The Academy Art Museum presents Bodyphones and Jiwa dan Raga, immersive installations by Aaron Taylor Kuffner (1975). Kuffner is an American born conceptual artist, based in New York. The artworks’ mission is to expand the legacy and creative cultural power of the traditional Indonesian gamelan through innovation. The Gamelatron Project exposes us to the rich and profound nature of resonance and its effect on the psyche. It strives to create harmony in the tension of fusing the East and the West, the Modern and the Ancient. The Gamelatron’s contrasting materials and mechanisms tell us a story of globalization and modernization.
Kuffner re-contextualizes tradition and grants artistic license to creatively re-engineer its potential role in a changing society. He uses exhibitions of the Gamelatrons to create sanctuaries both in public and private spaces. He views the body of the work as an offering to the observer. Kuffner’s work is collected worldwide. His recent exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, Time Square and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.
September 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020