Sounding for Absent Citizens


ICCI 2015 / International Visual Urban Study Masterclass

Sounding for Absent Citizens

Kenta Kishi (Architect / Co-director of OHS / Japan)
Bintang Putra (Social and Economic Activist / Co-director of OHS / Indonesia)

Guest Reviewer:
MAD Cahyo (Architect, Social Activist / Indonesia)
Kentaro Taki (Video Artist, NPO VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo / Japan)
Rie Saito (Art-Sociologist, Ph.D. Candidate, Waseda University / Japan)
Aditya Adinegoro (Media and Cultural Studies Scholar, UGM Yogyakarta / Indonesia)

Supporting Staff:
Documentation and Organizing Committee from DESPRO ITS

Bintang Putra +628563107662

Kampung Tambak Bayan, Surabaya / Indonesia

Workshop Brief:

This Workshop explores the issue of “Absent Citizens” in Kampung (urban settlement) in Surabaya. We will focus on diverse existence of the neglected urban citizens such as migrant workers, minority (and/or discriminated) race, the poor, people and community in forced displacement, elderly or disabled people, and etc. Unfortunately, we tend to shut our senses to recognize voiceless expectations of them, especially in the era of massive urban growth.

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Any “creators” who design and produce system and artifacts in this “urban era” should develop methodologies to rediscover and respond to these “Absent Citizens” in city. They exist behind of surface of bright side of city and are surviving under the critical problems that generated by urban growth.

Kampung Tambak Bayan is the project site of the workshop. This urban settlement was formed by a migration of Chinese workers about four generation past from now. There has been known as a manufacturing community of timber furniture, but through the transformation of form of urban industrial structures, majority of residents has been leaving from their traditional business. At the same time, this urban community has been facing with critical problems in “forced displacement issue” that generated by urban redevelopment project. This is still in the court battle process but residents are living with unrest and struggle toward their uncertainty future. This is a typical phenomenon of change of living in urban settlement under the massive and rapid urban growth and many cities in developed countries had already been experienced this.

In the 6 days workshop, we will deeply dive into the site with tools of visual documentation in order to recognize diverse signs and appearance of Absent Citizens. Workshop expects participants to create visual works to reflect their own way in responding to the Absent Citizens in contemporary Asian cities. Actions of documentation and analysis would be implemented by participants, through intimate and deep communication with residents and community of Kampung.

Documentation will be done by video, photo, drawings and/or any other “visual” actions. In the end of workshop, all documented materials done by each would be integrated into “public media” that can be distributed in Kampung as a tool to redefine and empower Kampung and its community. It could discover and introduce both hidden problems and possibilities of urban living in emergent city.

15 Young Creators including professionals, under/post graduate, master degree and PhD students from diverse Creative Fields (Design, Architecture, Art, Performance, Literature, Music, and etc.).

Register: [email protected]
by sending applicant’s name, grade in school / occupation, and phone number

Duration and Program:

Jul 31, Fri

Introduction + Brainstorming Discussion + Sight seeing


Aug 01, Sat

Fieldwork + Discussion


Aug 02, Sun

Fieldwork + Production Works + Discussion


Aug 03, Mon

Production Works + Discussion


Aug 04, Tue

Production Works + Discussion


Aug 05, Wed

Presentation + Review + Discussion



Aug 10, Mon

Preparation for Exhibition at ICCI venue


Aug 11, Tue

Presentation @ ICCI 2015


Aug 12, Wed

ICCI 2015 (alternative for presentation)


Indonesian Registrant

Under/Post Graduate Students

300.000 IDR


500.000 IDR

International Registrant

100 USD


Event Category



Not Required


Ticket: Under/Post Graduate Students 300.000 | IDR General 500.000 IDR | International Registrant 100 USD


Date: 31 Jul 2015 to 12 Aug 2015


Tambak Bayan , Surabaya , Jawa Timur , Indonesia

How To Get There

Contact Information

Orange House Studio
Bintang Putra +628563107662

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