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b. 1969, works and lives in Surakarta, Indonesia
2000 (Year of Dcoumentation)
single-channel video
S-VHS, Mini DV/ DV Pal
Performance Video
6 minutes 29 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP

In the performance, Melati walks into the space towards the blocks of butter placed on the dance carpet that was prepared earlier. She stands with her back towards the audience, then turns to the front and step on the butter blocks. She starts to dance and let herself fall; she tries to stand up. This process repeats until she eventually loses her energy. Taking off her shows, she stands up slowly and leaves the space.

Melati was inspired by the concept of 'time', especially how the human body relates to its biological, psychological and physical 'time'. She believes that everything happening in this world does not stop, even when one is dead. What one can do to deal with it is to adjust our body to the concept of 'time', whether it is physical or biological. The artist was interested in a specific moment in time, a moment when her body relates to a specific delicate moment - the moment before she falls down. This moment is where all her consciousness controls her body, but at the same time, the risks are unpredictable. She might lose control, however, what was important to her was the will to get up again. One's perception of pain is produced within their education and cultural environment, hence Melati believes that everybody perceives actions and images of this work in many different ways according to their individual backgrounds.

Detail pictures:

Related Exhibitions:
Melati Suryodarmo: Passionate Pilgrim, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K. 05.17, 2023 -09.03, 2023
I'm a Ghost in My Own House, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands 06.12, 2022 -10.30, 2022
Attention seeker, La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo, Australia 03.29, 2022 -07.03, 2022
Nation, Narration, Narcosis, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin, Berlin, Germany 11.28, 2021 -03.07, 2022
ERRATA, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, Thailand 07.30, 2021 -02.14, 2022
First Spring, Chapter 3, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 05.29, 2021 -06.27, 2021
Melati Suryodarmo: Why Let the Chicken Run?, Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia 02.28, 2020 -11.14, 2021
Melati Suryodarmo’s Video Works, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA), Adelaide, Australia 2015
Medium at Large, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 2014
Re-act feminism #2, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spanien; Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Deutschland 2013
re.act.feminism #2, Galerija Miroslav Kraljević in Zagreb, Croatia, Museet for Samtidskunst Roskilde, Denmark; Galerija Miroslav Kraljević Zagreb, Croatia; Instytut Sztuki Wyspa Gdańsk, Poland; Tallinna Kunstihoone Tallinn, Estonia 2012
Insight, Kuntraum, Vaduz, Lichtenstein 2012
re.act Feminism vol.ll, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain 2011 -2013
hijacking TV, Gallery Salihara, Jakarta 2011
Solitaire, Valentine Willie Fine Arts at The Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2008
Wind from the East - Perspectives on Asian Contemporary Art, National Gallery/Museum of Contemporary art, KIASMA, Finland 2007
Loneliness in the Boundaries, Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2006

Akili Museum of Art
Singapore Art Museum
M+ Collection
Tate Collection
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

Related Works:
Exergie - Butter Dance (Sao Paulo)
Exergie - Butter Dance

Releated Press:
  • First Spring - Chapter 3 , Melati Suryodarmo, Li Ran

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