Riar Rizaldi: Liturgy Mix
Jun 09, 2021
A mix by Riar Rizaldi accompanying the launch of Flora Yin-Wong's first book Liturgy (Primary Information x PAN).
1. Nursalim Yadi Anugerah - Music 03 (from radio drama The Right to do Nothing)
2. Riar Rizaldi - Isla Formosa (unreleased/unpublished)
3. Nursalim Yadi Anugerah - Soundtrack 02 (from film Tellurian Drama)
4. Iman Jimbot - Outtakes (from behind the scene Tellurian Drama)
5. DJ Soulscape - Love is a Song
Riar Rizaldi works as an artist, filmmaker and amateur researcher. Born in Indonesia and currently based in Hong Kong. His main focus is on the relationship between capital and technology, extractivism, and theoretical fiction. His works have been shown at Locarno Film Festival, BFI Southbank London, International Film Festival Rotterdam, NTT InterCommunication Center Tokyo, Centre Pompidou Paris, Times Museum Guangzhou, and National Gallery of Indonesia amongst others.
Liturgy is a journey into the uncanny realm of the senses that dives into histories of perception and intuition. Divining inspiration from meditation, oracles, curses, hexagrams, Cantonese traditions, and superstitions, Flora Yin-Wong interweaves textual and visual collage to create a multi-layered tonality exploring issues related to cosmic principles, conspiracies, and parallel universes. The book’s chapters—Rituals & Fire; Omens; Hexagrams / Oracles; Curses; Gods & Creatures; Places Doors to Hell / Ghost Cities; Paradoxes; Sound Phenomena; Reality—form a constellatory work filled with religion, dreams, and fragmented memories and knowledge that also gestures at the artist’s own history. Reflected here is the multidisciplinary artist’s interest in the web between fiction, memory, rituals, and incantation, as well as her approach to sound.
On Friday 2 July, Ignota hosts Flora Yin-Wong to launch Liturgy at Cafe OTO, with a performance by Lucinda Chua and music selected by Flora, Riar Rizaldi and Laila Sakini.
Ignota Recommends: Exhibitions (June)
Jun 08, 2021
As June brings more lockdown easing, Ignota shares a (non-exhaustive) list of shows we’re excited to see this month.
11 June – 24 July 2021
“Soot Breath // Corpus Infinitum is a film dedicated to tenderness. It reproduces a radical sensibility we learned from listening to the blues, from listening to skin, to heat, and from listening to echoes, listening itself.
We ask, could tenderness dissolve total violence? Could tears displace total extraction? Towards this we reimagine the human and its subject-formation away from predatory desire and lethal abstraction, away from the mind and eyes and noble senses, away from total extraction and its articulations as ethnography, border regimes, slavery, sexual abuse, trade and mining.
Instead we turn to skin, resonance, and tenderness as the raw material of our reimagined earthy sensibility. Remembering that to be tender is to soften like supple grass, and to attend to is to care for, to serve. Serving, we know is the opposite of slavery just as violence dissolves with care.”
Mercedes Azpilicueta: Bondage of Passions
19 May – 4 July 2021
“Calling herself a 'dishonest researcher', Azpilicueta creates work in conversation with archives and libraries, myths and legends. In pursuit of elusive historical figures, she uncovers queer, migrant and unheard voices from South America’s colonial past. Created in close collaboration with historians, dancers and craftspeople, her installations take the form of dramaturgy involving set designs, theatrical props, costumes and scores for a performance that doesn’t yet exist, and where the viewer is invited to take centre stage.
The exhibition offers a speculative vision of Catalina de Erauso, the so-called Lieutenant Nun. In the early 1600s, Erauso escaped convent life in the Basque Country and travelled to the New World, where s/he lived under several male identities and became a ruthless conquistador at the service of the Spanish Empire, obtaining the Pope’s blessing to pursue life as a man.”
