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Zero Point terracota city, courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory

Clayground: 'Hear, Touch, Taste’ Workshop Series

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from
19
July
2024
until
25
July
2024
14:00 - 16:00
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Led by Elgea Balzarie, an artist from Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF), this workshop series will explore the role of clay, deeply rooted in JaF's research in the Jatiwangi region, as a medium that fosters community engagement and empowers the conservation of local lands. The workshops aim to contextualise artistic practices within the everyday life of rural areas, highlighting Jatiwangi, West Java, which is the largest tile-making centre in Southeast Asia, and connecting them to Manchester, the world's first industrial city, and its ecological transformation. Balzarie, representing JaF as an artist-in-residence at esea contemporary in July 2024, aims to collectively address pressing transregional environmental and land justice issues through this cross-cultural exchange with local participants in Manchester.

The three-part series will progress from an introduction to clay flute making, focusing on the act of hearing, to creating skin clay masks, centred around the act of touch, and culminating in a cooking session that engages the act of taste.

Each workshop is a standalone session but participants are welcome to attend as many as they choose.

Image courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)
Elgea Balzarie, photo courtesy of the artist
Image courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)
Image courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)
Clay currency, courtesy of Jatiwangi art Factory
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'Hear: Humming the Earth' Workshop

Friday, 19 July, 2024, 2–4pm

The workshop begins with a presentation on the context of Jatiwangi in Indonesia, detailing the industrial expansion the local communities are facing and the various artistic strategies they employ to survive by embracing their primary natural resource: clay.

Participants will then engage in making a clay flute together and collectively humming, symbolising a connection between Jatiwangi and Manchester as they voice the earth's concerns.

'Touch: Skin Clay' Workshop

Wednesday, 24 July, 2024, 2–4pm

In this workshop, participants will create clay masks using various types of soil and clay. They are encouraged to bring soil or clay from their surroundings. The session includes discussions on personal experiences with their soil and thoughts on self-care, linking the concept of self-care with an appreciation for the earth and natural resources. Following this discussion, participants will make clay masks using their soil, with additional types of soil from Jatiwangi provided.

'Taste: Cooking Clay' Workshop

Thursday, 25 July, 2024, 2–4pm 

This session will delve into the taste of clay through a series of engaging activities. Participants will take part in a ritual of eating clay, using baked clay sourced directly from Jatiwangi. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to craft their own personal clay plates. The highlight of the session will be a cooking experience featuring authentic Indonesian cuisine. Cooking together and sharing a meal is not only a central aspect of the local culture in Jatiwangi but also a vital means of fostering community, strengthening bonds, and celebrating cultural heritage.

Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF), established in 2005, is a rural community collective that integrates contemporary arts and cultural practices into local discourse. Their activities, always involving the local public, include festivals, residencies, discussions, and the development of 'Perhutana', a Collective Forest, along with a TV and radio station. Historically, Jatiwangi was the largest roof-tile producing region in Southeast Asia, and JaF harnesses this legacy, using clay to foster regional identity and collective happiness through art.

JaF’s diverse programmes, which engage various citizen groups and artists, often collaborate with local and central governments, environmental organisations, and international artists. Notably, they were invited by Documenta Fifteen in Kassel in 2022, continuing to cultivate cross-disciplinary collaborations.

The 'Clayground' project, a collaboration between esea contemporary and Jatiwangi art Factory supported by the British Council Connect Through Culture Grant, focuses on themes of clay and forest. Grounded in JaF's research, the edible clay initiative examines the relationship between land and its inhabitants, while the forest initiative aims to reclaim and conserve land amidst urbanisation. Historically impacted by colonialism and recent industrial growth, Jatiwangi’s landscape and social dynamics have transformed, influencing JaF's community art practice and regional development efforts.

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Elgea Balzarie
About this series
Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)
Residency
Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF)
from
12
July
2024
until
26
July
2024
2024-07-12
Jatiwangi art Factory (JaF) will be in residency in summer 2024, with support from the British Council
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