Exhibition Das Archipel & Arum Dayu in Cemeti Artist-in-Residency Presentation

Residenz Cemeti_Archipel_Arum Dayu © Das Archipel


23.11.2017 | 7 PM
Cemeti - Institute for Art and Society

November 23, 2017
7 PM
November 24 - 30, 2017
9 AM – 5 PM
Artist Talk
November 30, 2017
7 PM

Through the cooperation between the Goethe-Institut and Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society, Germany based artists Das Archipel spent three months from September – November 2017 in Yogyakarta Indonesia, alongside one Indonesian artist, Arum Dayu. They get the opportunity to do a research, knowledge exchange, and produce new works to address key issues at stake in the local context and beyond. The residency also enables the artists in residence to exchange and network directly with local artists, crafts people, curators, researchers and academics, but also local communities and a diverse range of constituencies from across Yogyakarta.
During their residency, Das Archipel wanted to get to know people in their workplaces, so they looked for a “job”. They worked in a commercial batik studio and a family-run wood workshop, where they built an angkringan (food cart).
Das Archipel parked their angkringan, called Jagongan Archipel, in public spaces across the city, invited specific groups they had formed a relationship with –from the young women working at the batik studio, to union workers and debt collectors to a group running an informal school—, as well as people hanging out in these public spaces to joined a conversation and discussed issues around labor, resistance, future utopias and collective values. They addressed questions such as “How do economic systems shape our daily lives and (re)produce separate identities?”, “What´s your image of an alternative future?”, “Does collectivity have the potential to overcome boundaries and make space to rethink the way we organize, produce and live together?”.
In the final presentation, Das Archipel will bring the groups together in their angkringan, transported to Alun-Alun Kidul, the power-filled Southern Square of the Sultan’s Palace. Although in their daily lives, the groups engage with different kinds of labor, they share a way of working that is more communal: most work spaces function as social spaces at the same time. By “creating images that contain existing traces of a potential future – a future we want to live in”, is it possible to common these groups into a bigger, radically collective body?
Meanwhile for Arum Dayu, Yogyakarta is not a new city as it is one of her regular stops for brief periods or longer time. During her residency, Arum tried to create a distance by visiting spaces she had never had any connection with before. For example, she participated in a parade with the riverside community of Gemblakan Bawah, Kali Code to celebrate Yogyakarta’s anniversary. Here, Arum observed how the onlookers used their gadgets to see and document the parade. This observation further enticed Arum to explore the relationship and interdependency between humans and our technological devises.

Arum also works as a musician, a context within which she finds herself at the other end of the smart phone lens of her audience. Following these seeds of enquiry she created a collaborative music project Klout with Hannah Ekin and Ayash Laras. In collaboration with project organiser Sekutu Imajiner, Klout organized an experimental music gig See The Grid, Feel The Gig. Located both in the gallery and streamed from the artist’s hometown of Bandung, Klout’s performance began. Whilst being physically present in the same building, the audience and the band could not see each other. Their relationship only existed by means of a live stream on Instagram. The audience found themselves in an empty space, only marked from its usual appearance by colored lighting. The music composition played and the visual setting the band performed in was a digital tapestry of electronic sounds and images. The gig was an experiment Arum developed as part of her artistic research; a first constructed scenario allowing her to further explore our increasing reliance on our devises, the human and the post-human.
Das Archipel (in Yogyakarta: Nuriye Tohermes and Finn Brüggemann) works in critical spacial practice that aims to engage with people to envision how we want to live together. Das Archipel is working as a collective based in Hamburg, Germany, since 2013.
Arum Tresnaningtyas Dayuputri is an artist. She initiated a learning space for anyone interested in photography. With friends, she co-runs Omnispace, an alternative art space in Bandung. She loves to sing and play the ukulele and has a music project called Tetangga Pak Gesang with Meicy Sitorus.