Joned Suryatmoko, Margi Wuta 3, 2015. Performance presented at Jogja Biennale 2015, Jogja National Museum, Indonesia. A blind exhibition tour guide leading a group of visitors experiencing main event of Jogja Biennale as visual art-based exhibition by using blind fold. Courtesy of Jogja Biennale.

Joned Suryatmoko (Indonesia) is interested in the border between theatre and performance, between linearity and simultaneity, character and autobiography, as well as acting and authenticity. Taking this border as starting point, he recently continued expanding his interest by investigating how these performative means (such as theatre and performance) have been used by citizens to articulate their political aspiration in Southeast Asia. He strongly believes that citizens have the agency to transform their own knowledge into aesthetic practices and arts making.

During his residency in at Delfina Foundation, Joned will observe what performance means in the local context, how it is created, especially when it is connected to citizenship.

Joned is a theatre maker, playwright, community facilitator and researcher, based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the Founder/Director of Gardanalla Theatre and Festival Director for Indonesia Dramatic Reading Festival (IDRF). He hold a Bachelor degree from International Relations Studies Deptarment Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Indonesia and a Master degree from the Media and Cultural Studies Department at the same university. Through an Asian Cultural Council (ACC) fellowship he was invited as visiting scholar to the Martin E Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) between November 2016 and March 2017.

Joned has presented his performance works in various platforms such as Jogja Biennale, Indonesia (2015) and Art Summit Indonesia 8.0 (2016), as well as Visible City Melbourne Fringe Festival (2010). He has presented his plays at the Asia Playwright Meeting in Tokyo, Japan (2009) and Melbourne (2011), Virgin LabFest Manila (2006), PEN World Voices New York (2015) and The Global Voices, Portland, USA (2016/ 2017). He will also present his work at a symposium on Southeast Asian Drama in London in April 2018.

With support from

IndoArtNow & SAM Fund


Performance as Process:
Season 3


Spring 2018


Please note all artist-in-residence biographies are accurate at the time of their residency. For up-to-date bios please visit the artist’s website.

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