Embarking on Bio Fantasy
The truth is everyone in our team was both super excited and extremely nervous about the launching event on last Wednesday, 28 October 2015, at Tulisan in Plaza Senayan. The collection was quite unexpected compared to the ones from the preceding seasons. It seemed like it was such a swift passing moment since we first discussed this topic internally in July 2014. Our team worked until 3 a.m. in the morning in setting up the store, transforming the space into a fresh theme with new vibrant colors.
When the store opened at 10 a.m., there were already several of Tulisan’s enthusiasts who came to hunt down the ‘Only One’ collection. By mid day, all the bags from this one-of-a-kind collection were sold out, returning the focus back to the ‘Nocturno’ Originals Edition. Many guests came to see the preview of ‘Bio Fantasy’ book. A compact exhibit table was equipped with a headset and sound system for one to experience reading the book while listening to the new musical rendition by Windra Benyamin.
Tulisan had invited three artists to create their own personal interpretation of Bio Fantasy project. This collaborative work presented an anthology of five musical compositions by Windra Benyamin, a series of posters by Fero Utama, a short film by Condro Wibowo (to be released in 2016), and a sci-fi story with an accompanying series of 75 illustrated prints by Melissa Sunjaya. An intimate and casual discussion was held in the afternoon between the four ‘Bio Fantasy’ artists and our guests of honours, Ms. Evawani Alissa Anwar and Ms. Anastasia Adha Rizka, daughter and grand daughter of the late Chairil Anwar whose complete poetry are featured in this project.
The discussion underlined that the main goal of this project was solely to present an inspiring access to Chairil Anwar’s work. An access which is crucial for the millennial generation to understand how Chairil Anwar’s groundbreaking ouevre had contributed a linguistic progress to Bahasa Indonesia.
We believe that an awareness to culture is one step towards mental liberation and this awareness should be accessible for everyone. Through Bio Fantasy project, we seek further funding to enable us present a larger installation for a broader audience. Thank you for your support and belief in our work.
Tulisan Chronicles Team
Exhibit table displaying a preview of the ‘Bio Fantasy’ book is available at Tulisan Plaza Senayan until Wednesday, 4 November 2015.
Ibu Anastasia Adha Rizka (grand daughter of Chairil Anwar), Ibu Evawani Alissa C. Anwar (daughter of Chairil Anwar), Ibu Ria Alisjahbana (daughter of Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, niece of Chairil Anwar), and Ibu Didi Hersubeno.
Intimate discussion with the Bio Fantasy visiting artists: Condro Wibowo, Windra Benyamin, and Fero Utama.
Ibu Evawani Alissa C. Anwar and the Bio Fantasy artists.
Assorted refreshments from Monolog Coffee were served throughout the day.
(Photography by Michal Gorzynski)