Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
The Hypostomus plecostomus or suckermouth catfish, colloquially called “sucker fish”, is a type of fish that commonly exists in Indonesia, known as “Sapu-Sapu” (Sapu = Broom) and “Ikan Bandaraya” in Malaysia.
These freshwater fish are mainly placed in aquarium tanks to clean the glass, so in the aquarium world, they function as janitors. Sucker fish are not a common food; especially to people from the middle to upper classes they have a dirty connotation and are perceived as ancient-looking, muddy and inedible. However, people from the grassroots, especially the ones living along the riverside, often eat wild sucker fish, fishing them directly from muddy rivers as food of desperate measures. I am very intrigued by this fact and to see the status of sucker fish as that of a marginalized, subordinated fish while they actually play an important role in keeping the artificial water world in glass tanks clean.
This project surveys sucker fish under social, cultural and economical aspects. I researched about dishes that include sucker fish created by people living along the riverside, its nutritional value, and also how it is traded. The result of the research is an installation of a food hawker kiosk selling sucker fish products, complete with brochures and video. The project involved chefs and students of nutritional and food sciences.
Curated by: Ade Darmawan
Wok The Rock
Woto Wibowo, aka Wok The Rock, is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He graduated from the Indonesian Institute of Arts with a degree in Visual Communication Design. He became the co-founder and an active member of Ruang MES 56, a contemporary photography collective in 2002. As an underground music artist in Indonesia, he founded Yes No Wave Music, an internet-based record label distributing music for free legal download using Creative Commons License. His recent long-term project is “Burn Your Idol”, an installation of 1000 CD-Rs of Indonesian youngster's favorite albums.