First in Indonesia, Telkom University proudly presents Digital Wayang Character Design. Students will design their own Wayang character by combining the Indonesian Culture (Wayang) with Technology and Design.

Program Outline

Students will learn about:

  1. Indonesian Culture
  2. Philosophy of Wayang
  3. Digital Wayang Character Design
  4. Cultural Heritage Erudition

Fee: USD 850

Period: July or welcome request date for minimum participants 10 students

What is wayang?

Wayang (Krama Javanese: Ringgit “Shadow”), also known as Wajang, is a form of puppet theatre art found in Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia. In a dramatic story, Wayang is told through shadows thrown by puppets, sometimes combined with human characters. The art form celebrates the Indonesian culture and artistic talent; its origins are traced to the spread of Hinduism in the medieval era and the arrival of leather-based puppet arts is called ‘Tholu bommalata’ from southern India.

Wayang refers to the entire dramatic show. Sometimes the leather puppet itself is referred to as wayang. Performances of shadow puppets theatre are accompanied by a gamelan orchestra in Java and by gender wayang in Bali. The dramatic stories depict mythologies, such as episodes from the Hindu epics the Ramayana, the Mahabharata as well as local adaptations of cultural legends. Traditionally, an artist and spiritual leader called Dalang play out wayang in a ritualized midnight-to-dawn show; people watch the show from both sides of the screen.

UNESCO designated wayang kulit, a shadow puppet theatre and the best known of the Indonesian wayang, as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on November 7, 2003. In return for the acknowledgment, UNESCO requires Indonesians to preserve their heritage.

Course outline

The main concept of the course is to combine the Indonesian Culture (wayang) with Technology and design. Students will learn about Indonesian culture, especially wayang and they will design their own wayang character, the design that they make will be transferred into a digital vector (computerized) and will be fabricated with laser cut methods.

Tentative Agenda

Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4Day 5
Arrival & Check-inIntroduction to Indonesian Culture and WayangWayang CharacterDigital Wayang Character DesignDigital Wayang Character Design
Day 6Day 7Day 8Day 9Day 10
Digital Wayang Character DesignIndustry VisitPresentationBandung City TourDeparture