Through Project Nenek, we strive to learn the practices and culture techniques grandmothers. We take the time to accumulate wealth and seek to understand the narrative of the visit, interviews and ‘hang out’ with two grandmothers and a mother of six members lifepatch. Some grandmothers told us women’s groups or organizations in which they participate in it, and how these groups through their friendship and mutual help. Most of them regard the group as a means to become more creative and fun (for fun only).
Yet the influence of the remnants of the New Order regime still persist in the group of women during the post-Soeharto era. -State ideology of motherhood is still strongly associated with women’s groups and is used to ensure that women’s groups to function as a means of “selection and control”.
New Order regime also remembered as the era of the development of the urban middle class, accounting for nearly half of the Indonesian population. Their hopes for the success and progress of national economy destroyed when the Indonesian economy collapsed when the Asian financial crisis in 1997/1998. The consequences of economic pressures can not be separated from social, cultural and political aspects are lived and experienced by the people of Indonesia. The 1998 reform led to aggravation and disappointment of the urban middle class, this causes some of them are forced to choose practices Do-It-Yourself (DIY).
DIY practice has been there and passed down from one generation to the next in the history of Indonesia. Colonialism, occupation and oppression menyebabkab importance of always trying to improve the appalling conditions through cooperation, creative work, ter de-centralization, allowing emergence and development of culture “oprek”. The ultimate goal is to find concrete solutions to the challenges of everyday life, at the same time cultural development “oprek” give space for protest and fight against social injustice and cronyism (KKN).
Because mothers and grandmothers continuously gather and meet in groups and meetings Arisan to celebrate the practice of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-With-Others (DIWO), they have created a community and system share among themselves.
We believe that the way they create and make stuff, jointly or individually, have supported their communities and provide information about the condition of DIY (and art) sat.
Therefore, our project tries to explore the relationship between contemporary culture of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) culture and generation of mothers who were born between 1934 and 1954. Second-generation DIY learn from each other, inform each other and interconnected at many levels , Now they together fought between de-centralized, independent grassroots organizations and top-down centralized control.