Aaron Taylor Kuffner—sculptor, composer, and creator of the Gamelatron—composes improvisational sound pieces while dancers I Nyoman Wenten and Nanik Wenten perform movements based on Balinese dance. Each performance will be 30 minutes.
Aaron Taylor Kuffner (b. 1975, New York City) is a conceptual artist using sculpture, electronic music, installation, and engineering in his work. He has performed and exhibited work more than 400 times in 22 countries in the last eighteen years. Recent exhibitions include the Drawing Center, New York (2016); the 56th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Grimani Museum, Venice (2015); The Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. (2013); Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong (2013); and The Clocktower Gallery, New York (2012). He has received grants, in-kind support and awards from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in association with the Clocktower Gallery, New York; The Trust for Mutual Understanding; The Experimental Television Center; The New York Council for the Arts; Ableton Gmhb; The CEC Artslink; Scope Arts; Artist Wanted; Techshop; The New Orleans Airlift; The Indonesian Foreign Ministry; The Dharmasiswa Scholarship; The Berlin Arts Council; The European Commission; I-D Media Berlin; Schloss Brollin Art Labor; The Black Rocks Arts Foundation; The James F. Robison Foundation; The Soros Foundation; Swiss Air; The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; the US Artists International partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
I Nyoman Wenten (b. Denpasar, Indonesia) is a performer, musician, and chair of Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance, World Music at California Institute of the Arts. He is also an associate adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Wenten is a graduate of the Music and Dance Conservatory in Bali (1965) and the National Academy of Dance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1969). He received a master’s degree from California Institute of the Arts (1974) and a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (1996). He has toured and performed in five continents including Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. He is the artistic director of Gamelan Burat Wangi at CalArts. He has collaborated with numerous musicians, composers, and dancers, including: Linda Sohl-Donnell (2016); Balinese Gamelan Ensemble Gunung Mas, University of San Diego (2013); Music of Bali Ensemble, UCLA (2009); Sardono W. Kusumo (2008); Compania Nacional de Danza Folklórica (2004); and Peking Opera in Hong Kong (2003), amongst many others.
Nanik Wenten (b. Yogyakarta, Java) is a performer, choreographer, and professor of Balinese and Javanese Music and Dance, World Music at California Institute of the Arts. She began training in Javanese dance at a young age, at the Kepatihan, a prime minister's residence in Yogyakarta and at Pakualaman court. She later attended the National Dance Academy in Yogyakarta for formal training. Wenten is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, where she received her master’s degree in dance. She has been a member of University of California, Los Angeles’ Music of Bali Ensemble since 1995. Wenten has given lecture demonstrations, performances, and workshops in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. She has collaborated with Morton Subotnick, Ed Emshwiller, Larry Reed, and Marion Scott, amongst others.