The Death of a Tiger and Other Empty Seats
2018 ASIA PROJECT: HOW LITTLE YOU KNOW ABOUT ME, MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART (MMCA) SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, CURATED BY JOOWON PARK
Initially, for some experts, talking about Tanah Runcuk (Tanah Roentjoek, or Tanarundjuque) is like merely pissing in the wind. What is the relevance of reviving Tanah Runcuk in a scientific debate? Some scholars have regarded it as the fairy tale of the colonialists who “failed to move on”. Some groups believed that Tanah Runcuk had been buried and vanished by the 1883 massive eruption of Krakatoa. Some other groups even comprehended Tanah Runcuk as a magical and/or sci-fi enthusiasm. While within the rest—regardless of the fact that some people even never heard of this name at all—was entrenched a great curiosity; it encouraged the attempt of tracking and arranging the ruble of this very story originating from the “lost” land. Tanah Runcuk that used to be a subject of intense debates among the scholars, is getting more interesting to be discussed again due to its being within an in-between space. Between presence and absence, between fiction and reality, between fantasy and history.