Creativity for Future/ Uma im Gespräch mit Künstlern, Kreativen, Impulsgebern und Visionären..

Ute Maria Lerner

Creativity for future/ Uma im Gespräch mit der indonesischen Performance Künstlerin Melati Suryodarmo

Kreativität neu entfalten: Nachhaltig, beglückend und krisensicher

21.03.2021 74 min

Melati Suryodarmo,

 (b. 1969, Solo, Indonesia) graduated from the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunscheweig, Germany under the tutelage of Marina Abramović and Anzu Furukawa with a Meisterschüler qualification in Performance Art. Her practice is informed by Butoh, dance and history, among others. Her work is the result of ongoing research in the movements of the body and its relationship to the self and the world. These are enshrined in photography, translated into choreographed dances, enacted in video or executed in live performances.
Suryodarmo is interested in the psychological and physical agitations that may be from the self or the world but somehow result in lasting change the individual. This belief in change or growth through bodily action belies her early induction in meditation, which she continues to practice. The body is the home for memories and the self, rather than the individual itself, and the body’s system. The way the body translates internal and external ideas enriches the attitude and thoughts of the self. Meeting Furukawa, an accomplished Butoh practitioner, had opened her eyes on the expressive qualities of the body, a form of communication that transcends verbal language. This experience has motivated her lifelong studies into Butoh and other artistic forms concerned with the human body. 
As a trained performance artist, presence is integral to the accomplishment of Suryodarmo’s work in all mediums. The senses picks up non-verbal inputs and receive them as communication of intent, emotion, energy or identity. These non-verbal inputs open the door to sensitive and individual perception and the creation of presence. However, everyone processes these inputs differently and interpret them differently based on their unique consciousness. By compiling, extracting, conceptualising and translating some of these factors of presence that she recognises into her work, she intends to tease open the fluid border between the body and its environment. These movements are understood through the metaphor of poets, who similarly assembles words and spaces to create their poetry. 
Suryodarmo draws inspiration from her real experiences in the world. The path of history informs her perception of the everyday and the now. Her works often reflect the process that lead to current events, be it political, global or highly personal. In her abstracted gestures and poetical acts, the presence of each work is brought to a concentrated level of intensity. In abstracting these acts from their common context, they are made to correspond with new associations and sometimes identify radically with different meanings. The works’ abstract narrative throws the spotlight on the audience’s bodily response.  This often results in a level of factual absurdity in the work, which is acknowledged and welcome.
Suryodarmo has presented her work in various international festivals and exhibitions, including Reanacting History: Collective Actions and Everyday Gestures (2017), National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Gwacheon, South Korea; SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now (2017), National Art Centre Tokyo & Mori Art Museum, travelled to Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan; AFTERWORK (2016), Para Site, Hong Kong, travelled to (2017) Ilham Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; East Asia Feminism: FANTasia (2015), Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; 8th Asia Pacific Triennale (2015), Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia; 5th Guangzhou Triennale (2015), Guangzhou, China; The Roving Eye: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia (2014), Arter, Istanbul, Turkey; Medium at Large (2014), Singapore Art Museum, Singapore; Luminato Festival (2012), Toronto, Canada; Beyond the Self: Contemporary Portraiture from Asia (2011), National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia; Marina Abramović Presents… (2009), Manchester International Festival, Manchester, U.K.; Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale (2009), Incheon, South Korea; Manifesta 7 (2008), Bolzano, Italy; Wind from the East: Perspectives on Asian Contemporary Art (2007), Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland. 
Since 2007, Suryodarmo has been organizing an annual Performance Art Laboratory and Undisclosed Territory, a performance art festival, in Solo, Indonesia. In 2012, she founded “Studio Plesungan”, an art space for performance artists to use as a laboratory. In 2017, she served as Artistic Director for Jiwa, the 17th Jakarta Biennale. She currently lives and works between Gross Gleidingen, Germany and Solo, Indonesia.

Artist Statement
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. I try to perceive my surroundings as the fact of
the real presence of now, but considering the path of its history. I try to understand the
language that are not spoken, and opens the door of perceptions. I respect the freedom in
our minds to perceive things coming through our individual sensory register system.
Crossing the boundaries of cultural and political encounters has been a challenge that
stimulates me discovering new identification. An effort to find identity is yet a dangerous
act of losing the ground of origin. For me, the process of making artwork is a life long research
that never stops me to put myself inside the metamorphic constellation. I intend to
touch the fluid border between the body and its environment through my art works. I aim
to create a concentrated level of intensity without the use of narrative structures. Talking
about politics, society or psychology makes no sense to me if the nerves are not able to
digest the information. I love it when a performance reaches a level of factual absurdity.
