It has been six months since the first time DR & I went public with this website. Nope, we are not in the mood of celebrating anything. But, we feel grateful for the opportunity to collaborate in The Perks of Being 20, we decided to try several new things last weekend. The first activity we did will be posted on another blog post. As for the second one.. I’ll tell you in a bit.
For the last six months, we were always busy exploring zillion things, if you allow me to exaggerate a little. You name it, we have been to a cemetery, an abandoned parking lot and spent one morning trying to catch the sunrise from one of Jakarta’s longest fly over. This blog has also got us invited to a sport event, music concert, rave party, film festival, private tasting, etc. We even managed to get ourselves on a plane and went for a trip together. And, don’t get us started with the numerous coffee shops we’ve visited week in week out.
Now apparently, there is one particular activity that we haven’t encountered yet. Until last week.
Snapchat exposed me to an art gallery named the ROH Projects at Equity Tower, 40th Floor, SCBD, Jakarta. One of the perks of partnering with DR: both of us are always keen to try and explore new things. The moment one of us came up with an exploration idea, the other one nodded keenly to participate.
The contemporary art gallery that literally means “spirit” in Indonesian have been showcasing several works from rising artists in Indonesia and aiming to promote their works overseas. For the artists, ROH offers an all-white minimalist gallery along with a good natural light from its window pane. While for the visitors, ROH offers plenty of good spots for photo opp.
A solo exhibition, Random Black, by Bagus Pandega was being showcased when we visited ROH Projects. Honestly, we were a bit clueless at first about the whole meaning of Bagus’ installations that were kind of scattered all over the places. There was no explanation or narrative about each installation. Apparently, unlike some other Indonesian contemporary artists, Bagus Pandega decided to make his exhibition engaging and interacting to the viewers.
If you have been to an art exhibition, the most normal activity that you can do is to go from one installation to the others, standing before them and trying to catch what the artist is trying to say through his artworks. No touching the installation, no interaction. But, Random Black, is a bit different. It was all about experience.
Bagus Pandega greets you through sounds and lights coming from each installation that involves xylophones, electric guitars, cymbals, spinning vinyls, LED lights and siren lamps. Some of my favorite installations are the Xylodisco – the disco ball made out of xylophone bars, What You Read – a wall of siren lamps that will form a word that can only be seen when photographed from a certain point (sadly we failed to capture it because the place was a bit crowded), and the Childhood Mixed Fantasy – it was placed at the dark room, displaying hypnotic sound-sensitive colorful LED lights triggered by a set of rotating bolts.
A little photo opp inside the gallery was kind of obligatory. We continued our exploration at the ground floor area of the Equity tower.
If you have nothing to do this weekend, visiting ROH Projects would be worth doing. The gallery opens from Tuesday – Sunday, from 11 AM to 5 PM. And, as for the Random Black exhibition, it will be available only until June 21st.
Write to you later,