Wukir Suryadi

20151109 Wukir

Wukir Suryadi
“Hacking Artworks”
Installation, musical instruments, musical performance
In collaboration with: Ardi Gunawan, Lifepatch, Anti Tank, Arts Music Today

In this work, Wukir Suryadi is working with Ardi Gunawan to make a musical instrument from a work of art that is considered obsolete by the artist. Wukir departs from the same concept as Ardi, regarding how the production process for artworks encompasses material processing, leaving behind waste, or even “rubbish”. Does this rubbish retain a value, symbolic or material, that can be utilised? The musical instruments are played together by professional musicians and composers in an ensemble.

Born 1977 in Malang, East Java. Wukir is an autodidact artist who studied art with Sanggar Teater Idiot, in Malang since he was 12 years old. He started to have interest in experimental music since he studied with a contemporary musical composer, I Wayan Sadra. His traditional art roots has been contributive to his unique characteristic in the process of sound exploring through the process of musical instrument making. It has also been important to transgress the boundary among traditional music, avant-garde and death metal.

He formed Senyawa band with Rully Shabara. With this he has been part of the world experimental music scene. As a musician and co-curator, in 2013-2014, he participated in an art project The Instrument Builder Project with Kristi Monfries and Joel Stern. Wukir has collaborated with many prominent artists, such as I Wayan Sadra, Leo Kristi, Arahmaiani, Melati Suryodarmo, Keiji Haino, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Damo Suzuki, Rabih Beaini. He lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.