JNM Bloc Pavilion Officially Opened to the Public in Yogyakarta – ARCHINESIA
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JNM Bloc Pavilion Officially Opened to the Public in Yogyakarta

JNM Bloc Pavilion Officially Opened to the Public in Yogyakarta

Photo by Ardy Siji

[Bahasa text below and provided by JNM Bloc] It is good news for Yogyakarta’s creative people. The JNM Bloc Pavilion was officially opened on Thursday, 21 October 2021 by KPH Wironegoro and Handoko Hendroyono. It is a collaboration public creative space between the Yogyakarta Art Archipelago Foundation (YYSN) and Radar Ruang Riang (RRR). YYSN is the foundation that oversees the Jogja National Museum, while RRR is the holding company that creates and manages the public creative space M Bloc Space and Pos Bloc Jakarta.

Also enlivening that outdoor opening ceremony was a special performance from the pride of Yogyakarta hip-hop group that has held a tour abroad, the Jogja Hip Hop Foundation. 

The opening ceremony of the JNM Bloc Pavilion is located on Jl Amri Yahya No.1, Gampingan, Wirobrajan. It also marks the start of the placemaking process and the conversion of the mainly Jogja National Museum area in the Gampingan area. It has a total area of 1.4 hectares. JNM Bloc utilizes the assets of the former Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts/Indonesian Art Institute Campus Building. That is very historic to be activated throughout the year as a creative ecosystem for various arts, culture, entertainment, community gatherings to empower MSME businesses (Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises).

The development of the JNM Bloc will be carried out in stages later. Phase One covers an area of 4,000 square meters, while Phase Two will soon follow in 2022 with an additional area of about 10,000 square meters. Hopefully, M Bloc’s identity That contains local brand DNA, popular culture, creative economy, and contemporary nuance can provide value-added and unique character to the JNM Bloc collaboration project.

At the JNM Bloc Pavilion and its surroundings, various prominent tenants have been present. Those are namely Filosofi Kopi (coffee shop), Serasa by Nanduto (Indonesian cuisine), ColdHeart (beverage shop), Twalen (spirits), Huma Ide (artisan gelato), Karplanter (plant shop), SMEs Berseri (fashion and crafts), to Photomatics (photo-shop). The number of tenants and types of businesses available here will continue to grow in line with the completion of several planned development stages.

JNM Bloc can be visited by the public since mid-August 2021 and operates every Monday – Thursday from 12 am to 9 pm (GMT+7) and on Friday – Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm (GMT+7). In line with government regulations, to enter the JNM Bloc area, you must comply with 3M health protocols and scan barcodes through the PeduliLindungi application.

Along with the sloping curve of the pandemic in Yogyakarta, the central government is loose some regulations slowly to reduce the mobility of people in this city. Various arts, cultures, and entertainment programs will conduct at JNM Bloc regularly. There are painting exhibitions, photographs, art installations, workshops, film screenings, and fashion shows. In addition, several popular music concerts from local and national artists will also be held.

Photo by Ardy Siji

“We are grateful that during this pandemic, the Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara Foundation can still collaborate with Radar Ruang Riang in the form of JNM Bloc. This partnership is carried out in stages. Some innovations are also held to adapt during pandemic conditions. Hopefully, the JNM Bloc can become a new forum, a gathering place like a melting pot for the creative industry which is greatly affected during the pandemic. The various activities that have taken place at JNM Bloc for some time are expected to inspire and foster a new culture in organizing the event. Another hope is that JNM Bloc can become a study center on trends in the creative world in anticipating the vacuum of organizing events during the implementation of PPKM by the government,” explained KPH Wironegoro as Chair of the Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara Foundation.

“When we were contacted by the Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara Foundation to collaborate in establishing a public creative space in the Jogja National Museum area, we were very respectful and enthusiastic about welcoming it. Yogyakarta is the soul of the island of Java which is very well known to foreign countries. Therefore, we strongly support the mission to make JNM Bloc a creative ecosystem. Not only that, but it also becomes a regional and international cultural center, where art, culture, and entertainment can connect the community through various collaboration, education, and participation efforts,” said the CEO of Radar Ruang Riang, Handoko Hendroyono.

The Jogja National Museum (JNM) occupies a sacred location of the former Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts (ASRI) campus in Gampingan, Wirobrajan is the ground zero of fine arts in Indonesia. Since 1955, there was born the fine arts maestro of the country. It is ranging from Sapto Hudojo, Saptoto, I Nyoman Gunarsa, Edhi Sunarso, Amri Yahya, Djoko Pekik, Widayat, G. Sidharta, to various other big names of artists. This place has a historical value that may be equivalent to Lokananta in Solo, which is also ground zero in the journey of Indonesian music after independence. For the last few years, JNM has always been a venue for various prestigious cultural arts events, such as Art Jog and Biennale Jogja.

