UK/Indonesia 2016-18

Building a new generation of creative relationships

The UK and Indonesia: two friendly, creative, archipelago countries, with surprisingly little contemporary cultural exchange.

UK/Indonesia 2016-18 (UK/ID) was a three-year campaign to change that, by helping artists and creative communities to connect, spend time together, collaborate, and share the outcomes with the public in both countries.

In the process, an evolving web of creative partnerships were built that will last a lifetime.

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250+ UK and Indonesian organisations and artists connected

72 artists took part in international residencies

1,900 cultural professionals engaged

90+ brand new collaborative works of art created

500,000+ audience members reached
Creative Technology:
A new international
network in digital culture

The first big theme emerging from UK Indonesia 2016-18 centred around creative technology, kicking off in March 2016 when seven artists and curators from the UK embarked on a Digital Culture Visit to Indonesia.

The visit jumpstarted a network that began percolating through the UK and Indonesia’s creative tech sectors.

From the streets of Semarang to the forests of Scotland, new creative technology residencies popped up all over Indonesia and the UK, including...

The Hive

Resembling a suspended organic hive structure, The Hive is a larger-than-life resonator, with vibrating chimes for visitors to interact with, creating new compositions.

Resembling a suspended organic hive structure, The Hive is a larger-than-life resonator, with vibrating chimes for visitors to interact with, creating new compositions.

This bespoke sculptural instrument made from parts of gamelan bars was conceived by two artists from Yogyakarta, Tony Maryana and Ikbal Lubys, and developed as an installation design by UK-based artist Laurie Crombie.

WAFT Lab

WAFT Lab also made a diorama of their mobile lab which was exhibited at Hotel Monopoli during UK/ID Festival 2018.

WAFT Lab also made a diorama of their mobile lab which was exhibited at Hotel Monopoli during UK/ID Festival 2018.

Glasgow based artist Robbie Thomson spent a month collaborating with WAFT Lab, an art collective from Surabaya, to create a mobile lab.

A converted van with solar panels, generators and tools to teach workshops, the mobile lab can be used to put on film screenings and more for audiences from the streets of the capital to remote villages around Java and beyond.

Digital Design Weekends

Kids played with Indonesian collective Lifepatch's 8-bit mixtape synths at the first Digital Design Weekend which took place at Kota Tua in Jakarta in 2016.

Kids played with Indonesian collective Lifepatch's 8-bit mixtape synths at the first Digital Design Weekend which took place at Kota Tua in Jakarta in 2016.

Two Indonesian editions of the V&A’s annual Digital Design Weekend took place in Jakarta and Bandung in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Amongst many showcases and exhibitions, members of the public could attend cardboard robot workshops, displays of ghost detectors and 8-bit synth demonstrations, and take part in artist and storyteller Jane Gauntlett's interactive VR experience In My Shoes: Dancing With Myself.

Technology is not all high tech circuits and wires, technology can be a way of thinking

Digital Nativ

Other organisations got involved and the spread of creative tech was seen everywhere. Artists captured soundscapes and environmental data to create a multi-sensory experience about the biodiversity of Indonesia, and a Bandung-Dundee-born installation was created in Edinburgh. These collaborations created an evolving web of relationships that spread far and wide over the three years.

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Building the disability
arts movement in Indonesia

UK/Indonesia 2016-18 saw a big increase in creative relationships between the UK and Indonesia, and used those relationships to spark huge advances in disability arts in Indonesia.

In 2016, UK/ID held its first disability arts workshop with Unlimited. Later that year, a group of Indonesia's rising talents - disability advocate Annisa Rahmania, visual artist Hana Madness and dance producers Ballet.id - were invited to the UK's Unlimited Festival.

Hana Madness creates artwork based on her experiences with mental illness.

Hana Madness creates artwork based on her experiences with mental illness.

The next year saw the birth of CANdoDANCE, a collaboration between Ballet.id and Candoco Dance Company, bringing together hearing and deaf dancers.

