Distant Memories of the Void

Gamelan Music Automaton and Visual Installation

Exhibition at the Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen
Theodor-Francke-Straße 11, 12099 Berlin
Opening 22.3.2024 19:00 / Closing 26.3.2024 19:00

Bilawa Ade Respati (concept & music)
Emese Csornai (visual concept)
Adrian Latupeirissa (technologist)

Exhibition Schedule

Opening on the 22.3.2024
with the initial run of the installation at 19:00
followed by a talk
(door opens at 18:30)
Exhibition 23.-26.3.2024:
Saturday and Sunday 14:00 - 18:00
Monday 15:30 - 19:30
Tuesday 15:00 - 18:00
The installation runs in a 30-minutes cycle.Closing on the 26.3.2024
installation runs at 19:00
followed by moderated discussion
(door opens at 18:30)


Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen
Theodor-Francke-Straße 11, 12099 Berlin
U6 Kaiserin Augusta Straße


Distant Memories of the Void is a gamelan music automaton and visual installation. Taking the Gamelan music and shadow puppetry as its starting point, the installation is a performance with the absence of the performers. It narrates distant memories about the One Great Void: one that cannot be perceived by any perceptions, described only through approximations and metaphors. A story unfolds through the synthesis of sound, video, and light. It is primordial yet structured; dense yet empty: a play that unfolds through the perception of its beholder.


The work is funded by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin and supported by Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen. We are grateful for the advice given by Ki Sujarwo Joko Prehatin, Elisha Orcarus Allasso, Trinawangwulan Sudarga, Marius Bratoveanu, and Nina Wesemann.


Bilawa Ade Respati / Concept and Music
Emese Csornai / Visual Concept
Adrian Latupeirissa / Technologist
Sara Enyingi / Photo
John Carlo / Graphic Design
Dico Baskoro / Documentation
Taïca Replansky / Moderation