Traces AIR Antwerpen


Aug 2017 to Oct 2017
2012 live and work in Yogyakarta

In the framework of the bi-annual collaboration with Europala, this year with guest country Indonesia, AIR Antwerpen and M HKA invited Lifepatch for a residency of three months. During this residency the Lifepatch collective produce a solo exhibition at M HKA.

Lifepatch is a community-based organization founded in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 2012. They organize cross-disciplinary practices, bringing art, science and technology into dialogue in order to develop the useful presence of technological, natural and human resources in their region. As with many of the collective groups in Indonesia, self-practice, collaboration, interdisciplinarity and invention are at the core of Lifepatch’s work. Lifepatch members Agung Firmanto Budiharto and Wisnu Wisdantio are in residency until the end of October.

The Tale of Tiger and Lion focusses on the relations between two key figures of Dutch Colonial history in Indonesia – Hans Christoffel and Si Singamangaraja XII. At the beginning of the 21st century, the Swiss man Christoffel was employed as a Captain in the Royal Dutch-Indies Legion with the task of assassinating tribal kings and leaders in Indonesia. His “cat-and-mouse” with Si Singamangaraja, spiritual and political leader of the Batak people in Sumatra became legend, giving Singamangaraja the status of national hero. Christoffel travelled to all parts of Indonesia collecting weapons and artefacts from the tribes that he slayed. He eventually settled in Antwerp after marrying Adolphina van Rijswijck, daughter of the mayor Jan van Rijswijck, and later donated his collection to the Ethnographic Museum in Antwerp. For their exhibition, Lifepatch present a key selection of these artefacts, together with new artworks considering these two figures and their remarkable intertwined story. Their exhibition brings to light the competing narratives at play in the machinery of power and colonialism.

Lifepatch participated in the following group exhibitions: Pekan Seni Media (Media Art Week), workshops, Arus Balik Dimensi Teknologi Dalam Seni, 2017; Rumah dan Halaman (House and Courtyard), ICC, Tokyo, 2016; Maju Kena, Mundur Kena: Bertindak Sekarang (Neither Forward nor back: Act Now), Jakarta Biennial, 2015, Jakarta; Hacking Conflict, Biennial Jogja XIII, 2015; Infinity in Flux, ArtJog 8, 2015.