Yogyakarta: Jalan

The film Jalan (2015) was the first to be realised in the series of four. Jalan is about ingenuity, everyday design and resourcefulness within the informal economy in the streets of the Indonesian city Yogyakarta. The word jalan has many meanings: street, work, walk, method, means, behaviour, and they all have a relation with the vendors. Improvisation, a talent for presenting the merchandise, and physical and mental flexibility characterise the traders, and are necessities to make a living. Vendors arrange their street stalls and products in an inventive or remarkable way. These arrangements are often functional solutions to practical difficulties, such as lack of space, or attracting attention in a visually polluted world. People show inventiveness by using materials from their surroundings to generate an income.
Filming, editing: SU TOMESEN
Editing, color correction: VAVA STOJADINOVIC
Producer on location: TEGUH HARTANTO

The realisation of Jalan has been made possible by grants of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Tijlfonds / Cultuurfonds. The research was supported by Dutch Film Fund.

More information: https://www.sutomesen.nl/visual-arts/videos/466-jalan-
Watch the movie: https://vimeo.com/138608834

The film has been screened and exhibited at:

Metro Movies Festival, Amsterdam – screening and preview
Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost, Amsterdam – exhibition ‘Meanwhile’ and premiere

Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Yogyakarta – screening and Indonesian premiere

Erasmus Huis, Jakarta – solo exhibition ‘Jejak, hidden creativity in public space’
Polis University, Tirana – screening
Cityscapes Gallery Amsterdam – group exhibition ‘Circular City’
Provinciehuis Limburg, Maastricht – group exhibition ’Naar mate de mens’

Duta Wacana University, Yogyakarta – screening

Sesama Art Space, Yogyakarta – screening
Pop-in expo, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam – solo exhibition
IndoFilmCafé in LUX-Nijmegen – screening
The soundtrack of ‘Jalan’ was heard in the work ’SUPER SALE’, Parklicht, Oosterpark Amsterdam

Framer Framed, Amsterdam – screening

Jalan is used during lectures at Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

COMING UP: Jalan is part of the four channel video installation Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta (2018). The installation is having its world premiere at the 38th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival 2018 in Utrecht. The work is exhibited at the venue JK24 at Janskerkhof 24, Friday September 28 until Thursday October 4, from 12 PM until 10 PM. After its premiere in Utrecht Street vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta is part of BIG ART, October 11 till 14, Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam.