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b. 1969, works and lives in Surakarta, Indonesia
2012 (Year of Documentation)
single-channel video
HD Video, Stereo
Performance Video
30 minutes 30 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP

Charcoal is an essential material to the performance and installation in “I’m a Ghost in My Own House”. Prevalent as a source of fuel in Southeast Asian countries, it is made by cooking wood in a low-oxygen environment to evaporate off all water and harden it. As a material, charcoal is life-sustaining because it provides heat and fire; yet it also has the capacity to burn and destroy. For twelve hours, Melati Suryodarmo crush hundreds of charcoal briquettes on a grinding table. This stupendous durational performance saw her putting all her energy into turning the material to dust, yet these are also actions that strip charcoal of its potential energy, causing it to lose its efficacy and function.

Duration of the performance: 12 hours
Documentation: The documentation of the I'm a Ghost in My Own House“ performance was taken at the Lawangwangi Arts and Creative Space, Bandung, Indonesia on Oct 3rd, 2012.

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
Melati Suryodarmo: Why Let the Chicken Run?, Museum MACAN, Jakarta, Indonesia 02.28, 2020 -11.14, 2021
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia 11.21, 2015 -04.10, 2016
APB Foundation Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 11.14, 2014 -03.15, 2015

Tumurun Private Museum
National Gallery of Australia

Related Works:
I'm a Ghost in My Own House 2
I'm a Ghost in My Own House 1
I'm a Ghost in My Own House 4
I'm a Ghost in My Own House 3


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