Melati Suryodarmo’s performances have been dealing with the relationship between a
human body, a culture in which it belongs to and a constellation where it lives. Through the
presence, she compiles, extracts, conceptualized and translates some phenomenon or
subjects into movement, actions, and gestures that are specified to her performance. Melati
Suryodarmo´s performances concern with cultural, social and political aspects, in
which she articulates through her psychological and physical body. Her performances feature
elements of physical presence and visual art to talk about identity, energy, politics and
relationships between the body and its environments.
Melati Suryodarmo studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany
under Marina Abramovic.Suryodarmo has presented her works in various international
festivals and exhibitions since 1996, including the 50th Venice Biennale 2003, Marking the
territory, IMMA Dublin. e.t.c. 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 the arts, Toronto, (2012), Asia Pacific Triennale,
Qagoma Brisbane (2015), Guangzhou Triennale, Guangdong, China (2015); Singapore
Biennale, Singapore, (2016). 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. In 2012,
she founded “Studio Plesungan” an art space for performance art laboratory. She was
working as the Artistic Director of the Jakarta Biennale 2017, one of the core visual arts
biennale in South east Asia.
Melati Suryodarmo CV
Melati Suryodarmo
Desa Plesungan RT03 RW02
Plesungan, Gondangrejo
Karanganyar 57773
Jawa Tengah
Born 12. July 1969 in Surakarta Indonesia
Lives and works in Surakarta, Indonesia
2016 - PhD Candidate in Artistic Research / Art as Practice Phd. at the Institute of the
Arts Surakarta Indonesia
2001 - 2002
Postgraduate Program (Meisterschule) in Performance Art at the Hochschule
fuer Bildende Kuenste, Braunschweig, Germany, under prof. Marina Abramovic
1994- 2001
Study of performance art and sculpture under Prof.Anzu Furukawa, and Prof.
Marina Abramovic. Degree in Fine Art at the Hochschule fuer Bildende Kuenste,
Braunschweig, Germany
Degree in International Relations Studies, Faculty of Politic and Socio Sciences,
UniversitasPadjadjaran Bandung, Indonesia
Exhibitions and Festivals |selections|
- Marina Abramović + MAI Akış / Flux, Akbank Sanat Exhibition Program, Istambulk,
- “Why Let the Chicken Run?”, Solo Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary
Art Nusantara (MACAN), Jakarta
- “Memento Mori”, Solo Exhibition at Singapore Tyler Print International (STPI)
- “Gandari”an opera by Tony Prabowo, as director and choreographer, Graha Bakti
Budaya, Taman Ismail Marzuk, Jakarta
- “Contemporary World”, Naional Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australi
- “Orfeus”, dance choreography, Komunitas Salihara, Jakarta
- “Kontraksi: Pasca Traditionalisme”, pameran besar Nusantara, National Gallery of
Indonesia, Jakarta
- “Arus Balik”, Centre of Contemporary Arts, Gilmann Barracks, Singapore
- “All About Eve”, 2nd Women show at the Indonesia Luxury, Jakarta
- “+63 / +62”, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, the Philippines
- “Luminous Emptiness”, dance choreography in collaboration with Katsura Kan
(Japan), Bo- robudur Writers and Cultural festival, Borobudur, Indonesia
- “Sakhsat”, dance choreography, Solo International Performing Arts (SIPA) Festival,
Solo, Indonesia
- “Sweet Dreams Sweet”, performance, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary
Arts, Berlin, Germany
- “I Love You”, Solo exhibition, Shanghart Gallery, Beijing, China
- “Dance in Asia”, Osaka Creative Center, Osaka, Japan
- “Timoribus” , Solo Exhibition, Shanghart Gallery , Singapore
- “Amnesia” , Performance Klub, Europalia 2017, at S.M.A.K, Gent, Belgium
Melati Suryodarmo CV
- “Tomorrow As Purposed”, Dance Performance, Flammish Royal Theatre, KVS, Brussels,
- “Self Portrait”, group exhibition, Mind Set Art Centre, MSAC, Taipei, Taiwan
- “Re-enacting History: Collective Actions and Everyday estures”, National Museum of
Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Gwacheon Seoul, South Korea.
