Boedi Widjaja lives and works in Singapore. Trained as an architect, he spent his young adulthood in graphic design, and turned to art in his thirties. His works often connect diverse conceptual references through his own lived experience of migration, culture and aesthetics. The artistic outcomes are processual and conceptually-charged, and embraces multiple mediums ranging from drawings to installations, sound and live art. Since 2012, Widjaja has been developing ongoing Stone telling and Path. series. His work for State of Motion 2018 is the ninth in the Path. series, and incorporates a drawing—musical graphic notation—from Stone telling.
Path. 9, ))) ) ) ))
The ninth work of the artist’s Path. series, Path. 9, ))) ) ) )) continues Widjaja’s enquiry into the performative potential of place, movement, origin and identity; channelling some of their effects—separation, (re)connections, anxieties, melancholy—through live art strategies. In this instance, participants stand beneath a flyover at Sungei Serangoon, encountering a spatial gulf as represented by the river and which speaks of both separation and connection. The artist worked with Tong Wei Jie as sound collaborator for Path. 9, ))) ) ) )). The symbols in the title suggest the longitudinal waves that are formed by sound, referencing a recurring sound motif from the film Sri Menanti—the flute that is played by the male lead.