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MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
b. 1969, works and lives in Surakarta, Indonesia

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2000 (Year of Dcoumentation)
S-VHS, Mini DV/ DV Pal
Performance Video
6 minutes 29 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP
MS_8963

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:
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 -07.27, 2021


Collections
TATE Modern
Singapore Art Museum
Akili Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma


Related Works:
MS_0449
Exergie - Butter Dance
MS_1483
Exergie - Butter Dance (Sao Paulo)

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

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