Gary Zhexi Zhang: CYCLE 25
Bloc Projects, Sheffield
4 June – 3 July 2021
“From imaginary nations to the economy of the sun, the artist uses found artefacts, at once real and fictional, to explore the occult foundations of legal and financial systems. The exhibition takes its title from the number of the current solar cycle – patterns of magnetic fluctuation on the surface of the sun – which began in December 2019 and is expected to continue until 2030.”
Jade Montserrat: In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens
Bosse & Baum
5 June – 24 July 2021
“…guided by my heritage of a love of beauty and a respect for strength, in search of my mother’s garden, I found my own”. Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens (1972)
“Jade Montserrat’s first solo exhibition at Bosse & Baum, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, takes its title from Alice Walker’s text. The exhibition will include new works on paper by the artist. Walker’s text helps readers to locate Black women’s bodies as those shaped and ravished by a legacy of an inhumanity and centres the garden as a tenet of creativity towards healing. Convinced that there is a connection, or line, between ourselves and the earth, and that line, like our communications with one and another, is drawing, Montserrat works through these ideas as a way to harness acts of radical creativity.”
Tosh Basco FKA Boychild: Portraits, Still Lifes and Flowers
Carlos / Ishikawa, London
29 May – 3 July 2021
“Gathered from a never-before-seen collection of Basco’s intimate chronicle of daily life, these snapshots function as a record of a specific moment in the artist’s complex relationship to cameras. Flattened within the frame like pressed flowers, Basco describes the stacks of photos being like memory banks in which ‘everything is touching, rubbing into everything else…dancing and disappearing and reappearing like electrons in an atom, coming in and out of focus...’”
Ignota Recommends: Exhibitions (May)
May 11, 2021
As lockdown eases and venues re-open, Ignota shares a (non-exhaustive) list of shows we're excited to see this month.
Zadie Xa: Moon Poetics 4 Courageous Earth Critters and Dangerous Day Dreamers
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
18 May – 4 September 2021
“Drawing from a range of fields including ecology, science fiction and ancient religions, Xa explores how beings imagine and inhabit their worlds. The exhibition tells the story of animal kinship as a survival strategy to save an ailing planet. The concept is based on the Korean shamanic tale of Princess Bari, who travels to the underworld in search of life-saving water to cure her dying parents. Take a journey through multiple dimensions led by five animal guides who speak of the damages caused by industry and resource extraction. They call upon us to recognise the interconnectedness of every lifeform on earth and to take action, before it’s too late.”
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy
Whitechapel Gallery, London
19 May – 29 August 2021
“Whether dancing on the rooftops in Paris, sharing ideas with Pablo Picasso, or gathering starfish on the beaches of Cornwall, Eileen Agar (b.1899 Buenos Aires – d.1991 London) transformed the everyday into the extraordinary. Her unique style nimbly spanned painting, collage, photography and sculpture, even ceremonial hats. Combining order and chaos, Agar’s work fuses vivid abstraction with imagery from classical art, the natural world, and sexual pleasure.”
Here Be Dragons, a Reprise
Copperfield Gallery, London
14 April – 28 May 2021
“The ocean is often identified as a void, as a great moat that divides territories, defines distances and sets trajectories. When people talk about remoteness and about distant places on the other side of the ocean, they unconsciously locate their position as the central point of global reference. From our land-based perspective, we perceive the geographic and political space around us taking only the surface into account: what we see on the horizon and what is measurable from a static, onshore point of view. These exhibitions propose a process of unlearning the way we conceptualise space, rethinking it from an ocean-based perspective that embraces a relational understanding of the sea and celebrates its complexity as an indivisible entity in constant transformation.”
