[Tokimatsu’s Delight] The people we met in Indonesia

We met numerous modern-day artist practitioners who grapple with traditional forms and listened to their thoughts, feelings, and how they test their ideas. I could really tell that at the base of their artistic creativity lay an untainted respect and pride in their cultures and traditions. To all of the artists who welcomed us visitors, showed and talked to us about many different things – thank you very much!



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Mas* Bayu
* title used for a young man

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The people we met in Indonesia

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Mas Bayu is a designer who works in batik, a traditional Javanese wax-resist dyeing technique. A very popular artist, he has introduced new designs that have never been seen before.

Amazing work environment!

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Endo and Bayu go way back.

We climbed up a narrow, winding mountain path to get to his home with a lovely view. His studio was set up there as well, and several craftsmen were there, painting a picture.

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The craftsmen were working silently and intently in an open-air space amidst natural light and wind.



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Pak* Wija
* title used for an older man

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He merrily showed us how to manipulate puppets.

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Wija is a dalang who makes unique puppets that nobody else makes. He is the type of artist who realizes whatever he imagines would be fun: animals, dinosaurs, puppets with moving boobs! He even demonstrated an innovative solo wayang style in which he played the music and manipulated the puppets all by himself.

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Huge

His workshop was steeped in a child-like purity and wonder.
His puppet collection is enormous.



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Dibia is a man with many titles: founder of GEOKS Art Space, professor at the arts university, director, choreographer, dancer… As a performer and director, he has a wealth of knowledge and we got to hear countless fascinating stories from him.

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Dibia wearing a topeng (mask). Even the slightest movement has a shocking impact.

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They say that if a performer has “TAKSU” s/he can enchant the audience.

What is TAKSU?
It is a sacred power someone possesses from birth. Your talent blossoms if you enter a practice that suits your taksu.

It made me think that perhaps people who have a vocation have “taksu.”

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Indonesian, Japanese, Indonesian… blah blah blah
Maeda displayed her amazing skills rivaling that of a simultaneous interpreter.
“This must be Maeda’s taksu!”



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Eko is a young designer. He is exploring Indonesia in his contemporary artwork, and he holds a variety of different kinds of art events to promote his work widely among Indonesian communities.

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This is a rehearsal for an original contemporary play using a shadow picture called Wayang Bocor. It was a fun gathering with a happy, harmonious vibe.

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Eko clearly feels passionate love towards his own culture. We were able to better understand what contemporary writers think about tradition.

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At first glance, it looks like a flower-gazing party.



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Ki* Catur
* title used for dalang

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An original puppet in the style of hip-hop. There was also a Lady Gaga and Incredible Hulk puppet.

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They look alike.

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Hoodie
Sneakers

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Catur is a young dalang who is integrating wayang with hip-hop. He also performs traditional wayang. He is developing new stories and formats in order to generate interest in wayang among the younger generation. It was memorable that his work seemed to be not a rebellion against the classics, but in fact a way to pay respects to them.



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Sukasman’s Studio

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It’s like a secret base with sparkling light shining in. Maybe Sukasman was with us nearby.

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There were a lot of thing left behind.

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Everyone listening to the stories of Pak Yoyok who was Sukasman’s old friend and helped out with Wayang Ukur performances.

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We are in the studio of the late Sukasman, a painter and founder of Wayang Ukur. We saw puppets as beautiful as fine art pieces, theatrical devices, sculptures, a giant incomplete sculpture in relief… This space was so full of Sukasman’s spirit, it felt like he must have just been here.



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Mbak* Dewi
* title used for a young woman

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Dewi is a dancer in Bali. She is our guide in Bali and introduced us to numerous significant places and people. She has a very easy-going character and is very cute!

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“This isn’t spicy.”
“It’s spicy!”

She really looked after me by buying me porridge and sweet beverages. She also loaned me a kebaya.

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I didn’t get to see her perform, but I bet she’s amazing…based on her exceptional physique.

5. “Arigato-ya~”
“You’re welcome~
Dewi is also an old friend of Maeda’s. They are tight like sisters. Maeda looked very cute in Bali. (Lol)

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Meanwhile, Endo seems more and more vivacious the longer we are in Indonesia!
“This juice is really delicious, you know.”
His face looks really clear.

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[Footprints] Fieldwork in Indonesia

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