Aii Wijaya & Ikbal Lubys

by Aii Wijaya & Ikbal Lubys



»Palm oil is a slow moving liquid , but many things are moving and changing very fast due palm oil production. It changes the environment, social, political, economic, people's mindset, habit and life. Ironically, the largest producer of palm oil in the world uses only 20% of its production, but the ones who receive the greatest impact directly. Such as a coin, this magical fruit have two different faces  that only one can choose from.


The visual, audio, and interview materials collected during the research will be arranged on stage. For the performative part of our stage play, we are first interested in the characteristics of palm oil as a thick and »slow« liquid. In contrast, environmental changes through slash-and-burn and deforestation are very »fast« processes. Changes in cultural patterns in society due to the palm oil industry also proceed according to very specific time regimes. We want to deal with these time regimes with the means of time-based performance art, sound art and visual art.

Political conflicts between local communities, economic interest groups and politicians over land rights and use also play a big role. The first time we saw the oil palm plantations was from an airplane. Visually, it's very interesting, like a very wide, tightly woven carpet. Later, as we drove from the capital of Malaysia to the southernmost tip of the country almost exclusively through oil palm plantations, we became interested in the history and cultural and social impact of palm oil production, changing people's consumption patterns due to industrial propaganda, especially in our home country of Indonesia.

It's an interactive installation performance with poetry ›Cit..cit..doorr…krekek..‹ by Kristiandi Tanumihardja, taken from ›Friction‹ book by Anna Haupt Tsing, 2005. Several sound sources are installed in the tube. Since the oil is a thick liquid, the sound-producing movements of the performer in the oil will look like slow motion, but the electronic musical instruments he plays while doing so will produce sound textures that are very fast. Behind the viscous, slow nature of palm oil, are the rapid processes of destruction of our planet, its environment and its cultures.«

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Ikbal Lubys and Aii Wijaya have been working as a duo since 2007, cross-disciplinary sound and visual art project based in Yogyakarta. At 2008 they founded Ethnictro, one of the Yogyakarta based creative space with focuses on sound, performance, and music education. While developing their space, they are also works for their own each project until now. Most of their works are about social issues, urbanism, history, and environment which presented through music media, sound art, and three-dimensional installation works. A lot of learning from the previous projects about the difference of life, the way of thinking, and cultures. The main interest is a changes in people's way of life, how the modernism and capitalism changes the traditions and cultures.

Ikbal Lubys is an Artist, Musician, Guitar Explorer, Builder, Improvisator, and Sound Artist. He was born in Malang. Formally trained western classical music and classical guitar at Indonesian Institute of Art (ISI) Yogyakarta. His work evolves transforming social issues, images, and three dimensional forms in to sound in various presentation formats.

Aii Wijayanti Anik is a multidiscipline artist. Basically she is a visual artist, her works mostly about body and anatomy by representing them through painting and installation using electronic, media art, and science. While her study formally trained at visual art faculty Indonesian Institute of art Yogyakarta, she also rooted in her local music scene. She explored between sound and visual and she has a big interest in performance. Recently she work as an art director and producer. 

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