Talk by Professor T.K. Sabapathy in conjunction with the exhibition, Dapunta Hyang: Transmission of Knowledge by Zai Kuning.
A stone inscription found in the vicinity of Bukit Seguntung in Palembang names Dapunta Hyang as a ruler who embarked upon a voyage or pilgrimage to gain merit and spiritual power. The contents of this inscription, the figure of Dapunta Hyang and ships or vessels are vital, dynamic wellsprings for Zai Kuning’s current work. T.K. Sabapathy discusses this inscription and its impact in the making of Zai Kuning’s Dapunta Hyang. The Transmission of Knowledge, which was produced for the Venice Biennale and is currently displayed at TheatreWorks. He also deals with other sources that enrich its interpretation. The talk is illustrated.