Lafayette Anticipation associate curator Anna Colin talks to artist Tyler Coburn about Ergonomic Futures, a speculative project engaged with art, design, science, anthropology and writing. In this interview, Coburn discusses the research, production process and network of collaborators of a multilayered project ultimately concerned with the futures of humankind. Anna Colin: When one comes across your museum seats Ergonomic Futures (2016—) in contemporary art exhibitions—and soon in natural history, fine art, and anthropology museums—they look… [read more »]
Global .Wav | Grand Dame of Dangdut
Indonesia, 2007? – Uut Permatasari is the grand dame of dangdut (also known as dangdut disco), a popular genre of dance music in Indonesia that has been the rage for a number of years.
In fact, just saying her first name makes me feel faint. Her legendary dance moves, like twirling one leg over the knee while spinning full circle, are bold additions to the œuvre of music video choreography. “Mabuk Janda,” a folk song cover and bouncy mash up of traditional Indonesian music, corny ballad, “funky” high-pitched vocal samples and synth beats, is a compelling elixir for unstimulated ears.
This video, like other dangdut videos, with its sing-along text, is an accurate reflection of East Asia’s obsession with karaoke as the premier night time activity.
The hair and makeup in dangdut is also genius, where the vast majority of female singers wear colored contact lenses, sometimes dyed hair and intense nose-contouring makeup to appear more like a Caucasian Manga character. Not to mention all the crazy backgrounds and foxy Indonesian catsuit ensembles present, like the ones Uut is gorgeously placed in.
Aaahh, Uuuut! Your juicy booty moves mountains.