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Featured Filmmaker: Fluxcup

This month, our guest editors Azizah Hanum and Arief 'Kutil' Permana interviewed Ucup, a video artist from Bandung (West Java) who is known for his video parodies. Hanum met up with Ucup at a video slam at Common Room.

Name: Yusuf Ismail AKA Fluxcup

Location: Bandung, Indonesia

Twitter: @UCxUP

About: Yusuf Ismail was born in 1982 in Bogor, Indonesia. He studied sculpture at Bandung Institute of Technology and won the first prize of Bandung Contemporary Art Award in 2012. He started venturing in new media culture discourse by creating a virtual character called Fluxcup on Internet. Yusuf experimented extensively with distributing disruptive video works. He has participated in exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. He lives and works in Bandung, Indonesia.

In your own words

Hanum: How should I call you? Ucup?

Fluxcup: Just call me ‘Fluxcup’.

Hanum: Okay, Fluxcup, a lot of people have read about you or watched your videos on YouTube. Where do you actually get your ideas to remix videos?

Fluxcup: I usually look at our own culture, where we often just copy and paste other people’s cultures. So, what I do is take videos from the internet, remix them, and throw them back online where they belong, like in YouTube. I do a lot of subtitling and dubbing, but that’s not my only focus as a video artist.

Hanum: When did you first edit or remix a video? Or when did you first upload your video on to YouTube?

Fluxcup: Editing video? Hmm, I’ve first known the medium via television. I’m an MTV generation.

Hanum: From the 90s?

Fluxcup: Yup. A little different from today’s kids. They’ve already started editing videos since junior high school. Kudos to them. The technology advancement is also great. When I was at their age, I knew very little of video making.

Hanum: Where did you go to university?

Fluxcup: I went to the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

Hanum: Visual Arts and Design School (FSRD)?

Fluxcup: Yup.

Hanum: How do you see the effect of video technology to today’s kids?

Fluxcup: I think it’s great. It helps us express our creativity. Applications are easier and cheaper these days. It’s up to the individuals how far they want to explore their ideas and the supporting tools.

Hanum: Who is your local hero?

Fluxcup: Mufti Amenk Priyanka (showing the illustration on his shirt). Why don’t you read it.

Hanum: “Your heart is never sacred … , what the fuck with your fake love”. Wow, this is like those writings at the back of the trucks, ha ha ha …

Fluxcup: We come from the same generation in Bandung. I really respect him.

Hanum: As an artist, do you think the process of arts making is important?

Fluxcup: Of course. Particularly its history and context. We need to take a look back. For instance if you like that motor bike (pointing at his trail bike), you know it’s a Kawasaki, you have to question yourself, how many spoke is in the wheel? How many wheels? What is its tank capacity? Basically, you have to know its history. You have to know as much details as you can. You can’t ask for instant result. That’s what I think. So, making things easy is not always good.


Check out the full video version of the interview:

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