Iwan Wijono

b. 1971, Solo, Central Java

While studying international law (he graduated from Indonesian Islamic University) and painting (Indonesian Institute Of Art) in Jogjakarta (Indonesia), Wijono became active in the pro-democracy movement against the Soeharto regime. In the 1990’s he became known as a pro-democracy street performer with (or without) political demonstration. Besides a political awareness, Wijono gained an aesthetic understanding that performance art was a milieu that could be undertaken anywhere and was not restricted by exhibition space, public or even the time of the activity. His early performance art interventions evolved to include arts events both locally and internationally throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas. 

Wijono, president of the contemporary art organization in Jogjakarta, Performance Klub, which is organized monthly action art event as WED ACTION (2003, 2005), AMBULANCE ART FESTIVAL ’05, annual action art activism in public communities as PERFURBANCE Performance Art Urban Festival, beside another public action art event in down town as CHAOS DAB! Widjono is member of TAV The Artists Village (Singapore), member international performance art movement New World Disorder International, redaction board INTER arte actuel magazine, Quebec City (Canada), registered as spiritual healer in the World Pranic Healing Foundation.

Iwan Wijono has participated in several important art events, including: LIVE Performance Art Biennale (Vancouver, Canada, 2007), In The Context Of Art–The Differences, (Warsaw, Poland, 2006), FOI / Future Of Imagination (Singapore, 2003), ASIATOPIA Performance Art Festival (Thailand, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007), NIPAF / Nippon International Performance Art Festival (Japan, 1999, 2004, 2010), Havana Biennale (Cuba, 2001), 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival (Toronto, Canada, 2002), RIAP / Recountre Internacional Arte de Performance (Quebec City, Canada 2004), Novena Muestra Internacional de Performance (Mexico City, Mexico 2000), PAN ASIA ’10 (Gwangju, Incheon, Korea, 2010).

The Rootless Man by Iwan Wojono

Iwan Wijono’s The Rootless Man is curated in the context of FADO’s Public Places / Private Spaces series. The performance is presented at the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

In The Rootless Man, Iwan Wijono considers the commodification of culture and the destruction of nature, using a remote-controlled toy dump truck filled with earth. Wijono writes about his concerns:

“We live on the earth, we need the earth; we need food and water from the earth. But modern people little by little have distanced themselves from the earth; they want to conquer the earth, benefit and profit form the earth without having to take care of it properly. Most modern people from morning til night do not even touch the earth, everybody wants to be a businessman or millionaire, nobody wants to be a laborer or farmer, nobody wants to get their hands dirty. Forests have been felled in the name of industry, villages increasingly become cities or ghost towns, where villagers move to the cities. When the earth is plagued by disease, there are no longer any forests or clean water, dollars can buy nothing!”

A second performance, Body for Rent / Body for Auction, will take place between November 7 and November 9 as a public intervention at local malls in Toronto. The artist will offer his body as a commodity for public sale. Audience members can negotiate to “rent” Wijono’s body for a purpose and length of their choosing.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer