression varies from canvas paintings, mixed media, performing arts, soft sculpture and installation.
“Crossing Boundaries” was the title for Cycle One showcase which was held in July 2013 whilst “Let Me Know You More” was chosen as the title for Cycle Two, based on the situation in which all four residency artists for this cycle showed an interest in gaining more knowledge that relates to their residency program. The title can also be regarded as a key in managing a continuous dialogue within the frame of the residency program.
Hendra ‘Blankon’ Priyadhani
Roeayyah Diana ‘Capung’
Meor Saifulah Lulaed