Radio Isolasido (Yogyakarta)
Radio Isolasido is a temporary radio program initiated by Wok The Rock and developed with Gatot Danar Sulistiyanto as a part of the main exhibition of the Jogja Biennale 2021. Wok The Rock is an artist, whose practice spans from fine art, design, and music, always keen in experimenting with cross-disciplinary collective work as well as contemporary cultural interventions using a curatorial aesthetic and a speculative approach. Gatot Danar Sulistiyanto, born May 10, 1980 in Magelang, is a music composer, sound engineer, and the artistic director of the October Meeting Music Festival. He studied Musicology at ISI Yogyakarta and has worked on several music studies related to culture-technology.
This program is presented in parallel in two platforms: FM radio network and online as well as through spatial audio installation at the Jogja National Museum. Radio broadcasts are composed of narrative and non-narrative audio explorations that need a deep listening method.
Radio Isolasido reflects on the self-isolation situation as a moment to reflect on complex issues. Wok The Rock believes that listening activities may be a solution to problems in a society that is clamoring with arguments. Radio Isolasido is offering deep listening to invite listeners to listen more.
“Isolasido Ensemble” (2021)
Audio, Radio Program, Ambisonic installation
How do we study isolated, inaccessible, and complex conditions? How can we understand something that is complex and out of the ordinary? In today’s world where the space for voices is very accessible and has created increasingly complex layers of information, listening practice is an important thing to do in order to provide a more diverse egalitarian space. To understand something isolated we need to take the action of listening freely without pretensions and restrictions. This action will stimulate our psychoacoustic nerves to process them naturally, which is free from the construction of meaning, thus enabling us to digest information in a more egalitarian way and with richer literature. The art of sound is used as a social tool that encourages such action.
Radio Isolasido tries to invite their listeners to unfold isolated things so as to foster acoustic phenomena and a comprehensive understanding through ensembles of narrative and non-narrative sound recordings such as music, poetry, conversations, synthetic sounds, and ambient sound of the nature and social environment in a popular, experimental, and multilingual artistic articulation. Radio Isolasido provides space and time to listen, especially to something unfamiliar or new so that our senses are more sensitive in understanding things in depth.