Sunday, April 16, 2017

To play with space (after Perec)

Every day I tweet a performance score inspired by Geores Perec:

Imaging the urban nature by Zen Teh

Imaging the urban nature
Zen Teh

In collaboration with The ARISAN Project, PLATFORM3 presents a talk by Singapore-based artist Zen Teh (; @zen.teh). Zen Teh is an environmental artist who is interested in our relationship with nature. Zen Teh’s art practice is shaped by her proficiency in photography and painting, alongside her continual investigation into interdisciplinary studies on nature and human behavior. The work of Zen Teh comments, through observation, upon the state of nature and our relationship with it, including our representations of nature. Zen Teh aims to raise social awareness of the environment we live in. As an artist, situations where man and nature collide are highlighted. Each work presents a circumstance for the joint reaction of man and the environment. This circumstance is site-specific and individuated, respectful of the subtly varied realities between one person and another.

4 pm, Sunday 30 April 2017

open for public

Jalan Cigadung Raya Tengah 40, Bandung

The ARISAN Project

Thursday, April 13, 2017


I've collected Dutch-sounding/looking words from the Indonesian dictionary (Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, ed.4). This collection of Dutch-sounding/looking words will be turned into an exophonic poem, which will be published by PLATFORM3 in August. In the meantime, feel free to hack this collection of Indonesian words:

Friday, April 7, 2017

K.: DOWN DOWN DOWN the rabbit hole

To accompany Cinanti Astria Johansjah’s solo show DOWN DOWN DOWN the rabbit hole at ROH Projects (4 April – 2 May 2017), I wrote an experimental text. The first five out of six texts are lipograms: each omits a vowel, respectively a, e, i, o, and u.

Download the booklet here.

DOWN DOWN DOWN the rabbit hole

DOWN DOWN DOWN the rabbit hole at ROH Projects is the fourth solo exhibition by Bandung-based artist Cinanti Astria Johansjah (who is better-known as Keni; Balikpapan, 1985; And for this exhibition Keni decided to deal with a solemn theme: grief.

In psychology, grieving is described as a five-stage process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and, finally, acceptance – the so-called Kübler-Ross model. Keni’s work in this exhibition is situated in between the two stages of bargaining and early depression. And the stage of bargaining is considered to be a bargaining with one self, and one’s anger issues, and one’s surrounding. And in the early stage of depression there is still hope that the depression doesn’t run too deep and too long, and thus there is still hope that one could get out of the black void any time soon.

In-betweenness is a significant motif throughout Keni’s oeuvre. She considers the in-betweenness as an essential ‘adempauze’. ‘Adempauze’ is a Dutch-Indonesian word signifying an ephemeral respite, eerily frozen in time for a brief moment. In the context of this show, ‘adempauze’ also refers to the in-between lulls of grief coming and going in overwhelming waves (thus complicating the linearity of the psychological model).

Download the e-catalog here.
4 April – 2 May 2017

Artist talk: 18 April at 6pm

– Roy Voragen, curator

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The ARISAN Project

For the purpose of this long-durational project, we define ARISAN as a cluster of activities intersecting and interacting with space and people in Taman Sari Valley, Bandung, Indonesia. The interactions and collaborations between artists, anthropologists and locals result in several episodes showing critical engagement with different issues relevant to the geography Jalan Taman Sari - Jalan Wastu Kencana - Jalan Cihampelas - Jalan Siliwangi.

Curated by Roy Voragen

Vincent Rumahloine
Syaiful Garibaldi (aka Tepu)
Eko Bambang Wisnu
Fajar Abadi
Endira F.J. (in collaboration with Ila)
ArumTresnaningtyas Dayuputri
AliansyahCaniago (aka Alin)
Maradita Sutantio
MuhammadZico Albaiquni    
and Henryette Louise
When all episodes are conducted, a group exhibition will be organized.

Gian Ergiansyah (aka Gabril)
M. Ekazaki Kurnia
and An Nisaa Yovani (aka Yona)
Anthropology assistants:
Rainaldi Trisnawiguna
Nadya Hari Putri
Susi Khusnul H
Ayudhia Dianggi Salsabilla
And these three will each head a group of anthropologists to collaborate with artists and/or to conduct independent research. When all episodes are conducted, a publication of writings will be prepared.

Documentation team:
Gilang Mustofa (photography)
Saiful Imam (video)


Sunday, January 22, 2017

3-in-1 by Wiyoga Muhardanto

solo exhibition by Wiyoga Muhardanto
at ROH Projects
curated by Roy Voragen
January 19 - February 9, 2017
artist talk on Thursday 2 February at 6 pm

Download the exhibition handout here.
Download the exhibition catalog here.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Observatories of the Self

Observatories of the Self
Solo exhibition by Sara Nuytemans
At Tetem Kunstruimte, Enschede, the Netherlands
25 September - 6 November 2016
My essay can be read here (in Dutch).

Friday, July 8, 2016

Primal #m74207281 (page 1-97)

Ongoing concrete poem for which I copy by hand the as of 2016 largest known prime number. Each page is first posted on twitter. And every 300-or-so pages I will produce a limited edition xerox book.
SOd Press published a preview of page 1-97, see here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

THIRDSPACE: transit #3

In collaboration with Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, ROH Projects presents THIRDSPACE: transit #3, an exhibition of four artists who took part in the former’s transit #3 residency programme in April – June 2015: Iabadiou Piko, Fika Ria Santika, Kara Andarini and Aliansyah Caniago.

For the e-catalog see here.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Awas! Do not flirt, please... (work in progress)

An ongoing found poem based on texts as seen in the streets of Singapore (2016-2021), see here.
[Updated 1 November 2016.]

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016

What if? - Wiyoga Muhardanto at ABHK'16

ROH Projects presents Wiyoga Muhardanto's latest project titled What if? at ABHKs Discovery Section, for my curatorial text see here.

Out of Joint - DiaLoGue Art Space, Jakarta

DiaLoGue Art Space is proud to present the group exhibition Out of Joint. This show presents the latest works of Yogyakarta-based artists Rudi – aka Rudi Lampung – Hermawan (, Prihatmoko Moki (, and Malcolm Smith (he is originally from Australia but he has been residing in Indonesia for many years, In 2013, the three contemporary artists founded the studio and exhibition space Krack Studi ( right in the middle of the exciting art district of Yogyakarta. Krack! focuses on printmaking, specifically silkscreen printing, and it has been able to push the medium of printmaking to keep it very alive and kicking. This exhibition aims to show the versatility of the silkscreen printing technique. Moreover, for the group show at DiaLoGue Art Space, the three artists show as individual artists – they have created collective and collaborative works in the past as well (and they will continue to do so in the future) – they present new works that explore the fluid and everyday contradictions of modernity and modernization: the contradictions of modern labor, memory and desire. The show runs from March 16 to April 10, 2016. For my curatorial essay see here.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Quiescent - solo exhibition by Syaiful Garibaldi at ROH Projects

Quiescent - solo exhibition by Syaiful Garibaldi (aka Tepu) at ROH Projects
opens Saturday 13 February
I contributed a concrete poem to the catalog, see here