Made Ngurah Sadnyana


Land of Bali has long been home to various cultures, one of which is the Rice Culture. The Rice Culture includes the pattern of eating and dancing to the ceremony of the Bali people.
The purely human consciousness of Bali has been summarized in the concept of Tri Hita Karana. The concept of Tri Hita Karana relates nature, to relationships with fellow man, to a relationship with God. The concept of Tri Hita Katana becomes an ideal which attainment of consciousness, has been able to bring Bali, to the modern times.
In the era of modernization and communication with information about lifestyles and viewpoints of thought there has been a shift in the meaning of the noble, formally humble, simple and unpretentious towards exploitation of thinking, education, nature and the environment.
Current Bali has failed to formulate goals. The community representatives are not able to bring the people towards awareness of a clear spiritual concept. For the future of Bali we must grow and develop and take root in the ground where we tread the earth while still being able to synergize with the times.

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Head Okokan artist named Mr. Nanik he has 40 members of a dancer with the musical instrument Okokan, Cengceng (like cimbal) and Kendang

Margaret Brooks

Dr Margaret Brooks: Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Education, University of New England. Margaret teaches Visual Arts, researches how drawing can assist young children's learning and is a practicing artist. She has undertaken research in a number of countries including indonesia, Bhutan, Korea, China and Canada


Margaret Brooks
I have chosen the tipat as a symbol of the Subak. Tipat are everyday food; packages of cooked rice from the Subak paddies. They are also religious offerings in the Subak temples. My work with tipat explores the fragility of ancient and sustainable rice growing practices of Bali. It questions how much rice is enough and how we might protect the Subak for future generations.
There are 210 tipat in this installation to symbolize the 210 days of the Balinese calendar and the rice growing cycle. Installed in the rice barn they protect the traditional ways of the Subak.


I Gede Putu Setiawan

Same Same But Different
Putu interviewed by Bali Radio
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I Gede Made Surya Darma

Made is an internationally recogonised Indonesian artist. He has worked collaboratively with other artists and communities to raise awareness about environmental issues. He participated in artist in residences in Indonesia, Japan and Germany and performances in Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany and the Philippines. He proposes to focus his work on the Hindu concepts of Tri Hita Karana that is central to the organization of the Subak.




Christine McMillan


While I was in Bali in 2010 on an artist in residence the subak became a focus of my work. The tipat came to represent the Subak, the symbol of the complexity of life in Bali, the everyday overlayed with the ceremonial, the ceremonial intertwined with the cycle of rice growing. The tipat is my symbol for a sustainable Bali. Bali struggling to be sustainable with the pressure of the plastic world.
My work represents my learning, the opening of a new fruit with delight, the finding of a new word and meaning or a new skill which is at the same time old.
So much to see, so many questions.

Gede Suanda Sayur
Not For Sale
Bali is very beautiful, both cultural and natural. Bali is very Highly regaded by the international community leading to the rapid growth of tourism.
In addition to the tourists foreign businessmen and investors desire to invest in this beautiful island. Exploitation of land is common and farm land is converted to villas, resorts and hotels for tourism. If this continues then the beauty of Bali will fade.
NOT FOR SALE is a short chant or poem. It exalts people to reject changes and excessive exploitation of land in Bali today.
Bali is open to anyone who comes and will give a fortune to us all through its beauty derived from its landscape culture and its people.
But what about us? What will we contribute to preserve this beloved land of beauty?

Adrian Symes