Imaco Live

(2020) 1h’15

WORM OPEN CITY LIVE: IMACO 6 – PHILEMON MUKARNO
The Imaginary Art Collective: The Art of Letting Go
 
Part 1: “Letting go and decluttering”.
Decluttering could be an art form. We often clean up their mental and physical spaces to find new inspiration, freedom and calm. And in a time of isolation, many of us are surrounded by nothing but the objects we own.
Maybe it’s time to ask: what do these items mean to us?
And what stuff do we choose to keep, or let go?
And in our performance space UBIK, a performative estafette (relay race) is taking place.
The artists involved in this relay couldn’t make physical contact, but they could pass on objects to one another. Each artist brings an object, gives a final performance to it, to “say goodbye” and leaves it to the following artist to adopt. The performer becomes the body between the objects.
Each Friday – beginning 12th June – we will release one video performance from the IMACO series. As an audience, you will not see the object until the video performances begin. They will be released via WORM.org and WORM’s Instagram.
Each performance will be accompanied by an interview explaining the artist’s rationale around the exchange.
WORM OPEN CITY LIVE: IMACO 6
PHILEMON MUKARNO
The Imaginary Art Collective The Art of Letting Go
WORM
 
Part 1: “Letting go and decluttering”.
Decluttering could be an art form. We often clean up their mental and physical spaces to find new inspiration, freedom and calm. And in a time of isolation, many of us are surrounded by nothing but the objects we own.
Maybe it’s time to ask: what do these items mean to us?
And what stuff do we choose to keep, or let go?
WORM formed IMACO (The Imaginary Art Collective) to reflect on this topic.
And in our performance space UBIK, a performative estafette (relay race) is taking place.
The artists involved in this relay couldn’t make physical contact, but they could pass on objects to one another. Each artist brings an object, gives a final performance to it, to “say goodbye” and leaves it to the following artist to adopt. The performer becomes the body between the objects.
Each Friday – beginning 12th June – we will release one video performance from the IMACO series. As an audience, you will not see the object until the video performances begin. They will be released via WORM.org and WORM’s Instagram.
Each performance will be accompanied by an interview explaining the artist’s rationale around the exchange.

‘With Philemon Mukarno we enter the mysterious world of musical composition. An art made of sounds, notes and technique: something that happens in the mind and spirit and that is not materially palpable.’

IMACO EPISODE #6: PHILEMON MUKARNO

This is the central “node of the conversation” with the composer, who carries with him an object that all common mortals use, but in his hands it becomes a container of spirituality and technicality: the computer. For Mukarno, the computer is only a means of being able to create his art. Inside it there are many of his most important musical compositions. It was his first computer so the emotional bond is very deep; not for its material envelope but for the art it carries within itself. Conversing with the artist, I perceive a non-attachment to material things. Spirituality and belief in God are the forces that lead him to approach a more mental approach to art. Mukarno is a performer too; but his true calling – and his job – is musical composition, especially electronic composition. Experimentation and technical rigor make the art of Mukarno notable.

The composer devotes himself to works that are commissioned. Probably he spends many hours on the computer to create; in his life, objects are only matter; matter that over time wears out and is destroyed; while art in all its forms remains above all in the interior of people.

Even the decision to break this computer makes us understand that what is important is what has been created inside it. Computers as a means of creating music and spirit.

And it is through the performance at WORM that Mukarno, through a rite of passage, delivers the fragments of an object that was the life partner in the artist’s journey as a composer. To break, to be reborn; not to be attached to an object because it is a means of creating something that remains in our ears and in our heart, soul.

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