In the ’50s, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX donated a plot of land in the Gampingan area, Wirobrajan. Then which was later thanks to the help of the United States, a pre-fabricated building was built which was designated as the ASRI Campus. This first art education complex in Indonesia attracted the attention of President Soekarno, who then came to visit Gampingan.

“I have looked around at ASRI. It turned out that independence brought progress also in the arts. Independence means ‘Liberation.’ Our art that in the colonial era was shackled, then it became free and independent in the realm of independence. Soar in the sky like an eagle – an eagle,” President Soekarno wrote during a visit to the ASRI Campus in 1955.

In 1968, ASRI later changed to the Indonesian Fine Arts College (STSRI). They produced many fine arts graduates in the future. After running for sixteen years, in mid-1984, STRSI then merged with the Indonesian Dance Academy (ASTI) and the Indonesian Music Academy (AMI) to become the Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Yogyakarta. The ISI campus moved to Jl Parangtritis KM 6, Sewon, Bantul in 1998. Its former campus in Gampingan had become vacuum and poorly maintained before being reactivated by the Yogyakarta Arts Archipelago Foundation (YYSN) in 2006 to become the Jogja National Museum, as a pioneering contemporary art museum.

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Translated by Fauziah Prabarini


Kabar gembira bagi skena kreatif Yogyakarta. Tepat pada sore hari ini Paviliun JNM Bloc, ruang kreatif publik hasil kolaborasi antara Yayasan Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara (YYSN) dengan Radar Ruang Riang (RRR) telah diresmikan pembukaannya oleh KPH Wironegoro dan Handoko Hendroyono yang mewakili kedua institusi tersebut. YYSN merupakan yayasan yang menaungi Jogja National Museum sementara RRR adalah perusahaan induk yang menciptakan sekaligus mengelola ruang kreatif publik M Bloc Space dan Pos Bloc Jakarta, keduanya terletak di DKI Jakarta.

Turut pula memeriahkan acara pembukaan di luar ruangan yang sederhana hari ini sebuah penampilan khusus dari grup hip-hop kebanggaan Yogyakarta yang telah menggelar tur ke mancanegara, Jogja Hip Hop Foundation.

Seremoni pembukaan Paviliun JNM Bloc yang berlokasi di Jl Amri Yahya No.1, Gampingan, Wirobrajan ini sekaligus menandakan telah dimulainya proses cipta ruang (placemaking) dan alih fungsi sebagian besar kawasan Jogja National Museum di daerah Gampingan yang memiliki total luas area 1,4 hektar. JNM Bloc memanfaatkan aset bekas Gedung Kampus Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia/Institut Seni Indonesia yang sangat bersejarah untuk diaktivasi sepanjang tahun sebagai ekosistem kreatif bagi berbagai acara seni, budaya, hiburan, pertemuan komunitas, hingga pemberdayaan bisnis UMKM (Usaha Mikro, Kecil dan Menengah).

Pengembangan JNM Bloc akan dilakukan secara bertahap nantinya. Tahap Pertama yang diresmikan pada hari ini seluas 4.000 meter persegi, sementara Tahap Kedua segera menyusul pada tahun 2022 dengan luas tambahan sekitar 10.000 meter persegi. Identitas M Bloc yang mengandung DNA jenama lokal, budaya populer, ekonomi kreatif dan bernuansa kekinian diharapkan dapat menghasilkan peleburan yang memberi nilai tambah dan karakter yang unik pada proyek kolaborasi JNM Bloc.

Pada Paviliun JNM Bloc dan sekitarnya telah hadir beragam tenant terkemuka yaitu Filosofi Kopi (kedai kopi), Serasa by Nanduto (kuliner Indonesia), ColdHeart (kedai minuman), Twalen (spirits), Huma Ide (gelato artisan), Karplanter (kedai tanaman), UMKM Berseri (fesyen dan kriya), hingga Photomatics (kedai foto). Jumlah tenant dan jenis usaha yang tersedia di sini nantinya akan terus bertambah seiring dengan rampungnya beberapa tahapan pembangunan yang telah direncanakan.

JNM Bloc sendiri sebenarnya sudah dapat dikunjungi oleh umum sejak pertengahan Agustus 2021 dan beroperasi setiap hari Senin – Kamis mulai pukul 12:00 hingga 21:00 WIB dan pada Jumat – Minggu mulai pukul 11:00 sampai 21:00 WIB. Selaras aturan pemerintah, untuk masuk ke area JNM Bloc wajib mematuhi protokol kesehatan 3M serta melakukan pemindaian barcode melalui aplikasi PeduliLindungi.

