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Heri Dono - Statement
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Written down by Pat Binder and Gerhard Haupt, based on an interview.

In my work, basically, I always combine animation and animism. Animation is like cartoon animation - where everything has a soul. Even the chair can run. Everything. And in animism we also believe everything has a soul.

The bicycle has the same condition as an animal. In the modernization process, the bicycle has no place to go; it's dangerous because of motorbikes and cars. For the animals it is the same: there is no space for them.

The shape of the bicycle is flat, like a shadow puppet, which I am also using. The sound they make from this cassette and radio is the sound of animals. Actually, there were supposed to be 25 machines on which the people could ride and listen to the sound. But this time, at the Havana Biennial, I am only exhibiting seven bicycles and, as they are rented, the factory here has not allowed me to ride them because they have to be returned in the same condition.

This artwork is fully connected with the matter of "environment". The animist people believe in reincarnation so they treat everything in nature in the same way as themselves. The ecological movement is very close to the animist religion, I mean, not so frontal but in a deeper sense.

© Interview, photos:
Gerhard Haupt & Pat Binder,
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