Adhitya Prasetya, Alfian, Bang Toyib, Bangkit/Arise, Cha Cha Baninu, Christopher Statton, Dabi Arnasa, Edi & Friends, Harind Arvati, Kotrek, Lqbal, Mas Bimo, Mas Butong, Mumu, Nano Warsono, Not Biru, Rolly, Siam, Sino, Vina Puspita, Yogyakarta Indonesia, 2018
Bangkit/Arise is an international arts exchange and residency between artists from the San Francisco/Bay Area, USA and Yogyakarta Indonesia. The lead sponsoring organization for Bangkit/Arise is Clarion Alley Mural Project, based in San Francisco in collaboration with the Asian Art Museum Chong Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture. The projects partners in Yogyakarta Indonesia are Desa Panggungharjo and the Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta.
In July/August 2018 five of the artists from the SF/Bay Area – Kelly Ording, Jet Martinez, Jose Guerra, Christopher Statton and Megan Wilson arrived in Yogyakarta to spend 5 – 7 weeks as part of the residency exchange. Unfortunately because of greater geopolitical circumstances, two of the Bay Area artists – Shaghayegh Cyrous and Keyvan Shovir were unable travel and to be a part of the first phase of the exchange; however, they are still very much a part of the exchange and will be traveling to Yogyakarta as soon as it is possible.
Following the announcement/introduction of Bangkit/Arise at the community gathering to watch the World Cup on a big screen in a field in Panggungharjo, the band Not Biru, who played the event contacted Nano to ask about working with the project.
Not Biru is an acoustic folk band formed by members of DIFF COM (Differently-Abled and Friends Community). The band was founded in 2012 initially to provide music for theater performances called “Rasa Ungu” that are also part of the cultural activities presented by DIFF COM. However, over the past six years as some members have left and others have joined, Not Biru has expanded and developed its work and is now established in the acoustic folk genre.
Bangkit/Arise was honored to be invited to collaborate with DIFF COM and the project worked with Rolly, Kotrek, Not Biru, Mas Butong, Edi & Friends, Mas Bimo, Alfian, and Lqbal with support from Nano, Christopher, Siam, Adhitya, Mumu, Cha Cha, Dabi, Hari, Sino, and Vina to create a beautiful collaborative interactive mural based on the Wayang puppet theater of Indonesia.
In addition, Bangkit/Arise is collaborating with Not Biru to help support the band’s first CD release. There will be a Wayang performance in front of the mural at Kampoeng Dolanan on Saturday, August 18th in conjunction with the CD release of Not Biru that includes a track by Rolly and crew. The event is also a fundraiser to benefit Lombok after the earthquake.
Not Biru’s new CD will be available at the release party and in San Francisco in conjunction with our events at the Asian Art Museum.
The Wayang Polah performance mixed both traditional storytelling and mythology with contemporary themes and performance.
On September 3rd six of the Yogyakarta artists – Nano Warsono, Bambang Toko, Ucup, Wedhar Riyadi, Vina Puspita and Harind Ndarvati arrived in San Francisco to spend 8 weeks in the Bay Area getting to work with our communities here. Sadly, one of the Indonesian artists – Codit – was unable to be a part of the current residency in San Francisco due to greater geopolitics; however, he too is still part of the exchange and will travel to San Francisco when possible.
Bangkit/Arise is designed to foster discussions, understanding, and action on critical social/political issues facing our global and local communities today using art as a point of departure. Subjects being addressed include:
- Community development and the role of art in supporting Civic Design through:
- Creating a culture of creativity;
- Community building and networking;
- The engagement of residents and visitors/tourists; and
- Economic growth and livelihood – the creative economy;
- The role of the public commons;
- Environmentalism and the critical need for a call to action;
- Current geopolitical divisions, xenophobia and how we envision a world rooted in social justice, equity, and collaboration;
- The need for radical inclusion and understanding differences and similarities as a means of strength and the goal of collectively dismantling local and global inequities/oppression.