Irresistible Decay

Irresistible Decay

Irresistible Decay

Object and video installation
Various Dimension
2015

Ari Dina gathered the unused film cuts from the laboratory of State Film Company (PFN). As a result, he obtained in 2689 celluloid frame that has been damaged (residue). He obtained diverse images and it was not clear from which films the celluloid pieces were. Then he reassembled the pieces of celluloid that were not labeled and had minimal description of the contents.

He had taken these celluloid pieces from one of the rooms in PFN’s second floor which once was a place of post-production workmanship of the film after processing from the original negative camera. The combinations of the pieces of damaged films eventually form their own images and un-narrative narratives. But this work encourages other issues instead: the issue of Indonesian cinema archives, the condition of preserved nation’s history, inadequate archiving devices in Indonesia and the temperature conditions that makes it quite difficult to archive celluloid material. Irresistible Decay invites us to see the condition of Indonesia archival which remains “ill” despite of the regime change. Ari also showed despite the survival of some archive, the condition is ‘not feasible’.

Ari Dina Krestiawan
Works very well with stop motion video and documentary, Ari had just finished her magister study on Urban Art and Industrial Culture at Jakarta Institute of Art. She had her residency in El Despacho, Mexico in 2005. She participated in Zona Pertarungan at the exhibition Jakarta Biennale XIII: ARENA in 2009 and joined OK Video Flesh – 5th Jakarta International Video Festival 2011. She is an active member of Forum Lenteng and Lab Laba Laba. She teaches videography, film editing, and experimental art in Multimedia Nusantara University.