The harbour in Liverpool.
The waterfront in Liverpool, UK. 
Monday 01 May 2017 to Monday 12 June 2017

Six Indonesian artists are taking part in a six-week research-based residency at the new media arts centre FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool.

A tale of two archipelagos 

Throughout the month of May they will explore the different perspectives and discourses surrounding water in Indonesia and the UK – two very distinct archipelago nations. They will dig deep into the economic, historical, political, environmental and cultural issues around water, and how this relates to its management and treatment in both countries.

For most of the artists, this will be their first time developing and exhibiting their work in the UK. The residency presents a unique opportunity to learn from the people of Liverpool and immerse themselves in the community and build connections, in order to bring about mutual understanding and respect for life around waters.

LightNight on 19 May, 17.00 till late, FREE

All artists in residency will take part in LightNight, a free one-night arts and culture festival which takes place across multiple museums, galleries and heritage sites in Liverpool. 

The projects showcased here will be an extension of their ongoing projects or a new project developed with the people in Liverpool.

Water-Connections exhibition 31 May - 12 June

Throughout the residency, the artists' work will develop organically. On 31 May there will be a showcase of this work in progress followed by an exhibtion open to the public till 12 June. The works will then be developed further upon their return to Indonesia and will be exhibited as a part of the upcoming UK/ID Festival 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Artists in residency

Andreas Siagian

Andreas Siagian

Artist, Lifepatch

Andreas Siagian is a cross-disciplinary artist with an engineering background focusing on creative communities, alternative education, DIY (Do it Yourself) and DIWO (Do It With Others) culture and interdisciplinary collaboration in art, design, science and technology.

His collective, Lifepatch, is based in Yogyakarta and uses social design methods to encourage experimental thinking and practice amongst the community.

Tanti Sofyan

Artist, Labtek Indie

Tanti is the only female maker in the exhibition. She is currently working in Labtek Indie, a research, design and development company for technology related products through human-centered design approach. She is currently interested in an environmental issue and how technology can help raise the awareness or improve the quality of life. Tanti made a mobile installation which turns cigarette buds into music for her master degree programme in Barcelona.

Rais Rice and Reza Enem

Visual Artist and Sound Artist, Bombo

Bombo is a collaborative project from Makassar, South Sulawesi.

Visual developer Rais Rice began his exploration in multimedia production by practicing photography and graphic design while studying information studies at Universitas Telkom, Bandung. Later, he expanded his skill to film, visual installation, and video mapping production.  

Sound artist Reza Enem played music with his indie progressive folk band Theory of Discoustic after completing his study at Universitas Fajar, Makassa and previously worked as a photojournalist for Jakarta Biz Daily.

Victorious Elvino Priyanto Sadipun a.k.a 'Ndaru'

Creative Technologist

Ndaru is a programmer, independent researcher, coder, and many other hats. He seeks challenging occupation where he can effectively contribute his skills also experienced in the technical and management field for the development of both the company and himself. 


Jack Lowe

Artist, curious directive

Jack studied French with International Relations (University of Warwick), movement (Lecoq, Paris) and Theatre Directing (MFA Birkbeck, London) and is currently working towards an MSc Water Security and International Development (UEA). Since 2008, he has been artistic director of curious directive, a Norwich-based devising company exploring life through the lens of science. 

Irma Chantily

Curator, Water Connections

Irma has recently embarked into new territory; the exciting overlapping area between arts and technology. She was the co-curator for  Jakarta Biennale 2015: Neither Forward Nor Back. She is currently a Senior Programme Manager responsible for building relationships in the arts and creative industries for British Council Indonesia, a freelance lecturer at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts’ Department of Photography, and curator of the Water Connections project in Liverpool. 

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UK/Indonesia 2016-18