Culture


Paksi Ireng : A Balinese Artist’s Philosophy on Nature, Disaster and Human Perspective

Art In Bali | Apr 16, 2021

Balinese artist and activist, Marmar Herayukti, shared his philosophy behind his re-introduced work ‘Paksi Ireng’, the Blackbird. An ogoh-ogoh statue that  asks its viewers to question their perspective on nature, natural disasters and how humans fit into the natural world. Man vs Nature The anthropocene. The age of humans, an (unofficial) epoch defined by humanity’s […]

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Hujan Memedi : The Demon of Bali’s Sun Showers

Myth in Bali | Mar 31, 2021

Have you ever wondered how it can rain when the sun is shining? Whilst science has its explanations, Balinese folklore has its very own colourful story behind this phenomenon. We all have heard some strange answers as to why it happens. One popular saying, with southern United States origins, indicates the devil is ‘kissing his […]

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Made Valasara’s Artistic Exploration of Material Potential

Art In Bali | Mar 26, 2021

One of the most enjoyable aspects of observing the Bali art scene is witnessing young artists’ creative development. To grow, budding artists must take risks and experiment. Some willingly embrace change, others less so. An artist’s career is about the journey, not the destination. There is no substitute for dedication, honesty and hard work. Contemporary […]

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Understanding Bali : An Introduction to the Island of the Gods | Episode 16

NOW! Bali Podcast | Mar 23, 2021

Why is Bali the way it is? How is there a solitary Hindu island in the largest muslim country in the world (by population)? Why is its brand of Hinduism different than what is found in India? Why is it called the Island of the Gods? To understand everything we see in Bali today, it’s […]

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Lontar : Bali’s Palm-Leaf Manuscripts

Culture | Mar 23, 2021

Lontar is a literary artefact that has shaped the Balinese culture we know today. Not just any literature,it’s viewed as the island’s intellectual property to which the Balinese turn to for life lessons, philosophies, medicine and more. Since the olden days, the Balinese would turn to this literature when in search of a spiritual progression […]

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What is Nyepi? Understanding Bali’s Day of Silence

Bali's Biggest Celebrations | Mar 10, 2021

How do Westerners open the New Year? With revelry. How do the Balinese open their own New Year. With a full day of silence, called Nyepi. But exactly what is Nyepi? It is the first day of the Saka calendar year and is also Bali’s day of silence. Here, Jean Couteau explains in detail the […]

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Exhibition Highlights Ancient Lontar, A Balinese Artform of Miniature Manuscripts

Art In Bali | Mar 03, 2021

One of the many fascinating aspects of the Balinese culture is the recording of sacred knowledge onto miniature manuscripts known as the lontar. Characters scribed with a sharp instrument into dried palm leaves are then rubbed with hazelnut containing a black dye. The access is removed, revealing fine graphic lines upon the pale beige coloured […]

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Swoofone: A Glimpse into the Future of Balinese Art

Art In Bali | Feb 22, 2021

‘The Island of the Gods’ is an incomparable sensuous experience. Mysterious and captivating, our perception encounters fascinating visual and non-visible layers. Bali’s thriving artistic landscape increasingly contributes an aesthetically potent and relevant dimension.  One young artist has recently impacted the local art scene, initially honing his ideas within the street art realm. I Wayan Subudi […]

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Kang Cing Wie and King Jayapangus : A Bali-China Love Story

Culture | Feb 11, 2021

Bali’s history is always entertaining; facts and truths are often enmeshed with fantasy and mysticism. One such ‘history’ is thhat of Kang Cing Wie and King Jayapangus, significant for many reasons: it represents an important geopolitical and cultural moment between China and Bali; it birthed important effigies of worship, the Barong Landung; and it is, […]

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Black Hand Gang: A Vision for Indonesian Art Printmaking

Art In Bali | Jan 31, 2021

Indonesian society has evolved with an array of distinct visual languages. The wayang shadow puppet theatre is one of the original communication modalities to educate, entertain and capture the multi-ethnic cultures’ imagination. The modern era, however is plagued by digital imagery overload and the urban hubs are saturated with visual advertising pollution. Art calms the […]

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