About

Bambang N Karim

Born in Indonesia, Bambang N Karim is interdisciplinary artist who has worked primarily with digital media for over 16 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 “entitled Waterfalls Plunge Into The Abyss”, or “Air Terjun Jatuh Ke Palung  – through the art residency and collaboration with Sekol Tinggi Kesenian Wilwatikta Surabaya and Pemerintah Daerah Kabupaten Banyuwangi, Indonesia.

In the same year (2016), as media artist, he works for a project entitled “White Daydream” at Fortyfive Downstair Melbourne, presented by Weave Movement Theatre and Yumi Umiumare . It is a poetic project of theatre with disability.

In 2o14 Yogyakarta, Indonesia supported by Australia Indonesia Institute, he took role as Director and Media Artist for interdisciplinary art entitled “Kali” or The River. It is a collaboration work with artist Agung Gunawan from Pacitan, Indonesia and The Regency of Sleman, Yogyakarta.

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.

Short Biography (Less than 120 words)

Bambang N Karim is an Indonesian-Australian interdisciplinary artist by trade who has worked primarily with digital media for over 15 years. Most recently, Bambang took a role as Director and Media Artist for a critically acclaimed interdisciplinary art “Waterfalls Plunge Into The Abyss” (2016). Bambang also worked for White Daydream, presented by Weave Movement Theatre and Yumi Umiumare and PopUp Tearoom Series presenting at Festival of Live Arts 2016 in Melbourne. In 2012 Bambang received an art-residency program from Australia Indonesia Institute and produced critically acclaimed “Kali”. He toured in regional cities in Australia between 2008 – 2011 for Yumi Umiumare’s EnTrance in which he was nominated for a Green Room Award in Projection and/or Video Design category.

Selected Works

  • 2016 – Waterfalls Plunge Into The Abyss. Role: Diector and media artist, Surabaya, Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Supported by Australia Council for The Arts
  • 2016 – White Daydream, Director: Yumi Umiumare. Role: media artist, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2015 – PopUp Tearoom Series, Director: Yumi Umiumare. Role: media artist, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2014 – Two Sides of The Coin, media artist, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2014 – Kali, Director and Media artist,  art-residency program supported by Australia Indonesia Institute2013
  • 2014 – The Serpent’s Table, media artist, Griffin Theater Company with Performance 4a, Sydney
  • 2013 – Vast Deafening Silence, media artist, art residency program at Performance Space Sydney
  • 2013 – Story Lab, mentor, Griffin Theater Company
  • 2013 – The Serpent’s Table final stage development, media artist, Griffin Theater Company with Performance 4a, Sydney
  • 2012 – Jentera, Director,  art-residency program supported by Asialink
  • 2011 – En Trance, media artist, dance theatre, Canberra Street Theatre.
  • 2010 – En Trance, media artist, dance theatre, Star Court Theatre, Lismore in collaboration with NORPA.
  • 2010 – A speaker in a workshop of motion tracking device in combination with physical performer, Star Court Theatre, Lismore in collaboration with NORPA.
  • 2010 – SBS TV, performer, interstitial ad, directed by Glennys Rowe
  • 2010 – I Only Want Two of Every Kind, media artist, Klaten Central Java, Indonesia
  • 2010 – Nomination for a Green Room Award in Projection and/or Video Design for the work in En Trance
  • 2009 – Kodrat, Motion tracking experiments, Metro Screen, Sydney.
  • 2009 – Sakasama, video installation, I-DANCE Festival HongKong.
  • 2009 – Miss Taken, video installation, OzAsia Festival – Space Theater Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
  • 2009 – En Trance, media artist, dance theatre, Malthouse Theatre – Melbourne, VIC
  • 2009 – Melangkory, media artist, TYC Company, Melbourne
  • 2008 – Sakasama, media artist, Pulse, rooftop Melbourne CBD
  • 2007 – Sakasama(multimedia dance film)premiered in OzAsia Festival as a part of ‘Undiscovered Country’
  • 2006 – 3A, video installation, Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park, group exhibition
  • 2002 – 2005 Various design projects and workshops

Artist Statement

Riding on the interdisciplinary art genre, I see my artworks take on the critical view and social commentary of my favorite theme which are identity, women, and the human struggle. My works re-arrange, contradict and juxtapose the way I look multicultural issues (especially, in Australia). My ethnicity background perhaps becomes the trigger.

The benchmark of my exploration is signified by the artworks that using interactivity and incorporating live performance within the realm of digital technology. Often times, the works were rely on the amalgamation process with other art disciplines, varied from texts based art form, installation and performance piece and transform into new layered digital art works .

As I grew as an artist, I come to the creative momentum that my primary duty as an artist is the creator of the works. However at the same time, I see myself as an instigator – as an agent provocateur of the issues. This is where I strive to produce works that able to emote and inspire audience to do something.

My methodology of works affirmed on the structural, methodical, research and development foundation. It is proven that this methodology gives me freedom, a plenty creative incubation period, and satisfactory final pieces that I am confident to show it to the public.

Bambang N Karim

Interdisciplinary Art

Interdisciplinary is an adjective word, and it means relating to more than one branch of knowledge. So interdisciplinary art literally means art that consist of more than one branch (genre) of art.

There are many conventional/traditional art genres, like creative writing, performance art, music, theatre, and visual arts, etc. Through interdisciplinary arts, there are two or more of those genres were amalgamated together into the direction and final product.

Although the term of interdisciplinary art rarely being found in the art history, there are many artists has been doing it. William Blake for example, the classic poet-printmaker-mystic is considered as one of interdisciplinary artist. His works “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” is one of the testaments of interdisciplinary art. In the modern era, video artists Bill Viola, musician-poet-film maker-graphic artist Yoko Ono, and composer-choreographer-director Meredith Monk are the best example of interdisciplinary artist.

Interdisciplinary art is about freedom of expression and honing multiple skills and talent. It is a way to build a bridge among different genre of arts, and any artist whose desire is to investigate and integrate different way in creativity.

The methodology of interdisciplinary arts often relies on collaboration. The product can be a performance art, durational performance art (live art), or video art.