Murakabi is an interdisciplinary movement carried out by artist, architect, intellectuals and social movement activists (Piramida Gerilya). After participating in 2019 ARTJOG with Warung Murakabi, Murakabi is set to be a permanent program that will continue to be an integral part of ARTJOG.
By carrying out the basic idea of local spirit (indigenous) and nature conservation, this time Murakabi tries to present a combination of material and spiritual elements manifested in the element of clothing, food, shelter and poetry. The collaborators would be different from the previous one, this time they would collaborate with Joko Pinurbo, Eko Prawoto, and Gunawan Maryanto. Trying to build a dialogue with the chaotic situation of politic, economic, and natural damage and the depletion of the spirit of mutual cooperation, Murakabi will present physical installation as a space for tired bodies, as well as an artistic event such as poetry reading as a shelter for the restless souls.
Tembang Laras Murakabi
Murakabi Movement (hereinafter abbreviated as MM) is a collaborative project that was born at ARTJOG – Arts in Common MMXIX with common space as its theme. Initially, this project was initiated by Guerrilla Pyramid group, which collaborated with a number of interdisciplinary practitioners to organize “Warung Murakabi”. Literally, ‘murakabi’ means sufficient in Javanese. But in the context of this project Murakabi means “useful for the public”. The public’s positive response to Warung Murakabi last year has proven the success of this project in many aspects. This warong (stall) is considered capable of reviving the symbols of locality and tradition in an innovative way, as well as presenting a collective spirit that has been the support for art work in Indonesia.
From a stall, the initiators of MM wanted to expand their activities into a creative movement that would make the welfare of nature and humans their goals. Locality remains the starting point, the principle as well as the guardrail to suffice human life from their closest resources. The purpose of this project is also expanded, but still based on creativity to achieve independence, sustainability and welfare of life. They believe that “welfare” is not only the goal of man, but also of nature. If nature is prosperous, humans will also be prosperous. MM considers creativity in art and culture as an important concept that can encourage people to achieve progress and prosperity, while still harmonizing their lives with the natural cycle.
In ARTJOG 2020 entitled Resilience, MM tries to rearrange the participatory strategy which was originally the main element of their project. When Indonesian are faced with global challenges due to the outbreak of COVID-19 which endangers human health, the resilience of the state, group, economy, politic as well as creative works such as art and culture are also threatened. Social relations undergo a new reconfiguration. Direct and face to face meeting are limited. We must always maintain physical distance. There are no more handshake and hug, which previously served as a way to strengthen the social bonds between people.
The pandemic that we all face these days comes from the outbreak of COVID-19 which attacks human breathing. From that standpoint, MM designed a work with art as a therapy approach. The concept of ‘holistic healing’ was adapted as a foothold. Through this work, MM is not only exploring creative potential and local resilience through the strengthening of clothing, food, shelter and what is new this year is poetry, but also working together, to “heal one another”. In the midst of the threat of worsening mental health due to physical isolation and isolation policies, a sense of community becomes a strong asset for cultivating affection, which is clinically proven to be effective in producing antibody.
MM’s work for ARTJOG Resilience is in the form of spatial design where most of the physical elements use bamboo as its material. Aromatic smell, rhythmic sound, Joko Pinurbo’s poetry sung by Gunawan Maryanto and performative presentation are the sensory elements inherent in this ‘installation’. With the basic premise that holistic healing can only be achieved through mental and body therapy, MM’s work this time offers a comprehensive sensory experience through poetry as its main support. Not only is the intimate experience of beauty, it is envisioned as a meditative therapy that could healing physically.
For this project, the number of MM family members have increased, with the involvement of several new collaborators from several fields of work: design, agriculture, food technology, craft, architecture, fashion, and literature. As an interpretation of the effort to heal the body and soul holistically, the presence of literary works, in this case poem and poetry, becomes a medium of contemplative speech. Eko Prawoto Architecture was involved because their works not only highlight the principles of local workers, but they also revive and preserve local architectural knowledge which is threatened with extinction by modern industrial pragmatism.
MM also invited LABORATORY [Kriya Masyarakat/ Community Craft] Desa, or L [KM] D, to enrich the current project with insight into village culture. L[KM]D places village as a cultural entity with harmony as the goal of life. Not only socially, the harmony of life must also be achieved with skills and knowledge that respect natural entity. Village is a rich place of learning, a creative laboratory that is essential for the future. Village culture is an alternative answer to the urban lifestyle which is increasingly triggering the environmental crisis.
The MM installation tries to transform the physical character of the indoor building of the Jogja Nasional Museum with bamboo slats. In the realm of modern landscape architecture, bamboo has been used as an outdoor “decoration”, to provide a natural accent. By using bamboo indoor, MM utilizes architectural language to convey a metaphor about natural space as the home for all of us, humans. This installation also brings “nature” into the “shelter” that has been the center of our activities during the pandemic.
By doing a lot of digging, reflecting on local culture and tradition (not only limited to understanding the Javanese culture), MM tries to offer the power of art and beauty that is useful for many people. Overall this project invites us to enter into the transcendental and personal experience that are essential in the spiritual and physical healing effort.
For ARTJOG Resilience 2020, Murakabi Movement was worked on collaboratively by Santi Ariestyowanti & Miko Bawono (indieguerillas); Singgih S Kartono; Eko Prawoto dan EPAW; Joko Pinurbo; Gunawan Maryanto; Koperasi Edukarya Negeri Lestari (KEN8); Lulu Lutfi Labibi; LABORATORIUM [Kriya Masyarakat] DESA; Giriwangi; UNA Natural Care; WIKIKOPI; WIKITI; AGRADAYA; Cokelat Ndalem; KIBOO; OMA INA; Persedapuran; SUJI Premium Handcrafted; Tripie Suply; SOMAH Wooden Cutlery, dan; Tahta Banyu Langit.
Yogyakarta, Agustus 2020
Agung Hujatnikajennong dan Ignatia Nilu