When a person acts with complete confidence, even for insane purposes, it fills a void in us. Charismatic individuals make their followers do insane things by the force of their personalities. It proves the point that the force of a person’s will, of his self acceptance, can be so strong that he can change the view of the masses. He can convince people that what he is doing or saying is beautiful. People become fully accepting in his presence, falling prey to his complete self-acceptance! Later on, they might wonder how they could have fallen under that spell. Self acceptance is very attractive. The one who is most congruent will control the situation. If your frame is strong enough, you can get away with anything. Self acceptance gives you the freedom for fearless expression.
project by Sara Nuytemans and Arya Pandjalu
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2009
The video Treebute to Yogya is a registration of a public performance in the streets of Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The Treebute for the performance is a very unusual motorcycle helmet. An extension of the helmet forms a plant pot, which contains a small tree. Five motor cyclists wore these extraordinary helmets to ride around the streets of Yogyakarta. The motivation behind this work was to create a device that would instantly compensate for the carbon emitted by the motorcycles. The tree on the helmet is a Banyan tree which is known for providing shadow and protection and is seen as a divine tree.
Sara Nuytemans (b. 1970, Belgium) is a visual artist. Lives and works in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her work is a combination of audio visual strategies and mixed reality installation and performances. She explores the boundary between the real and the artificial. Not only does she try to stimulate the viewer's curiosity, making her/him want to discover whether what she/he sees is ‘real’ or not, but she also shows that the line between ‘reality’ and ‘suggestion’ is thin and foggy indeed.
Arya Pandjalu (b. 1976, Indonesia) is visual artist. Studied print making at the Indonesia Institute of the Arts, Yogyakarta, graduating in 2005. His work focuses on social and personal story telling through installation, print making, painting, sculpture and performance. In his works he plays with medium to transfer and transform his ideas.
Since 2007 Sara & Arya make public performances. In 2010 they won the Szpilman Award with the performance Treebute to Yogya.