- “First Sight” at Museum Museum, Jakarta
- “Political Acts”, AsiaTopa, Melbourne Art Center, Melbourne, Australia
- “Sunshower” - Contemporary Art in South East Asia - National Art Centre Tokyo, Japan
- “Vertical Recall” dance performance, as choreographer at the Helatari, Salihara, Jakarta
- “After Works”, Ilham Museum, Kuala Lumpur
- “Behind the Light”, Singapore Biennale, SAM Singapore
- “Transaction of Hollows”, Lilith Performance Studio Residency , Malmo, Sweden
- “Your Otherness, I’ve never been so East”, dance piece, Hexentanz Festival, Sophiensale,
- “Tomorrow as Purposed”, as choreorapher and director of dance production and research
involving dancers, musicians, at Indonesian Dance Festival, Jakarta
- “Melati Suryodarmo” Solo Exhibition at Il Ponte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
- “undisclosed territory#10” as Facilitator at Studio Plesungan
- “ In Silence”, a group exhibition at Pearl Lam Gallery in Singapore
- “Amnesia” - Solo performance and exhibition, Galerie Ark, Jogyakarta, Indonesia
- Paper Trail - South East Asia Works on Paper. Galery Sangkring, Jigyakarta, Indonesia
- After Works, Para-Site, Hongkong
- Costume National : Contemporary Art from Indonesia, Gallerie SAW Ottawa, Canada
- Asia Pacific Trienial 8, Qagoma, Brisbane, Australia
- I See You See Me, Treshold Gallery, New Delhi, Indiea
- Sisyphus, a dance piece choerographed and directed by Melati Suryodarmo at De
SIngel, Antwerp, Belgium
. Sisyphus, a dance piece choerographed and directed by Melati Suryodarmo at Frankfurt
Lab, Frankfurt, Germany
- 5th Guangzhou Trienial and 1st Asia Bienial, Guanzhou, Guangdong, China
- Oz Asia Festival , Adelaide, Australia
- Melati Suryodarmo’s Video Works, solo exhibition, Contemporary Art Centre of South
Australia (CACSA), Adelaide
- FantAsia, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
- ArtJog 2015, In FLux, Yogjakarta, Indonesia
- Tokyo International Performing Arts Meeting, Yokohama, Japan
- “APBF Signature Award 2014 Exhibition” , Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
- “Indonesian Dance Festival 2014”, Teater Kecil Taman ismail Marzuki, Jakarta
- “Marina Abramovic Performance Exhibition”, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
- “Rowing Eye- Contemporaray art from South East Asia”, Arter, Istanbul, Turkey
- “Domestication”, Kayu, Lucie Fontane Foundation, Bali, Indonesia
- “Sensorium 360°”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
- - ArtJog 2014, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
- “Video Art at Loop”, Loop, Casa Asia, Barcelona
- “ArtJog”, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Yogjakarta, Indonesia
- “Fokus+Indonesia”, Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie, Szcezin, Poland
- “K.R.O.P.P”, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala, Sweden
- “China Festival”, Haus am Ufer HAU 2, Berlin
- “Medium at Large”, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
- “Today and Tomorrow: Indonesia Contemporary Art”, Yallay Galery, Hongkong
Melati Suryodarmo CV
- Gambar idoep- video art exhibition, galeri Semarang, Semarang Indonesia
- „development“ group exhibition, at TNS Foundation, Gdansk, Poland
- ArtJog 2013, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
- „undisclosed territory #7“ padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo, Indonesia
- „ Slapstick“, Performance Program, Kunst Museum Wolfsburg, Germany
- re-act feminism #2, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spanien; Akademie der Künste,
Berlin, Deutschland
- „Die auf dem Boden Liegenden, liegen gelassen - The lying on the floor, abandoned to
lie“, Künstlervereinigung MAERZ, Linz, Austria.
- „Pressing“ Fondazzione @videoinsight, Turin, Italy
- „Market Forces“, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong
„I am a ghost in my own house“, Solo exhibition at Lawangwangi Art foundation, Bandung,
„Transart 2012 Festival“, performing John cage‘s Songs Books,in colaboration with Natalia
Pschenitschnikova, MAS Museum Ötztal, Bolzano, Italy
„Homoludens“, group exhibition at Galeri Emmitan; Surabaya
„Tai Ping Quo“, Parasite and Spring Workshop, Hongkong.
„Performance Platform Lubiln 2012“, Galeria Labirynt, Lublin Poland
„Insight“, Group exhibition at Kuntraum, Vaduz, Lichtenstein
„Beethoven Marathon-in collaboration with Stewart Goddyear“, Luminato Festival, Koerner
Hall RCM, Toronto
„Flow“, group exhibition, Gallery Michael Janssen, Berlin
„domestic stuffs“, group exhibition at Galeri Salihara, Jakarta; Cemeti Art House Yogyakarta.
