Present to Presence

Performance Art Laboratory

Present to Presence is a performance art laboratory including Indonesian and UK-based artists. Presented as part of Melati Suryodarmo’s exhibition Passionate Pilgrim (17 May – 3 September 2023).

All performances and events are free, donations welcome.


Wednesday 31 May, 11am-5pm
Present to Presence performance artists
Informal discussions
Second Floor Galleries

Thursday 1 June, 3pm–4pm
Alastair MacLennan 
Performance lecture
Second Floor Galleries

Thursday 1 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Marintan Sirait
Screening of pre-recorded performance

Friday 2 June, 12pm–12.40pm
Kelvin Atmadibrata
Live performance
Second Floor Galleries

Friday 2 June, 3pm–5pm
Sinéad O’Donnell
Live performance
Events Room, First Floor

Saturday 3 June, 3pm–5pm
Selina Bonelli
Live performance
Second Floor Galleries

Saturday 3 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Alastair MacLennan 
Live performance
(please note this event includes the use of a dead fish)
Second Floor Galleries

Sunday 4 June, 2pm–3pm
Ratu R. Saraswati
Live performance
Second Floor Galleries


Panel Discussion: Melati Suryodarmo and Present to Presence artists
Sunday 4 June, 6.30pm–7.30pm
Free, booking essential
More Information

Melati Suryodramo’s exhibition is supported by Bagri FoundationBritish Council through the Connections Through Culture grants programmeBirmingham City University, University of Leeds, and the Melati Suryodarmo Exhibition Circle: A.I. GalleryShanghART, Tanya Michele Amador and Michiel Verhoeven; and Michelangelo and Lourdes Samson.

It is developed in collaboration with Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN), Jakarta, Indonesia.

Event Details

Wednesday 31 May – Sunday 4 June

Free entry, donations welcome.

No need to book, just drop in.

Suitable for all ages. Seating available.

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here.

For additional access enquiries please contact education@ikon-gallery.org

This event is being photographed and filmed. Please speak to the photographer or filmmaker if you prefer not to be included.


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits
1. Alastair MacLennan, (CO.AN) KOAN (2023) at Ulster University. Curated by Sandra Corrigan Breathnach. Photo credit: Sandra Corrigan Breathnach. 2. Marintan Sirait, Long Distance Call From Home (2012), installation & performance in collaboration with Bintang Manira Manik. Performed at Undisclosed Territory, Solo, Indonesia. Photo credit: Arief Budianto. 3. Kelvin Atmadibrata, Le avions de papier (2016) Performed with Ivan Tan Eng Hong, Performance Art Resource Orchestrator at Zach Collaboratives, Singapore. Photo credit Aziz Amri. Courtesy of the artist. 4. Sinéad O’Donnell, Violent (2021). Performed at R-Space, Lisburn, Northern Ireland in 2021. Photo credit: Hugh O'Donnell. Courtesy of the artist 5. Selina Bonelli, Gesso Priming (2020). Performed at Thames Riverbank, UK. Photo credit: Karen Goodewardene. Courtesy of the artist. 6. Ratu Saraswati, Meronce (Beading) (2017). Performed at the Museum Sejarah Jakarta. Photo credit: Panji Purnama Putra. Courtesy of Jakarta Biennale.


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Passionate Pilgrim Extended
Passionate Pilgrim Extended (2010–23) is a new, 2-hour performance based on Melati Suryodarmo’s original work, Passionate Pilgrim. For the first time, she performs alongside 14 women from The Voice of Domestic Workers, a UK-based network and activist group. 
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Melati Suryodarmo
Passionate Pilgrim
Last week we launched our new exhibition with Melati Suryodarmo, Passionate Pilgrim. Melati Suryodarmo is one of Indonesia’s most important living artists, known for her strenuous durational performances that last several hours, testing the limits of the human mind and body

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