Sriwhana Spong

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Sriwhana Spong, Was Saint Ignatius able to tell the difference between palms and Eucalyptus trees, 2016, HD digital video, sound, duration 12 mins

Sriwhana Spong, Instrument B (Vivian), 2016, made with the assistance of Wilken Schade, aluminium tone bars by Matt Nolan, wood, acrylic, rubber, aluminium, two parts, each 780 x 474 x 402mm

Sriwhana Spong, Im Wintergarten, 2016, Performance still, choreographer Benjamin Ord, dancers Benjamin Ord and Michael John Harper, daadgalerie, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, The Fourth Notebook, 2015, HD video, 8 min 36 sec

Sriwhana Spong, The Stranger’s House, 2013, calico, acrylic paint, 12 x 4.4 m, installation view Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sriwhana Spong, VS!MF!TB!, 2015, Dimensions variable, steel, laminated wood, Installation view, Piet Zwart, Rotterdam, 2015

Sriwhana Spong, Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest, 2015, Performance, DAAD event, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord

Sriwhana Spong, Villa America, 2012, silk dyed in Fanta, two pieces, total 4630 x 16000 mm, Installation view ICA, Singapore 2016

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Beach Study, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video

Sriwhana Spong, Midrose, Soft Frost, 2012, book pages, coloured filter, lighting gel, frame, 430 x 530 mm

Sriwhana Spong, The Purple Blotter, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a Mourner, 2010, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord,
high-definition digital video,
duration 8 min 22 sec

Sriwhana Spong, Muttnik, 2005, super 8 transferred to DVD, 1 min 12 sec

Sriwhana Spong, Instrument B (Vivian), 2016, made with the assistance of Wilken Schade, aluminium tone bars by Matt Nolan, wood, acrylic, rubber, aluminium, two parts, each 780 x 474 x 402mm

Sriwhana Spong, The Fourth Notebook, 2015, HD video, 8 min 36 sec

Sriwhana Spong, VS!MF!TB!, 2015, Dimensions variable, steel, laminated wood, Installation view, Piet Zwart, Rotterdam, 2015

Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Beach Study, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video

Sriwhana Spong, The Purple Blotter, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Muttnik, 2005, super 8 transferred to DVD, 1 min 12 sec

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Born 1979 in Auckland, New Zealand
Lives and works in London, UK

Sriwhana Spong is an artist of New Zealand and Indonesian descent currently living and working in London. She is interested in the fertile margins and the rich edges where things meet, working across various mediums such as sculpture, film, writing, performance, dance, and sound.

Her materials are often inspired by the everyday materials used in Balinese offerings—assemblages that are not made to last and that incorporate formal patterns with informal additions of what is close at hand. Her large silk banners dyed in Fanta, Coca-cola, and tea function more than unalloyed reproaches of global homogeneity through colonisation and capitalism, but also consider the power of collective experience by acknowledging these consumed substances’ effect as being at once toxic and joyous. Her ever-expanding ‘personal orchestra’, an ongoing series of instruments, explores the writing of place, history, and the body through sound.

The formal and informal also meet in her sculptures and films where experiential knowledge, autobiography, and fiction are entangled with carefully researched materials and forms that reflect their particular cultural contexts and sources. Here Spong also draws on the writings of female medieval mystics, attempting to translate their ‘mystic style’—a preference for experiential knowledge over institutionalised knowledge, autobiography, fiction, close observation, and the everyday—into films and sculptures that explore the relationship of the body to language, how it is written, and how it exceeds and escapes this inscribing.

 
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Sriwhana Spong, Was Saint Ignatius able to tell the difference between palms and Eucalyptus trees, 2016, HD digital video, sound, duration 12 mins

Sriwhana Spong, Instrument B (Vivian), 2016, made with the assistance of Wilken Schade, aluminium tone bars by Matt Nolan, wood, acrylic, rubber, aluminium, two parts, each 780 x 474 x 402mm

Sriwhana Spong, Im Wintergarten, 2016, Performance still, choreographer Benjamin Ord, dancers Benjamin Ord and Michael John Harper, daadgalerie, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, The Fourth Notebook, 2015, HD video, 8 min 36 sec

Sriwhana Spong, The Stranger’s House, 2013, calico, acrylic paint, 12 x 4.4 m, installation view Art Gallery of New South Wales

Sriwhana Spong, VS!MF!TB!, 2015, Dimensions variable, steel, laminated wood, Installation view, Piet Zwart, Rotterdam, 2015

Sriwhana Spong, Tasseography of a Rat’s Nest, 2015, Performance, DAAD event, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Sriwhana Spong, Learning Duets, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord

Sriwhana Spong, Villa America, 2012, silk dyed in Fanta, two pieces, total 4630 x 16000 mm, Installation view ICA, Singapore 2016

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Actions and Remains, Installation view, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Beach Study, 2012, 16mm film transferred to HD video

Sriwhana Spong, Midrose, Soft Frost, 2012, book pages, coloured filter, lighting gel, frame, 430 x 530 mm

Sriwhana Spong, The Purple Blotter, Installation view, Michael Lett, 2012

Sriwhana Spong, Costume for a Mourner, 2010, choreographed and danced by Benjamin Ord, high-definition digital video, duration 8 min 22 sec

Sriwhana Spong, Muttnik, 2005, super 8 transferred to DVD, 1 min 12 sec