Asia City Pop Network Research Trip

  • Organizer Name ruangrupa - OK. Video
  • Indonesia
    • Music/Sound Performance
  • The Grant Program for Promotion of Cultural Collaboration
Grant Year
Fiscal Year 2020
Grant Amount
USD 11,763
Country of Activity
Japan, Indonesia

OK. Video has been the most consistent media arts festival in Indonesia since firstly held in 2003. This year in collaboration with Gudskul and Metropolitan Feelings will conduct research trip to five big cities in Japan and Southeast Asia such as ; Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok (Thailand), Manila (The Philippines), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and Jakarta (Indonesia) to Re-reading the history and development of city pop music. The research team consisted of five people; researchers, Visual Jockey (VJ), Disc Jockey (DJ), and Documentation. They will conduct around 10-days residency in each city. After doing preliminary research at Jakarta , the researchers will explore initiatives movement in city pop music scene by interviewing music observers, musicians, city pop lovers, journalists, music curators, collectors, DJs/Selectors, city pop party makers, and historians in each city . We will end the research process in each city by initiate a collaborative music program to exchange city pop music between countries.

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, we did cancelled research to the remains of cities (Bangkok & Manila) and offer the research distribution output full digitally ; podcast series, video documentary on research trip, short video by topics, Spotify playlist, and online webinar series, research trip, short video by topics, Spotify playlist, and online webinar series.

During December 2021 - January 2022, we will broadcast podcasts, playlists, and webinars that wedo in the radio broadcast medium for 11 episodes on rururadio.org.

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Metropolitan Feelings

From the Organizer

This direct meeting resulted in an exchange of musical references that we did not come across when we were doing our pre-elimination research in Jakarta. We also exchange spirits for our pleasure in building a movement to preserve this city pop music and we plan future collaborations with them organically.

Unfortunately, the Covid-19 Pandemic made us unable to continue our journey to other Southeast Asian regions and we lost the spirit of real collaboration that we usually get when doing jamming music programs. Hopefully, the output that we will release digitally can be a trigger for collaboration energy until we can meet again later.

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