Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversation

.Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversation. 

[ISCP - New York, 2020]

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 NY edition of this museum 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.

About The Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversation
[Museum Seribu Percakapan]

900mdpl started as a biennial site-specific art project in Kaliurang due to its close proximity to Mt.Merapi volcano in Indonesia and understanding that nothing is permanent on a moving ground. Indonesia is home to some of the most active volcanoes in the Pacific Ring of Fire formed due to subduction zones of three main active tectonic plates. With an awareness to the unstable force of nature and how the ground is continuously moving beneath us; we propose a possibility of a transient community museum that can easily be moved from one home to another—preserving archive of the space in different forms from field notes to multimedia piece, publication, performance, and installation. The non-permanent community museum is called The Transient Museum of a Thousand Conversations (Museum Seribu Percakapan). It is a prototype of the Museum of Kaliurang Community (MUKKA) that is created as an attempt to archive the space and as a continuous knowledge transmission of trans-generational memory. The collection of the museum is growing and being built by multidisciplinary artists together with the local community through conversation, story-telling, and oral tradition to foster transmission of transgenerational knowledge within the village. The context-specific history presented in this museum is composed of small events, socially-engaged archive of the site, and a variation of collective memory deeply rooted to the complex geographies, local wisdom, and narratives. Yet, just the way memory is always contested: nothing is certain and nothing is permanent on this moving ground.


Growing list of the non-permanent location: