The Instrument Builders Project at the National Gallery of Victoria

NGV Studio hosts the first Australian iteration of The Instrument Builders Project (IBP), an experimental collaborative project between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians curated by Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern.

The first two iterations of the IBP were held in Yogyakarta in June 2013 and March 2014. The IBPsets up a shared workshop space, with elements of studio and gallery, in which artists conceptualise, build, perform and exhibit new works together over a period of 3 weeks, with scheduled public programs (concerts, exhibitions, workshops and talks) punctuating periods of experimental ‘free time’.

The works created through the IBP draw on both traditional craft-based and avant-garde approaches and technologies, incorporating practises including (but not limited to) experimental music, sound sculpture, installation, conceptual and instructional work and performance art.

The IBP both responds to and seeks to further develop experimental collaborative work between Indonesian and Australian artists.

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Studio residency artists
Michael Candy, Dale Gorfinkel, Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian, Wukir Suryadi, Pia Van Gelder, Tintin Wulia

Exhibiting artists
Peter Blamey, Mas Wibowo, Michael Candy, Caitlin Franzmann, Dale Gorfinkel, Jompet Kuswidananto, Dylan Martorell, Andreas Siagian, Wukir Suryadi, Tintin Wulia, Asep Nata

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The ‘Instrument Builders Project’ (IBP) is a collaboration between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians in which the artists conceptualise, build, perform and exhibit new works together over the course of a shared residency. The IBP centres on an evolving ‘project space’, with elements of studio and gallery, open to the public throughout the duration of the project, with public programs (concerts, exhibitions, workshops and talks) punctuating periods of experimental ‘free time’.

The works created through the IBP span traditional craft-based and avant-garde forms and practises including experimental musical instruments, sound sculptures, installation, conceptual and instructional works, and live art.

The IBP both responds to and seeks to support the further development of collaborative work between Indonesian and Australian artists.

The first iteration of the Instrument Builders Project was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 24 June – 16 July 2013.

The participating Australian artists were Rod Cooper (Melbourne), Dylan Martorell (Melbourne), Pia Van Gelder (Sydney) and Michael Candy (Brisbane). The participating Indonesian artists were Wukir Suryadi (Yogyakarta), Asep Nata (Bandung), Ardi Gunawan (Jakarta) and Andreas Siagian (Yogyakarta)

The second iteration of the Instrument Builders Project is held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 15 March – 9 April 2014 as part of the Australia/Indonesia Year 2014 .

The participating Indonesian artists are: Jompet Kuswidananto, Wukir Suryadi, Bagus Pandega and Bowo .The Australian artists are Dale Gorfinkel, Tintin Wulia, Peter Blamey and Caitlin Franzmann.

The third iteration of the Instrument Builders Project will take place in Melbourne, Australia from 31 October – 23 November 2014 at The National Gallery of Victoria.

Curators
Kristi Monfries & Joel Stern

Host Organisation
iCan (Indonesian Contemporary Art Network)
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Studio Manager
Fvani Gendhis

Production Assistants
Ikbal S Lubis

Aim A’di Negara

Graphic Design
Wok the Rok

Tentang Proyek Ini

The ‘Instrument Builders Project: New Noises’ adalah kolaborasi antara seniman bunyi/pembuat instrumen asal Australia dan Indonesia untuk membuat instrumen musik eksperimental, patung bunyi, dan piranti pertunjukan baru.

Proyek ini berfokus pada penggabungan keterampilan dan keahlian tradisional dengan pendekatan yang bersifat avant-garde dan kontemporer, demi menciptakan objek musikal inovatif dan orisinal, yang bukan hanya berfungsi sebagai instrumen penghasil bunyi tapi juga sebagai karya seni khas Asia Tenggara/Australia.

Kegiatan utama dalam proyek ini adalah para seniman Indonesia berkolaborasi dengan seniman Australia dalam serangkaian proyek satu lawan satu maupun berkelompok, untuk dipamerkan lebih dulu di Australia dan lalu dilanjutkan di Indonesia.

Lokakarya intensif yang pertama akan dilaksanakan di Yogyakarta, 24 Juni hingga 16 Juli 2013.

Empat seniman inti asal Australia adalah Rod Cooper (Melbourne), Dylan Martorell (Melbourne), Pia Van Gelder (Sydney) dan Michael Candy (Brisbane).

Seniman inti asal Indonesia yang sudah dipastikan keterlibatannya adalah Wukir Suryadi, pakar pembuat instrumen berbahan bambu, pembuat gamelan dan etnomusikolog Asep Nata, perupa Indonesia Ardi Gunawan dan Andreas Siagian (Artist/Engineer)

Proyek ini bertujuan menjelajahi dan merayakan perbedaan serta kesamaan yang ada dalam proses kreatif para seniman Australia/Indonesia, namun penekanannya adalah pada berbagi keterampilan dan pertukaran gagasan. Melalui kolaborasi kreatif singkat ini, seniman bunyi/pembuat instrumen Australia dan Indonesia akan menjalin hubungan yang punya manfaat jangka panjang bagi komunitas seni di kedua negara.

Harapannya adalah proyek dan kolaborasi akan berkembang lebih jauh setelah pertukaran kreatif ini.

Kurator
Kristi Monfries & Joel Stern

Organisasi
iCan (Indonesian Contemporary Art Network)

Studio Manager
Fvani Gendhis

Production Assistants
Ikbal S Lubis
Aim A’di Negara

Desain Grafis
Wok the Rok

 

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