August 2016 - September 2016

Toko Pura-pura | Ruangrupa

Asia Art Archive

The Jakarta-based collective stages Toko Pura-Pura—a play on toko rupa-rupa or "assorted shop" that meets many Indonesian domestic workers' daily needs—to serve as a transactional space to exchange knowledge and ideas through collaborations with Hong Kong-based artists, musicians, designers, and cultural initiatives.

15 INVITATIONS For 15 Years
A special programme series featuring exhibitions, projects, written works, performances, a blog, and publication marking Asia Art Archive's 15-year anniversary. AAA extends 15 Invitations to creative practitioners to look within and beyond the organisation as an archive, a collection of material, a digital platform, and a node in a wider collective network. The 15 Invitations take various sizes, forms, and directions—literary, polemic, political, sonic, physical, and digital—and function as a series of 'drop pins' to alternatively navigate where AAA originated and where it may be going.
ruangrupa is a contemporary art organisation founded in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta, Indonesia. As a nonprofit, it works to advance art ideas in an urban context and within the broad scope of culture through exhibitions, festivals, art laboratories, workshops, research, and publications.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Toko Pura-Pura (Quasi-shop)
Jakarta-based artist collective ruangrupa staged ‘Toko Pura-Pura’ as a play on ‘toko rupa-rupa’, or ‘assorted shop’—where many of Hong Kong’s Indonesian domestic workers’ daily needs are met. Utilising old and new archives, the shop served as a transactional space where knowledge and ideas were exchanged through collaborations with Hong Kong-based artists, musicians, designers, and cultural initiatives.

Pop-up Shop, Video Screening and Live Music

'Toko Pura-Pura' features a range of goods by local Hong Kong creative practitioners and collaborative 'products' by Hong Kong bands paired with Indonesian artists: eli with Kemalreza Gibranos; The Interzone Collective with Adi 'Dhigel' Setiawan; and Merry Lamb Lamb with Natasha Gabriella Tontey. A screening of 25 Inspiring Music Videos in Indonesia (2001–2011) will be held at the venue—a video compilation in the ruangrupa OK.Video collection focused on the development of video arts in Indonesia.
Participants: Astroosim, Come Inside,, Moveon, onion peterman
Live Music In collaboration with Love Da Records, ruangrupa hosts a live event showcase of local Hong Kong bands The Interzone Collective, eli, and Merry Lamb Lamb to celebrate the opening of Toko Pura-Pura.

Toko Pura-Pura Presentation - Pop-up Shop and Conversations

Pop-up Shop : Toko Pura-Pura travels to AAA.
Special Performance: dj sniff
Artists, musicians, designers, and creative practitioners discuss their strategies in using merchandising as socio-political and economic tools.

Moderator: Farid Rakun, ruangrupa
Speakers: Ajeng Nurul Aini and Dila Martina Ayulia, ruangrupa; Come Inside; eli; Peter Leung, Love Da Records; nomad nomad

Toko Pura-Pura Exhibition
An exhibition of merchandise accumulated through 'Toko Pura-Pura', including materials from the AAA collection related to the notion of collectivity.


Eli (‘Everlasting Illusion’) is a band that combines British, alternative, and electronic rock. They recently performed at The Wall (Taipei), Emerge Live House (Taichung), and the 2014 Spring Scream Festival (Kenting).
Kemalreza Gibranos is an artist who works with illustration, murals, and mixed media artworks. He uses topographic lines that symbolise his intimacy with the city and often references pop and mass culture. He recently participated in Roppongi Art Night 2014, Tokyo.
Merry Lamb Lamb is a singer-songwriter whose name was inspired by the ballad ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’. Her music expresses her love of 8-bit music and is mostly influenced by her childhood experiences.
Adi 'Dhigel' Setiawan is a member of GRAFIS HURU-HARA printmaking community in Jakarta. He works with illustration, murals, and printmaking. His last group exhibition was 'Harap Huru Hara' at Suar Artspace, Jakarta.
The Interzone Collective is a band inspired by the musical instrument ‘handpan’. Their abstract music explores ideas of perception and the inner workings of the human subconscious.

Natasha Gabriella Tontey is an artist and graphic designer. She uses an interdisciplinary approach that questions how fear can be manifested to control public opinion through a mixture of fiction, dream, and memory. She recently participated in Koganecho Bazaar 2015, Yokohama and Next Wave Festival 2016, Melbourne.

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Learning and Participation Programme Sponsor: The Robert H.N. HO. Family Foundation

15 INVITATIONS for 15 Years is supported by the S. H. Ho Foundation Limited, the C. K. & Kay Ho Foundation, and The Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The programme is part of the ADC 20th Anniversary Celebration Series. Special thanks to PageNEXT; Spring Workshop; and Hani Charaf, Kemistry Design.

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