Fran­sica retno

Harper's Bazaar Art (Indonesia) - - What’s On Baj -

“I will ask the spec­ta­tors to cre­ate their own ver­sion of long life, which de­pends on their per­sonal per­cep­tion, mem­ory, in­for­ma­tion and hope to­wards liv­ing a long life.” That was what Fran­sisca Retno ex­plained when asked about what she would per­form in the com­ing BAJ 2016.

With the ti­tle Lab­o­ra­to­rium Pan­jang Umur (Long Life Lab­o­ra­tory), this per­for­mance can be con­sid­ered as a devel­op­ment of what Fran­sisca had pe­formed in the Exi(s)t #4 ex­hi­bi­tion pro­gram some years ago. Be­gin­ning from her own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­act­ing in­tensely with Jamu (In­done­sia tra­di­tional herbal medicines), Fran­sisca de­vel­oped an art per­for­mance tried to in­ter­pret hu­man’s de­sire to al­ways a long and healthy life. A quite hu­mane dream but also vul­ner­a­ble to cap­i­tal com­mod­i­fi­ca­tion, it is as how the artists feel, wit­ness­ing so many so­phis­ti­ca­tion of tech­nol­ogy la­bels at­tached to health prod­ucts and con­sumed by ur­ban so­ci­ety. In her up­com­ing per­for­mance, Fran­sisca will act as the host who wel­comes her per­for­mance con­nois­seurs to ‘visit’ the ta­ble with many jamu in­gre­di­ents and the equip­ment to pre­pare the medicines. Dur­ing her per­for­mance Fran­sisca will in­vite all her guests to dis­cuss and pre­pare the herbs ac­cord­ing to their per­sonal pref­er­ence un­til fi­nally they will fill up the recipe book, while of course re­think about the mean­ing of long life and the best way to achieve the truest life vi­tal­ity.n

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