The Unifiedfield experimental art space [Yogyakarta, Indonesia]

August 3rd, 2010 |  Published in News

The Unifiedfield collective and art space was opened in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) from March till July 2010. Then it moved first to a cave in Granada (Spain) before settling in an antique building nestled in Granada’s historic Moorish quarters, the Albayzín, where it ran an Artist-In-Residence (AIR) programme till the summer of 2014.

“We had planned for a while the opening of such a space in Spain, but having landed in Indonesia while traveling, we initially found much inspiration and decided after a failed venture with another arts institution in Yogyakarta to open our own space and organization here. The plans for Granada are definitely in the cards, so expect an opening of The Unifiedfield Granada by the end of this year or early next year…”


This was The Unifiedfield‘s opening event in Yogyakarta and marked the beginning of what has been and will continue to be the paving of another roads lesser traveled.

We were fortunate enough on this occasion to have C-drik Fermont giving a presentation on the history of experimental music from Africa, the Middle-East and Asia. Following the talk, C-drik went on to perform as Crno Klank.

As for the video part of the exhibition, we screened English video performance artist Bean‘s wonderful piece titled Sometimes I Feel Like A Pitbull Terrier, this was made during a tumultuous week spent at Nomadic Village festival in the Bulgarian wilderness in the summer of 2009.

Sometimes I Feel Like A Pitbull Terrier from bean on Vimeo.

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For the second event at The Unifiedfield experimental art space in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, we had ‘Habagat’, a video-performance by Filipino artist Martha Atienza as well as The Future Sounds Of Folk presentation by Marc Chia and concert featuring East Javanese musician/instrument maker Bambu Wukir with Stufvani Genis Gula Jawa.


For The UnifiedField´s 3rd event in Indonesia on Sunday 23rd May 2010 the featured artists were the members of The UnifiedField collective. The night commenced with the video performance “In Girum Imus Nocte” by Marta Moreno Muñoz followed by the concert of Marc´s project One Man Nation. OMN performed solo first, then in collaboration with Bambu Wukir for The Future Sounds of Folk 03


For The UnifiedField´s 4th upcoming event in Indonesia on Sunday 06th June 2010 we were very proud to present the video work Bubble by Zeena Parkins and a concert by Singaporean theremin experimentalist Shaun Sankaran

Zeena Parkins, sometimes better known as one of the most accomplished and innovative instrumentalist of her generation (G. Currin of Pitchfork) for her solo harp work as well as collaborations with Björk, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, Ikue Mori, Christian Marclay, John Zorn, Matmos, Cynthia Madansky, Angelika Brudniak, Isabelle Roselini, Merce Cunningham (and the list goes on!) will present her video piece Bubble, a workwhich investigates the sense of touch which strangely mediates the sight-sound-fiction-reality.

Bubble is a 9 minutes HD video by Zeena Parkins performed by Zeena and the Plastic Girls with Erin Cornell and Eleanor Hullihan filmed and edited by MadAngel Angelika Brudniak and Cynthia Madansky in 2009.

As for the concert part of the night, we’ll be treated to the mystical sounds of Shaun Sankaran as he brings us all on a sensual sojourn across unexplored terrains with a mysterious Russian instrument. Shaun will also be giving a small presentation at some point during the night about the theremin as well as inviting audiences to have a little play of this strange electro-magnetic thing. Shaun Sankaran has presented his brand of experimental sounds across the globe under his various incarnations as Mindfuckingboy, Sankara and as the bassist/guitarist of the electro-punk project Elekore.


4 months and 4 events later, The UnifiedField was pleased to announce its final event in Indonesia on the 10th July, before moving the whole operation to a cave in Granada, Spain.

For this ‘closing’ event, we had an extremely exciting and definitely full line-up of experimental music and video-art. The night commenced with the full screening of acclaimed film-maker Cynthia Madansky‘s 15-part experimental film on the Iraq war titled “PSA Project”, followed by the selected videos from The Unifiedfield videoperformance open call done earlier this year. The selected artists include Nerea Martínez de Lecea, Diana Larrea, Nina Boas, Jennifer Campbell and Marta Moreno Muñoz.

Following that was The Future Sounds Of Folk 05, a concert series featuring experimental Indonesian traditional/folk music, part of The UnifiedField collaborative project with Amsterdam-based media institute STEIM. This time we had Sundanese musician extraordinaire Jimbot on kendang, kenong and suling in a three way sonic dual with Bambu Wukir and One Man Nation.

NEXT EVENT: Programme#05 in Granada (Klaus Mähring)