Spirituality & Abstraction In Post-war Europe
Hanina Fine Arts, London
21 April – 31 July 2021
“The influence of ‘occult’ Theosophy and esoteric thought upon pioneers of abstract art in the early twentieth century such as Kandinsky, Kupka, Malevich and Mondrian has been almost erased from modern art history. But it is evident that Theosophist writings such as Annie Besant amd Charles Leadbeater’s ‘Thought Forms’ (1901), and ‘Man Visible & Invisible’ (1902), along with the teachings of their protégé Rudolf Steiner, were fundamental to these artists' motivations, in giving expression to the spiritual dimension and manifesting the ‘universal mystery’ through ‘art’. This exhibition looks at how spirituality continued to be an important source of inspiration for artists in the post-war years, not least Claude Bellegarde whose abstract ‘Chromagraph’ paintings derived from spiritual resonances, linked to Besant & Leadbeater's Theosophist ideas and vibrant diagrams of aural energies along with their ‘Key to the meaning of colours’, which defined the spiritual symbolism of the spectrum. Bellegarde became a devotee of Krishnamurti, (whose guru status had been created by Leadbeater's messianic proclamations on ‘discovering’ him as a child.)”
CFGNY: Collecting Dissonance
Auto Italia, London
21 May – 22 August 2021
“The exhibition takes a new capsule collection of garments is presented as a part of a sculptural installation, which employs motifs and visual languages drawn from the CFGNY’s ongoing examination of the economic and social contexts of ‘cuteness’: subcultural commodity aesthetics that include kawaii (かわいい) in Japan, Kě’ài (可爱) in China and Aegyo (애교) in South Korea. These cultural phenomena have been transformed into global economic exports, which are readily consumed and appropriated across Asia, the US and other Western economies. In this show, haphazard and patch-work sculptural constructions highlight an experience of hijacking, misusing and bootlegging authenticity, questioning established understandings of value and time. Through the use of atypical, recycled materials, these works embrace incongruity and polyvocality.”
Yu Ji: Wasted Mud
Chisenhale Gallery, London
22 May – 18 July 2021
“Motivated by an acute sensitivity to materials, Yu Ji’s work explores a tension between physical matter and energy. Recurring materials used in her work, such as cement, wood, metal, plastic and organic matter all have their distinctive characteristics, tactility and ‘temperatures’. In her installations, these materials oppose, rub and strike against one another; proposing by their proximity how they might merge, combine or absorb one into the other.”
Richard Porter: Night Glyph
Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London
21 April – 29 May 2021
“Oil painting and sculpture... form an interlocked network of energy systems and symbols, collected and gathered in the artist’s studio over the course of the last year. Inspired by Buddhist teachings of ‘emptiness’ and ‘non-attachment’, Porter’s work explores a desire for truth and cosmic equilibrium through various processes that prioritise stillness and care. Gestures on canvas move between empty space, energy lines and symbolic forms, such as candles and birds’ nests. Porter draws from a myriad of pagan, Buddhist and Hindu symbols, and their relationship to the natural world. In one painting, flowers fall from a dark hole in the sky. In another, tremulous lines of vivid colour encompass and contain a field of emptiness. The alignment of these symbols does not point to a particular dogma, but rather posits mystical representations of what cannot be known through his own assembled ecology of symbols.”
Imran Perretta: the destructors
The Whitworth, Manchester
19 May – Autumn 2021
“A new 2-screen film by London-based artist Imran Perretta. Drawing on the artist’s own experience as a young man of Bangladeshi heritage, the film explores personal and collective experiences of marginalisation and oppression. Shot on location in Tower Hamlets, East London, it reconsiders the figure of alienated male youth, exploring the complexities of ‘coming of age’ for young Muslim men living in the UK.”
Lubaina Himid: The Mourning Kangas
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool
27 March – 19 June
“Made during the UK’s first lockdown period... Himid’s ‘The Mourning Kangas’ shows the artist’s ongoing interest in the visual language and communicative power of kangas; colourful patterned fabrics worn by people, mostly women, all over east Africa. In this latest series of kanga paintings, iconography recurrent in her work is joined by motifs such as a cage and a speed camera; imagery that speak to limits and containment and of the times in which the works were made.”
Spring Healing Herbs and Plants by Paige Emery
Mar 12, 2021
Opening to Plants
What does healing with plants look like within a Western capitalist society? One that infiltrates the interior self and creates external barriers, disabling access to relationships with both the ecology of our bodies and the ecology of plants? To be receptive to plants, we have to soften these walls within ourselves. Through sensuous awareness, we can pave the way to forms of healing and communication we might not have previously been comfortable with.