„ZEITGEIST“- Galeri Seni Bataviasche Kunstkring, Jakarta
„Reclaim.doc“, group exhibition at Jakarta National Gallery, Jakarta
„re.act.feminism #2“ - a performing archive at the Galerija Miroslav Kraljević in Zagreb,
Croatia, Museet for Samtidskunst Roskilde, Denmark; Galerija Miroslav Kraljević Zagreb,
Croatia; Instytut Sztuki Wyspa Gdańsk, Poland; Tallinna Kunstihoone Tallinn, Estonia
„Beyond the Self“,McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Langwarrin, Victoria; the
Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, Australia
„Acts of Indecency“, solo exhibition at Art Dept, VWFA Jakarta, Indonesia
„Bienalle Jogja XI“, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
„Beyond Pressure IV“ performance art festival; Yangoon and Mandalay, Myanmar
„Beyond the East: Indonesian Contemporary Art“ Museo d‘arte Contemporanea Roma,
Rome, Italy
„Performance Hautnah“, Kunstlerforum, Bonn
„Performance I Bibliotek“, Kunstbanken Hedmark Kunstsenter, Hamar, Norway
„Kunst Hier und Jetzt“, Algemeine Konsumverein, Braunschweig
„re.act Feminism vol. II“, 2011 -2013, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz,
„Between Sky and Sea III“ Hergla Island, Norway
„hijacking TV“ video exhibition at Gallery Salihara, Jakarta
„Beyond the Self“, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Australia
“Passionate Pilgrim” for House Without Maid Project, curated by Jorge Leon and Simone
Aughterlony, Villa Tobler, Zürich, Switzerland.
„Absence“, Manila Contemporary, Manila, the Philippines
„Almost There“, a dance choreography piece, World Dance Day Festival, at Teater Besar
Institut Seni Indonesia Surakarta, Indonesia
„A Feather Fell down from the Silence“, at R.I.T.E.S, Substation, Singapore
„Negotiating Home, History and Nation“ Two Decades of Contemporary Art from South
East Asia 1991 - 2010, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
„undisclosed territory#5“, Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo Indonesia
Melati Suryodarmo CV
„Performance Art Laboratory (PALA) Project“, Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo Indonesia
“Passionate Pilgrim” for House Without Maid Project, curated by Jorge Leon and Simone
Aughterlony, de Internationale Keueze, International Theater Festival, Rotterdam, the
“Passionate Pilgrim” for House Without Maid Project, curated by Jorge Leon and Simone
Aughterlony, Bern Biennale, Haus der Universität, Bern, Switzerland
„Ugo“ for One Night Stand, curated by Myriam Laplante, Fundazione Volume, Rome, Italy
“Passionate Pilgrim” for House Without Maid Project, curated by Jorge Leon and Simone
Aughterlony, Tanz Im August, Berlin
“Passionate Pilgrim” for House Without Maid Project, curated by Jorge Leon and Simone
Aughterlony, Alcantara Festival, Lisabon, Portugal
"Lilith Performance event", Lilith Performance Studio, Malmoe, Sweden
“Grenzart”, Kirschau, Germany
“Exergie- butter dance – extended” , Asian Body festival, Moderna Dans Teatern, Stockholm
“Passionate Pilgrim” for House Without Maid Project, curated by Jorge Leon and Simone
Aughterlony, Maisson des Arts de Schaerbek, Brussels
“trouble-festival”, Les Halles, Brussels
„Indonesian Contemporary art Showcase“ Art Paris - Grand Palais, Paris
“undisclosed territory #4”, Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo, Indonesia
“PALA Project 2010”, Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo, Indonesia
“Ugo” solo performance at „mobilized Performance Series“, Mobius, Boston, MA, USA
“On the Way”, Artrend, Taipeh, Taitung (Dulan), Kaoshiung, Tainan; Taiwan
“Asiatopia 11th”, Bangkok Center for Art and Culture, Bangkok, Thailand
“Kunstbanken”, Kunsthalle, Hamar, Norway
"International Incheon Women Artists Biennale", Incheon, South Korea
“European Performance Art Festival”, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
“Farewell Angel”, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmoe, Sweden
“International Performance Art Festival”, Turbinen Halle, Giswill, Switzerland
“East West Project via Belfast”, Platform Art, Bbeyond, Belfast, Northern Ireland
“East West Project”, Kaskaden Kondensator,Basel, Switzerland
"CUT - South East Asian Contemporary Photography", Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila
“Art of the Encountering”, Gebläser Halle, Ilsede and Hildesheim, Germany
“Marina Abramovic Presents…”, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester International Art Festival,
Manchester, UK
“InTransit 09”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“Momentum”, Le Bain Connective, Brussel
“Performance Art Laboratory Project” 2009, Bali, Indonesia
“undisclosed territory#3- performance art event” Solo, Indonesia
“Pathological Aesthetic” symposium at HAN, Nijmegen, Holland
„Ex-teresa Arte Actual“, International Performance Art Festival, Mexico City, Mexico
“Intimate Strangers”, with the Damaged Goods Company, Brussels.
