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From the series 'Main-main aja'
by Tanam Untuk Kehidupan, 2007

Sisa: re-use, collaboration and cultural activism from Indonesia

VENUE: UTS Gallery

DATES: November 6 - December 6, 2007

ARTISTS: Tanam Untuk Kehidupan (Salatiga), Taring Padi (Yogyakarta), anakseribupulau (Randublatung), Belanak Art Community (Padang), Irennius Pungky, Duto Hardono, Indra Yanti, Arya Jalu, Aris Prabawa, Ade Darmawan and Rebecca Conroy, Bob Sick, Acongonyen, Toni Volunteero, Dodi Irwandi, Agus Budi Cahyono, S. Teddy D
curated by Alexandra Crosby

Sisa is the Indonesian word for ‘remains’ or ‘leftovers’. Located somewhere between folk art, design, and public intervention, much of this work forms new forms of expression in the rejection of hyperconsumption and overdevelopment. This exhibition focuses on the issues associated with artistic output in the collaborative settings of contemporary Indonesian environment activism. Many of the artworks here were not designed for display in galleries, nor for an Australian audience, they are hybrid images and objects that have been adapted and translated. They include research, documentation, and ongoing projects, bringing understandings of contemporary Indonesian politics to a new context.

Download an exhibition catalogue here - Download

From the series 'Oleh-oleh'
by Irennius Pungky, 2006-07

Sisa: public program

VENUE: UTS Gallery and DAB Lecture Theatre 6322
DATE: November 30, 3:30 pm
Artist talks, discussions, and seminar presentation. Free
3.30-4.30pm Artist slide presentations (Gallery)
4.30-5.30pm Facilitated roundtable discussion with invited guests
5.30-6.00pm Break with refreshments (Gallery foyer)
6.00-6.50pm Film Screening (DAB Level 3 Lecture Theatre 6322)
7.00-8.00pm SISC presentation (DAB Level 3 Lecture Theatre 6322)

The Gang crew 2006

GANGWAYS screening

VENUE: UTS, DAB Bldg 6, Harris Street, Lvl 3. Lecture Theatre 6322
DATE: November 30, 2007, 6pm

Gangways is a feature-length documentary by Carli Leimbach that takes us to the cities of Jakarta, Bandung and Jogyakarta in Indonesia and back to Sydney where the exchange artists from the first gang festival congregate. The film follows the development of the creative relationships between Australian and Indonesian arts communities.

by Bayu Widodo, 2007

Artslab residency

VENUE: Bill and George Creative Studios http://www.billandgeorge.org
DATES: October 30, 2007 – February 28, 2008
ARTISTS: Acong, Ayok (Indonesia) Australian artists TBA

ArtSLab is a unique space within Bill and George (http://www.billandgeorge.org/) a newly opened Artist run space and creative industry studio in Redfern. Artslab declares itself a ‘collabratory’ – a laboratory of collaboration. This space will experiment with the development of new viewing practices and socially engaged creative processes for art workers and their ‘public’. Each residency will be focused on collaborative practices drawing together a mix of local and international researchers, artists, scientists and technologists, policy makers, and media practitioners to produce a process based interactive exhibition/show that challenges existing models and viewing practices of audiences and galleries.
The first laboratory will feature participants in Gang Festival. Co-curated by the directors of the festival and Bill and George, participants will be drawn from the Gang Festival artist exchange program and artists involved with Sydney Artist Run Initiatives as well as members of the community in Redfern.

'Untuk Ella dan Aris' (detail)
by Alexandra Crosby, 2007

WRITER's REsidency

DATE: January 10-30, 2008

Short story writer Triyanto Triwikromo (Semarang) will be here taking part in a collaborative residency with Sydney writer Jan Cornall. Jan and Triyanto are working towards a bilingual collection of short stories - Triyanto's set in Australia and Jan's set in Indonesia.

