Transaction of Hollows
Artist: Melati Suryodarmo
Performance Dates: 25 – 26 January, from 5pm - 9pm
Exhibition Period: 27 January – 25 February 2018, daily from 11am - 7pm, excluding Mondays, Tuesdays and Public Holidays
Address: ShanghART Singapore, 9 Lock Road, #02-21, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 108937
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ShanghART Singapore is pleased to present “Transaction of Hollows”, a durational performance by Melati Suryodarmo on 25th and 26th January 2018, 5pm- 9pm on both days.The aftermath of the performance will serve as an exhibition and will be on view until 25 February 2018.
Melati’s performances always feature a combination of the elements of physical presence and visual art to talk about themes of identity, energy, politics, and relationships between the body and its environment.As she said, “the world that inspires me to move my thoughts is the world inside me. The body becomes like a home which functions as container of memories, living organism. The system inside the psychological body that changes all the time has enriched my idea to develop new structures of attitude and thoughts.”
The live performance, titled “Transaction of Hollows”, is a long durational performance piece that investigates mankind’s desire on love and war. Melati evokes her desolation at the state of politics and society as she negotiates the nuances of such emotions through these circumstances by repetitively shooting hundreds of arrows without a specific target. The audience is invited to be present in the same space while she shoots arrows across the room, allowing them to be immersed and drawn in, connecting with the artist and the atmosphere in their own unique way. At the end of the performance, the venue, left untouched, will form an exhibition on its own. This provides viewers an experience in a different circumstance from the live performance, much akin to witnessing of the aftermath of a war after its conclusion.
Transaction of Hollows was commissioned by and performed first time at Lilith Performance Studio, Malmo in 2016.
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About Melati Suryodarmo
Melati Suryodarmo (b. 1969) is an Indonesian born visual artist who lives and works in Germany since 1994.
She graduated at the Universitas Padjadjaran Bandung in Socio and politics sciences, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany. She was student of Marina Abramovic and finished her post graduate (meisterschule) focused in performance art and Raum Konzept. Suryodarmo has presented her works in various international festivals and exhibitions since 1996, including the 50th Venice Biennale 2003, Marking the territory, IMMA Dublin. etc. In 2005, Melati Suryodarmo has performed at the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, during the Exhibition of the Life of Egon Schiele in 2005; Videobrasil Sao Paolo (2005), Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, 52nd Venice Biennale dance Festival (2007), KIASMA Helsinki (2007), Manifesta7, in Bolzano, Italy (2008),and In Transit festival, HKW Berlin (2009), Luminato festival of th earts, Toronto, 2012. Since the last six years, Suryodarmo has been presenting her works in Indonesia and other South East Asian countries. For the Padepokan Lemah Putih Solo Indonesia, she has been organizing an annual Performance Art Laboratory Project and “undisclosed territory” performance art event in Solo Indonesia since 2007.