Burn Your Idol

Burn Your Idol is an art project collecting one thousand CD-Rs of Indonesian youngster’s most favourite albums. The result is an installation featuring a CD rack, CD player and a headphone. Each CD completed with a portrait and name of respondent as the front cover sleeve, a back side of the sleeve featuring the tracklist, original album art and respondent’s testimonial about how this record inspiring his/her life. The project title derived from a Sonic Youth’s EP entitled “Kill Yr Idols” which was originally released only in Germany.

The word ‘Burn’ taken from a term in optical disc authoring (a process of assembling source material—video, audio or other data—into the proper logical volume format to then be recorded (“burned”) onto an optical disc (compact disc or DVD). The aim is to representing a socio-cultural phenomenon and try to present an effect of a popular culture and its recent technology in Indonesian youth identity. This project is not an advocation campaign to bolster up piracy.