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Photo Credit LAIR by: Prabowo Setyadi and Almanoka Alessandro
Photo Credit LAIR by: Prabowo Setyadi and Almanoka Alessandro

PhD Research Fellow Forum

Lead by PhD fellow Sigrid Espelien from the Art and Craft department in conversation with the band LAIR, members of the art collective Jatiwangi Art Factory from Jatiwangi, East Java, Indonesia on collaboration and how to work cross culturally.

Lair is a music project from Jatiwangi, West Java, formed early in 2018. Lair music is inspired by classical tarling music which is explored in a typical pantura style, 'raw’ and as it is. They play on instruments made from roof tiles and ceramic jars. Lair are members of Jatiwangi Art Factory, an artist collective from Jatiwangi Village in West Java, Indonesia.

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) is an artistic collective that was formed in 2005 in a former clay tile factory in Jatiwangi, East Indonesia. They consist of over fifty musicians, ceramists, curators and multimedia artists and work with the local community empowerment. Clay is often included in their work, since the area was and still is a big producer of roof tiles. JaF is also a residency for international artists and the collective has also participated in many exhibitions and art projects abroad. This year they will be one of the “lumbung”-members of Documenta 15 in Kassel.

The artistic practice of Lair’s composers, Tedi Nurmanto, Andzar Agung Fauzan, Muhammad Pipin Kaspin, Kiki Permana, Ika Yuliana and Tamyiz Ramadhan begins with the creation of their own clay musical instruments from which each sound is formed.[1]Photo credit Rampak Genteng by: Abdul Hadi, Bayu Koswara and Ndang Mukmin

Sigrid met the band LAIR during her residency at Jatiwangi Art Factory in July 2019 when she was part of The International Indonesian Contemporary Ceramics Biennale. Sigrid was working with transfer of knowledge through workshops about clay cement, slipcasting with earthenware slip, plastermould making and relief methods in the residency, but also started singing with the band LAIR. Jatiwangi Art Factory has been a great inspiration to the startup of Sigrids PhDproject Grounding with blåleire (blueclay), because of their holistic way of working with clay.

There will be a presentation of the collective lead by a conversation on collaboration and how to work across cultures. Please bring your own issues and thoughts to contribute to the conversation.

The forum is sponsored by Artistic research at KHiO and the Art and Craft department.