FSC-Harvard Fellow 2010-11, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18
Aryo Danusiri is a video artist and anthropologist born in Jakarta. His works have been featured at various film festivals and art galleries, including Yamagata, Rotterdam, Mead as well as Hause der Kulturen der Welt, Camera Austria and Ethnographic Terminalia.
In his doctoral project in Social Anthropology with Critical Media Practice at Harvard, Danusiri has been working on the formation of Muslim working-class and urban infrastructures in New York City and Jakarta. Lines is his current FSC project, exploring memory and subalterneity of Jakarta infrastructures: the roads, the rivers and the train tracks.
Aryo Danusiri, 62 min. 2011
A structural account of the cultural transformation of a mosque in a basement space in Manhattan, New York City. As suggested by the title, this film is ‘a song’ of transformational moments of space, identities and belief. Consisting of six long take shots, it starts with a relaxed conversation in the everyday life of an emptiness of a basement. Then it gradually becomes an event – an event of struggle. At the end, with a twist, it raises questions about the boundaries between the mundane and the spiritual, the politics and the everyday.