Tromarama (collective)

About Tromarama

Tromarama is a collective that was formed in 2004 by Febie Babyrose, Ruddy Hatumena and Herbert Hans, with backgrounds in design and printmaking. Tromarama is interested in contemporary urban culture, inserting their work beyond the art scene into the larger cultural fabric of the city of Bandung. They work in different media, particularly stop-motion animation, combining techniques such as woodcut, photocopy, collage, embroidery, painting, and drawing, and materials like charcoal, buttons, sequins, and beads.  They have produced several music videos for local bands in different genres such as rock and jazz. Perhaps the best-known work by Tromarama is Serigala Militia, a fast-paced music video which was shown at the 2nd Singapore Biennial in 2008. Tromarama has since produced other videos in the same technique but not print-related, as well as several editioned multiples.


Project Description

Serigala Militia (2006) is a stop-motion animation accompanied by the music of trash metal band Seringai from Jakarta. Using the actual process of the carving and inking of the boards as the subject of the work, the animation exposes the process of xylography in all of its directness and materiality.

Tromara's video installation will be on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Historic Landmarks Building. (You can view a clip from the video on the Philagrafika Video page)

Serigala Militia, 2005
402 wood panels, DVD projection
Wood panels: 8.3 x 11 inches each
DVD duration: 4 min. 21 sec.
Courtesy the artists

Happy Hour, 2010
49 etchings on paper, DVD, monitor
Etchings: 10.3 x 7.2 inches each
DVD duration: 1 min. 56 sec.
Courtesy the artists

*Image credit: Greenhouse Media


More Info

On view in the Morris Gallery at PAFA's
Historic Landmark Building
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102