2011- Presented in Parallel Event:
Jogja Biennale Equator XI
Indonesia-India, Yogyakarta

TAK ADA ROTAN, AKAR PUNJABI

Whatever Rattan Can Be, A Punjabi Can Do



Sebuah pembacaan atas perjumpaan budaya populer India di Indonesia. Kegandrungan masyarakat Indonesia dengan musik dangdut, fanatisme akan potongan rambut mullet, mengolaborasikan gerakan senam aerobic dengan music pop India, pengadopsian bahasa, atau kesamaan kuliner Indonesia dengan India adalah beberapa temuan yang kami dapat pada riset awal projek ini. Dari hasil riset dan kolaborasi tersebut, kami menyuguhkannya dalam bentuk eksplorasi visual yang terangkum dalam sebuah projek pameran lintas disiplin.

Judul projek ini merujuk pada peribahasa Indonesia, ‘Tak Ada Rotan Akar Pun Jadi’, yang diplesetkan menjadi “Punjabi”. Punjabi adalah keluarga pengusaha keturunan India yang dikenal luas sebagai produser sinema elektronik/sinetron di berbagai stasiun televisi swasta dan film layar lebar di Indonesia. Judul ini juga sebuah usaha untuk merepresentasikan pembacaan subversif atas temuan bentuk budaya baru dalam fenomena budaya populer India di Indonesia.

Dengan memparodikan peribahasa tersebut, pemilihan judul ini tidak meninggalkan maknanya, yang mengingatkan kita akan adanya pilihan dan alternatif. Pilihan dan alternatif tersebut sesungguhnya ialah ruang publik yang terbuka atas kreatifitas dalam proses mereproduksi makna, sekaligus membentangkan perjumpaan atas kedekatan kami dengan budaya populer dimana proses produksi makna berseliweran didalamnya.
This project is a study on the encounter of Indian pop culture on Indonesia. Indonesians’ infatuation with dangdut music, a growing enthusiasm for the mullet haircut, the combination of aerobic movements with Indian pop songs, language adoptions, or the similarities found in Indonesian and Indian foods are some of the findings of this project’s preliminary research. Based on research and collaboration, Ace House Collective’s visual explorations will give birth to this interdisciplinary exhibition.

The title that Ace House Collective has chosen for this program refers to, and modifies, the Indonesian proverb “Tak Ada Rotan Akar Pun Jadi”, which means “to implement an alternative solution to a problem when the best answer is unattainable”. The last two words of this saying are changed into “Punjabi” and reference Punjabis, entrepreneurs of Indian descent widely known as producers of Indonesian soap operas and films. Thus mixing Indian and Indonesian elements to represent a subversive reading of the new cultural forms of popular Indian culture in Indonesia.

Although it is a parody of a phrase, this title does not abandon its original meaning, which reminds us of choices and alternatives. These choices and alternatives are in the public space which is open to creativity in the process of producing new cultural meanings, where the encounter with popular culture unfolds.








This program is initiated and organized by Ace House Collective With contribution and collaboration by
Dedy Dores and Rudy Hadisuwarno School, Ibu May and Adonis Studio, MBS Jogja Radio’s Irama Gangga Program, SoundBoutique, Lidah Ibu Collective, Collonial Cuisine Restaurant, CafeBALE and Kedai Kebun Forum.



2013 - Presented in Jakarta Biennale 15 th
SIASAT : Jakarta.

REALIS TEKNO MUSEUM

Techno Realist Museum



Museum Realis Tekno adalah karya mini pop-up museum, berupa site specific installation tentang budaya pop masyarakat Indonesia. Istilah Realis-Tekno sendiri berasal dari kata 'realis' dan 'teknologi', sebuah arena pertarungan identitas dalam fenomena masyarakat urban. Projek kali ini diinisiasi berdasarkan studi kasus budaya populer di wilayah sekitar Bandungan, Kab. Semarang Jawa Tengah.

Temuan-temuan seperti karaoke, perjudian, modifikasi motor hingga trek-trekan (balap motor liar) merupakan bagian dari realitas dan kehidupan sehari-hari bahkan menjadi gaya hidup. Tidak hanya diamini sebagai bentuk hiburan semata, aktivitas tersebut secara organik menjadi alat sekaligus ruang interaksi bagi sebagian besar masyarakatnya yang bermuara pada kelahiran simbol-simbol status kemapanan sosial baru.
Realis Tekno Museum is a mini pop - up museum on the pop culture of Indonesian society. The term “Realis-Tekno” itself comes from the word 'realist' and 'technology', the battle arena of identities in urban phenomenon. The project was initiated based on case studies of popular culture in Bandungan and surrounding areas, Semarang regency, Central Java.

