This year’s Jakarta Biennale 2015 Public Education, one of the main programs of the Jakarta Biennale Foundation, has the mission “Creating a generation with an understanding toward Indonesian art.” One attempt to achieve this mission is by disseminating basic information on art to the public, particularly to senior high school students.
The basic information includes the historical timeline and the development of Indonesian art, the definition and characters of Indonesian art, art media and forms, Indonesian art ecosystem and industry, and Indonesian art practitioners and their works.
This program is expected to bridge public understanding and art activities and works. It is deemed necessary because observations and surveys show that most Indonesians would like to know more about art but they don’t know where to get the information.
The focus on high school students aims at making art a general knowledge for this generation. As they decide on the profession of their choice, the knowledge will work as a tool to approach the culture of art of their own country.
The information distribution uses three main media: the book Seni Rupa Kita (Our Art), Art Ambassadors and the Jakarta Biennale Workshop and Tour. The content of Our Art and the activities of the Art Ambassadors as well as the workshop and the tour can be seen on the Instagram account @senirupakita.
Seni Rupa Kita Book
Seni Rupa Kita (Our Art) book features the basic art knowledge in a casual and illustrative way. The book is aimed at teenagers and public who would like to know more about art. The need for thorough and accurate information about art was the reason behind the publication of this book, which is distributed to 1,000 high schools in Jakarta for free and can also be downloaded for free in PDF format at www.jakartabiennale.net.
To complete the book, the JB 2015’s Public Education Team conducted Teachers Lab in early 2015, where a number of art teachers in Jakarta got together and identified the problems and potentials in teaching and learning art while also checking the completion and accuracy of art text books used at high schools. The content of Our Art refers to Indonesian Art Blueprint – TheNational Art Development Plan. The blueprints’ research, design, and content were facilitated by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy in 2014 through Focus Group Discussions and in-depth interviews with 40 competent art practitioners. The conclusions derived from the Teachers Lab and other surveys conducted by the Public Education program have led to newer, more accessible content for students and the public in general.
Jakarta Biennale Art Ambassadors are senior high school students selected by the teachers and Public Education Team to build creative communication project as a tool to distribute art knowledge in their schools and among their peers. The selection was based on the students’ interest in art and their potential to grow through this program.
Eighteen students were picked along with their mentors from ten senior high schools in Jakarta this year. The Art Ambassadors attended three workshops and individual coaching to learn more about art. They also interacted with artists and art workers in the country. Some of them showcased their talents and knowledge during Hai Day 2015 held by Hai magazine, a sponsor of Our Art campaign, on 10-11 October 2015. Moreover, the Ambassadors were also involved in the production of creative gimmick ‘Art Water’, an infused water sold as a part of the creative campaign about the Jakarta Biennale and Our Art project. The product’s logo and layout was a collaborative work between Joviana Henza (SMAK 1, a vocational high school) and Insan Fadhil (Lab School Ramawangun High School).
At the end of the Public Education program, the Art Ambassadors were asked to create an art knowledge distribution project based on what they had learned during the workshop and the coaching. It can be an interactive project with their friends, such as a workshop and discussion at school; articles or a magazine; collaborative artwork with their schoolmates; or other creative projects involving their friends at schools or other peers.
The projects arepresented at each school, at Gudang Sarinah in December 2015, and can be downloaded at www.jakartabiennale.net.
M. Erlangga Putra
Ramadanti Putri Dewi Rachman
Nawwaf Husein Supria
Tsany Afifah Saribanan
Adhitanto Nabil Sabirin
Muhamad Alip Noor
Rahma Dhianti Chairunnisa
LAB School Rawamangun
LAB School Rawamangun
Jakarta Biennale Public Workshop and Tour
The Jakarta Biennale 2015 organizes a series of workshops and tours to provide a guided viewing experience for the public.
The “What is art?” workshop shares about the basic knowledge of art, such as the history of art in Indonesia, the scope of art medium and practices, and the art ecosystem—from galleries, art fairs, auction houses, communities, to biennales. This workshop is accompanied several other workshops on exploring art medium, providing opportunities for the participants to learn how to create artworks from various medium.
The tour is intended to provide opportunities for the public, to enjoy the exhibition spaces in Jakarta Biennale 2015 with guides selected for specific age groups. This year, the Jakarta Biennale 2015 tours are divided into several sessions:
Tour with the curators for people aged 15 and above.
Children and family tour or children aged 5-12 and their parents or teachers, guided by the Duta Seni of Jakarta Biennale 2015. The tour consists of workshops and other activities, and presents several Jakarta Biennale artworks curated especially for interactive activities with children.
High School tour for students aged 13-18 years, guided by Jakarta Biennale Art Ambassadors. This tour also includes workshops, other activities, and art works presentation.
Tour for university students; focusing on the context of artworks and art practices in society.
The tour is organized every weekend, except during Christmas and New Year weeks. Each tour group should consist of maximum 20 people. We also invite schools in Jakarta and Greater Jakarta to have a visits on school days.