And UK artist Caglar Kimyoncu took up a one-month residency at Yogyakarta art complex PSBK, to explore the age old question - what makes us who we are?

Three years of work in disability arts culminated in 2018 with Festival Bebas Batas

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Indonesia's first significant disability arts festival - Festival Bebas Batas (‘Festival Without Boundaries’) - was co-created by more than 20 partners and built around a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Indonesia. The venue also played host to an intensive weekend of performing arts, including a series of UK/Indonesia collaborations, including...

Jakarta Fashion Week 2018

Festival Bebas Batas brought the first ever disabled models onto the runway at Jakarta Fashion Week.

Car free day

UK based Aaron Williamson collaborated with Jakarta Barrier Free Tourism at Festival Bebas Batas to create a live public performance.
The group went out on car free day in Jakarta to highlight the unacknowledged barriers faced by people living with disabilities. They dressed as Zombies, showing how disabled people can be treated in society.

UK based Aaron Williamson collaborated with Jakarta Barrier Free Tourism at Festival Bebas Batas to create a live public performance.
The group went out on car free day in Jakarta to highlight the unacknowledged barriers faced by people living with disabilities. They dressed as Zombies, showing how disabled people can be treated in society.

The festival branched out to spaces outside the gallery: an exhibition at Jakarta busway stops, a series of memorable shows, and public interventions at Car Free Day.

Indonesia's first Deaf Rave

Indonesia's first Deaf Rave was designed for deaf and hearing-impaired ravers!

Indonesia's first Deaf Rave was designed for deaf and hearing-impaired ravers!

Festival Bebas Batas finished off, like all festivals should, with a banging party - UK based Deaf Rave worked with Jakarta dance music collective PonYourTone to put on an event like no other.

“Festival Bebas Batas is a priority programme for next year”

Ministry of Education & Culture, Republic of Indonesia
Indonesia and Liverpool
– a unique connection

UK/ID was about finding points of connection between the UK and Indonesia – and we found that nowhere in Britain has more in common with Indonesia than the city of Liverpool.

You can see it in the DIY approaches to art and tech, and the central importance of local communities; you can find it in the music on the streets, and the historic relationship with the sea.

Liverpool singer-songwriter Dan Croll collaborated and performed in Jakarta with Indonesian artist Thearosa. He described his experience as 'Humid, speedy and tasty.'

Liverpool singer-songwriter Dan Croll collaborated and performed in Jakarta with Indonesian artist Thearosa. He described his experience as 'Humid, speedy and tasty.'

Indonesia’s creatives embraced Liverpool like a long-lost sibling.

The relationship started when six Indonesian artists took part in a six-week research-based residency at FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool.

Water Connections exhibition

Indonesian artist Tanti Sofyan worked with water, technology and the local community in Liverpool as part of the Water Connections exhibition at FACT.

Indonesian artist Tanti Sofyan worked with water, technology and the local community in Liverpool as part of the Water Connections exhibition at FACT.

The resulting exhibition at FACT, Water Connections, engaged people from all over the city of Liverpool to look at our relationship to water and how we use technology in both the UK and Indonesia.

Sister City Agreement with Surabaya

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, embraces the culture of Surabaya.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, embraces the culture of Surabaya.

Politicians got in on the act too, with the Mayor of Liverpool signing a Sister City Agreement with Surabaya.

Aurora

Inside a 100 year old reservoir, originally used to provide two million gallons of water to the people of Liverpool. Artists from the UK and Indonesia created interactive technologies, soundscapes, lasers and ice sculptures.

Inside a 100 year old reservoir, originally used to provide two million gallons of water to the people of Liverpool. Artists from the UK and Indonesia created interactive technologies, soundscapes, lasers and ice sculptures.

A collective of artists from the UK, Indonesia and other countries invited us to explore our relationship to water in an installation called Aurora in Liverpool, where technology and magic became indistinguishable.

