We’ve never seen kids before, during any opening exhibitions and so, we are naturally shocked when we attended the new program that Dia.Lo.Gue. Artspace has officiated, Dialogue Playground: Pong Pong Balong. Different from any exhibitions, that centre on emerging artists or urbanites/street enthusiasts as the main target, Dialogue Playground, as its stated name, is a specified program where families, children and adults can explore the fun side of art in any form of expressions.
Pong Pong Balong was pinned as the pilot title for its versatility as a trigger for kids in optimizing the potential to be creative and social. Using simple sequences with no win or lose concept, nor tools or equipments, Pong Pong Balong, the Betawi traditional playground game is an alternative for kids to use their sensitivity, empathy, soft motor skill and focus, just like art.
Many people who haven’t tried to get to know art, think of the idea of art itself is hard to explore, it requires a solid base and mostly need to go to a specified art school to get the crucial backgrounds in arts. In this exhibition, Mia Maria as the curator, pointed out that anyone with any creative backgrounds could create their own art project. In this case, several artist couples together with a member of their families explore their personal contemplative experiences to be married with visual arts and whatnot, which will come in unexpected pieces.
Comprising of 11 couples of multidisciplinary artists from the big J, you get to know how they approach their kids to learn about art on a daily basis, and often come with the same perspectives or basics that they’re known for. Ones who gave us mixed feelings are Sanchia Hamidjaja and Ardi Gunawan who are known for a mixed forte. They use embroidery as the medium for their daughter Rei and tweak their drawings into giant flags, which we never thought that we could bring our doodles to an artisan embroider and turn them into prayer flags if you may. We thought that they will come up with sculptures or dolls, but of course not.
Meanwhile Leonard Theosabrata with his children River and Skye add even more casuality and invite us to their living room filled with spontaneous conversation and Leo’s infamous passion about music (do check out his Instagram, you might be surprised). Max Suriaganda and his cute little girl Odetta play with magnetic sheets which is often found on your refrigerator, yet come with small amount of oddity and lurking neon colors. Everyone could join and get into their space which of course include touching – as we usually stumbled upon the “do not touch” tag next to artworks, this exhibition does exist as an intermezzo from the “formal” ones.
An extra note for you, this time, you don’t need to stand and stare but nod with low-key attitude as each artwork are refreshing and enoyable for anyone from kids to elders.
February 21st – March 13th 2016
Daily, 10am – 6pm
Jl. Kemang Selatan 99A
Words and photos by Febrina Anindita