WakareKaraoke

"WakareKaraoke is a project where I trace a folk song that used as form of fight against the Japanese that occupy seven village around Jatiwangi area (West Java, Indonesia). In the lyric of the song, there are some of history records such as arrival year of Japan, the reason why the Japanese occupy these village, and names of the seven villages. After the Japanese left, Indonesian Air Force took over all the villages but the number is increase become eight villages. At first, the song is an act of movement against Japanese, and now the song become a history record where one of the villages, Wates is not mentioned in the song but somehow also occupied by the Indonesian Air Force.

"Village Video Festival #8" (Group exhibition), Jatiwangi Art Factory, Jatiwangi - Indonesia. 2016

Starting from this story, I try to trace the song that called “Wakare”. Now, there is only one person in the village who still remember half of the lyric and the tone of the song. I, working with some residents try to fill half of the lyric with the new context. After being arranged with local musician, I make a video karaoke. Video karaoke gives opportunity for everyone to sing with their own tone, and at the same time I saw that opportunity as a chance for every generation of that village to sing (or speak) about the problem that has been mentioned in the song with their own tone".