Travelling South

Travelling South
Intervention / waterproof acrylic paint, stones, tree trunk, framed photos / 2011 - ongoing

Eight painted stones and one tree trunk in the riverbed of the river Opak on the slopes of Mt. Merapi in Kinahrejo will travel south. On average it takes ± 5 years for materials from the slopes of the Merapi to end up in the South Sea. The material will be monitored after floods
(the lahars).

When the Earth was created, Java was off-balanced because of the placement of Mount Jamurdipo on the west end of the island. In order to establish balance, God ordered the mountain to be moved to the centre of Java and renamed it Mount Merapi, literally ‘mountain of fire’. Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. From the Merapi to the South see there is an imaginary line connecting the Kraton in Yogyakarta as the central point between the Merapi and the South Sea. This line ends on the beach of Pirantritus on the place where Sultan Sutawijaya (1584-1601), the first king of the Mataram Sultanate Kingdom, met Ratu Kidul, the queen of the South Sea.

Travelling South is part of a series of 3 interventions.

link to second intervention: Remarking the line
link to third intervention: A perfect line


Travelling South is produced during an art recidency in the autumn of 2011 at Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. (commissioned by Heden in The Hague.)

link to publication: The more you Take, The more I Give
link to recidency: Cemeti
link to exhibition: Cemeti
link to exhibition: Heden