“Grobak Padi” by Michael Hornblow, Agung Gunawan, Tony Yap

  • ©, Michael Hornblow, Agung Gunawan, and Tony Yap, Grobak Padi
  • ©, Michael Hornblow, Agung Gunawan, and Tony Yap, Grobak Padi
  • ©, Michael Hornblow, Agung Gunawan, and Tony Yap, Grobak Padi


    Grobak Padi

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Artist Statement:

    Live-link video-installation environment and 20′ performance

    Parramatta Riverside and Alun Alun Kidul, Yogjakarta – 14th & 15th June 2013, College of Fine Arts and Alun Alun Kidul, Yogjakarta – 16th June 2013

    Feeling peckish – and chatty? This intimate exchange between cultures and cities dishes up a live fusion of food, film and dance between Australia and Indonesia. A fleet of ‘gerobaks’ – traditional Indonesian food carts – is linked between Sydney and Yogyakarta (Central Java) through multi-channel video streaming, alongside in-cart video art and a multimedia dance environment. Exploring qualities of openness and connection, Grobak Padi centres upon a mode of relating that is open to life, to things both being themselves and belonging together. The gerobaks are the life-blood of Jogja’s streets, while images of the padi, or rice field, come to evoke a sense of gratitude, for appreciating the abundance we already have. Don’t miss this chance to share a meal, and more, with our closest neighbours!

    Created by Michael Hornblow, Tony Yap and Agung Gunawan. Hornblow, Gunawan and Yap have been working together since 2008.

    Choreographed and performed by Tony Yap and Agung Gunawan
    Creative Director, Producer and Video Installation Artist: Michael Hornblow
    Video Streaming Producer: Martin Renaud
    Production Manager: Michelle O’Brien
    Technical Director: Ian Andrews
    Community Liaison and Online Media: Rully Zakariah
    Indonesian Production Managers: Bimo Suryojati and Altiyanto Henryawan
    Cooks: the Indonesian communities of Sydney and Yogyakarta
    Produced and presented by 5 Foot Way, ISEA2013, Parramatta City Council, Metro Screen and Multicultural Arts Victoria


    Supported by Parramatta City Council, Metro Screen, Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, the Australia-Indonesia Institute, Performance Klub (Yogjakarta), CAKE Productions, Melbourne Festival and the Playking Foundation.


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