From 3D Shadows in Wayang Kulit to Vibrato Effects in Bundengan: Traditional Art meets Modern Technologies
Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation
Swanston Street, Carlton
Humans have used acoustical, optical, mechanical and electrical phenomena to embody art objects and expressions in the form of music, sculptures, paintings, poems and performances. By understanding the physics phenomena, we can gain fresh insights on how to better design, analyse and conserve these objects and expressions.
The first case to be discussed in this lecture is the design and analysis of shadow images in Wayang Kulit. The second case is the improvement of the musical playability (and how it affects the conservation) of the bundengan, an endangered musical instrument. Dr Gea will examine how the dynamic movements of both the shadow puppets and the musical instruments strongly determine their artistic quality. These two cases from Indonesia demonstrate how the dynamics of art objects and expressions provide a more complete insight compared to its static counterpart.