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Art performances, interactivity highlighted at Art Jakarta 2018

Muthi Achadiat Kautsar
Muthi Achadiat Kautsar

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, August 4, 2018  /  09:52 pm
Art performances, interactivity highlighted at Art Jakarta 2018

Art Carpets designed by Indonesian artists will be auctioned for Yayasan Mitra Museum Jakarta on Aug. 5. (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

Some returning visitors to the annual art fair Art Jakarta, previously known as Bazaar Art Jakarta from 2008 to 2016, may agree that it is a good idea to attend the whole three days of the event. Or four, if you happen to be invited to its vernissage.

Apart from the numerous artworks to enjoy, Art Jakarta also offers creative talks and performances not to be missed. On Aug. 3, a health-related talk took place at Art Jakarta’s main stage, with almost all seats taken.

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The talk show, titled Healthy Heart and Being Fit, was held by Yayasan Jantung Indonesia (Indonesian Heart Foundation). It also marked the launch of a program where the foundation offers T-shirts for purchase as part of the World Heart Day Donation program.

Products of Zen fine porcelain tableware, featuring designs of five artists, were also on offer. The proceeds will be used to raise funds to help pay for surgery for underprivileged children born with heart defects.

The five artists commissioned by Zen are Ronald Apriyan, Iabadiou Piko, Arif Rachman, Aqil Prabowo and Sony Irawan. Aqil, a young talented artist with dyslexia, was a guest at the talk show that featured cardiologist Dr. Vito A. Damay and vice president of Golds Gym, Scott Brown.

Myths about heart attacks, safe exercise and working out were among the topics discussed at the show.

Later in the early evening, the main stage was occupied by chef Chrysansia Chitra who performed Monochromatic Poem, an eclectic show combining food, painting and music to the background of electronic dance music by DJ Andezzz. 

Flaunting a model-like figure in her all black suit, the chef plated a huge monochromatic dessert on a table. Different types and textures of bakers’ confections and sugar confections in black, white, gray or transparent were arranged on the table, looking as if there was enough to feed everyone in the audience. And that is how the show ended, with everyone sampling the dessert.

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Talk shows and performances made a good intermezzo in between artwork viewing. And so are the interactive artworks. Ruci Art Space, for instance, displayed three-dimensional works by Mochtar Sarman. Pop icons such as Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders and basketball player Michael Jordan could amusingly be viewed through a pair of 3D glasses, and so is a portrait of designer Coco Chanel. Even more amusing is the basketball player that could step out of its portrait frame to dribble a ball, when viewed using an AR app on a tablet computer.

Coco by Mochtar Sarman displayed at Ruci Art Space's booth at Art Jakarta 2018. When viewed with 3D glasses, the words 'Don't be like the rest of them darling' can be seen.Coco by Mochtar Sarman displayed at Ruci Art Space's booth at Art Jakarta 2018. When viewed with 3D glasses, the words 'Don't be like the rest of them darling' can be seen. (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

Speaking of interactivity, The Jakarta Post app has a JP Now feature that can be used to find information about certain artworks. It is a sophisticated piece of augmented reality technology using AiQ artificial intelligence, which allows you to scan the items you are looking at to discover more information about them.

Cartoon editorials by Budhi Button at The Jakarta Post booth at Art Jakarta 2018Cartoon editorials by Budhi Button at The Jakarta Post booth at Art Jakarta 2018 (JP/Muthi Kautsar)

JP Now can be used at every editorial cartoon by Budhi Button at The Jakarta Post booth at Art Jakarta, and some other artworks displayed at the fair.

More creative talks, art performances and an auction will be held at Art Jakarta that runs until Aug. 5 this year.