Yogyakarta Community History Museum

Project Proposal to ANA by KUNCI Cultural Studies Center

Project Description
Museum Sejarah Komunitas Yogyakarta is designed to answer the calls to open knowledge circulation and promote wider community initiatives through sustainable access, participatory historical research and programmatic archiving. It aims to be a vehicle for the transportation of different local, intellectual and cultural resources in which different forms community engagements to their respective resources such histories, institutions, archives - can be encountered and regenerate each other.

This project is the first of its kind in the country. The name Yogyakarta used here refers to the geographical location of the museum whereas the scope of its work will not be bound to it. Instead it acts as a mutual support structure that works as a hub for the production and dissemination of knowledge on the different community histories across Indonesia. The emphasis of the community collaboration is on finding non-bureaucratic ways of working together, the sharing of imaginative thinking, and open-ended forms of circulation.

As a collective that has been one of the precursors in promoting the importance of constructing history from “below”, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center seek to leverage knowledge-institutionalization and circulation processes in local and regional processes into a sustainable model for co-productions. This will done through the establishment an avenue such as the “museum” that will enable long-term and continuous exchanges between different parts of societies in as a shared-attempt to making histories as empowerment of individuals and social groups, through the process of remembering and reinventing the past.

Towards the realization of idea, we propose two initial activities that are set as preparatory measures to endorse sustainability: (1) on the physical level is the backbone provision of avenue and archiving system, supported by a conceptual component (2) i.e. a strategic planning that involve experienced and trans-disciplinary practitioners from across the region that will share and launch some progressive ideas on community-history in the making.

Goals/ Results:

The main goal of the proposed project Yogyakarta Community History Museum is to advance democratization of history through community engagement as an instrument of change. The projected milestones to achieve this is by:

Regarding the activities proposed to Arts Network Asia, our (short to midterm) goals are specifically:

Methodology/ Implementation of project:

The proposed activities will be implemented in the following manner:

Project Time frame
- July -September 2012: Museum design and preparation, Workshop organization
- October 2012: Museum pre-launch exhibition, 2 days workshop holding
- November -December 2012: Post-workshop publication (bilingual English- Indonesian): the forum’s minutes of details, papers, programmatic manual for community history archiving.

- An exhibition to mark the Yogyakarta Community History Museum pre-launching
- Workshop holding (in the form of open meeting) with regional stakeholders
- bilingual publication containing post-event information

Target audience
- Community-based artworkers
- Community historians
- Different community members
- General public

Dissemination Scheme
- Online working station (name tba)
- 500 printed copies of post-event publication
- Social media announcements

- The general public will be able to access knowledge produced by community-based initiatives on historical archives
- Open and collaborative platform supported by the museum will enable further exchange between artists, researchers and activists working within and across different communities.
- Non-beraucratic ways of knowledge circulations and co-production between the above mentioned actors will be channeled through.