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Nusantara Manuscript, HD video of performance at the Sukuh Temple, Central Java, Indonesia, 2015 | 12:11min
“Nusantara” is the only geographical and physical idiom to acknowledge the old area of Indonesia – part of Majapahit, the last kingdom in Central Java. “Nusantara” from the Sanskrit word, “Nuswantara” – a combination of “Nuswa” (the place that we inhabit) and “Antara” (between) – means between the place that we inhabit.
“Nusantara” is the Indonesian word for the archipelago in South East Asia, but it also refers to the space between these islands, as well as the space between the planets, the space between the galaxies, and so on. The worldview of “Nusantara” is universal; encompassing not only the material world but also the space between the material and spiritual, and between this and other dimensions.
For Nusantara Manuscript, Iwan Wijono shares his blood at the Sukuh Temple in a ritual performance to unite the spaces that we inhabit.