Residencial Workshop with Agung Gunawan
Pelem Village, East Java, Indonesia
Sampang Agung Centre for Performing Arts (SACPA)
The residency offers various platform to practice and experiment, such as forests, rivers, oceans, caves and rice fields. At the workshop, international and local Javanese artists are invited to exchange their philosophies, perspectives, multi-disciplinary artistic expressions and accumulated wisdom and experiences during the program.
Agung uses the analogy of water to illustrate this: the water of our backyards, rivers, lakes, oceans are all unique and different, yet essentially it is the same water. Likewise, we human beings are essentially the same, despite of where we live, what we eat and what we believe in. What are the differences between traditional and contemporary ways of living and thinking, between one culture, religion, belief, daily practice and another, between socially accepted states of consciousness and altered states of consciousness? What exists in these 'betweens' or are they something 'beyond' our normal understanding? How do these questions directly or indirectly affect and cultivate artistic practice?