Here are the three best works from the Open Submission shortlist of ORDE BARU OK. Video – Indonesia Media Arts Festival 2015!
THE PLASTIC GARDEN
Ip Yuk-Yiu (Hong Kong)
11 min 12 sec
This work re-engineered a shoot- out game titled Call of Duty: Black Ops (a video game that was released in 2010) that has the Cold War era as a background story. The artist cut off a scene of the video game narration, just taking the atmosphere of a home and a yard. The artist manipulates the scene: not presenting a shootout at all. The silence that is highlighted by the work of this video pierced even deeper into our memory of anxiety about the impact of global socio-political conflict. War, in certain circumstances, is no more frightening than the waiting interval of a final decision: how is the form of our designated future? In fact, the anxiety welled in symbolic images, such as a video game war, and present as a characteristic of contemporary culture in an era of media society. With The Plastic Garden, the artist stimulates the senses of our understanding about the future, about the nightmare of mass destruction in the future, in order to 91 redefine the tragic essence of modern socio- political reality.
MEMORIAL OF AN INQUIRY
Jan Patrick D. Pineda (The Philippines)
Three Channels Video Installation
Playing around with archives is one way for artist to examines history facts. They often manipulate archives to explore and clarify. The idea is to reflect the past to understand the concept that has not been fully comprehended, that history conveyed information and politics glued with biased and human memories.
This archive tells a story about Tasaday tribe. A hoax that emerged in the 70’s created by Marcos government to distract people’s attention from the reality of how the world viewed the Philippines at that time. The archive was being showcased in several renovation sets, reinterpreted, and re- examined through three-screen cinema. The archive was re-presented from the vault, to create possibilities for us to change our understanding over things. What comes out later was the question, was Tasaday a hoax or was the idea of a hoax is a hoax itself? So, where is the truth? The answer probably lies in between facts and fictions which all seek attention.
Roberto Santaguida (Canada)
Single Channel Video
10 min 38 sec
The work that unveils the views of Goran Gostojić –a young man with special needs who lived in Novi Sad– about the nuances echoed in between joy and desperation, between fear and courage, between personal understanding and public understanding. This film reconstructs a narrative spoken by Goran through such intimate camera approach. The questions prompted by an unknown individual –which we could guess came from the perspective of Roberto Santaguida as a filmmaker– captivates us in absorbing Goran’s stories about his family, friends, and activities. We affect the reality just as the world affects our personality; the work is an investigation upon self and the world around us. Camera angles record the conversations in a manner of conjoining the contradiction of two experiences –between Goran and the cameraperson– lead our eyes to scour an aspect of Novi Sad, an administrative town which became one of the centres of activities and industry development, as well as finance and culture in Serbia. The narrative constructions from Goran’s experiences seemed to morph as a key to open various doors to observe communal society characteristics, which will continually grow in development patterns; which –more or less– shaped by the dynamics of past conflicts that affect the town’s existence today.