Walking as Drawing

Walking as Drawing

Jatiwangi Art Factory, West Java, Indonesia: 7.30.11



11 people gathered at the Jatiwangi Art Factory on July 30th, 2011. They walked through the small village of Jatiwangi for one hour, thinking of their paths as drawings. Thanks to everyone who came out to participate!

This was the first time I have made a drawing with a group in a more rural setting. I think it is interesting how the lines are much more varied and erratic because there are small alleys and passageways everywhere. The aerial view shows that the houses developed without a city plan. This area is known for producing the ceramic roof tiles that most Indonesian houses utilize. These tiles are used all over the village: to construct walls, for walkways, and for ornamentation.

Jatiwangi Art Factory
is located in the center of the village, and is housed in a roof tile factory. Arief Yudi and a group of 38 artists, musicians, designers, video and producers have created a strong art residency and art production space that focuses on interaction with the community. They still run a ceramic shop and produce musical instruments and record interesting percussion music. The have an independent radio station in the back yard as well!


We met in the gallery space and discussed the project. Then they walked for an hour. One participant said that this was the first time he had walked through Jatiwangi village. Most people use motorcycles to get around.

The next day I ran a workshop on 'Experimental Drawing' and we created a series of process works. It was great to interact with artists and musicians on this level. Even though we spoke different languages, we were able to communicate through art making, and they poured a lot of energy into their artwork.

Thanks to Jatiwangi Art Factory for hosting me! It was great to see a group of artists so motivated to link their artwork with the community.









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