Being in tune with our bodies, and the landscapes we inhabit, has been our prevalent mode of existence since the beginning of human time. But opening up to relationships with plants does not have to mean regression. It means finding new ways to coexist in these exponentially changing times. What does listening mean in an era of overstimulating noise? Exhale the noise, inhale sensing the cartography of internal landscape. Pause high-speed externalities and feel slowness, acquiescence to subtle sensing. Plants move at different time scales than we do, and so forms of healing with plant and body require a pace we are not accustomed to.
Building relationships with plants is an ongoing conversation; healing the body is a nonlinear continuation. This is a process devoid of hyperspecific prescriptions promising an on and off switch for symptoms.
Being able to learn from plants takes unlearning prior conditioning. Exhale over-intellectualised language, linear time, judging before knowing, and accepting hard truths before knowing for yourself.
Being receptive to plants takes embodied listening. Inhale and feel every one of your senses, feel the senses that you weren’t aware were there.
Offer attention to the reciprocal breath of life: we breathe in oxygen expelled from plants, they breathe in carbon dioxide expelled from our bodies. Dancing pulsations. Opening conduits to immanent medicines of a regenerative Earth does not take shape through a one-way transaction, but through intersubjective participation: a giving of our presence, our gratitude, caring for the plants and the land in order to receive.
Swallow this sense of rhythm, sit in this stillness with the plant and express that you are grateful for their presence and you are open and receptive to their healing and guidance. Meet them halfway so they can meet you.
Healing Plants for a Healing Spring
In Greek mythology, Menthe was a nymph and lover of Hades, who was turned into a plant by his jealous wife, resulting in a metamorphosed beauty. Mint is ruled by Mercury, and is used medicinally as a cleansing aid for digestion. Peppermint (mentha x piperita, a hybrid of watermint and spearmint) is rejuvenating for the mind, promoting a motivating mental alertness and combating mental fatigue.
Invigorating, sweeping away stagnancies so you can flow with clarity of mind.
Extending a prosperous life force, like the sprawling shoots he bursts through the soil, inflating words with strength.
Fresh aeration, wake up, your truest self is here to step into.
You have so much to say and do, feel the power of your words, the vitality permeating your body is a miracle.
Look alive, because you are. Remember how exciting it is to live and feel all that existence means.
Ritual: Inhale the scent of peppermint, rub some into your temples, drink mint tea. Take pen to paper without premeditation, allowing your subconscious to stream freely with Mercury at your pen. After your swirling thoughts are released, write down anything you feel compelled to communicate outside of yourself, whether to another person or the world. There is something inside that needs to be said. Shape the paper with words of power. Read this over and realise which words are energising, making you feel alive and driven. Focus on these and let them infuse your body with vivacity, blowing forth your motivation and communication throughout the day.
Violet is a watery, Venusian plant, aiding the heart and cleansing throughout the body’s systems. Tricolour violet (viola tricolor) is known as ‘heartsease’, and has an old tradition of being prescribed for an emotionally upset heart. Violet can also benefit the heart physically; sweet violet (viola orodata) can assist blood circulation, which is preventative of heart attacks and strokes. Her fluidity also relieves congestion, dissolves swollen lymph glands and cysts, and soothes the throat and coughs.
Something needs softening. What places are congested, hardened, lacking a coating of compassion?
Softening can ease the heart, mend what is aching or stream oneself open for memorable love. For love may come and go; receptiveness to its fluidity means it can always be present and graspable in endless forms.
Compassion carries an openness to all situations, whatever state you are in. Being intentional about fluidity erodes rigidness, so that redefinitions can take place.
Defense mechanisms can calcify through inflammation, fear of vulnerability, heartbreak-built walls, or the need to always be strong, like a rock.
Make malleable, depressurise.
Violet laughs in her flowers – to find play, subtle brightnesses, dissolving accumulated emotional barriers.
Laughing it off changes the internal structures of your body.
