Ragil Dwi Putra
About the Project
Talking about the city, then, of course we also talk about the elements that are arranged in it such as, the government system, social system, economy, open space, and city residents. These elements also determine what the identity of the city appears, both in terms of socio-cultural and economic development of the city. Among these, one of the most important aspect is the citizens of the city itself who have a significant role in regulating or shaping the systems and values that apply in the social landscape of the city community.
To help the process of forming these values, city residents need a space that function as a mode for exchanging information, knowledge or new things related to the context in which the community lives. Public spaces such as parks, wards, markets, are some places that can be used as examples. But, what if all those spaces are imagined and designed by the public themselves
according to their dreams and needs?
In Indonesia, the process of exchanging information is called `kongkow`, which is a circumstance where people gather, mingle with one another in a relaxed circumstance in leisure time. In the time of `kongkow` the conversation related to everyday matters, politics, domestic or just gossiping are sometimes appear as a topic. `Kongkow` itself can be done anywhere, for example on the roadside, in the yard, or in a coffee shop, which in Jakarta and other major cities in Indonesia, usually open almost 24 hours. The `kongkow`s times sometimes becomes an alternative place to relieve fatigue from the repetitive routine of urban society.
In this residency, I am interested in creating alternative spaces that depart from the imagination or interpretation of citizens about 'interlude space', that is the space in which the body is released from the burden of daily routine that is usually attached to it for a while. Departing from observations on what activities are carried out by the citizens of the city of Tokyo in their leisure time, this 'interlude space' offers alternative spaces that are built not based on profit or capital but on a sense of belonging to social and cultural ties as fellow members of global citizens. When social sites are built for the benefit and agenda of global or transnational capitalism, the aspirations of citizens are returned to their habitats from ancient human instincts.
Ragil Dwi Putra (b. 1992, Salatiga, Indonesia) completed his bachelor’s degree from Fine Arts Department, Jakarta Art Institute in 2016 – majoring in Printmaking Arts. In his practice, he’s interested with the ideas of daily life, such as the friction between the public and private space in the modern city life nowadays.