Art in The Midst Of Enviromental Conflict: On Tisna Sanjaya’s IBU Cigondewah

Aulia Ibrahim Yeru
Conference paper 6th Bandung Creative Movement 2019 • Октябрь 2019

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In this paper, author will examine the work of artist Tisna Sanjaya titled IMAH BUDAYA (IBU) CIGONDEWAH) / CIGONDEWAH CULTURAL CENTER. Created in 2011, this work can be regarded as one of the breakthroughs done by Tisna Sanjaya as an artist. By posing as a building, this work has shown Sanjaya departure’s from previous approach which put the issue of politics and the environment as mere inspiration for his artworks, to become directly involve within the vortex of political and environmental conflict. To analyse IBU CIGONDEWAH as an artwork and its impact on the environment and society, author examine the symbolic aspects of this building and its physicality and functionality as a building. In order to explore its impact upon people and ecology, author also explores the programmes run by IBU CIGONDEWAH. The author also conducted interviews with stakeholders in the Cigondewah area (including Tisna Sanjaya himself, people of Batu Rengat, and the local authoritative) to get wider perspective on the artwork’s impact upon environment where the artwork is located. Cigondewah itself is well-known as centre of textile industries which regularly dumped their waste into its river, namely Cikendal-which also serves as a tributary of Citarum river. The latter recently become the centre of attention because of its pollution and how the river itself increasingly attracts political interests. This paper ulti-mately aimed to reconsider and dissect artistic practice as one of possible alternative approaches in solving the issue of ecology and political issues. This paper could be seen as an effort to evaluate artistic practice in com-prehensive manner, not only for its artistic/symbolic merit but also to dissect how the artwork or artistic/speculative practice could play a role in the conflict of everyday life.

Keywords Environmental art, architecture, Cigondewah


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