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Pathfinder: A Pantun by Erik Flower

Installation view with components of installation at MAIIAM Contemporart Art Museum in Chaing Mai, TH. Photographs by Phuping Tankasem. Courtesy of MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum.

“In this newly commissioned artwork, the artist provides customised, portable seating. One accompanying sound recording was arranged and produced by the artist’s collaborators berukera and gr834$ternl4if using a DAW with the plugin Berlin Techno Kit. Fyerool combines archival research and speculation around a historical figure named Erik Flower, formerly known as Muhamad bin Hadji Abdurahim, who was born in Johor Bahru and resettled in Berlin in 1917, and who Fyerool encountered in a 2021 essay by meLê yamomo [’Acoustic Epistemologies and Early Sound Recordings in the Nusantara Region: Phonography, Archive, and the Birth of Ethnomusicology’] that describes his acoustic and poetic works that were recorded in 1917 and stored in a Berlin sound archive. A second sound recording narrates a seance with Flower. “ Dr. Roger Nelson

The exercise was included in the exhibition The Unfaithful Octopus curated by Dr. Roger Nelson at NTU ADM Gallery, Singapore in 2023 currently at MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai in 2024.

Here for a pdf of the manuscript. Sound arranged and designed by berukera with a polyphony of vocals in 2024.

Below, installation view of Pathfinder with Aleezon, Sharmini Aphrodite, berukera featuring Erik Flower, 2023

Shaped plywood, polyvinyl chloride, printed polycotton on
reupholstered camping chairs with pigments and coating (Samurai2K),
7mil polyester film, sound