Dear speakers and participant artists
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have faced the same threat for almost two years, namely Covid-19 – a tiny creature that has taken its toll in almost countries. Various social and physical restrictions have limited us. Even so, we are all increasingly realizing that human reason, imagination, thoughts, and feelings can trasnform problems and obstacles into creative ideas and concepts. At least man can imagine the problems he has, graphically caricatured to see himself in cartoons to laugh at himself. Many wise people say that intelligent or creative people can watch, see, criticize, and laugh at themselves.
Art is the creative process, knowledge, and work of a person who can see the uniqueness of the specificity of the world around him, or himself, to exist. In other words, we can say that art is a typical human way, skill, and language to survive.
Based on this understanding, FSR ISI Yogyakarta held a fine arts event titled Survivability and The Arts, with two types of activities, namely: Exchange Lecture Series and International Exhibition of Visual Arts.
We express our gratitude and appreciation to lecturers from Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia who will give lectures from November 23 to 26, 2021.
Similarly, we would like to thank 71 artists from home and abroad. Foreign countries are: Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia. Those from Indonesia come from several universities, namely: UNM, UNS, ISI Padang Panjang, ISI Surakarta, ISI Yogyakarta, ISI Denpasar, IKJ, ISBI Aceh, ISBI Bandung, Telkom University, UPY, UNESA, UB, UST.
Exhibitions and Public Lectures from guest lecturers are online and offline.
We would also like to say a lot of thanks to the Rector of ISI Yogyakarta, The Dean of the Faculty of Visual Arts, the Head of the Department of Fine Arts, and the entire Committee.
Finally for all the help, support and participation, we would like to thank you very much.
All the best to all of you.
M. Dwi Marianto
People worldwide have faced the same threat - Covid-19 - that has not ended yet for almost two years. Instead of disappearing, various variants of covid appear and fluctuate. Human life and world civilization have been affected. But it turns out, in any complex and desperate circumstances, humans can always survive - overcoming difficulties. From the media and life experiences, people in different parts of the world have managed to overcome problems in their unique, specific, or extraordinary ways.
In the current global uncertain situation, one of the fitting 'mantras' for today is that 'We have to synergy – communicating, cooperating, and collaborating for goodness' – through, with, and by art. To close the year 2021 and look forward to the new year 2022, FSR ISI Yogyakarta (Faculty of Visual Arts, ISI Yogyakarta) would like to mark the transition time with a joint art exhibition. The event also consists of an academic forum of exchanging lectures by the respective distinguished lecturers. With this international event, we are sending a sincere gesture that we are interested in strengthening mutual collaborations we have already had in the next future.
The works exhibited presented here are the works made within the span of the last two years. We believe that either the works' objects, concepts, or creative narratives in-display result from specific conditions forged by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Therefore, this exhibition functions as an international art forum where participants, directly or indirectly, could share their survival stories of transforming darks passion due to Covid-19 into creative probabilities.
Seven lecturers participated in the Survivability and The Arts event from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. There are seventy-two works of conventional and unconventional media by artists from 7 countries: Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand.
Although almost half of all the participating works are present through printed-out pieces, all of the works are significant. Overall this exhibition signifies that art is omnipresent; it grows in any culture, constantly changes, and continuously adjusts to the space, time, and circumstances in which it was born.
Yogyakarta, 23 November 2021
Curator: Prof. M. Dwi Marianto, MFA, PhD
Co-Curator: Satrio Hari Wicaksono, SSn, MSn
“Inheriting Advanced Japanese Technology to the Development of Art; Storage, Restoration, and Handling”
1. “The Resilience and Sustainability of Malaysian Art Execution”
2. “New Ways of Designing"
1. “In a Tumultuous World, Art Matters”
2. “Colour Indicted”
3. "Art for Society 5.0"
1. “Use of Cultural Capital for Thai Design”
2. “Representation of Eco-Aesthetic Engagement Via Biodynamic Farming”