Ones Who Looked at The Presence

Ones Who Looked at The Presence

Ones Who Looked at The Presence

Video & Drawing Installation
2014

Ones Who Looked at The Presence is an art project conducted by Otty Widasari when she resided in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The project responds to film archives which captured Indonesian society during the colonial era. Otty conducted a deconstruction on body presence in front of the camera –gestures that reacted toward camera shooting to form certain characters within the camera frame, as a reproductive reality. It also corresponds to the phenomenon of image reproduction in the digital and internet era, which has hasted aside the attention to material authenticity. Otty presented a number of drawings, paintings, and video works as a medium of her interpretation.

The “Orde Baru OK. Video” Festival will feature two artworks which are essential part of the project; which are the drawings of Papua people characters –as the artist’s interpretations toward audiovisual archives that she collected– and a video titled Asmat 2. Both works are the artist’s subjective construction upon her archival and contextual functions today. On one side, the image reproductions conducted by Otty revealed the material fragility aspect; but on the other hand it also commenced a criticism upon the preservation system. When digital tendencies became dominant, choices of modern manners are responded as a progressive mean to re-question the subliminal being of archives themselves.

Otty Widasari
She was one of the founders of Forum Lenteng (2003) and now she’s the Program Coordinator of Media Empowerment, akumassa. She finished her study in Jakarta Institute of Art. She was one of the finalists in Indonesian Art Award 2008 held in Galeri Nasional Indonesia and participate in short film project 9808 along with other Indonesian young directors in the same year. In 2013, she brought akumassa to join an art project called Seni di Batas Senen as a part of Jakarta Biennale XV-SIASAT. In the same year, his video titled Jabal Hadroh, Jabal Al Jannah was featured in Biennale Jogja XII: Equator 2. In 2014, she attended SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul, in Korea and participated in artist residency in Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherland.