FIXER is a continuous research initiative to understand and map the various development in Indonesian art collective practices. This research focuses on independent economical sustainability strategies and ideas from diverse movements and art practices which being developed by art collectives/organizations/alternative spaces throughout generations and localities in Indonesia.
Initiated in 2010 as “Art Alternative Space & Groups in Indonesia Exhibition,” in North Art Space curated by Ade Darmawan and Rifky Efendi, this project is later developed by Gudskul: Contemporary Art Collectives and Ecosystem Studies since 2019.
“Since the inception of Ladang Rupa five years ago, we have been doing our work armed with a keen awareness that we have to do something—and that something should begin from our own town.”
“We would later realize that every organization had its own problems and its own way of solving those problems. This forced us at Pasirputih to reassess the situation, seek the right strategy, and solve our problems independently.”
“The expectation is that organization and collective work would not be limited to aesthetic preferences or peer-to-peer work based on social networks, but rather focus on developing the art ecosystem together in ways that are healthier and benefit all.”
“The result of the symbiosis between the two can ameliorate human resources in Mollo and lead to several creative products that are favourable for their programs’ sustainability.”
“Forum 27an does not stop at reaffirming earth as a material, a patch of land, and a source of ideas that all serve to establish Jatiwangi’s identity.”
“Many found Taring Padi’s moves at the end of 1990s very attractive and would later define the group’s identity,”
“The idea of sustainability articulates important moments when resources, infrastructure, and access are used, interpreted, created and rethought.“
“I had always thought that art did not play a significant role during the conflict in Aceh. I was wrong.”
“Never believe the saying that you can create the market. The market has always been there from the start. The problem is whether it is a mainstream or an alternative market, and whether we can identify and enter that cycle of exchanges.”
By following the collective map here, you can see the art collectives participating in the FIXER 2021. It is a visible trend that art collectives in Indonesia in the last ten years have been emerging in regions outside Java.VISIT MAP
In conjuction with the book production, a public program called Articulating FIXER: Serial Nongkrong Kolektif (collective hangout serial) were held live on Instagram @fixer.indonesia for 12 times from April to August 2021. These were pleasant talks with guest writers and collective representatives who contributed their pieces for the FIXER book.
The discussions explored the A – Z of art collectives in Indonesia; development, ideas, regeneration, daily life, etc. in the last 10 years, including imaginations and plans for the future.
The discussion series were held throughout December 2021 as a Articulating FIXER 2021 book promoting event by collaborating with art collective and universities in each cities. This Articulating FIXER Roadshow were held in Makassar, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Padang Panjang, Bandung, Medan, Kuningan and Jakarta.