New Book: Afrizal Malna, Prometheus Pinball, Reading Sideways Press, September 2020
In this book, Afrizal Malna (b.1957), writes his memoirs through the materiality and violence of everyday life in Jakarta, between the late 1950s to the end of the century. The stories are narrated in a style between prose and poetry. His writing shows how the text and the city and the body are all mutually constitutive; each making the other. Through drawing on a wide range of memories and archival imagery, this book explores practices of archiving, technology and writing. This is a rich and detailed account of Jakartan urban life through the lens of one of Indonesia’s sharpest, most innovative and most insightful authors.
Available for order here.
Available for Pre-Order: Joe Pascoe, Frangipani (RSP, 2020).
“I’d like to think the way Pascoe breaks down an object in his poems is tearing out the flatness of the ordinary. It is from the raw and tactile edges of the torn ordinary where Pascoe’s poems emerge.”
Brigitta Isabella, Kunci Study Forum & Collective, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Joe says, in regards to the title and collection, “Frangipani flowers appear throughout Asia and the Pacific as a symbol of love. This selection of poems looks at nature, childhood, work and magic.”
Available for pre-order: Here.
New Book: Afrizal Malna, Document Shredding Museum, translated by Daniel Owen, Reading Sideways Press, 2019
The poems that comprise Indonesian poet, artist, and playwright Afrizal Malna’s 2013 collection Document Shredding Museum address a variety of histories and the present moments they both inform and deform. From intimate encounters between lovers and friends to mass scale environmental and semantic destruction, from classical Javanese myth to colonial and postcolonial corporate pillaging of human and natural resources, these poems dismantle and reassemble the debris of language, asking how we can make poetry from such ruins. Drawing on a wide array of modes and moods, and colored always by Afrizal’s characteristic complex of darkness, humor, and insight into the conditions of the present, Document Shredding Museum troubles the boundaries between information and experience, emotion and thought.
The translation for this book was funded by the National Book Committee of Indonesia.
The book is available for order here.
Reading Sideways Press is a Melbourne-based small press founded in 2018 by Nuraini Juliastuti and Andy Fuller. Reading Sideways Press publishes books and zines on art, sports and literature.
Scott Pearce, faded yellow by the winter (April 2019). Available, here.
“The appeal in Pascoe is not just its slippery ambiguities of language but a kind of challenge that he puts to himself, where he explores the borders of his compassion, his temptation to malice and his pathos. […] The balance between irony and genuine emotion in the poems is in itself touching and it reminds me that this practice of reconciling ourselves to the tragicomedy of life is very hard to do without poetry.” Robert Nelson.
Gum Tree Burning is available here.
Nuraini Juliastuti, Domestic Notes, Vol.1 (January 2018).
Nuraini Juliastuti, Domestic Notes, Vol. 2 (March 2019)
Andy Fuller, After totaalvoetbal: footballing travels in the Low Lands (January 2018)
Seno Gumira Ajidarma, Sepakbola: Ilmiah dan alamiah. (July 2019). In Indonesian; English version to follow.
We have heard from the National Book Committee of Indonesia that our applications for translations of Afrizal Malna’s volume of poetry, Museum Penghancur Dokumen, and his collection of short stories, Pagi Yang Miring Ke Kanan, have been accepted. Daniel Owen, a poet based in Yogyakarta and Brooklyn is the translator for Museum Penghancur Dokumen. Andy will translate Afrizal’s short stories from Pagi Yang Miring Ke Kanan. Jorgen Doyle and Hannah Ekin, two artists currently based in Amata, APY Lands, are contributing various translations to this volume. Andy will also be translating Seno Gumira Ajidarma’s novel, Negeri Senja.
These books will be published in 2019. It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with these authors – and the poet and translator Daniel Owen – and to provide a space for their works for an audience who may otherwise be unfamiliar with their names.
Nuning has been at Sàn Art, in Ho Chi Minh hosting a workshop for curators.
Andy has edited a special edition on sport for Inside Indonesia.
Nuning presented at the Indonesia Netaudio Festival #3 in Yogyakarta. Her paper was based on her article, “Limits of Sharing and Materialization of Support” (Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Vol.19, No.1, pp.87-102, 2018)
Andy made a holiday-research trip to Jakarta for the Asian Games.
Nuning is presenting at: Social Practice: Art at the Community Interface, Tuesday 4th September, 2018, Federation Hall, Southbank, University of Melbourne.
Nuning is presenting at PARSE Dialogue: Art and Migration 1, 19th October, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Nuning and Andy will be presenting a paper, “Revising Cultural Policy through Publishing” at the Small Press Network Conference on 22-24th November, 2018.
Nuning presented her thoughts on caring, support group, woman, and contemporary art in Indonesia during a panel dialogue on Gender and Indonesian Contemporary Art alongside Wulan Dirgantoro, Elia Nurvista, and Danny Butt. The panel was facilitated by Victorian College of the Arts, and held in Buxton Contemporary, on 28 November, 2018.
Nuning went to Kathmandu, Nepal, to be part of facilitation team for Doing Visual Politics workshop organised by RMIT, Australia. She led a group of students to work on “Different Shapes of Archives: Nepali Migrant workers and their families” topic. The workshop run from 10-18 December, 2018.
Nuning presented Kunci’s School of Improper Education in Art Organizations as Sites for Unlearning, in M Pavilion, 6 February 2019. The talk was part of Annette Krauss and Casco’s book launch Unlearning Exercises: Art Organizations as Sites for Unlearning.
Nuning is in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to do a research about Tiny Toones, independent art spaces, and alternative education. She will be in Phnom Penh from 21 February – 7 March, 2019.
Nuning was in Dili, Timor Leste, to do a research about Arte Moris, independent art spaces, and alternative education from 17 – 28 June, 2019.
Nuning gave a talk about studying-turn, free classes, and independent spaces in Cambodia and Timor Leste in Photography and Civic Engagement: A Public Discussion, at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, on 7 September, 2019.
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