“Asiatopia 10 – international performance art festival” Bangkok
“Future Of Imagination 5” Sculpture Square, Singapore
“ZOOM” performance Art Festival, IPAH, St. Jacobi Kirsche, Hildesheim
“Memorabilia”, performance project, TBS, Solo, Indonesia
“Between Sky and Sea-II” Herdla Island, Norway
“Tanz im August/,” Podewil, Berlin, Germany
“Sincere Subject”, SIGIARTS Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Emerging discourse- performance mimicry II”, Bodhiart, New York City
“Manifesta7”, European Biennial, Ex-Alumix, Bolzano, Italy
“Friktioner”, at City Gallery, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden
“MADE Festival”, Nordlandsoperan, Umea, Sweden
“Solitaire”, Solo exhibition, Valentine Willie Fine Arts at Annexe, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Melati Suryodarmo CV
“undisclosed territory#2”, Padepokan Lemah Putih Solo, Indonesia
“Perception of Patterns in Timeless Influence”, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden.
“eBent 07 Festival”, off*ample, Passage de la Paz, Barcelona
“Insomnia”, Nuit Blanche, Le Gènerateur, Paris
Travelogue “Flying Circuss Project”, Theatreworks, Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
“Performance Intermedia”, Sczecin, Poland and Berlin
“The Curtain Opens: Indonesian Women Artists”, National Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Anti Aging”, Gaya Fusion Gallery, Bali, Indonesia
“Erotic Body”, Venice Biennale Dance Festival, Venice, Italy
“15th Performance art Conference”, Bali, Indonesia
“undisclosed territory”, performance art event, Solo, Indonesia
(N)ever Mind, Video Exhibition, Viavia, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
“Wind from the East - Perspectives on Asian Contemporary Art”, National Gallery/Museum
of Contemporary art, KIASMA, Finland
“Disposal on Arrival- Indonesian Contemporary Arts”, Grace exhibition Space, New York,
“Exergie-butter dance”, Performance Space, Sydney, Australia
“Deformed Ethic of a Relationship 3.0 for DormArt” with Oliver Blomeier, Depot, Dortmund
“Accione 06”, Madrid, Spain
“Deformed Ethic of a Relationship 1.0”, with Oliver Blomeier, Galerieturm, Helmstedt
Gipfeltreff, Kaskaden Kondensator, Basel, Switzerland
“Loneliness in the Boundaries”, Solo Exhibition, Cemeti Art House Jogjakarta, Indonesia.
“Exegie – Butter Dance”, Goethe Institut, Jakarta, Indonesia
“Räume und Schatten”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
“Kunst Forum Berlin”,, Berlin
“15th International Electronic Art Festival – Video Brasil”, Sao Paolo, Brasil
“ 19th Festival Grad Teatar Budva”, Budva, Serbia and Montenegro
“Navigate – live art”, BALTIC & Stubnitz, Gateshead Newcastle, UK
“La Galleria dell’Amore”, Galleria Civica Trento, Italy
“Gifted Generation”, HAU1 Hebbel Theater Berlin, Germany
“International Performance Festival Salzau”, Schloss Salzau, Germany
“Retrospective of the work of Egon Schiele – the SHELF” – in collaboration with Marina
Abramovic, Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, Holland.
“Der Sekundentraum – opening of Kunstmuseum Stuttgart”, Wüttembergischem Kunstverein
Stuttgart, Germany
“Nude with skeleton”, MARTa Herford, Germany
“Retrospective” Galerie der HBK Braunschweig, Germany
“7a*11d”, International Performance Art Festival, Toronto, Canada
“Leidenschaft Junge Kunst”, Allgemeine Konsum Verein, Braunschweig
“FAXE KONDI- unzipped time”, Gallery Futura, Prague, Czech Republik
“Cleaning The House -performance Loop”, NMAC Foundation, Jerez Dela Frontera, Spain
“RISK”, Landesmuseum Braunschweig, Braunschweig
„4th International Performance Festival Odense”, Odense
“Live Art brrr”, Teatro Carlos Alberto/Teatro Nacional de São joão, Porto Portugal
“Student Body”, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Galicia, Spain
