Indonesian Cultural Festival

Sunday, Feb 09, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us Sunday, February 9 for a celebration of Indonesian culture! CMA is partnering with Gamelan Dharma Swara to present performances and interactive workshops inspired by Indonesia. Story Time takes place at 1 pm featuring books by Indonesian authors read by Kristy Raffensberger of Hudson Public Library. Interactive performances and workshops with Gamelan Dharma Swara will take place at 12 pm and 2 pm. Founded in 2000, Gamelan Dharma Swara is one of the leading Balinese gamelan music and dance groups in the United States!

Workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Indonesia include:

Our Connected Community Inspired by Entang Wiharso in Fine Arts: Artist Entang Wiharso is a multidisciplinary artist whose work speaks to how humans are all connected and the ways in which we interact. The art that inspires this workshop are large metal pieces depicting humans, animals, and nature. Today, experiment with metal materials such as  armature wire and aluminum foil to create your own human or animal sculpture. Next, add it to our collaborative sculpture to show how connected the CMA community is!

Wonderful Women Inspired by Dolorosa Sinaga in Fine Arts: Dolorosa Sinaga is a legendary sculptor from Sumatra known for politically-charged creation of females figures in metal. Sinaga makes art in response to happenings around the world, hoping to empower women in tough times. Today in the studio, we’ll take inspiration from this artist by making a sculptural version of a great woman in our life. Whether it’s a parent, caretaker, or a friend, make a sculpture of an important woman in your life that highlights the qualities about them that you appreciate most.

Underwater Worlds Inspired by Mulyana in the Gallery: Mulyana is an Indonesian artist whose art practice involves working with the local community to create his large-scale knit underwater scenes. Mulyana knits an octopus alter ego, saying that he chose the octopus because it has many hands and Mulyana would like to be a helping hand to others. Today, we will take inspiration from Mulyana and create underwater creatures and habitats of our own using textiles. Work together with a Teaching Artist or new CMA friend to build your world. How can we help others in the art making process? How can our squishy soft sculptures represent a welcoming place? 

Animism Sculptures Inspired by Ichwan Noor at the Clay Bar: Indonesian sculptor Ichwan Noor creates sculptures that reimagine everyday technology, such as VW cars, with human or soulful traits. This concept of animism, or the attribution of a soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena, can be applied to our favorite everyday technologies. Imagine an iPhone that dances, a subway car that sings, or any other technology that you see everyday with a soul of its own!

FX Horonso Layered Memory Animations in the Media Lab: FX Horonso is one of Indonesia’s leading contemporary artists. In his recent installations, he creates mixed media works that combine old documentary photography from his father with new technologies. Through combining history with present day mediums, he is able to remind us of our ties to the past. Using old photos and multiplanes, create an animation that ties our histories and our current lives together!

Gamelan Dharma Swara in the Sound Booth: Gamelan music uses intricate aural patterns to create a soundscape for dance and performance. The group’s performance at CMA combines traditional Balinese music with new music. Using drums, chimes, and natural sounds, create your own piece of music inspired by Gamelan Dharma Swara!

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This program is presented in partnership with Gamelan Dharma Swara, a New York City-based gamelan and dance group dedicated to the traditions of Balinese performing arts and committed to exploring new music.

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