P E N J A G A
An Art Installation by Kaleidoscope Studio
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Team Kaleidoscope are set to make a Bruneian debut at Installation Art by the Bay at KK 2017. Their installation, titled “PENJAGA,” will be the first from Brunei featured at the event in its 4-year history.
The theme of the exhibition is “Eco Art Connects” and the installation by KS.bn draws inspiration from local culture and traditions. With a design reminiscent of the fish trap ‘bubu’ and the mosque domes in Brunei, local market-sourced nipah leaves are used to weave a shelter over a recycled wood framework. The asymmetrical shape of the shelter is meant to represent the changing ways of life in Brunei. Penjaga also features sounds recorded at Luagan Lalak Forest Recreational Park, to connect viewers with the sound of Brunei’s natural environment.
The installation will be shown for the whole of Installation Art by the Bay at KK 2017 from 15th September to 18th September, at the Segama Waterfront in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, alongside art installations from teams from around the world.
We want to connect viewers with our Bruneian culture, and also reveal our amazing natural environment.
We also want to show that innovation can also be applied to culture - that innovation, art and knowing ones roots can go hand in hand, to open up new perspectives, raise awareness and affect
THE ART PIECE
Made out of natural materials (wood and nipah leaves), PENJAGA is essentially a shelter / observatory where viewers can experience or view the surrounding Environment in a different way. It is approx. 9ft x 9ft x 5ft.
Initial Sketch Up draft of PENJAGA
GETTING BACK TO OUR ROOTS
For the past few weeks the Kaleidoscope Team has been learning traditional weaving with nipah leaves - a technique that has been used mostly for creating mats and baskets.
In our process we have not only learned our own traditional ways of creating a roof, but also a few other different ways such as using big coconut leaves by a Bengali worker.
Discarded wood was found and used to make our framework on which the 'anyaman' will cover. We have also been going out to mostly untouched natural environments in Brunei to gather sound recordings that will be open for downloads as people go into our observatory.
Learning, Observing, Making
" Working on Penjaga for the past one month has to be the most valuable experience so far. We get to learn a few different ways of weaving, from a lady selling weaved baskets at Tamu and a Bangladeshi worker. When we were learning to weave I felt a connection with my late grandmother – my mom mentioned that my grandmother used to weave too. "
Travel, Experiencing, Installation
INSTALLATION ART BY THE BAY, KK
A public Community Interactive Art Program
Installation Art by the Bay is a yearly event where the public is encouraged to engage and appreciate installation Art. It is also an exhibit that raises awareness about environmental issues.