Bambang N KarimBorn in Indonesia, Bambang N Karim is a media artist by trade who has worked primarily with digital media for over 12 years. Bambang seeks to explore the boundaries of the digital medium through his favourite theme of identity, women, and the human struggle.
Most recently, Bambang took a role as Director and Media Artist for a critically acclaimed interdisciplinary art “Kali” – through the art residency in Yogyakarta, Indonesia supported by Australia Indonesia Institute.
Bambang was the media artist for The Serpent’s Table by Griffin Theater Company, Sydney 2013. In 2012 Bambang received an art-residency program from Asialink and produced Jentera. He toured in regional cities in Australia between 2008 – 2011 for Yumi Umiumare’s En Trance. For this work also He was nominated for a Green Room Award in Projection and/or Video Design category for his work in En Trance produced by Malthouse Theatre/Yumi Umiumare.
In 2009, his collaborative work Sakasama, was performed by Yumi Umiumare, at the iDance Festival Hong Kong. His video installation entitled Miss Taken was shown at OzAsia Festival, Adelaide in 2009 as well.
Sponsored by Full Tilt at the Arts Centre, Melbourne, Bambang initiated a collaborative work with Yumi Umiumare and Tony Yap, entitled 3A in 2004. 3A work has become the benchmark of his exploration in combining live performance and the realm of digital technology.
When not practicing art, Bambang – also known with his nickname BB – is one part designer, one part developer, honing his skill by running a production design business bNd Solutions.
Be Or Not BeBe Or Not Be is an outlet to showcase the artist’s art work, experiments and activities.Selecting an interesting and catchy domain name was become the goal but on top of that the artist tried to accommodate the word “be” as it rhymes with his name.It took times to check different domain name availability and find the right mix of words and letters before finally settling on “BE OR NOT BE.”
The name has references to that famous expression, “to be or not to be” of Shakespeare’s work Hamlet. However, the artist does not really know Shakespeare’s work well.While cooking up the ideas for the site, the artist started to see a big picture of not limiting its function as portfolio site only. So some features were added, including the writings of artist opinion, essay, poetry, review etc in categorical themes found in Mirandised Divine section.Finally, there is a little room for some dialogue so the artist welcome any comments you want to make about what he is doing with his works and this very own beornotbe.com.