M E LATI S U R Y ODARMO : P E R F ORMAN C E AS J O U RN E Y – TAASA Review December 2015


This article was originally found in the December 2015 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 24, Issue 4, Page 26).

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Yeehwan Yeoh I n September 2015, Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo (b.1969) premiered a new durational performance piece 24,901 Miles at the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide, which she will reprise at the Asia Pacific Triennial (APT8) in Queensland this year.

Referencing the latitudinal distance around the earth, 24,901 Miles explores the idea of the human journey, and the toil for survival that this can involve (Davies 2015). For 10 hours over two days, the artist negotiated the size and weight of a mattress with her body on a gallery floor covered with sand.

Audiences watched Suryodarmo lie under and on the mattress, lug it around and caress it...