Workshop and Concert Nayamullah, Gema, and the Allies…

Para Sekutu - Nayamullah © Cecil Mariani

28.01., 11 AM – 5 PM
29.01., 2 - 7 PM
30.01.2022, 2-7 PM

Galeri Nasional Indonesia

with Julian Abraham “Togar”, Saleh Husein, and Gema Swarayagita

Nayamullah is a group of researchers connected through a shared interest in Danarto's works. Nayamullah has produced radio programs and composed songs based on Danarto's stories and works in an effort to keep Danarto's spirit, thoughts and aesthetics alive. In this workshop, Nayamullah will be represented by artists and musicians Julian Abraham “Togar” and Saleh Husein.

The workshop departs from Togar’s sound work entitled A Gesture (2016), which is included in the exhibition Para Sekutu yang Tidak Bisa Berkata Tidak (The Acquiescent Allies). Loaned from Singapore Art Museum, this aural work is not present in a visual way. Togar explains that this work is an exploration of how to pronounce the sound "ehm" and "shh" as a gesture that accompanies visual works in the exhibition room.

Armed with Nayamullah's experience in reading Danarto's works, Togar and Ale wanted to expand their collaboration with listening sensitivity and insight. The concept of Danarto's “Theater Without an Audience”—in art discourse equated with participatory , dialogical , or relational job search—will be tested with eight workshop participants in the exhibition space in the form of a concert designed jointly by the mentors and workshop participants.

The workshop itself is envisioned as a way to practice how the body moves and interacts with noise, with the hope of a complementary harmonization for optimal understanding between the sound source and the receiver. Noise in this context is sound whose origin has not yet been recognized and feels foreign. The process used in this short workshop is a space to exchange stories and voices as a form of seeking small hopes for a better future.

Participants are selected through limited open call. Each facilitator is asked to submit 3-5 names of potential participants to be jointly selected based on diversity while balancing disciplines. The total number of participants involved in this workshop is eight people, thus 11 in total including the mentors. The workshop and concert participants:

Halida Bunga Fisandra
Harsya Wahono
Kartika Solapung
Kelvin Djunaidi
Nissal Berlindung
Rachel Surijata
Ruth Priscilla


First day – Introduction
  • Getting to know the mentors and participants, introduction to the theme of the workshop and the context of the exhibition that initiates the workshop. Participants will be invited to share their activities, interests and thoughts about the world of visual arts, performing arts and sound arts.
  • Exhibition presentation by curator Grace Samboh and discussion of presentation materials. 
Day Two – Rehearsal
  • Collecting ideas, tools, and readings on selected works to be processed into a series of concerts or performances.
  • Begin practicing the arrangement of a concert or performance based on the selected works.
Day Three – Dress Rehearsal
  • Moving tools into the exhibition space.
  • Organizing a concert in the showroom at 6-7PM. The concert is open to exhibition visitors. Book your slot via

Julian Abraham

Julian Abraham “Togar” has been in the residency program at the Rijksakademie since 2020. His two recent solo exhibitions are Metangan Bunyi at RUBANAH Underground Hub (2019), and Ulah Tanah at RUCI Art Space (2019). He has also participated in Love Songs For The Savages in De Appel, Amsterdam (2021); It's Done?! at Mizuma Gallery, Singapore (2020);  Superposition: Equilibrium & Engagement 21st Sydney Biennale (2018); and Biennale Jogja 2017, Equator #4.

Saleh Husein

As an artist, Saleh Husein, who is better known as Ale, has participated in a range of exhibitions, including Stories Across Rising Lands at Museum MACAN (2021), Power and Other Things at BOZAR - Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (2017), Time of Others at the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Singapore Art Museum, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (2015-2016), and Jakarta Biennale 2013 Siasat. Ale is also the band guitarist of White Shoes & The Couples Company and The Adams.

Gema Swaratyagita

Gema Swaratyagita is a composer, performer, and music teacher. Her compositions have been performed at venues, including Holland Festival, Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival, Indonesian Composers Week, Solo International Gamelan Festival, Djakarta Theater Platform, and Salihara Art Season among others. The Director of the Music Meeting is also one of the initiators of the Women Composers Forum and Lab and Collective Laring, which focuses on the art of sound and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

ABout "Para Sekutu yang Tidak Bisa Berkata Tidak" (The Acquiescent Allies)

Just like your all-time favorite songs, this exhibition presents a selection of works from the collections of Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, and Singapore Art Museum in a fresh perspective. The exhibition is curated by Grace Samboh, with Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Gridthiya Gaweewong and June Yap as part of the long-term project Collecting Entanglements and Embodied Histories. The exhibition runs from 28 January to 27 February 2022 at Galeri Nasional Indonesia.

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Collecting Entanglements And Embodied Histories

is a dialogue between the collections of Galeri Nasional Indonesia, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Singapore Art Museum. Initiated by the Goethe-Institut, the project manifests as four exhibitions with distinctive curatorial narratives in the four collaborating institutions, regular online public programs livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube, a video essay series by art practitioners on selected artists and more. The curatorial team consists of Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Grace Samboh, Gridthiya Gaweewong, and June Yap.

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