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.
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.
The 2019 edition of Alur Bunyi will be curated by Harsya Wahono - a music producer and performer who studied Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. His output for the last few years have been channeled into DIVISI62, a Jakarta-based sound and visual arts label which he founded in 2016. He has produced multiple digital and physical releases with DIVISI62 and other international labels both (including the DISK label in Berlin, Germany) under his own name as well with his other projects including Uwalmassa, Zatua and Marsesura.
In November 2017, he performed throughout several cities in Europe with Uwalmassa as part of the Europalia Festival. In May 2018, Wahono along with the DIVISI62 team and collaborators organized their debut multimedia art exhibition at Ruci Art Space in Jakarta, followed by a sound installation contribution at Instrumenta Festival in November 2018. In his day-to-day, he runs Studio Oposisi - an audio production, creative direction and motion graphics studio for various artists and musicians.