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Flower Interruption (2002), cutout paper flowers (painted with acrylic), performance/installation, Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia




Flower Interruption (2002), cutout paper flowers (painted with acrylic), flowers installed on Becek by Becek driver, Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia





Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia





Flower Interruption (2002), cutout paper flowers (painted with acrylic), flowers installed on stall by vendor, Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia





Flower Interruption (2002), cutout paper flowers (painted with acrylic), flowers installed on stall by vendor, Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia





Flower Interruption (2002), cutout paper flowers (painted with acrylic), flowers installed on Becek by Becek driver, Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia





Flower Interruption (2002), cutout paper flowers (painted with acrylic), performance/installation, Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia – The Flower Interruption in Yogyakarta took place on Monday, July 29, 2002 at 2:00 pm on Malioboro Street, the center of activity in Yogya. Maliboro extends from the railway tracks to the public square where the sultan’s palace is located. Shops and booths line the street, packed ceiling to floor with goods. The street is quite lively with vendors, shoppers, homeless, becaks (three-wheeled bicycle transport), cars and motorbikes.

I spent the week before the installation painting additional larger flowers at my friends Sam and Ade’s home, surrounded by a continuous stream of people coming over to visit and chat – a very fun and stimulating environment. I was concerned about the possibility of being arrested during the Interruption. However, Sam and Ade reassured me that the cops wouldn’t even bat an eye, unless we were naked. Sure enough, when we arrived at the site, we saw groups of cops planted on stools around tables all along Malioboro Street, playing games and drinking beer, completely oblivious. I began first installing the flowers on the median in between the lanes of cars, motorbikes, and becaks. I then moved into the intersection and placed them within the crosswalk. I had about 5 assistants helping me put tape on the backs of the flowers, hand me the flowers and block traffic. The action drew a lot of attention with a number of people gathering to see what was happening and vehicles slowing down to try and make sense of what they were seeing. When we finished installing in the first area we moved further down Malioboro. After about half an hour, I realized that I had left my portfolio back at the initial installation. I ran back to see if I could find it. As I approached the area, I could see a group of becak drivers standing together elbowing each other and looking very guilty when they saw me coming. I had no idea what was going on until I got closer and could see that they and the vendors had pulled up most of the flowers and used them to decorate their becaks and booths. Of course, I was thrilled and delighted by this (and they were very happy that I was) – to see the development of the afterlife of the work and the appreciation for it.

Other Projects I have done that relate to this work include:
Produced by Marina Perez Wong for Megan Wilson
Bikes
Becaks
Flower Interruption SF
Flower Interruption Bali Indonesia
Flower Interruption Tokyo Japan

Bungas


Flower Interruption (2002), cutout paper flowers (painted with acrylic), performance/installation, Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Thank you to the following for their help with the project: Samuel Indratama, Ade Tanesia, Bambang Toko, Antung, and Tejo. Thank you also to The ArtCouncil/Artadia for their support!