Loka Seni: Aesthetic-service Providers
About the Project
The design of this project relies on the aesthetic practice (as well as tradition) rooted in Bandung and renders this city dubbed as “creative city”. For decades, Bandung has been a benchmark for art, music, and lifestyle. In this extent, aesthetic capacity functions more than a mere statement about beauty, but also shapes the communal identity and feeling, as well as the source economic income.
Through this project, we would like to take these forms of expression, taste, and craftsmanship as a cultural landscape in which every aesthetic expression has its own followers without being labeled as “high” or “low”. The ubiquitously popping-up coffee shops, art spaces, creative-community quarters, kitsch souvenir paintings at the Braga street, T-shirt screen printing kiosks at Suci street, textile and leather shops quarter, and art schools are several points in which numbers of aesthetic tastes are practiced and eventually define Bandung as a city.
This residency proposal attempts to map all the aesthetic strengths live in Bandung and make the most of it. Simultaneously, the idea of “creative city” and “creative economy” will be reread. Through the model of “online shop”, this proposal aims to connect residency participants with the “aesthetic-service providers” and observe all the possible exchanges – idea wise, economically and aesthetically. the outcome of these “collaboration” is projected to be able to be sold and readily consumed. This project is also a reflective attempt to comprehend how the society take and disseminate the aesthetic idea and preference, especially in the online market places which are getting more expansive after the pandemics unfolded.
Some of the “aesthetic-service providers” we plan to take part in this project are:
1. Crayon’s Craft and Co.
2. Rumah Seni Ropih Braga
3. Wastukencana Flower Market
4. T-shirt screen printing quarter at Suci street
5. Cibaduyut leather workshops
6. Kiaracondong ceramics quarter
In the common structure of today’s service and product business models, maker, drafter, designer, or artisan have an instrumental role in shaping the perception of the future consumers and generate economics value from the aesthetic ideas. This project also reveals further questions: beside taste, knowledge, and production cost, what are other factors affect the process of aesthetic production? What sociological dimensions shape these practices? These questions are the framing for this residency project, the participants of which spans from artist, researcher, and influencer.
1. Candidates for residency submit their residency proposals online.
2. Selection process for residency participants (5-10 people) and announcements.
3. Residents attend several online events that bring them together with 'aesthetic service providers' / vendors (2 weeks) and resource persons (2 weeks). Some of the resource persons' plans:
-Deni Rachman (Lawang Buku)
-Ridwan Hutagalung (Aleut Community)
-Wisnu Kelana (Pustaka Pias)
-Diyanto (painter and curator Dago Thee Huis)
-Rizky Wirwayan (writer)
4. The participants in the residency begin the process of idea processing and creation of work with the vendor of their choice (4-6 weeks).
5. Collaborative works are sold through online buying and selling platforms (2 weeks of promotion via website and Instagram)
CAN.I.GO is a collective consisting of Aulia Ibrahim Yeru, Theo Frids Hutabarat, and Zaldy Armansyah. This LOKA SENI project is their first work as a collective.
Aulia Ibrahim Yeru was born in Toulouse, July 31, 1988. Currently residing in Bandung. He actively works as an artist and lecturer at Telkom University. Received undergraduate and master's degrees at FSRD-ITB, currently pursuing doctoral education at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Through his works that use various approaches, such as installation, dyeing cloth, or photography, he often questions the transformation of space.
Theo Frids Hutabarat was born in Jakarta, February 6, 1987. Currently lives in Bandung and works as a painter and art teacher. He completed his studies at the Painting Studio FSRD-ITB and obtained a master's degree in fine arts at the same institution. His work deals a lot with the problems of painting in Indonesia.
Zaldy Armansyah was born in Jakarta, November 8, 1986, currently residing in Bandung. Now working as a freelance graphic designer, and actively working as an artist. He completed his studies at the Graphic Studio FSRD-ITB. Zaldy focuses on creating fine works using drawing and print techniques, as well as experimenting with photography and video media.