“Performance in der Kunsthalle”, Fridericianum , Kassel,
“Performance art NRW 2003”, Healing Theater, Köln
“Recycling the future”, group event, Venice Biennale 2003, Italy
Melati Suryodarmo CV
“As soon as possible” Performance and Exhibition, PAC Milano, Italy
“Performance Art Nord Rhein Westfalen”, Maschinenhaus, Essen
“Body Power Power Play“, Wüttenbergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
“The Promise“, Solo Exhibition, Gallerie Gedok, Stuttgart
“Braunschweiger Kulturnacht“, LOT Theater, Braunschweig
“Pret â Perform“, Gallery Via Farini, Milano, Italy
“Body Basic“, Trans art 02, Franzenfestung, Brixen, Italy
“Common Ground“, Landesvertretungshaus Niedersachsen –Schleswig Holstein, Berlin
“Festa dell´arte“, Aquario diroma, Rome, Italy
“Marking the territory“, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
“Get That Balance”, National Sculpture Factory, Opera House, Cork, Ireland
“A little bit of History Repeated“, Kunst Werke, Berlin
“Indonesian Live Art“, Gallerie Mein Blau, Berlin
“Polysonneries, 2nd International Performance Festival“, Lyon, France “von weiß-rosa zu
rot“, Luther Turm, Cologne
“Lullaby for the ancestors“, Solo Performance, LOT Theater, Braunschweig
“Fingerspitzengefühle“, Group exhibition, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen
“Performance Passing Through“, Gedok, Stuttgart
“Anableps“, Group exhibition, Galery Miscetti, Rome, Italy
“ins“, Maximillian Forum, Munich
“Visible Differences - an event“, Hebbel Theater, Berlin
“Spot + Places“, Performance Congress, Healing Theater, Cologne
“Fresh Air“, Group-exhibition, E-Werk, Weimar
“Performance Festival Odense“, Odense, Danmark
“Cardiff Art in Time“, UWIC, Cardiff, Wales, GB
“Unfinished Business“, Group exhibition, Gallery am Lützow Platz, Berlin
“Der Sekundentraum“, Solo Performance, Healing Theater, Cologne
“Braunschweiger Kulturnacht“, LOT Theater, Braunschweig
“Finally“, Group exhibition, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover
“Braunschweiger Kulturnacht“, FBZ, Braunschweig
Dance Performance “Kashya-kashya Muttiku“ with Yuko Negoro (Japan), FBZ, Braunschweig
1988 -1995 various dance and theatre performances in Indonesia and Germany
Up COMING Project/Exhibition
- If We Were XYZ, Creative Common Ground Project, Asia Society, New York City
- Working as Director and choreographer for Opera Gandari by Tony Prabowo, Graha
Bakti Budaya, Jakarta
- Solo Exhiibition, Singapore Tyler Print International, Singapore
- As Panelist at the Ubud Writer Festival, Ubud, Bali
Melati Suryodarmo CV
Honors/ Grants
2017 Art Stage Jakarta Award, Best Artist, Jakarta, Indonesia
2015 Signature Art Prize Asia Pacific Brewery Foundation, Jurors Choice
Visual Artist of the Year 2015, Tempo Magazine’s choice.
Research Grant for the project “Sisyphus” from the Ministery of Culture
of South Korea
2011 Icon of the Year 2011,in Arts and Culture; Gatra Media Indonesia
2008 Grant for Innovative Art Project “Memorabilia” from Kelola Arts Foundation,
Jakarta, Indonesia
2008 Jahresstipendium der Niedersächsische Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft,
(Grant from the Ministry of Culture and Science Niedersachsen
2006 Arbeitsstipendium Stiftung Kunsfonds, Bonn, Germany
2002 - 2003 Graduierten Stipendium, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
2003 Arbeitsstipendium der Niedersächsische Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft,
Braunschweig (Grant from the Ministry of Culture and Science
Niedersachsen Germany)
Other Projects
- As Jury for the Bandung Contemporary Art Competition, Lawangwangi Foundnation,
- Critical Responder for the Asia Dramaturgy Network (ADN), Jogjakarta, Indonesia
- Facilitator for D-LAP II, Studio Plesungan, Karanganyar
- Lecture at the Städelschule, Frankfurt.
