The Untold Stories of Archipelago

Centre for Tanah Runcuk Studies: The Untold Stories of Archipelago

Videos (15 min); drawings; objects | Bozar, Bruxelles, Belgium

Timoteus Anggawan Kusno works in the space between art, ethnography and museology to unravel the hidden narratives that support the colonial matrix of power. By creating speculative scenarios using established institutional forms, he is able to reveal and interfere in the process of knowledge production. In this new installation for Power and Other Things, he turns to the traditions of a lost ceremony…

The Death of a Tiger
timoteus anggawan kusno choir

The Death of a Tiger


CHOIR: Ruswita Tamara Putry (alto), Martinus Sulistyo (tenor), Maria Fatima Tallo (sopran), Andrea MS Hutadjulu (sopran), Regina Septiningrum (alto), Bagus Sujiwa (tenor), Kevin Undap (bass), Thomas Jordy (bass)

Timoteus Anggawan Kusno traced the tradition of rampogan macan (tiger raid), and found it as a celebration of violence conducted by the crowd. The tiger that was put to death either at the edge of a buffalo or bull’s horn or the sharp spearheads brought by the nameless crowd had ‘entertained’ the King, all honourary guests, and the colonial officials as well. Timoteus discovered the similarity between the crowd’s clamor within the occasion of rampogan macan and the violent acts conducted by the crowd against those who are considered ‘different’ in today’s context.


Seriality, The Unknown, et cetera
Seriality, the unknown, et cetera

Seriality, The Unknown, et cetera

Arko Art Center, Seoul / Project 7 1/2.

Photo credit: Kiyong Nam | copyright: artists and the project 7 1/2. 

Timoteus Anggawan Kusno collects several points of view in the forgotten time of Yang Chil-seong (1919–1949). Many memories of Yang Chil-seong listed by someone are like stories or letters in a novel. It could be a story of Yang Chil-seong, or someone else who might exist.

Sunyoung Oh, Curator

“Forgotten Letter from The Unknown”

In my journey, I had once become one of the skulls crawling until death came. I was a part of the crowd. I was a troupe of the anonymous indigenous, within a body identical to numbers. We were hobbling to meet the death that was inconceivable. The coarse fibers of the damp and thick burlap wrapped out bones and skins gnawed by lice, infested by leeches. I worked to fulfill a dream that was outrageously magnificent for me, the one given by the guests who claimed to be our older brother. The overwhelming hunger and fatigue were the greatest companions of the death that was faithfully waiting. At the same time, I become a louse.


Tropika Selekta II

Tropika Selekta II

Tony Albert & Timoteus Anggawan Kusno / Sullivan and Strumpf, Singapore

Where does an artist place himself as a person involved in the rewriting of history? That is the very question which Timoteus Anggawan Kusno (Anggawan) has been grappling with for the past four years, particularly with the project of Centre for Tanah Runcuk Studies, a fictional study centre engineered and developed with a number of researchers, historians, and ethnographers. As an artist, Anggawan’s struggle departs from what I can say about history.

Hacking The Memory of You
Hacking The Memory of You: 75 Years After Japanese Occupation

Hacking The Memory of You: 75 Years After Japanese Occupation

Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Commissioned Work | Researchers: G. Budi Subanar, SJ, Benardi Darumukti, Timoteus Anggawan Kusno

It has been 75 years since the Japanese Occupation of the Dutch East Indies, since 8 March 1942. On that day, in Kalijati, Lieutenant General Ter Poorten as the representative of the Dutch Empire for the Dutch East Indies ceded to Japan that was represented by the Head of Dai Nippon army in the Dutch East Indies. On the following days, Dai Nippon army and the civilian government took over the regulation over the life of Indonesian people all around the archipelago. People were extorted and mobilized, natural resources were exploitated, all of those aimed at one purpose: upholding the Pacific War. Misery and famine were everywhere. Two days after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on 17 August 1945, Indonesia proclaimed themselves as an independent nation.