Bilal

Bilal

Bilal

3 min 4 sec
Single Channel Video
Indonesia, 2006

A still screen from inside the mosque and a traditional drum pounding prior to prayer chant or adzan lasts for twenty seconds for the opening. A man comes, with Mohawk hairstyle, walks inside the frame. He then lip-syncs adzan – the original sound comes from TV. This continuous footage lasts for four minutes.

Bilal is one of the most heavily-screened videos in the last five years in various film and art festivals. It was featured on the 55th Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen, under the theme Unreal Asia (2009). This video reflects the social situation of Asian society, in Indonesia in particular as a Moslem majority country. Bagasworo’s performance as the character as well as the video maker is able to articulate questions of identity of two beliefs within one frame. It sparks a new meaning and reflects the age of free expression after the fall of the New Order regime. This video also criticized centralistic television broadcasting in Indonesia.

Bagasworo Aryaningtyas

He took his journalism study at Jakarta Institute of Social Sciences and Political Studies (Institut Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik, IISIP). He shared several art projects in Forum Lenteng, an organization which he’s linked with, such as photography project JEDA (2005) and a film Cerpen Untuk Filem (2008). His video Bilal was featured in International Film Festival Rotterdam (2008), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2009) and became the finalist in Indonesian Art Award 2010. In 2010-2011, he was one of reseachers for a book Seni Rupa Indonesia Dalam Kritik dan Esai which was published by Jakarta Art Council. Currently he is working for Jakarta Theater Festival and Committee of Theater in Jakarta Art Council.