Part III: USER UGM (Unit Seni Rupa Universitas Gadjah Mada)
The history of art community in UGM has been started since long time periode. Since 1960 till 1998 late, Unit Seni Rupa emerged then it was vacuum and reawaked again in 2000 till it was dying and initiated again in 2008 became a community as we called KMMS, was really long journey. By thinking about the time, KMMS decided to coming back to its original history. KMMS wanted to be Unit Seni Rupa Universitas Gadjah Mada.
In 2014, Direktur Kemahasiswaan Universitas Gadjah Mada (the chairman of Students council UGM) legalized KMMS to be the only one of student art organization in Universitas Gadjah Mada. So that KMMS which based on the community changed to be an organization under the university’s arm called Unit Seni Rupa Universitas Gadjah Mada. This succeed has been happened from the teamwork of the members. Bagus Surya Wirawan, Saiful Bachri, Nurlahari Al Resky, Fajri, Bondan Peksojandhu, Fitria Nur Shabrina, Sukmasari Arifah and all the members of KMMS were taking big efforts to reawake this community to be an established art organization in UGM.
The first agenda was an opening exhibition which called Pameran Gelanggangan. This exhibition was not only aimed to scope the studies of art but also a celebration as the reestablishment of USER UGM. It was performed 12 artworks: 10 painting, 1 digital artwork and there were five installations.
In his first year, Unit Seni Rupa Universitas Gadjah Mada (USER UGM) had many activities. Those activities were continued from KMMS’s activities which added with brand new ideas. It created USER UGM such a palet with much of colors with its each of great creativity. Sunday evening sketching was extended to be 4 days in a week. The meeting which called Kelas has been created to make the sharing skills and srawung keep exist. It was about four times minimum meeting in a week to learn in the fine arts class.
During the freshman’s welcome celebration 2014/2015, USER UGM participated to welcome the students by sketching together in Grha Sabha Pramana, August 2014. It was appreciated by Direktorat Kemahasiswaan Universitas Gadjah Mada. By that event, UGM’s freshman students that were about 150 students from all over faculties wanted to join USER UGM. They have high motivation to involve in USER’s projects. To accommodate their motivation, there were some little teams whereas the students asked to discuss and sharing about the artwork, coordinated by two Kakak Pembimbing (Guiding Siblings) in every team. Those teams were hoped becoming the bridges between younger generation and the older generation, to accommodate the needed to artwork and to redraw it as a real work and to build a new family connection.
In Porsenigama (End Year Sport Competition Universitas Gadjah Mada) 2014, USER UGM was pointed to be the only one organization which held artwork competition. To succeed it, USER UGM created talenan (chop plate) painting as the competition. About 30 students’ work was exhibited at Porsenigama 2014 celebration night.
Pameran Wayah, was held at November 2014. There was 12 teams exhibit their artwork which theme Wayah as their work. They were not only showed the artwork in canvas but also in installation and short stories to respond the theme: Time. They had their own perspective about time and their job is to realize the interpretation in a public exhibition.
Not only extended classes, USER UGM also still created discussion for its own community. Art expertise such as Irham Ansari and many of curators in Jogja were talking about the art development in the world nowadays. The discussion is important to build the mindset of art as the point of view to understand art perspectives.
As for looking the new generation for the next year, USER UGM held Musyawarah Anggota USER UGM in Desember 2014 to keep USER alive. After four days preparation, Musyawarah Anggota made much great appointment for USER UGM. It was a new beginning for the new days of USER UGM.