Monday, August 30, 2010


Tomorrow at 20:00 - Wednesday at 01:00

LocationThe Living Room
Unit 24, North Syquia Apt. 1991 M.H. Del Pilar
Manila, Philippines


BedroomLab functions as an informal art platform, wherein open discussions, brainstorming sessions, lectures, network meetings, performances, hands-on workshops, demonstrations and public gatherings take place.

...The first edition (BedroomLab.01) tackled two local artists who focus on sound to talk about the gritty details of their works in electronic video and sound, then subsequently presented it via collaborative performance. On the second edition (BedroomLab.02), brainstorming sessions alongside open discussions with various artist communities in Manila and Cavite regarding not just the development and continuation of artistic sonic and visual art projects; but the "collaborative futures" of these communities.

SABAW Media Art Kitchen and Visual Pond present BedroomLab.03, ADE DARMAWAN of Ruangrupa. Ruangrupa is an artists' initiative established in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a not-for-profit organization that strives to support the progress of contemporary art ideas within the urban context and the broader scope of the culture by means of exhibitions, festivals, art labs, workshops, research, and journal publication.

For his talk, Darmawan will discuss the history, network and survival of artist initiatives in Indonesia, drawing from his experience in Ruangrupa and a recent exhibition he co-curated featuring twenty-one Indonesian artist initiatives and collectives. He will also talk about ruangrupa's ongoing Art Lab, a project designed for conducting research and creative collaborations on urban and media issues. It serves as a collaborative platform for individual artists as well as interdisciplinary groups from Indonesia and abroad, presenting in various formats such as exhibitions, events, publications, websites and interventions in public spaces. Under the umbrella of "Urban Mobility", two thematic Art Lab projects are presented each year for 2008-2010. Darmawan will talk about the past projects of 2008-2009 [2008: “Kendaraan (project on people's desire on Vehicles)” and “Desain Kota Dalam Kota (City Design in The City) ”; 2009 “Transaksi (Transaction)” and “Teknologi Virtual Komunikasi (Virtual Communication Technology)] and converse on this year's work in progress, “Kota lama (Old City)” (2010), and “Kota Masa Depan (Future City)”.

Darmawan will also talk about his own artistic projects, which look into ideas of industrial products and consumption and production mechanism, attempting to see the layers of reality and illusion that is generated by it. He is currently working on a project on the history of consumption, harking back to the colonial era.

Open discussions with the audience are highly encouraged, so please be prepared for some prolonged chit chat over food and beer. Drinks and finger food will be served.

Free Entrance.

AUG 31 - 8PM til early morning (we have a lot of booze)


Ade Darmawan

Darmawan was born in 1974 in Jakarta, Indonesia, then moved to Yogyakarta (central Java) for 5 years to study at Indonesia Art Institute of (I.S.I), in Graphic Art Department. A year after his first solo exhibition in 1997 at the Cemeti Contemporary Art Gallery, Yogyakarta (now Cemeti Art House), he stayed in Amsterdam for two years post-graduate residency program at the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (State Academy of Fine Art) - Institute for Advance Art Studies and Research - Amsterdam, Netherlands. Back from Amsterdam in 2000 and with five other artists from Jakarta, he founded ruangrupa - an artists' initiative space.

He has been actively working as visual artist with works ranging from objects, installations, digital prints and public art. As an artist and curator he has participated in many art projects and exhibitions in several cities in Indonesia and abroad, such as in Amsterdam, Seoul, New York, Buenos Aires, Durban, Tokyo, Bangkok, Mumbai, Mexico City, Istanbul, and Sydney.

From 2006-2009 he was a member of Jakarta Arts Council, and the artistic director of Jakarta Biennale XIII-ARENA 2009. Now he lives and works in Jakarta as an artist, teacher, and director of ruangrupa.


ruangrupa -

Since 2003, ruangrupa organizes the bi-annual OK.Video Jakarta International Video Festival. In 2004 ,ruangrupa in collaboration with Jakarta students from several universities organized the Jakarta 32 ‘C, a bi annual festival for students visual arts productions. ruangrupa as an artists collaborative platform also actively participate in exhibitions and projects in Indonesia and internationally, such as the Gwangju Biennale 2002 and the Istanbul Biennale 2005. ruangrupa is member of Arts Collaboratory, a platform for visual artists’ initiatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America.


bedroomLab is a new program facilitated by SABAW Media Art Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization whose primary interests lie in curatorial and research-based production towards the imminent intersections of art and technology; as well as networking cultures from information and communication carried via modern electronic media.

bedroomLab is dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental art, as well the diverse range of artistic activities in the context of sound and visual culture. bedroomLab presents creative projects that experiment with new aesthetic parameters and new forms of cooperation, develop possibilities for informational and economic self-determination, and reflect on the role of contemporary art against the backdrop of technological and social transformations. Now more than ever, media art emerges as a laboratory for multiform experiments and as an active agent that allows for new cultural techniques to be tested and proffered to the wider world. We have had a particular interest in creating an open dialogue between the artistic and scientific dimensions, a linkage with a long experimental pedigree.

VISUAL POND is a non-profit organization committed to the visual arts. Based in Manila, Visual Pond aims to be a dynamic player in the Philippine contemporary art scene through projects that engage and promote local artists both here and abroad. We at Visual Pond envision a contemporary art scene that is vibrant, open to experimentation and supported by the community. By taking initiatives and creating opportunities for artists, we work towards this realization for the visual arts locale. Asides from Manila-based projects, we are also interested in regional and international exchanges on ideas, concepts and possible collaborations with definite end products.

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