Mas Ito in Liverpool

Adam Smythe, Head of Programmes/Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, viewing works by Angki Purbandono at the Brightspot x ArtDept ID 'Art Rooms' exhibition, Indonesia.
Liverpool organisations Bluecoat and Liverpool Biennial took part in the Visual Arts Visit, leading to a host of projects in the UK including Mas Ito’s residency at the Bluecoat

Adam Smythe, Head of Programmes/Curator at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, viewing works by Angki Purbandono at the Brightspot x ArtDept ID 'Art Rooms' exhibition, Indonesia.
Liverpool organisations Bluecoat and Liverpool Biennial took part in the Visual Arts Visit, leading to a host of projects in the UK including Mas Ito’s residency at the Bluecoat

Bluecoat, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, invited Indonesian retro-futurist artist Mas Ito for a residency after they came to Indonesia on the Visual Arts Visit

An evolving web of collaborative relationships spread far and wide over the course of the festival's three years and creative partnerships were built that will last a lifetime.

Find out more

Find out more about continuing cultural exchange between the UK and Indonesia by visiting British Council Indonesia and following us on Instagram.

With thanks to

#OMGB, @america, 100% Manusia, 707 Company, Abandon Normal Devices, Antik Mebel, Archipelago Festival, ArtBrut.ID, Arts Admin, Arts Council England, Badan Ekonomi Kreatif, Ballet.id, Bluecoat, Borderless Art Museum NO-MA, CandoCo Dance Company, Clapham Co., Cooking Sections, Cosmopolitan Indonesia, Creative Black Country, Cryptic, Creative Scotland, DaDaFest, Dewan Kesenian Jakarta, Dewan Kesenian Jawa Timur, DEWI Magazine, Digital Nativ, Doc Society, Djakarta Teater Platform, Double Deer, Fabelio, FACT, Femina, Fred Perry, Frisson Entertainment, Future 10, G39, Galeri Nasional Indonesia, GERKATIN, Gotix, Graduate Fashion Week, Grandhika Hotel, Greenpeace, Harper’s Bazaar, Historia Café, Honeycombers Jakarta, Hotel Monopoli, Hysteria, IABA, ICAD, In-Docs, Inspigo, Institut Français d’Indonésie, Institut Kesenian Jakarta, Institut Seni Indonesia Solo, Invisible Flock, Ismaya Live, JakartaConcerts.com, Jakarta Contemporary Ceramics Biennale, Jakarta Fashion Week, Jakarta Old Town Revitalisation Corporation, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Kolektif, Kunokini, Kementerian Komunikasi dan Informatika, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan, Komite Buku Nasional, Komunitas Salihara, Komunitas Serbuk Kayu, Koran Jakarta, Ladang Tari Nan Jombang, Linikini, Lekat, Lifepatch, Liverpool City Council, Loket.com, London School of Public Relations Jakarta, LUX, Make.Do.Nia, Manual Jakarta, NuArt Sculpture Park, NylonIndonesia.com, OK Video Festival, Pabrikultur, Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiarja, Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Paviliun 28, Paviliun Puisi, Pesta Boneka, Platform 3, Pocari Sweat, POST, Pusat Layanan Juru Bahasa Isyarat, PT Angkasa Pura II, PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol Tbk, PT Transportasi Jakarta, Qubicle, Restart Project, Rolling Stone Indonesia, Ruru Radio, SAE Institute, Serrum, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Siasat Partikelir, Sjuman School of Music, SOE Jakarta, Sofar Sounds Jakarta, SonicLive, Embajada de España en Indonesia / Kedutaan Besar Spanyol Indonesia, Sony Indonesia, Sprechen Records, Strongbow, Studiorama, Superga, Tanah Indie, The Establishment, The Place, Think Web, Tirto.ID, Titik Temu Creative and Co-Working Space, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Undisclosed Territory, V&A, VICE, Virgin Radio Jakarta, Visionare, WAFT Lab, Wales Arts International, Whiteboard Journal, Whitstable Biennale, Yayasan Mitra Netra