Seiring dengan melandainya kurva pandemi di Yogyakarta, pemerintah pusat pun perlahan mulai melakukan relaksasi terhadap sejumlah peraturan yang sebelumnya signifikan dalam mengurangi mobilitas masyarakat di kota ini. Rencananya berbagai program acara seni, budaya, hiburan secara rutin akan diselenggarakan di JNM Bloc. Mulai dari pameran lukisan, foto, instalasi seni, lokakarya, pemutaran film, peragaan busana, hingga beragam konser musik populer dari aksi lokal maupun nasional.

“Kami sungguh bersyukur di masa pandemi ini, Yayasan Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara tetap bisa berkolaborasi dengan Radar Ruang Riang dalam bentuk JNM Bloc. Kerja bersama ini tidak hanya dilakukan secara bertahap, tetapi juga melakukan berbagai inovasi baru untuk beradaptasi dengan kondisi selama pandemi. Harapannya ke depan JNM Bloc bisa menjadi wadah baru, tempat berkumpul layaknya melting pot bagi industri kreatif yang sangat terdampak di masa pandemic. Berbagai giat yang terjadi di JNM Bloc beberapa waktu ini, diharapkan dapat menginspirasi sekaligus menumbuhkan budaya baru dalam penyelenggaraan event. Harapan lainnya JNM Bloc dapat menjadi pusat studi tentang trend-trend di dunia kreatif dalam mengantisipasi vakumnya penyelenggaraan event selama diberlakukannya PPKM oleh pemerintah.,” jelas KPH Wironegoro selaku Ketua Yayasan Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara.

“Ketika pertama kali dihubungi Yayasan Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara untuk berkolaborasi mendirikan ruang kreatif publik di area Jogja National Museum, kami sangat respek dan antusias menyambutnya. Yogyakarta merupakan jiwanya Pulau Jawa yang sangat terkenal hingga ke mancanegara. Oleh karena itu kami sangat mendukung misi untuk menjadikan JNM Bloc sebagai ekosistem kreatif sekaligus pusat kebudayaan regional maupun internasional, dimana seni, budaya, dan hiburan dapat saling menghubungkan masyarakat melalui berbagai upaya kolaborasi, edukasi, dan partisipasi,” demikian ujar CEO Radar Ruang Riang, Handoko Hendroyono.

Jogja National Museum (JNM) yang menempati lokasi sakral bekas kampus Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI) di Gampingan, Wirobrajan merupakan ground zero seni rupa di Indonesia. Sejak 1955 di sana dilahirkan para maestro seni rupa tanah air, mulai dari Sapto Hudojo, Saptoto, I Nyoman Gunarsa, Edhi Sunarso, Amri Yahya, Djoko Pekik, Widayat, G. Sidharta, hingga berbagai nama besar seniman lainnya. Tempat ini nilai bersejarahnya mungkin setara Lokananta di Solo yang juga menjadi ground zero dalam perjalanan musik Indonesia pasca kemerdekaan. JNM sejak beberapa tahun terakhir selalu menjadi venue bagi berbagai ajang seni budaya bergengsi di tanah air, misalnya Art Jog dan Biennale Jogja.

Pada tahun ‘50-an, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX menghibahkan sebidang tanah di area Gampingan, Wirobrajan yang kemudian berkat bantuan Amerika Serikat dibangunlah gedung pre-fabrikasi yang diperuntukkan sebagai Kampus ASRI. Kompleks pendidikan seni rupa pertama di Indonesia ini menarik perhatian Presiden Soekarno yang kemudian datang berkunjung ke Gampingan.

“Saya telah melihat-lihat di ASRI. Ternyata bahwa kemerdekaan membawa kemajuan juga di lapangan kesenian. Kemerdekaan memang berarti ‘Pembebasan.’ Kesenian kita yang dulu dalam zaman penjajahan terbelenggu, menjadilah bebas merdeka dalam alam kemerdekaan. Terbanglah membubung di angkasa laksana burung Elang – Rajawali,” tulis Presiden Soekarno saat berkunjung ke Kampus ASRI pada 1955.

Pada tahun 1968 ASRI kemudian berubah menjadi Sekolah Tinggi Seni Rupa Indonesia (STSRI) yang mencetak banyak sarjana seni rupa di kemudian hari. Setelah berjalan enam belas tahun lamanya, pada pertengahan 1984, STRSI kemudian melebur bersama Akademi Seni Tari Indonesia (ASTI) dan Akademi Musik Indonesia (AMI) menjadi Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta. Kampus ISI kemudian dipindahkan ke Jl Parangtritis KM 6, Sewon, Bantul pada tahun 1998 dan bekas kampus di Gampingan ini sempat menjadi vakum dan kurang terawat sebelum akhirnya mulai diaktivasi kembali oleh Yayasan Yogyakarta Seni Nusantara (YYSN) pada tahun 2006 menjadi Jogja National Museum, sebagai rintisan museum seni kontemporer.

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