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Ruang Tamu (Living Room)
Ong Hari Wahyu is an alumnus of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, majoring in graphic art. Since 1983, he has been actively holding public advocation in the field of art and culture. He has once worked as the art director for a number of theater and dance performances, and in films. Ong has also been working as a graphic designer, especially for book covers, and has lectured in his alma mater. He has participated in various exhibitions, individually or in group, and is active in the KERUPUK art community, a group that cares about public spaces in Yogyakarta and works mainly in the field of urban design. Ong now lives in a village that he considers as his laboratory for his activities in public advocation, and as his studio as well.
Nitiprayan Art Community is a name given to a group of youths from the fringes of the city of Yogyakarta. They are mainly holding public advocation through art and cultural activities. By considering the kampong as a performing arena, “the kampong as a stage,” Nitiprayan Art Community often holds myriad activities to enhance the capabilities of its public. The activities are invariably based on the local philosophy. The group's routine activities include yearly village festivals, and a number of temporary activities held in collaboration with other parties, whether from Indonesia or abroad.
The work is a representation of lives in the kampung, where the local culture has become chaotic due to the impact of globalization/modernism. The influences are present through the media: TV, magazines, advertisement, food products, and daily necessities which are almost invariably of the instant culture.
The Living Room is a medium to present a new culture. In this room, modern equipments are present—the global ones side by side with the local. Locality is almost unrecognizable; everything is jumbled and creates a new culture. From the various things consumed, a new lifestyle emerges, and in turn creates new structures. The local values become foreign, and we are more familiar with the global products. (Artist's Statement)
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