Saturday, September 02, 2006


Jatiwangi ArtProject 2006
A festival of contemporary art which includes all kind of arts –-traditional and modern-- in an art fair at 3 villages (Jatisura, Jatiwangi, Surawangi) in Jatiwangi – Majalengka, a small city near Cirebon city, border of West Java and Mid Java, Indonesia.
Jatiwangi ArtProject 2006 [JAP2006] is a collaboration between local people –artist or not-- and international artists who stay in Jatiwangi as artist in residence.

Project Duration
· Artist Residency for JAP2006 : 1 month (30 days from 16 November to 21 December) or 3 weeks (18 days from 23 November to 21 December) or 2 weeks (12 days from 1st to 21 December) or a week (7 days from 12 to 21 December) before D-Days
· Jatiwangi ArtProject 2006 [JAP2006] : 3 (three) days on 16, 17, 18 December 2006

Project Site
Jatiwangi – Cirebon, West Java – INDONESIA

Name of Organizing Institution

JATIWANGI ArtProject 2006
Jl. Makmur No. 604
Desa Jatisura
Kecamatan Jatiwangi
Majalengka 45454

Project Director

· S. S. Listyowati

· Juliana Yasin

Project Objective
to develop the appreciation of public, specially in art-space and make some connections between local society with public in art that there are so many things in art are their own reality in daily life.

Program Description
JAP2006 is an art fair in 3 villages of Jatiwangi city and will be held at local people’s houses and their industrial area or another public space there.
Participants are local people and international artists which join together to make some collaborations in art. The theme is “Family”. Participants can do everything for their art works as contemporary art, even they put the traditional art and modern art as the materials into installation, performance art and video art. For examples: exhibition of family tree in photography, installation in manufacturing building, video art in living room, garage sale, burger shop, souvenir & gift corner, café, traditional band live show, etc.
Observation is a must to be done by participants. Artists and local people will be collaborated each other to make a plan and design of their art work. Artist in residence will stay for a long time (maximum 30 days) or a while (minimum 7 days) in a house of family (will be organized by committee) until the D-Day of JAP2006. Local culture, the habit and folklore of local people will be a part of the research by artist in residence to make the art work. Artist in residence should take a social-communication with local people as a beginning of introduction with local people before they choose the place for exhibit or perform the art work.
The art work will be an accumulation in harmony of the ‘freedom’ concept in contemporary art within the ethic-values of local people and artist itself as ‘understanding’ context.
This program has an objective to local people about the knowledge of contemporary art (performance art, video art and installation as a new genre in art) as basic-introduction, also traditional art (local art) as material for contemporary artists, especially to artists in residence. Finally, this program will develop and inspire some new ideas to every participant which could be some new designs, plans, products, networks, collaborations, even no artworks only in the future. Welcome home sweet home!

Para peserta terdiri dari penduduk lokal dan para seniman lokal/ international yang berbaur dengan para peserta lokal dalam konteks Family Fair, menjual jasa eksibisi akan hal-hal yang berbau seni dan apresiatif, antara lain dengan menyertakan foto keluarga, menyalakan video keluarga, instalasi bagan atau membuat maket rumah, buka warung, menyelenggarakan musik kamar baik musik klasik hingga tarling, jual genteng dan barang-barang seni macam topeng dan lukisan kaca, menyelenggarakan performance art, video art dan seni rupa sebagainya.
Para artis diminta melakukan observasi atas kondisi yang ada, termasuk budaya, kebiasaan dan adat istiadat setempat. Selanjutnya setiap artis mulai berkarya pada setiap keluarga peserta lokal. Yang dipilih sebagai tempat residensinya sementara (3 hari). Untuk itu disediakan waktu untuk melakukan sosialisasi dalam memilih lokasi yang tepat sebagai tempat penampilan karya.
Karya yang akan ditampilkan diharapkan merupakan hasil akumulasi harmonis berbagai data yang berdasar pada konsep ‘kebebasan’ dalam nilai-nilai etika yang dianut penduduk lokal setempat, sehingga yang terjadi nanti adalah konteks ‘pemahaman’ semata.
Acara ini diselenggarakan dengan tujuan pada pengenalan dini terhadap genre seni performa (performance art), seni video (video art) dan instalasi bagi masyarakat umum, khususnya pada wacana dasar seni kontemporer bagi masyarakat setempat.
Selain itu, acara ini diharapkan dapat mengembangkan inspirasi dan pemahaman baru bagi setiap peserta, khususnya para seniman lokal dan internasional ke arah berbagai pemikiran baru, ide-ide baru, produksi baru yang akan terjalin antar jaringan kerja di masa mendatang kemudian. Wilujeng sumping!

