Surat No. 01: Tari Pulsar

{ Tari Pulsar } [ meaning: ‘Pulsar Dance’ ] was inspired by published interviews with an astrophysicist, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered ‘pulsar’ frequency in 1967. My first essay from the New East Indies Trilogy ponders the awareness needed to maintain harmony between humans and Mother Earth. This outlook is relayed through my own reflections on modern environmental problems and their imaginable solutions. The artwork reflects my awakening consciousness in regards to an ‘Imaginative Vortex’ in the development of our civilization. The basic principle of this imaginative vortex explored a point of view where everything was possible and even chaos could open up new pathways for potential, identity or harmony.


  1. Tessitura: A concept which explored chaos from a positive viewpoint and examined the relationship between mankind and the universe. I took the word ‘Tessitura’ from music, defining a range of notes that offered the best sound texture and the most comfortably produced by a musical source (an instrument or a singer). I interpreted Tessitura using a heated orangutan’s face as my subject. I tried to picture their habitat’s condition enduring from forest fire as a result of human carelessness in overexploiting natural resources.
  2. Filogenesis: Phylogenesis is the evolutionary development and diversification of a species or group of organisms. In my essay, ’Filogenesis’ (Indonesian term) concluded a new change and defined a new identity. I had manifested the meaning of this word into a satirical phrase ‘Orang Gak Punya Utan’ in the same context of an orangutan as the subject. Along with the manifolds of disasters in a forest fire, indirectly orangutans would be losing their rainforests and humans would also suffer the great loss due to the supply of oxygen. Note that this is only a small fraction of the loss.
  3. Deformasi: An attitude towards the interior of self which examined every imperfection and undressed every defect would definitely shock many faces. Through the transparency of this approach, vanity in individualism was deliberately sabotaged to be aware of the importance of taking down the ego, destroying old masks, and forming a fresh character. I visualized this deconstructive attitude in several ink splashes.
  4. Fuga: An attitude to forget perfection, which is hard to obtain, and to see what we have in the present to reach progress. I believed that wishful dreams were never an impossible matter. If it became difficult to accomplish the dream, we just had to repaint our dreams. I visualized this attitude with a composition of pen scratches, chaotically overlapping each other between dreams and realities.
  5. Transgresi: A defensive mechanism within my interiority which I exhibited with peace and discipline to overcome the old- world dogmatic attacks wishing to crush the new spirit. ‘Transgresi’ focused on the development of physical strength which worked side by side with humans’ spiritual maturity in protecting their privileges and territories. I visualized this attitude with a boundary line marked by an uncontrollable dripping ink.
  6. Deviasi: An attitude in problem-solving which was conducted in many directions to reach a higher or a noble vision. I noticed that there was a spirit in our community for a change, where all experiential aspects were redefined. Truth and transparency became an absolute objective, and not the goal of a collective group. I visualized this attitude as a tentacular composition that portrayed an existence with no segments nor prejudice.
  • Format
    1. Short Films of ‘Tari Pulsar’, in which I performed a contemporary dance duet with Davit Fitrik.
      The dance portrayed the imaginative vortex between humans and mother earth.
    2. 2 Serigraphy Editions of tulisaN ORigiNals
      (for the main product line).
      Title: ‘Tessitura’ & ‘Filogenesis’
    3. 8 Serigraphy Editions of TULISAN PRINTS
      (for the secondary product line).
      Title: ‘Deformasi’, ‘Fuga’, ‘Transgresi’, ‘Deviasi’
    4. Book: ‘Surat No. 01: Tari Pulsar’
  • RoleVisual Essayist
    Product & Textile Designer
  • CommencementOctober 2016 - March 2016