Living Archive of the Video Village Festival
JAF Gallery, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Indonesia (September 2017)
UK/ID Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia (October 2017)
Yunseul Museum, Gimhae Arts and Sports Center, South Korea (March 2018)
Living Archive of the Video Village Festival is a open form collaborative project made with a community of over 30 curators from Jatiwangi to explore the legacy and memory of the festival. The Living Archive explores its history through discussion with past participants with whom we are building an open, organic structure to help guide the festival in the future for the Jatiwangi community.
The Video Village Festival (VVF) was founded in 2009 by JAF and Sunday Screen. As a festival, VVF does not place the video as the primary element, but rather considers the whole process of production, engagement and collaboration as the means by which to negotiate pressing issues for the region, from deindustrialisation to social issues, from environmental decline to local pride. As such the understanding of the archive does not stop at the end product of the video work alone. The archives in fact live across the territory, in the form of bodies, memories, locations, objects, and even hope.
For the exhibition we set out to establish and track this expanded archive, not only as a record of the festival, but also determine the direction and position of the Village Video Festival in the future, to see how the festival sits among the people of Jatiwangi and the surrounding areas.
The Living Archive was launched with a site specific installation at Jatiwangi Art Factory on 17 September. The installation featured an organic garden with a bamboo irrigation system that functioned as display structure for the archive. The installation included a series of new video works in which curator’s presented the archive; a growing library of archival certificates annotating each item in the archive; official archival paraphernalia including archival certificates, banners and maps of the archive territory and staff, stamps and identity badges for archival officials.
Archive Kurators: Adnari, Dede Kastini, Asep Bona Siswandi, Ma Endang, Ma Pii, Pak Ucup, Ma Oni, Pak Alya, Pak Kevin, Ma Reni, Dadang S, Ma Kuneng, Indra Rosinana P, Muhammad Yusuf, Karsa, Keyo Daryo, Rusih, Maman Rukmana, Entin S, Aripin, Acim Karsim, Rindu Dian Intania, Maman Suherman
Exhibition opening at JaF, 17 September:
UK / ID Festival installation:
Living Archive Kurators:
Adnari, Dede Kastini, Asep Bona Siswandi, Ma Endang, Ma Pii, Pak Ucup, Ma Oni, Pak Alya, Pak Kevin, Ma Reni, Dadang S, Ma Kuneng, Indra Rosinana P, Muhammad Yusuf, Karsa, Keyo Daryo, Rusih, Maman Rukmana, Entin S, Aripin, Acim Karsim, Rindu Dian Intania, Maman Suherman
A project by George Clark
Developed in collaboration with JaF and Sunday Screen with Ismal Muntada, Bunga Siagian and Yopie Nugraha
Design: Arie Syarifuddin
Video and photographic documentation: Pandu Rahadian, Tamyiz Noor Ramadhan, Alma Nöxa, George Clark, Ismal Muntada
Garden collaborators: Maman Suherman, Mang Nana Supriyatna
Thanks to: Illa Syukrillah Syarif, Beben Nurberi, Kiki Permana, Arief Yudiyu, Yumma Loranita Theo, Josette Chiang, Yuliati Shalihat, Kuo Ying Hsiu and the residents of Jatiwangi.