- Keynote Speaker at “Conversation” Art Basel Hongkong, Hongkong
- Facilitator for Artists Platform, Goethe Insitute , Bangkok, Thailand
- Facilitator for Platform for Women Artists, Kelola Foundation, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Keynote speaker at Museum Summit, Asia Society, Manila, Philippines
- Artistic Director of the Jakarta Biennale 2017, Jakarta, Indoensia
- Guest Lecturer at the NAFA (Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts) Singapore
Melati Suryodarmo CV
- Art Summit Indonesia , as performance workshop tutor, Padang, Indonesia
- As Curator and facilitator of the “undisclosed territory #10” performance art event at the
Studio Plesungan, Solo, Indonesia
- Keynote Speaker at the International Seminar at the post Graduate Program Indonesian
Institute of the Arts, Padang Panjang
- Keynote Speaker at Seminar on “Artistic reserach” at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts
- Guest Lecturer at the Post Graduate Program, Indonesian Insitute of the Arts, Jogjakarta
- Guest Lecturer at the Post Graduate Program, Indonesian Insitute of the Arts, Jogjakarta
- As panel speaker at the Workshop for young curators in the performing arts at the
Singapore International Festival of the Arts
- As mentor for Double Dance, Dare! Workshop for dance and performance art, Saski
Kirana Dance Camp, Bandung, Indonesia
- Public Lecture at the PKKH, Universitas Gajah Mada, Yogyakarta
- Public Lecture at the National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
- Public Lecture at the Parliement House of Australia, Canberra
- As Curator and facilitator of the “undisclosed territory #9” performance art event at the
Studio Plesungan, Solo, Indonesia
- As Instructure for Lab “Translate,Intertwine, Transgress” Symposium at Moderna Museet,
Stockholm, Sweden
- As Instructure for Workshop at Fort Rotterdam Makassar, South Sulawesi, indonesisa
- As Instrcture for Workshop at the Oksigen Jawa, ITB Bandung, Indonesia
- Project House Club, HAU3, Hebbel Am Ufer , Berlin
- Project House Club, China Festival, HAU2, Hebbel Am Ufer , Berlin
- As curator for „undisclosed territory #8“ performance art event at
Studio Plesungan, Solo, Indonesia.
- As curator for „undisclosed territory #7“ performance art event at Studio Plesungan,
Solo, Indonesia.
- „Pseudopartisipatif Project“, with Cemeti Art House, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
- Performance Art Workshop „beetwen the space“ at the Bangkok Arts and
Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.
- „D-Lap“ dance laboratory, as facilitator, collaboration between Padepokan
Lemah Putih and CCAP Stockholm.
„between the space“, performance art class for graduate and post graduate
program at Umea Konsthogskolan, Umea, Sweden
- Curator for „undisclosed territory #6“ performance art event at Padepokan Lemah Putih,
Solo, Indonesia.
- Facilitator for P_LAP,a performance Laboratory Project, collaborative project between
Padepokan Lemah Putih Solo Indonesia with Galeria Labirynt Lublin Poland; as curator
- Performance art wokshop II at the Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo, Indonesia
- Residency at Manila Contemporary, Manila, the Philipines
- Mentor for EUFRAD (the European Forum for Research Degrees in Art and Design,
Stockholm, Sweden. Workshop for european Phd candidates in artistic research.
- Lecture for the Master Program at University of Dance and Circus,
- Workshop in Mandalay School of Arts during the Beyond Pressure festival,
Mandalay, Myanmar
Melati Suryodarmo CV
- Performance art wokshop I at the Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo, Indonesia
- Lecture and Workshop at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, boston MA, USA
- Workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts - University of Umeå, Sweden
- Artist in Residence at IASPIS Residency in Umea and Saxnas, Sweden
- Workshop at the Academy of Fine Arts - University of Umeå, Sweden
- Panelist for Panel Discussion on Women artists in the era of Post_feminism; Incheon
Women Artists‘ Biennale 2009; at Chinese Center Incheon, South Korea
- Lecture at the Chiangmai University, Faculty of Fine arts, Chiangmai, Thailand
- Lecture at the WIlliam Waren Library, Jim Thompson Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand.
- Lecture at the Dongmen Museum, Tainan, Taipei
- “Is everything performance, is performance everything?”, panel member for Dans Biennal,
Umea, Sweden
- Workshop at the ZOOM Inetrnational performance art Festival Hildesheim, Germany
- Lecture about Organizing Performance Art Labiratory Project, Asiatopia 10th, Bangkok
Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
since 2007
- PALA (Performance Art Laboratory) Project, and “undisclosed territory #1 - #5, performance
art event”as Project manager, Padepokan Lemah Putih, in Tejakula, Bali, and Solo,
- Lecture at the Malmö School of Arts.
- Artist in Studio, December 2007 at Lilith Performance Studio Malmö, Swedia
- “Flying Circus Project” – Travelogue – Superintense- Singapore- Ho Chi Minh City, curated
by Ong Ken Seng, Theatreworks, Singapore
- “15 International Performance Art Conference”, as project manager, in Bali, Indonesia
- Faciilitator for the “Time_Place_Space 5”, at the Queensland University of technology
(QUT) Brisbane, curated and organized by the Performance Space Sydney Australia
- Residency at Grace exhibition Space, New York
- “Focusing the day”, Project with youths in Berlin, HKW Berlin.
