thursday 16 august 2012
Salamat Siang from Jogja,
My curatorial residency at Cemeti Art House is just about over and what a ride it's been. The art scene here is thriving and I've met some amazing artists - each with a strong and clear commitment to the wider arts community. This sense of generosity was the subject of a talk I gave recently at ICAN. The work of a lot of the artists in Jogja exhibits a degree of selflessness and concern for the experience of the wider public - artists band together to share knowledge and resources, they turn their homes into exhibition spaces to exhibit the work of younger artists, they directly collaborate with local communities to create work that reflects the experience of those around them. It's inspiring.
Closer to home, 2012 NWF artists Lucky PDF have teamed up with Soda Jerk for TV Dinners, a new project opening at Bus Projects on the 28th and if you're in Brisbane be sure to check out Elizabeth Willing's solo show Gut Feeling at Metro Art - you'll never look at a casserole the same way again.
Speaking of food, I've got time for one last plate of tempeh before I'm out of here, but not before I leave you with this week's highlight of the internetz - ever encountered Indonesian black metal karaoke before? If you like what you see, Cangkang Serigala will be playing a couple of gigs in Melbourne in September - so watch out!
Artistic Program Manager, Next Wave
Image: Elizabeth Willing and Stephen Russell’s work at Fresh Produce - NWF 2012. See Elizabeth’s work now at Metro Arts.