In Yogyakarta, Indonesia I have been walking the streets and sitting on the mat with fellow Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) student Meg checking out Angkringan. We will present upon these for a project of ours in this Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum (CADPP) program https://www.acicis.edu.au/programs/practicum/ through Sanata Dharma University that we are undertaking. Angkringan, part of the cultural fabric of Jogja, cater moveable feasts of local specialties and oft help connect any and all with their egalitarian seating set ups. But like the mix in so much of life, there’s a diversity of scenes and stories too from the isolated vendor in the quiet street to the bustling lights where the third generation angkringan vendor tells a little of her story of an inherited angkringan life from her mother and her grandmother, before her.
It’s been an intensive couple of weeks. The days are split learning Bahasa Indonesian through the terrific Sanata Dharma’s Language Centre at Universitas Sanata Dharma mostly in the mornings followed by experiencing some of Jogja’s art scene through seminars and fieldtrips, aptly organised by ACICIS staff Dr Elly Kent and Oci, Mutiara Cininta (thank you / terima kasih!). To give you a little taste here’s a link to just one treasure visited – the Indonesian Visual Arts Archive http://ivaa-online.org which is such an amazing online and physical resource, documenting arts activity and sharing knowledge through art in Indonesia’s post-Reformation era.
From the start, ACICIS paired each participant student with another (so much laughing with you Kelly) and an Indonesian Student Liaison Officer (where gold has been hit with Dhea by our sides - makasih). This has all helped the ache of saying goodbye to my family as they voyage home after our stint together here.