Ikbal Lubys

Undertable Payment

An interactive presentation and work, exploring audience experiences or ideas about corruption activies. Audience involved into the presentation/performance, invited to sit together with the artist and will give a little interview, the quisioner for the audience involved in a little bit of discussion, while at the same time there are undisclosed activities under the table, the hands of both parties, the artist and the audience looks will randomly touch the device already installed under the table.

Description of the  many case that exist in developing countries, that is the problem of corruption, bribery and gratuities. These activities is not only occur in developing countries but also in developed countries as well. If we see in the media that the spotlight is always the politicians, state officials or entrepreneurs. In fact the activity occurs in all layers society both from the hi-society to the low society, all of which are different but essentially the same.

In some developing countries these activities already exist since the royal period. In Indonesian language,  very much vocabulary in addition to bribes, but that seems the most cultural roots is a tribute term. One of them is ‘upeti’ derived from the word ‘utpatti’ in the Sanskrit, more or less means proof of allegiance. Historically, tributeis a form of offering from the duke or the little kings to the king conqueror,resumed  in the colonial era, and inherited from the colonial era until now, as already very sticky and entrenched.

This work has presented for the first time at the International festival of “Running with Strippers” Singapore, July 2018 as invited work with ƎXE, by CAKE Theatre.