1983

1983

1983

Object and video installation
Various dimensions
2015

The total solar eclipse on June 11th 1983 was the most “spectacular” nature phenomenon ever experienced by Indonesians. During that event, the state asked all Indonesians to lock themselves in their homes when the eclipse occurred. The situation was reasoned as a protective measure for the eyes, by not experiencing the eclipse in person. Government then broadcasted the event live via the National Television (Televisi Republik Indonesia / TVRI). Most of the people actually sat at home and enjoyed the eclipse from their television, while other insisted to go outside to watch such phenomenon via various means and mediums; which might only happen once in their lives.

Ade Darmawan’s work tries to play with the collective memory of the solar eclipse in 1983 with another eclipse which took place after the Reformation in 1998. The basic differences between the two events were closely related with the media technology; whereas it also concerned about power and representation. If in 1983 the people could only watch the show from one sole media owned by the government; today the society has various mediums of representations.

Ade Darmawan

A year after his first solo exhibition, Deodorant Display of Power at Rumah Seni Cemeti in 1997, Ade joined 2-year residency at Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in the Netherland. Ade created various installation works, video, public visual art, and graphic based on things that he found as his artistic strategy. Besides going solo, he also works collectively with ruangrupa, a non-profit organization working on urban issues. He was the artistic director for Jakarta Biennale XIII-ARENA and member of Jakarta Art Council in 2006-2009. Ade is also known as activist, curator and active in various organisations.