A Thousand and One Martian Nights, 2017
38”01’ loop, 16:9
colour, stereo, single-channel video installation with surveillance camera, telematic-twinned
A Thousand and One Martian Nights mixes facts, fiction, and live-stream capture of the screening space. It is a series of stories about the aftermath of a political turmoil taking place in the year 2065 that led to an internment camp on Mars, discussed by the survivors and their children’s generation a hundred years later in 2165. The stories are adapted from the artist’s and actors’ real-life experiences and memoirs, interweaved with NASA footage that documents 1965 as their most successful year thus far in interplanetary research and missions.
This video installation was part of the artist’s solo pavilion representing Indonesia at 57th Venice Biennale, “1001 Martian Homes”, with 2 other works (“Under the Sun” and “Not Alone”), all shown with their telematic twins in a replica of the pavilion in Senayan City, Jakarta, Indonesia.
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR
Ratrikala Bhre Aditya, Dialita, M.H., Cecilia Aditya Indradjaja, Mikael Johani, T.K., Ita Fatia Nadia, Nadia Ng, Hersri Setiawan, Ken Setiawan, Tedjabayu, Tintin Wulia, with various members of the entire production team
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Ratrikala Bhre Aditya, Putra Arif Hidayah, Indra Nurfiansyah, Ridwan Rudianto, Tintin Wulia, Achmad Zaki
Ratrikala Bhre Aditya
Cecilia Aditya Indradjaja, Tomoko Nishizawa, Tintin Wulia
Nadia Ng, Erich Round, Tintin Wulia
Stories adapted from: Contributions to "Living 1965/1965 Setiap Hari" from Mikael Johani, Ken Setiawan, Tintin Wulia and various anonymous contributors; "Memoar Pulau Buru" I (Hersri Setiawan, 2004); "Diburu di Pulau Buru" (Hersri Setiawan, 2006); "Pearls in a Grass Land: memoir of a survivor" (Tedjabayu, work in progress). Footage of space exploration from "Highlights 1965: A Progress Report" (1966), Norwood Studios, Inc. (for NASA), available through a Creative Commons Public Domain License from Prelinger Archives. Music: "Venus, The Bringer of Peace - The Planets, Op. 32", by Gustav Holst (1916).