Arief & Leila Budiman - Kampuang Nan Jauh DI Mato - Small

The Golden Memories has been created during my residency in Melbourne, Australia, January-March, 2012. This art residency is supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute and hosted The South Project Inc. I’m working with the Indonesian diaspora in Australia, from various backgrounds and ages, collecting their stories about songs and albums that remind them of their homeland and evoke memories, be they sweet or bittersweet. Through listening sessions, interviews and recollected memories of the homeland, this project attempts to collect and trace experience, events and personal feelings relating to culture, politics, religion, and the romanticisation of the past. The Golden Memories reflects my long-term investigation into the connection between people’s musical experiences and shifts in contemporary culture resulting from rapid developments in media and technology.

The Golden Memories is presented in several installations. The incorporation of CD-R, YouTube videos linked by QR Codes, MP3, video, photography and sound in various formats relates directly to Wok’s findings during the research period.

This project has been exhibited on March 17th to 24th, 2012 at Open Archive, Melbourne.

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