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For their first edition, Cobra magazine featured The Secret Agents in their main article, as well as for their cover.
They also invited us to exhibit our works in the magazine launching at Linggar Gallery.
We did the 'Diary of The Secret Places' and The Map Installation there, just like the one we did for Beat Fest at Bengkel (now Fairground) the previous month, and we added three photographs from our Secret Agents collection (our self portraits as Secret Agents).
We also showed flyers and posters we made for our monthly music event, "SUPERBAD!", at a small area in a corner, along with some "SUPERBAD!" merchandise and mix CDs.
Here's a glimpse of the exhibition...
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Here's a youtube video of the Cobra Magazine launching shindig...
This is what is written for the video: "An exhibition by Cobra magazine (the launching of their first edition), featuring works by The Secret Agents, mural and merchandise by the Cobra team, plus an acoustic performance by Teenage Death Star which ended up being “Teenage Liar Jamming Terror”. This video consists of the preparation for the exhibition and the event itself, which was celebrated with the performance of a snake belly dancerrr… The event took place at LINGGARseni gallery, 2nd – 16th July 2011."
These are the exhibited photos from the Secret Agents collection...
Click on the button below to read an article about The Secret Agents in Cobra Magazine's first edition!
"The Diary of The Secret Places" installation for Beat Fest 2011, at Fairground (previously known as Bengkel Night Park).
We did the same concept here as "The Diary of The Secret Places... And The Secret Agents" in #1 Gallery Bandung, but this time it was more instant. The people didn't have to go on-line to respond to our 'Secret Places' because they can just write on Post-Its and stick their writings beneath the photos.
We also hand out postcards with the photos from 'The Secret Places' collection, and put up the blown up map so people could respond to it as usual. This time there were much more people, so the map was fully filled with red and orange dots at the end! Always interesting to see the result of the interactive map installation... (where people were before / will be after the show).
Here's a glimpse at the installation:
These are the postcard images, taken from the Secret Places series:
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The Secret Places collection by The Secret Agents.
"Intro" is a black & white video produced by The Secret Agents, especially made for the "1001 Doors" exhibition at Ciputra Marketing Gallery. It's displayed on a flat screen TV, located in a dim-litted room. Here are some still-shots from the video...
An empty space turned into a lobby, as a kind of meet up point, with “Secret Agents” as the theme. The idea was to give the experience of being a secret agent while waiting or hanging out in the lobby.
The space is completed with typical ‘secret agents’ things, such as; surveillance cameras, a reading area where you can find newspapers and magazines that have been cut out in certain ways so that you can watch people while pretending to read, a television with a channel that shows what the surveillance cameras see (the other channel shows slide show of “The Secret Places” photo collection), and a wall where people can leave messages to others by writing on plain stickers, then stick them on the wall.
The Map Installation:
In this occasion, we asked people to show where they were coming from before arriving at the National Gallery, and where they are going after; by sticking colored dots on the map (orange indicating the spots ‘before’, and yellow indicating the spots ‘after’). The results are very informative, and yet, as always, melancholic...
To celebrate the launching of their new collection of sporting apparel, Nike Indonesia has invited a number of local contemporary visual artists, mostly street artists, to produce video works that would then be displayed / exhibited at their latest store (.
The Secret Agents produced a video entitled "Sunday Morning"; which features street artist Bujangan Urban, wearing a sport jacket by Nike, with music by his band, Racun Kota.
The video is made out of hundreds of still-photos, showing Bujangan Urban (Jablay) wandering around on one of the main streets of Jakarta, where it is free of cars for a couple of hours on a Sunday morning. The area where he is walking about, which starts from Sudirman to Thamrin, is the other 'main character' in the video beside Jablay.
Here are some of the still-photos from the video....
The Secret Agents' 1st exhibition @ #1 Gallery, Bandung (2005)
"Diary of The Secret Places" is an ongoing project, which began during the conceptualization of the first exhibition. Each of us have been collecting photographs of places we have been at, a kind of photographic 'So and So Were Here' (but instead of leaving a mark, we take a picture of the spot and take it with us). For us, those pictures were like illustrations of 'stories' and 'adventures' in our lives. Then we thought about our friends, who write blogs, columns, poetries, and lyrics. We thought of sharing our 'Secret Places' to them, to illustrate their writings.
We then started a blog (www.thesecretagents.multiply.com. R.I.P) where we posted our 'Secret Places' photos, and invited people to share their writings there or grab pictures to compliment writings on their blogs. People started to send writings that were based on some of our photos, and also take photos to illustrate writings on their blogs!
The results of this project, the printed out blog posts plus the complimentary 'Secret Places' photos, were shown in the "THE DIARY OF THE SECRET PLACES... AND THE SECRET AGENTS" exhibition.
We also exhibited our first batch of "The Secret Places" photo series in two photo books, which gave the feeling of going through someone's diaries when looking at the photos page by page.
This was also the first time "The Map" installation was displayed to interact with the audience. We asked people to show spots on the map, where they experience emotions like love, anger, scared, happy, etc (each indicated by different colored stickers). The result was very melancholic; a map of memories, times, and feelings.
Right after this exhibition ended, The Secret Agents started.
*See the photo collection of "The Secret Places" by clicking the button below...
The Secret Agents are Indra Ameng & Keke Tumbuan, a duo working on projects involving conceptual art, good music, and other delightful things...