TVRI (Televisi Rakyat Indonesia)

TVRI (Televisi Rakyat Indonesia)

TVRI (Televisi Rakyat Indonesia)

Five channels video and transmitter installation
Indonesia, 2011-2015

One of the things that contributed to the New Order regime’s erosion was the establishment of private television stations in early 1990s. These information canals outside the official narrations of the government opened the possibility of other perspectives over events while still being inside the broadcasting corridor that was centered in Java, marginalizing other local entities and cultures with its own cultural penetration.

The presence of community televisions brought another story in the Indonesian television history. In 2002 the Broadcasting Law was ratified and allowed the emergence of community television that can place community members as the producer, having the power over all information and entertainment the community members need. This was an effort to wear down the broadcasting centralization (Java) and ownership, allowing new “ownerships” from the hands of the people. The diverse ownerships resulted then should be able to empower the people to control their own television broadcast.

Televisi Rakyat Indonesia (TVRI) presents several television programs produced by JAFTV that are related with village development program shows—very popular during New Order days. The village broadcasting à la JAFTV tries to see the positive role of a media, not only to document a village society’s development but also becomes the media that identify village problems. The programs of this TVRI can be transmitted up to 2.5 km from the exhibition hall.

Jatiwangi Art Factory
For this year’s work, JAF has decided to highlight questions about land (Year of Land) for their people-based art projects. Since its establishment 10 years ago in Jatisura Village, Jatiwangi-Majalengka, West Java, the group persistently uses arts as a means to empower, research and improve the village. JAF have a regular program running in the village as well as construct multimedia and participate in exhibitions such as visual art music, performance, and film, both on national and international level. It brought renewed perspective on how questions in villages are related to global society.