Ritual: Hold violets to your heart and ask what needs softening. Take a deep breath, and with the exhale, imagine this swelling area of your life becoming tender. Keep the petals and leaves in your pocket. When heartache or anger comes up, or when you just need some extra love, again with a gentle exhale, extend the softening. In the evening, put the violets in the far right corner of your room next to a bowl of water, offering a prayer of gratitude for the love in your life.
Rosemary (Salvia Rosmarinus)
Fiery rosemary can clear, circulate and protect. His memory-boosting effects have been used since Ancient Greece when students and scholars would place rosemary sprigs in their hair to study. More recent research has shown his ability to stimulate circulation in the head while protecting the mind from mental fatigue and forgetfulness. Delightful for infusing olive oil (but make sure the herb is completely dried, or infuse hot, in order to avoid botulism).
Firm stance to keep out stagnant energy, swailing to make space for pungent clarity. What is clarity, but the absence of distractions and illusions? Soft tendrils sweep away fog and its residue, fluttering outward to fire sparks of recollection. What blockages must be expunged in order to purify passageways for mental circulation? Active peace is space for holding memory, love, connections. There is a fire always waiting in the inner furnace beneath the navel, even when seemingly dormant But a clearing is needed, airways must be open to receive oxygen and light up the mind and the heart.
Ritual: Burn a sprig of dried rosemary. Exhale and imagine the internal clearing out of any stagnancies and negativities. Repeat until they are gone. Rub rosemary into your temples, inhale his uplifting aroma and gather your attention in between your eyebrows. Anchor your focus with the vigor of fire, which does not let distractions get in the way. Put a sprig of rosemary in your ear, you can remember what you need, you can be memorable in the way you want to be. This spark and brilliance is already inside you, pave a way for it to come through.
Chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla)
In Ancient Egypt, chamomile was sacred to the Sun god Ra. The flowers are still planted on graves throughout Eastern Europe to ease the passing of souls to the next realm. Gentle chamomile is a nervine and a relaxant, bringing the nervous system to the parasympathetic state which calms the body. Many studies have shown how this cheerful flower is beneficial for dealing with both anxiety and depression. His calming effects extend throughout the body, as he can aid with digestion, inflammation and sleep.
The relieving warmth after a sigh, solar saturation tailing exhale
Liquescent melting and you evaporate into a cloud.
When you are a cloud, you can slip through what is holding you down
Here in this lightness you can be at peace.
Ritual: Make tea from chamomile flowers. First inhale the sunny aroma, then let the warm drink bathe the insides of your mouth for a moment before swallowing. Exhale a heavy, audible sigh. Do this three times. In your following exhale, feel the melting of your shoulders. Move through your body with exhales – melting your chest, your arms, your hands, your stomach, your pelvis, your legs, your feet, until your whole body is in such a relaxed state that you feel as light as a cloud. (This is especially kind to do before bed if you have trouble sleeping, for the anxieties you do not release from the day can follow you into slumber.)
Sage (Salvia Officinalis)
Sage, meaning ‘wise’, and salvia meaning ‘to heal’ or ‘to save’. Sage can both boost cognitive health and support areas of chronic illness (such as asthma, arthritis and colitis) with anti-inflammatory rosmarinic acid. Common sage can add warmth and comfort to any dish and is great for cleansing a space. Use it in substitute for white sage in the US, which is sacred to some Indigenous communities and at risk from being over-harvested.
Smooth blanket eases the mind so it can open up to signals waiting to be transmitted.
Gemini, eager for intellectual connections.
Aging is a process of wisdom, absorption with slowness. Grace and grounding in steady reaching.
What does it mean to be soft when it’s hard to get by?
Art of attention, space for reflection. Jupiter, accumulation of wisdom requiring only a currency of presence and time.
Be within the process, memories are retained when they are made memorable.
Time goes by quickly, so what do you want to spend more time with?
It is ok to be while becoming.
Ritual: Burn dried common sage and wave the smoke to encompass every part of your body, asking it to cleanse out any blockages in your mind and body. Steep the soft leaves in a tea and call upon wisdom and emotional strength as you slowly sip, breathing into the space between your eyebrows.
