In literature, “suspense” is both a genre and also a state of mind generated within the reader. There is a variety of ways to do this; through the withholding of information or in utilization of the objective viewpoint of a story (e.g. only saying what a character does and say, not think and feel). Suspense novels require both a loyal audience and good authors, to construct time to experience, as well as to build up curiosity.
This exhibition is built around similar premises. It (literally) requires a certain amount of time, with uncertainty, spent with the works. The works require an audience in order to become complete. They are not made for an audience; rather they are made with the audience. The aesthetic of involving people within artworks is nothing new. One of the aims of this exhibition is to build a certain foundation for artistic practices that require the involvement of others in the making of their work— this does not necessarily entail over-simplified designations as either participatory or collaborative.
Agus Suwage | Fajar Abadi RDP | FX Harsono | Julian Abraham ‘Togar’ | Sara Nuytemans | Syagini Ratnawulan & Bandu Darmawan
ROH Projects, Jakarta
17 September – 24 November 2017
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