When Glaswegian artist Robbie Thomson started his piece XFRMR in NuArt Bandung for the opening of our UK/ID Festival 2016 in October, the audience held their breath. The electronic music made using a tesla coil and electricity as part of this amazing visual installation was something completely new and had never been seen here before. The sound was deep, the video mapping was hypnotising and the electricity coming out of the tesla coil was mesmerising.
Robbie Thomson's tesla coil tour in pictures
By Irma Chantily, Programme Manager (Arts and Creative Economy)
07 November 2016 - 22:26
The opening night was a huge success, with around 300 people attended the event. Robbie’s work toured from Bandung to Surabaya and Yogyakarta, three of Indonesia’s main scenes for arts, and especially electronic and multimedia art. In Surabaya, Robbie performed after the local band Hyper Allergic as part of Kalimas Festival, an arts and culture festival organised by East Java Arts Council, and he was interviewed by a local national TV station.
After Surabaya, Robbie went straight to Yogyakarta. I personally think the performance in Yogyakarta was the wildest. The electricity, the sound, the ambience - everything was just fantastic. Around 200 people came to watch the performance, and two local groups, Jogja Noise Bombing and Yogyakarta Synth Ensemble performed before Robbie.
The performance was followed by an open lab day organised by Lifepatch for anyone interested in collaborating with Robbie and the tesla coil to make music. Robbie was joined by Andreas Siagian (Yogyakarta), Emil Palme (Denmark), Johanes Hardjono (Semarang), Andryan Ade (Salatiga), Iqbal Lubis (Malang), Patrick Hartono (Jakarta) and their own instruments ranging from synthesisers to guitars.
It was very interesting to see the tesla became part of a whole group of other instruments - and the collaboration was a great success!