This quick post is to put out there somethings I had forgotten about from a couple of years back, when Bloomberg TV invited me to contribute to an episode of their Brilliant Ideas series dedicated to Heri Dono’s artistic practice (episode 23). It is very worthwhile watching the whole episode as Dono is a fascinating artist. Some of my commentary, filmed as an interview in 2015, is scattered throughout the middle of the episode, which you access by clicking on the image below.
It was an odd thing for me to have the interview filmed in what is now the Jogja National Museum, Gampingan, Yogyakarta, which I first visited in 2001 when it was a squat occupied by the renegade artists collective Taring Padi. Before that it had been the site of one of Indonesia’s first tertiary arts institutions, the Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI). When I filmed this interview, my daughters were attending school at another of the old buildings on campus, which now houses a primary school.
Another of the many fascinating artists who spent quite a lot of time hanging out at the old Gampingan squat – although I met him a couple of years later – was the late, great S. Tedy D. I recorded an interview with Tedy, in between visiting local sights such as the Phoenix Pub and Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, when he was in Canberra to make work for the National Portrait Gallery’s Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia in 2011.