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Kehidupan Mahasiswa Urban
(Urban Students' Lives)
300 x 300 x 240 cm
Space installation and video


Tumorganas (established 2001 in Yogyakarta) is a graphics community of students from Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta. They currently have 25 members and those who are involved in CP Biennale 2005 are: Sigit Haryadi, Haryo TB, Konrad Jati Kuncara, Daniel Wisnu K, Verry Irawan, Andi Hismanto, Cahyo Nugroho, Mirza Al Rosyid, Noer Hidayat, Endah Susanti, and Tito. Activities done by them, includes: "Ramadhan Fair with TUMORGANAS", Sasono Hinggil Yogyakarta (2004); exhibition teaching and serigraphy workshop with students from seni murni UNJ at ISI Yogyakarta (2003), "Printmaking on The Road #2", Yogyakarta (2002), and woodcut exhibition, ISI Yogyakarta (2001).

This piece speaks about urban students as one of the descriptions of nowadays urbanites.

The number of students studying in big cities, gave a new face to the big city itself, and to the existing urban problems. The problem certainly has become so complex in big cities, such as Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Semarang, and Yogyakarta. The lure of better life draws villagers to move to the city—similar to the choice of students wannabe's who finally fall in love with the big city and its many colleges. These student-gonna-be's choose big cities because they prefer its quality, better image, and facility.Inevitably, they become one of the factors complicating city troubles.

Students, believed by our society as the educated elites, should turn the table to a better direction. But, apparently, they are the one exploitated and being objected by the modernity itself.

As quoted by one of our friends, let's call him Alfred, the students who were the knowledge gatherers/situation readers, have radically turned to being followers of the lower society dealing directly to daily pressing troubles. Now, all they do is walking blindly in the dark with
their intellectuality level and in their exclusiveness as
S-t-u-d-e-n-t-s. (Artist's Statement)

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