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MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
b. 1969, works and lives in Surakarta, Indonesia

MELATI SURYODARMO 麦拉蒂·苏若道默
2012 (Year of Documentation)
Single-channel video
Performance Video
30 minutes 30 seconds
Edition of 5 + 2AP
MS_5970

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: 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 2015
APB Foundation Signature Art Prize Singapore Art Museum, Singapore 11.14, 2014 -03.15, 2015


Collections
Tumurun Private Museum


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I'm a Ghost in My Own House 2
MS_0038
I'm a Ghost in My Own House 1
MS_4244
I'm a Ghost in My Own House 4
MS_7899
I'm a Ghost in My Own House 3


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