Jogja Badminton Noise is an experimental short film about the research on public spaces in Jogjakarta where people with various backgrounds and genders could eventually meet and perform. Who is the performer and who is playing? Whose bodies are absent within the framing of the video? Interviews with various people in sports halls about their relation to their bodies in the sports context as well as field recordings from various spaces of research create the underlying structure of the experimental video. Specially for the project Jogja Badminton Noise an electromagnetic antenna made from a badminton racket was built. Using images and field recordings of badminton gyms as raw material, computer-generated, digital rooms and soundscapes are created.
In Jogjakarta I tried to focus on the most popular sport, I never played in any competitive way before: Badminton. I gave myself the challenge to visit a specific range of badminton sport fields and I talked to various people about sports, about their passion and why they are playing badminton. I was interested in the location of course, as I could find many images online and before my arrival in Jogjakarta. Colors and halls looked in many ways exciting to me, and I had the wish to perform and play there. In the beginning I could not find women playing. Later on I found many young women playing badminton and explaining to me how open and inclusive badminton is for them. I am still totally amazed by the power of women in Jogjakarta. Although I felt patriarchy is very strong in power, I could feel a lot of strength and fight for equality among the people as well. I love to see other women riding cool mountain-bikes or playing the most easy accessible sport in Jogjakarta one can think of: Badminton. “Yes, it’s cheap, and we can be here together with so many friends!”, one of the players told me.
Jogja Badminton Noise is dedicated to the amazing and open minded Electronic Music and Noise scene of Jogjakarta.
Special thanks to the residency project Body Embedding.
Curators: Ignatia Nilu, Ursula Maria Probst, Hongwei Duan
Supported by BKA
Field Recordings with Microphone OC818 by Austrian Audio