Every participant has a right to be served in accommodation [meals and place to stay in a family/ house] during their residency in Jatiwangi (since their arrival until the end of event), except traveling cost.
Every participant can take a walk or ride bicycle or motorcycle --which are belongings to local people-- to take around the villages.

Area Condition
Jatiwangi is near by Cirebon (30 kilometers) and the weather is like in Jakarta. From Jakarta we can take a train from Gambir Station to Cirebon Station for 3 hours. It needs 70,000 rupiahs (US 7 dollars or 5 euros in air-condition / executive class) only or 35,000 rupiahs in economic class (no air-con).

Cirebon is a historical city in West Java. Cirebon is very unique because it has 3 kingdoms (Kaprabon, Kasepuhan, Kanoman) which are influenced by Chinese and Arabian culture. The history says when Cheng Ho landed in Cirebon, he brought and introduce the culture of Chinese also Islam. A part of the families in the boats from China were Moslem. Then, one of grandson of them --who married with local princess-- was known as one of representative of Wali Sanga (Nine Representatives of Islam in Java). That’s why Cirebon is known as Islamic space.

Cirebon is well known in their relief which is called ‘mega mendung’ as their history and legend. ‘Mega mendung’ or ‘clowdy clowd’ also known as patron on their batik and glass painting. But outside of Cirebon city, if we go to Jatiwangi, we can take around a very beautiful village of Trusmi. In this village we can see the process making of batik and glass painting with their own traditional-style which is very different than ‘mega mendung’ style. Also, Cirebon is known by a traditional music which called ‘tarling’ –an acronym of ‘gitar’ (guitar) and ‘suling’ (traditional flute, made from bamboo).

Jatiwangi is known by industrial of ceramics (or clays) for roofs. The quality of sands here is good for ceramics and clay. Jatiwangi has several villages. We can see manufacturing in traditional buildings from Dutch (before 1945) all around at those villages. Artists in residence here can use the materials in manufacturing also the space there as their art works, studio or gallery. Just take it free.

How to apply?

Send the copy of your artwork and profile about you (on CD) to : Secretariate (see the address above) or send the address of website or blog of your profile by e-mail to :


About Cirebon

Located on the border of West and Central Java, Cirebon is the site of many remnants of the past. This is not to say, how ever, that its future prospects are not bright as Cirebon is the host of a variety of handicrafts, industry and a deep-water port. The most prominent of the historical sites is the Gua Sunyaragi, or Sunyaragi Cave, the burial site of palace royalty.

There are a number of places in Cirebon, including Kasepuhan, Kanoman and Kaprabon, all of which, according to history, were in power at one time or another. This might account for the singular characteristics of the people of Cirebon whose accent and language is different from those in adjoining areals like Kuningan, Indramayu and Majalengka. Most residents, however, still speak Sundanese as their first language.

There are also a number of religious (Islamic) shirnes which are still visited regurarly. These include the Sunan Gunung Jati complex located in Astana, about five kilometers north of Cirebon.

Sunan Jati was one of the legendary Wali Sanga, Nine Islamic Preachers, (circa 1448-1568) who introduced and spread the Islamic religion on the island of Java.

Sunan Gunung Jati whose real name was Syarif Hidayatullah lived at the time of Raden Patah, the first sultan of Demak. The name Sunan Gunung Jati is often used interchangeably with Fatahillah of Faletehan whose bearing the name of Tubagus Pasai Fathullah.

This grave site is always visited by those seeing favors or blessings. On certain days, the area is thronged by visitors, each of whom has his or her own reason for paying homage. The unique charasteristic pf these graves is the porcelain ceramic plates embedded in them as some sort of decoration. These plates came from a variety of countries hundreds of years ago. A number of them are obviously from the Netherlands as they feature windmills. Others are from China. It is a pity that a number of the plates have fallen victim to the ravages of time and neglect.

The cemetery comprises several groupings of graves each with distinctive family characteristics. Some are enclosed, (a few by iron fences) but most are open air and readily accessible.

The grave of Sunan Gunung Jati is in a room accessible by teak door, which is open only on certain days. Pilgrims to the site performa ritual absolutions before they pray in front of the door and ask for whatever blessing or favor they came for. The aromatic smells of incense and flowers waft through the area, enhancing the magic of the moment of just being in such a sacred place. Each visitor is required to make a token donation upon leaving for the maintenance of the grave site and that of the nearby Islamic boarding school.

Should the regional government or tourism authority take it upon themselves to supervise this area, it could develop its potential as a site for domestic and international tourism. This would, of course, require the construction of support facilities that would be able to accommodate such an influx of visitors into what is ordinary a rather sleepy but pleasant area. [S S Listyowati]


Post a Comment

<< Home