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Instrument Builders Project


The ‘Instrument Builders Project’ (IBP) is a collaboration between Australian and Indonesian artists and musicians in which the artists conceptualise, build, perform and exhibit new works together over the course of a shared residency. The IBP centres on an evolving ‘project space’, with elements of studio and gallery, open to the public throughout the duration of the project, with public programs (concerts, exhibitions, workshops and talks) punctuating periods of experimental ‘free time’.

The works created through the IBP span traditional craft-based and avant-garde forms and practises including experimental musical instruments, sound sculptures, installation, conceptual and instructional works, and live art.

The IBP both responds to and seeks to support the further development of collaborative work between Indonesian and Australian artists.

The first iteration of the Instrument Builders Project was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 24 June – 16 July 2013.

The participating Australian artists were Rod Cooper (Melbourne), Dylan Martorell (Melbourne), Pia Van Gelder (Sydney) and Michael Candy (Brisbane). The participating Indonesian artists were Wukir Suryadi (Yogyakarta), Asep Nata (Bandung), Ardi Gunawan (Jakarta) and Andreas Siagian (Yogyakarta)

The second iteration of the Instrument Builders Project is held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 15 March – 9 April 2014 as part of the Australia/Indonesia Year 2014 .

The participating Indonesian artists are: Jompet Kuswidananto, Wukir Suryadi, Bagus Pandega and Bowo .The Australian artists are Dale Gorfinkel, Tintin Wulia, Peter Blamey and Caitlin Franzmann.

The third iteration of the Instrument Builders Project will take place in Melbourne, Australia from 31 October – 23 November 2014 at The National Gallery of Victoria.

Kristi Monfries & Joel Stern

Host Organisation
iCan (Indonesian Contemporary Art Network)

Text from the Instrument Builders Project website
Pia Van Gelder


Indonesian Contemporary Art Network
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