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Alur Bunyi© Goethe-Institut Indonesien

2019
Alur Bunyi

In the series Alur Bunyi, the Goethe-Institut presents and discusses contemporary positions of experimental (not just) electronic music from Indonesia and Germany. This year's edition of Alur Bunyi is curated by Harsya Wahono.

Events

Curator

As a result of strong intuition, improvisation and the bridging of tradition with unconventional approaches, contemporary sound works coming out of Indonesia today possess a singular appeal despite being confronted with unique sets of limitations and challenges.

For the past two years, the Alur Bunyi concert series highlights sonic practices that exist outside the confines of categorization. In reaction to augmented cross-cultural exchange and diminished geographical boundaries, its practitioners perpetually navigate between the dualism in the freedom of access and the consequences of our increasingly digitalized consciousness. This fluctuating state of the now stimulates sound artists to create an interplay of disparate sources and methods to form new constructs of expression.

As a result of strong intuition, improvisation and the bridging of tradition with unconventional approaches, contemporary sound works coming out of Indonesia today possess a singular appeal despite being confronted with unique sets of limitations and challenges. The rise of algorithmic and binary misrepresentations are met with loud overtones towards identity, spirituality and authenticity with regard to how Indonesian artists interact with the sound medium. The context and purpose of its presence and performance may change, but its ritualistic and collective nature persists. It is within these societal dynamics that sound art—whether understood as music or not—continues to be a product of shifting polarities. These are the key motives behind the artists that will weigh in with their perspectives this year.

The experimentation with hybridity is the primary initiative of the 2019 edition of the Alur Bunyi concert series. We invite artists of different backgrounds to collaborate and explore the compounds of our shared heritage by manipulating technological tools according to their own practices and experiences—to search for balance and imbalance between “traditional”, “primitive” instincts and neoteric, computational processes in the audiovisual realm.
Der Kurator der Alur Bunyi Konzertreihe 2019 ist Harsya Wahono. Der Musikproduzent und Performer hat am Berklee College Of Music in Boston, USA den Studiengang Contemporary Writing And Production („Zeitgenössisches Komposition und Produktion”) absolviert. Aus seinen Arbeiten der vergangenen Jahre ist das Sound- und Bildkunst-Label DIVISI62 entstanden, das er 2016 in Jakarta gegründet hat. Wahono hat bereits zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen in digitaler Form sowie auf Tonträgern auf diesem und anderen internationalen Labels (z.B. bei DISK in Berlin) auf den Markt gebracht, sowohl unter seinem eigenen Namen als auch in Zusammenarbeit mit seinen anderen Projekten Uwalmassa, Zatua und Marsesura.

Im November 2017 ist er mit Uwalmassa im Rahmen des Europalia Festivals in diversen europäischen Städten aufgetreten. Im Mai 2018 haben Wahono und sein Team von DIVISI62 ihre erste Multimedia-Kunstausstellung im Ruci Art Space in Jakarta organisiert, im November 2018 waren sie mit einer Klanginstallation beim Instrumenta Festival vertreten. Als „Hauptjob“ leitet Harsya Wahono das Studio Oposisi, ein Studio für Audioproduktionen, Werbung und Medien und Motion-Design, das von zahlreichen Künstlern und Musikern genutzt wird.  
 

Artists Profiles


Video - Overview of the Year 2018

Alur Bunyi © Goethe-Institut Indonesien

Alur Bunyi 2018


Live Streaming

Live Streaming - Monohero © Goethe-Institut Indonesien

Monohero

Live Streaming - Gerald Situmorang © Goethe-Institut Indonesien

Gerald Situmorang


Alur Bunyi on Instagram

Details

Elizabeth Soegiharto
elizabeth.soegiharto@goethe.de