Bibliographie |selected|
- “Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design”, Ellen Mueller, Oxford University
Press, New York, 2017; pg. 20-21
- “Political Acts - Pioneers of Performance Art in South East Asia”, exh. Catalogue;
Victorian Arts Centre Trust; Melbourne; 2017; pg. 26 -27
- “Reenacting History” , exh. Catalogue, National Museum of Modern and
Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, 2017; pg 78 - 81
Melati Suryodarmo CV
- “Sunshower - Contemporary Art from South East Asia 1980s to Now “,
exh. Catalogue; National Art Centre Tokyo, Mori Museum, Japan Foundation;
Tokyo Japan; 2017; pg. 110 - 111
- “Atlas of Mirrors”, Singapore Biennale 2016, exh. Catalogue, Singapore Art
Museum; SIngapore; 2016; pg. 54 - 55
- “Asia Pacific Triennale” Exh. Catalogue, CAGOMA, Brisbane, 2015
- “GuangZhou Trienale”, Exh. Catalogue, Guang Dong Museum of Art, China
- Rebecca Russo; „Pressing“ exh. Catalogue; Fondazzione @videoinsight,
Turin, Italy; 2013
- Dominique Lora, „Beyond the East“, Glocal Porject and MACRO, 2011
- Serenella Ciclitira, „Indonesian Eye Contemporary Indonesian Art “ Saatchi,
Thames and Hudson, London 2011
- Prof. Achile Bonito Oliva, „Art Beyond the Year of Two Thousand“, Biasa
ArtSpace Little Library, Bali; 2010
- Elin Lundgren + Petter Pettersson,“Lilith Performance Studio“, lilithperformancestudio,
Malmö, 2010, pg: 82 - 85
- Agung Hujanitkajennong + Enin Supriyanto,“The Grass Looks greener
where you water it“ Indonesian Contemporary art Showcase at Art Paris
2010, exhibition Catalogue; Indonesian Platform/Dedy Kusuma, Jakarta
2010; pg: 96, 97, 98, 144, 145, 146
- Krisna Murti,“Essays on Video Art and New Media: Indonesia and
beyond“, Indonesian Visual Arts Archive (IVAA) Jogjakarta, 2009, pg. 185 -
- Paula Orrell (editor),“Marina Abramovic + The Future of performance
Art“,Prestel Munich-Berlin-London-New York, pg 125; pg 159
- Dr. Yang Eunhee (editor),“2009 Incheon Women Artists‘ Biennale- main
exhibition“ , Exhibition Catalogue, Incheon Women Artis‘ Biennale Organizing
Committee South Korea, 2009; pg: 184 - 185
- Manifesta7, “The Rest Of Now”, Exhibition Catalogue, 2008
- Carla Bianpoen, “Indonesian Women Artists: The Curtain Opens”, The
Indonesian Arts Foundation, 2007
- “Loneliness in the Boundaries”, Works catalogue, Cemeti Art House for
Melati Suryodarmo, Jogjakarta 2006
- Räume und Schatten, exh. Catalogue, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin,
2005, pg 180, 192, 213.
- 15th Festival internacional de arte electronica Video Brasil, Associacao,
cultural videobrasil, Sao Paolo, 2005, pg.148-153, 170-175.
- Emanuela Nobile Mino, “Faxe kondi”, exh. Catalogue, Futura o.s, Prague,
- Jane Kallir, “ Egon Schiele Love and Death”, Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam,
Exh. Catalogue, Hatje Cantz Publishers Germany, 2005, pg 169 &
- Marina Abramovic, “Student Body”, Edizione Charta, Milan, Italy 2003,
pg. 390 – 401
- Else Jespersen, “4th Performance Festival Odense 2003“, exh. catalogue,
International Performance Festival Odense, 2003, pg. 24
- Francesco Bonami, “Dreams and Conflicts – the dictatorship of the viewer,
50th International art exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia”, Exhibition catalo-
Melati Suryodarmo CV
gue, Grafiche Peruzzo, Vegianno for Marsilio Editori s.p.a in Venice, pg.
- Jens Hoffmann, “ A little bit of history repeated”, exh. Catalogue, Kunst
Werke Berlin e.V, Berlin, 2001, pg.36,37
- Boris Nieslony , “E.P.I Zentrum NRW”, ASA-European, Cologne
- Michael Glasmeier und die Meisterschüler 2002,”Meisterschüler 2002 –
Zeichnungen” exh. Catalogue, © Michael Glasmeier und die Meisterschüler
HBK 2002, pg. 91-96
- Mario Candia and Stefania Miscetti, “ANAPBLEPS“, exh. catalogue, Gallery
Miscetti, Rome, 2000, pg. 38, 116
- Else Jespersen, “Performance Festival Odense 1999“, exh. catalogue,
Performance Festival Odense, 1999, pg. 44
- Hannes Malte Mahler für Agora, “Fresh Air“, exh. catalogue ,Salon Verlag,
Cologne, 1999, pg. 96-98

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