Jan and Triyanto first met in 2005 at Darwin Wordstorm Festival and again in Utan Kayu Literary Biennale. During Jan's Asia link residency with Tuk in '06 they hatched their short story collaboration idea. The Gang residency is part one of the creative development exchange. Jan hopes to visit Triyanto for 3 weeks in April and they plan to have a number of stories ready for publication by July.
During Gang '08 Jan and Triyanto will workshop their stories and be
available for readings and panel discussion.

From Festival Mata Air, Kalitaman, 2007

TUK Exhibition

VENUE: Pine Street
DATE: January 8th -January 29th

An Exhibition of Works for the Environment
Presented by Komunitas TUK (Salatiga, Indonesia) as part of Gang Festival 08

Komunitas TUK - Tanam Untuk Kehidupan (meaning ‘Planting for Life’) is an Indonesian artist collective based in Salatiga, Central Java that raises awareness in the local community via art and creative practice. TUK runs workshops, a reforestation program, an eco-neighbourhood program that encourages waste separation and compost making, and an annual sustainable art and music festival called Festival Mata Air.
This exhibition celebrates the creativity that has evolved from the collaborations of TUK with the local community and other artists and environmental groups in the region. All works are donated

From the series 'untitled'
by Duto Hardono, 2006-07

VOLCano exhibition opening

VENUE: Gallery 44
DATE: January 10, 2008, 6pm

A tribute to the 129 active volcanos in Indonesia
– a collaborative "Ring of Fire"  

Art science / home science / eruption / exhibition / arts lab / cake stall
see ongoing volcano blog at www.gangfestival.blogspot.com

download diy volcano here

From 'Hari Ini Adalah Hari Seni'
Padang 2006

Art Day Is Today: Kampung Festival 08

VENUE: Pine Street Gallery, 3pm-5pm
Bill and George 5-10 ( Level 1/10 - 16 Williams St , Redfern), 5pm-10pm
DATE: January 19, 2008

Gang festival's activities in the park and laneways today have been cancelled due to rain.
However, the exhibition at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre Gallery will be open all day today and from 3-5 and will host a lovely wet-weather program.

Sustainable House Tour
The tour of Michael Mobbs' famous 'Sustainable House' on 58 Myrtle Street at 3:30pm today. The cost is $10 each. Cameras welcome. Please meet at the house on Myrtle Street. www.sustainablehouse.com.au/house.htm

Art for Earthsake
Presented by Komunitas TUK (Salatiga, Indonesia)
Komunitas TUK - Tanam Untuk Kehidupan (meaning ‘Planting for Life’) is an Indonesian artist collective based in Salatiga. This exhibition celebrates the creativity that has evolved from the collaborations of TUK with the local community and other artists and environmental groups in the region.

Gang Tulis & Literary Lesehan
Join writers Jan Cornall and Triyanto Triwikromo for a crosscultural interactive literary experience.
Jan Cornall (Australia) and Triyanto Triwikromo (Indonesia) are currently collaborating on a cross cultural collection of short stories to be published later this year. Jan’s stories are set in Indonesia while Tri’s are set in Australia. Triyanto and Jan are resident artists with Gang Arts Lab 2008.

Javanese Jamu stall for well-being
Discuss your ailments with Bu Ella and Bu Siti and dose up on traditional herbal medicine, kunir asam. Love potions will also be available.

Letter-writing stall
Write to your grandma about this terrible weather. Or take the time to devise that perfect breakup note. wax seals, stamps, dusty envelopes and advice available in Bahasa indonesia or english.

Bill and George Gang Warehouse picnic
from 5-10, there will be performances at Bill and George with a spectacular lineup of indonesian guests and local talents.
Join us at Bill and George is at Level 1/10 - 16 Williams St Redfern NSW



VENUE:Newtown Square, the Hub
DATE: February 24, 2008, 6pm-9pm

art market in the kampung -------------------------------------------------