ONGOING PROJECT INFORMATION
IMAGE OF THE GIANT
Music, video art, video installation and performance
Image of the Giant would be a new interpretation and an effort to give new position for some folk arts (traditional forms) that still actively practice in all over Java ethnic in Indonesia. In a broader sense, the project will be presenting as a portrait of resistance, in the middle of complex contestation of political identity, to the issue of displacement and disappearance. The story of this folk performers commonly refers to the intensified refugee problems all over the world today, where the act of leaving is being seen as a statement of disappearing, to reflect how the world more and more had given very little space to what we call as others. The complex relationship between the historical context, with the strong performative sense of their gestures and also my own reflection of disparition today are put as fundamental aspects of the project.
The project inspired from Indonesian folk dance “Jaranan Buto”, portrays a riding giants troop which the horses has giant head, that also incorporates trances and magic tricks. “Jaranan Buto” is folk art from Banyuwangi, East Java. In one assumption, this kind of art is an art of protesting. Banyuwangi until 18th century called as “Kingdom of Blambangan”, is the area that have long history of war. “Blambangan” Kingdom considered as the last Hindu Kingdom in Java, before it conquered by Mataram Kingdom (1587–1755) with the support from VOC (Dutch). The spirit of rebellion became the intention to create “Jaranan Buto”, because after the war “Mataram” Kingdom wrote the famous literature “Serat Damar Wulan” that mention the king of Blambangan is a giant villain. The defeated people of Blambangan make this giant figure king as a hero, not a villain.
“Jaranan Buto” is one of Indonesian folk art that development from the intention of protest or the way to renegotiate the unjustice circumstances about their condition. They travelled from village to village to do their play, although now, this art just for entertainment only.
This project started from the experimentation of two composer with very opposite media, a contemporary digital music composer and traditional composer. We also working with “Jaranan” troupe in several places in Java, to make a performance, documentation and also to get “Jaranan” oral history and its social context
The output of this project is to make music compositions, visual exhibition, performance and video art. The performance held in front of silent movie, and some excerpt of the movie looped for exhibition
Yennu Ariendra: Director, music composer, performer, videographer
J Mo’ong S Pribadi: Music composer, workshop facilitator, performer
Asa Rahmana: Project officer, writer, performer