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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.


Jompet Kuswidananto

Residency period

7 December 2015 – 5 February 2016


Jompet Kuswidananto (b. 1976, Indonesia) studied Communications at the Faculty of Social and Political Science of Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta. From 1995 to 1999 Kuswidananto  spent much of his time as a musician, playing guitar for a rock band.  He went on to join the theater club, Teater Garasi, as music composer right after the regime of Suharto fell in 1998. Teater Garasi, which has evolved and contributed significantly for Indonesian contemporary theatre, and is  Kuswidananto’s base for his artistic development.

Kuswidananto began his art practice in 1999 through various forms of art; from music to multimedia performance to installation and theatre. In 2008 he initiated the project Java’s Machine, which led to international exposure including Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008), Lyon Biennale, France (2009), Moscow Biennale for Young Art (2012), Taipei Biennale, Taiwan (2012). He has participated in other exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam. Kusiwidananto’s work examines the notion of the state of transition in Indonesian culture.


Jompet Kuswidananto has long been interested in matters related to the spaces in between the binary oppositions within society. In his previous series, the intersections of past and present, tradition and modernity, magical and mechanical, memory and projections of the future formed the dominant narrative in the presentation of his work. While in residence Kuswidananto will continue to research how voices are valued, performed and spectated, in Indonesia and beyond.

Public programmes

Residencies: OPEN as part of Art After Dark and Singapore Art Week 2016
22 Jan 2016, Fri 7:00pm - 11:00pm

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Residencies: OPEN offers a rare insight into the often introverted sphere of the artists’ studio. Through showcasing discussions, performances, research and works-in-progress, Residencies: OPEN profiles the diversity of contemporary art practice and the divergent ways artists make artwork with the studio as a constant space for experimentation and contemplation.

Block 37 Studios: anGie seah (Singapore), Shubigi Rao (Singapore), and Saleh Hussein (Indonesia)

Block 38 StudiosJompet Kuswidananto (Indonesia), Weixin Chong (Singapore), and Tan Guo-Liang (Singapore)