Exhibition
January 28–April 24, 2020

Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversations: LIR at ISCP

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 6–8pm

ISCP has hosted an annual institution-in-residence since 2011. This kind of residency was initiated to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective to a local context. This year, ISCP has invited LIR Space, a Yogyakarta-based independent arts institute. LIR will be taking over the second floor gallery of ISCP from January 28 through April 24, 2020 and will present an exhibition and a series of public programs during this time.

LIR Space was established in 2011 by Mira Asriningtyas, a curator and writer, and Dito Yuwono, an artist; the institution’s program ranges from exhibition laboratories and research-based art projects to public programs, residencies, and alternative art education platforms. LIR’s projects are characterized by multidisciplinary collaboration and performative exhibitions, fostering continuous transgenerational transmission of knowledge, memory, and history. Since 2017, LIR has been working on a long-term site-specific project titled 900mdpl in the founders’ hometown of Kaliurang, Indonesia—an aging resort village under an active volcano—with the aim of preserving collective memory.

The project at ISCP, Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversations is an adaptation of 900mdpl. LIR invites artists every two years to undertake fieldwork in Kaliurang, resulting in solo projects at various sites throughout the village.  Their projects are later reinstalled together in a temporary museum of oral history as a prototype for the future MUKKA (Community Museum of Kaliurang) envisioned by LIR. Selected artworks from this ongoing project will be presented at ISCP alongside additional new work by local artists from Kaliurang. At ISCP, LIR’s intervention will create an expansive portrait of the landscape, people and society of Kaliurang, by focusing on subjects such as botanical specimens, alternative histories of Dutch colonization, traumatic memory, national identity, culinary heritage, social space and storytelling.

Artists included in the exhibition are Edita Atmaja, Ibnu Banu Harli, Ahmad Barokah, Lala Bohang, Arief Budiman, Fyerool Darma, Paoletta Holst & Brigita Murti, Mella Jaarsma, Kelompok Fotografi Kaliurang, Agung Kurniawan, Jompet Kuswidananto, Maryanto, Dimaz Maulana, Anggun Priambodo, Mark Salvatus, Yudha Sandy and Rara Sekar.

On February 11 at 6:30pm, Mira Asriningtyas and Dito Yuwono will present a talk about the history and programming of LIR Space and on April 10 at 6:30pm, ISCP will screen works from past LIR projects.

Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversations is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; New York City Council Member for the 33rd District Stephen T. Levin; New York City Council Member for the 34th District Antonio Reynoso; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

Opening Reception: Jan 28, 2020, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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ISCP Talk
January 14, 2020, 6:30–8pm

Artists at Work: Habby Osk and Zai Nomura

Habby Osk will present her past and current projects, including her Anchor and Sling sculpture series, and the photography project Snap. Osk creates sculptures and photographic work which test the limits of balance and stability using gravity and force —referencing impermanence and the contingency of an action—to capture the moment of stillness before a looming collapse or durational transformation.

Zai Nomura will present recent projects such as Soul Reclaim Device and Still Life which lie between sculpture and photography. He will also introduce his new major participatory project about loss and grief, which will take place for the next year throughout the United States.

This program is supported, in part, by Bunkacho – Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; Hartfield Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Artists’ Salaries, The Icelandic Centre for Research; The Icelandic Visual Artists Copyright Association; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

6:30–8pm

Participating Residents