Well known for love and beauty throughout the ages, roses have been called the ‘Queen of Flowers’ since the second century and were used by Cleopatra in beauty balms and seductive room adornments. Rose therapeutically promotes love and beauty as well, her aroma uplifting the mood and her anti-aging effects boosting skin health for a glowing complexion.
Although her satiny touch and luscious aroma is well known for emanating romantic love, this is a focus on rose specifically for self-love. Internal love is prima materia to receiving and giving it. Love for another – whether a lover, a crush, a best friend – is to see a cherished person in a way that is nonjudgmental and forgiving of their flaws, to set time aside when they need care, to see beauty in their unassuming subtleties, to see their strengths when they feel weak, to believe in where they can go before they are there, to communicate and identify areas of harm, propelled from a perspective adoration. Take a mirror to this love and turn it in on yourself with Aphrodite’s hand. If held inside were the person cherished, how would you treat yourself, talk to yourself, react to yourself? To gift self-love is to indulge in a sublime sweetness that requires no external validation, honouring the sacredness within. This devotion needs to come first, for it opens up the heart to so many forms of love you may not have realised you were capable of.
Ritual: Hold rose in your hand and put it on your heart. Put your other hand on top, look in the mirror and say, with brutal honesty, “I love you,” Do this three times, the first thing in the morning, every morning.
Aestheticise the mundane in your sanctuary with Taurus. Indulge in a bath sensualised with rose petals. Sprinkle rose in tea, chocolate, pancakes, make them opulent. Place roses in the far right corner of your bedroom, write a love letter to yourself with a pen of Eros, telling all the unique things you love about yourself and are proud of.
Known as the ‘rustic oracle’ in the language of flowers, dandelion is a humbly beneficial plant that should not be weeded away. Medicinally, he is revered for cleansing and protecting the liver, an organ with critical roles that include regulating energy, hormones, and chemical levels in the blood. Dandelion also does wonders for the earth, as he helps facilitate healthy soil and promotes nutrient availability to the neighboring plants. Stop the toxic weed killers, and instead put dandelion leaves and flowers in a salad, the flowers and roots in a tea.
Humbly resilient, tough leaves guard delicate flowers.
Making the most of the crevices, shining attention to the spots so easily overlooked. Showing up in these spaces that we might not want to acknowledge, cleansing out the toxins sluggishly weighing the liver to push forward emotional resilience. (In Chinese medicine, liver problems represent blocked emotions).
Shine a light on any toxicities you might be gazing over, and with acknowledgement they can be purified. This can build emotional resilience, strength from softness, protection from preventative awareness.
Resilience of fitting with available spaces, enchanting the unassuming places.
Sprawling ribbons, singing to the sun, swaying with spirits because the extra strength you need doesn’t have to come from yourself alone.
Ritual: Hold a dandelion head and focus on intentions of growth. Ask your spirit guides for extra strength and inspiration to propel you forward. As you blow the wisping seeds, visualise your intentions coming into being.
Clover (Trifolium Repens)
The Celtic Druids saw clover as a bearer of good luck, his three leaves a symbol of earth, sky and water, long before he became Ireland’s national flower. Hildegard of Bingen prescribed him as an eye wash, to take fogginess out of the eyes. Native Americans have long used him for coughs, colds and fevers. Clover is also an eco-friendly alternative to grass lawns, and environmentally beneficial as a cover crop.
Ritual: Acquire a green candle (white will also do) and cleanse it. Rub oil into the top (olive oil will do) to create an adhesive surface, then press clover pieces into the oil while focusing on an intention you want to come true. Light the candle while visualising your intention as a vivid reality.
Paige Emery is a multidisciplinary artist exploring the ecological body and its interaction with the Earth. An embodied gardener and environmental activist, she has a daily practice of working with plants. Her most recent project is a guerilla community garden she started in her neighborhood breaking down barriers between housed/unhoused and humans/nonhumans through mutualistic worlding and intentional seeding. She currently inhabits Tongva Land in Los Angeles, California.
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