Findings such as karaoke, gambling, motorcycle modifications, and illegal motorcycle racing are part of reality and everyday life, even become a lifestyle. Not only justified as a form of mere entertainment, these activities are organically become the tool and space of interaction for most of the people that led to the birth of social status symbols of the new social establishment
.








2014 - Present

Three Musketeer Project





Three Musketters Project adalah program dua tahunan yang diinisiasi oleh Ace House untuk mendorong perkembangan praktik seniman muda dibawah 28 tahun melalui sistem pendidikan informal. selama tiga bulan, tiga peserta terpilih akan menerima bimbingan intensif untuk mengeksplorasi dan menguji kembali proses kerja mereka dari seniman Ace House serta para profesional seni - budaya lainnya.

Program ini berfokus pada pentingan pendekatan eksplorasi dan eksperimen dalam praktik kerja dan produksi. beberapa kegiatan yang dilakukan : kelas perkuliahan, kunjungan studio, sesi kritik karya, dan diskusi publik terbuka.
Three Musketeers Project is a biennale program initiated by Ace House to encourage the development of young art practitioners under 28 y.o through informal education system. By three months duration program, three selected participants will receive intensive mentoring to explore and reexamine their work processes from Ace House artists as well as other art-cultural proffesionals.

The program focuses on the importance of exploration and experimentation approaches in work practices and production. Several activities are carried out; lecturing class, studio visits, art critic sessions, and open public discussions.






Three Musketeer Project Video #1 #2 #3



2015 - 2018

ACE MART





Ace Mart is a site-specific, performative artwork, produced as a pop- up convenient store that engages audience participation. Ace Mart was presented at the gallery under Ace House that is situated in a residential area that experiences this said phenomenon. It seeks to maximize the possibilities of a typical art gallery space, so that it does not only serve as a showroom, but acts as a fluid social space for artists and works of art to interact with the audience and the surrounding community. By offering a different experience and perspective to enjoy art, Ace Mart encourages the public, be it artists, art enthusiasts, or local residents, to participate in bridging the gap that occasionally occurs with the way artworks are presented in an art space.
Ace Mart is a site-specific, performative artwork, produced as a pop- up convenient store that engages audience participation. Ace Mart was presented at the gallery under Ace House that is situated in a residential area that experiences this said phenomenon. It seeks to maximize the possibilities of a typical art gallery space, so that it does not only serve as a showroom, but acts as a fluid social space for artists and works of art to interact with the audience and the surrounding community. By offering a different experience and perspective to enjoy art, Ace Mart encourages the public, be it artists, art enthusiasts, or local residents, to participate in bridging the gap that occasionally occurs with the way artworks are presented in an art space.





Ace Mart Video




2015 - Presented in Jogja Biennale Equator XIII
Indonesia - Nigeria: Hacking Conflict

Komisi Nasional Pemurnian Seni (KNPS)



National Committee for Art Purification




KNPS is a performative activity work in a site-specific installation in which self-criticism as intangible purification activities are represented in the form of tangible physical refining activity.
Through this work, KNPS then take the appropriate role of ‘formal institutions’ that seems to have the legal authority to force people to do this purification process. Interactions through the bureaucratic system designed in this work will lead to tensions, both among individuals with personal ideology that they believes in, as well as with the social terrain around it. Hopefully after going through this process, visitors are not only experiencing mere physical purification, but also undergo the real experience of the conflicts that may arise when performing self-criticism.
KNPS is a performative activity work in a site-specific installation in which self-criticism as intangible purification activities are represented in the form of tangible physical refining activity.
Through this work, KNPS then take the appropriate role of ‘formal institutions’ that seems to have the legal authority to force people to do this purification process. Interactions through the bureaucratic system designed in this work will lead to tensions, both among individuals with personal ideology that they believes in, as well as with the social terrain around it. Hopefully after going through this process, visitors are not only experiencing mere physical purification, but also undergo the real experience of the conflicts that may arise when performing self-criticism.


KNPS Video