Cove Park Spring Residency

This March we continue our partnership with Cove Park for our Spring Residency programme with Cryptic Associates Josh Armstrong, Mark Lyken and Robbie Thomson, plus Cryptic Nights artist Heather Lander and Timothy Cooper, Alan Martyn (Wintour’s Leap) & Tom Weightman.

Cove Park’s residencies actively respond to the diversity of contemporary artistic practice in all the art forms, whether performing or visual arts, crafts, literature or music. Their interdisciplinary programmes, for both individuals and collaborating groups, offer time, space and freedom to make new work and to find new ways of working.

The View_Credit Rory Middleton

Image from Rory Middleton’s site-specific Cryptic Nights, The View at Cove Park (March 2012).

Sonica 2016

We are proud to announce that Cryptic will make Kings Place its bi-annual London home. After three successful years in Glasgow, the Sonica festival will alternate between the two cities from 2016 onwards.

Cryptic have a long-standing relationship with Kings Place, first appearing in 2011 as part of the Out Hear programme with Cryptic Nights. This provided a unique and supportive platform for emerging Scottish artists with fresh ideas in live music, visual art, film and new media.

In 2015, Cryptic presented Kathy Hinde’s Piano Migrations as part of the annual Kings Place Festival, whilst playing a pivotal role in Kings Place’s successful Minimalism Unwrapped series, where we presented a series of performances including: Oliver Coates & Danny Driver – Patterns in a Chromatic Field, Oliver Coates presented by Cryptic and The Little Match Girl Passion.

The New Alps

The New Alps is inspired by the monumental interventions humans have made on the planet though the creation of manufactured landscapes and our relationship to geological time.

Rusting embers of industry litter the slopes of the New Alps, an open-air burial on eroded ground above the tailings of mineral extraction. Bauxite may have been refined here at one time; the vast red lagoon is hemmed by a concrete levee that forms an unwavering alkaline shore before the regiments of cliffs. The earth reverberates from the rhythmic charge of automated machinery, burrowing conquerors reigning in a sublime manufactured landscape, emulating purpose in repetition.

This is a remote place. We are removed from it.

Tipping Point

Audio visual artist and composer Kathy Hinde explores the sonic complexities and possibilities of combining glass vessels with shifting water levels in this Cryptic commission for Sonica 2014. Sound tones are produced live via a microphone that feeds back inside each glass vessel. As the water levels change, the feedback is tuned to different pitches based on the resonant frequency of the remaining space in each glass vessel. The work forms both a sound sculpture and a live instrument for performance.

Cryptic commission for Sonica, Tipping Point is a collaboration with John Rowden at the Scientific Glass Workshop in the School of Physics at the University of Bristol with software designed by Matthew Olden.

The Age of Digital / Analogue

Exploring the relationship between man, machine and landscape, NORTH OF X’ (Sisi Lu) The Age of Digital / Analogue is a cinematic journey that combines live performance with digital modes of expression. Using elements of pop culture, music, film and sound design, this is a story of contrasts where the physical and digital complement and enhance one another.

Sisi Lu was awarded a 2013 Sky Academy Arts Scholarship to create The Age of Digital / Analogue.

The Terrestrial Sea

The Terrestrial Sea highlights the diverse and ever-changing environments of the Cromarty Firth through music and film. In 2012 Mark Lyken was Artist in Residence at The Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty, where he worked alongside the Field Station’s team of ecologists, IOTA and the University of Aberdeen to record The Terrestrial Sea album.

With visuals commissioned by Cryptic for Sonica, Lyken has developed The Terrestrial Sea into a captivating cinematic performance with regular collaborator and filmmaker, Emma Dove.

“Mark Lyken transcends this revolving door of a reality by giving us so much to be thankful for. A stellar, touching release. Welcome to the terrestrial sea…”  Fluid Radio

“A poem to the grim beauty of Scotland’s Cromatry Firth.” The Wire

Vincent Moon

A showcase celebrating the work of independent film-maker and sound explorer, Vincent Moon, who has been making extraordinary short films in Indonesia for the past six years.

His quest for sounds range from the world of pop to rare shamanic rituals and from experiments in electronica to acapella village songs.

Papermoon Puppet Theatre

Emotionally chilling and visually bold, Papermoon’s intimate non-verbal puppet play, Mwathirika (meaning “victim”), explores both the history of loss and the loss of history in Indonesia. Their extraordinary puppetry style stems from two traditional techniques, the 1000 year old Indonesian art form often found in Java and Bali called Wayang kulit (shadow play) and Teater Boneka (doll play), generally used for narrating children’s stories. This intricate work explores new and unexpected ways to engage present-day audiences with Indonesia’s troubled past, telling highly personal stories and promoting shared values that transcend our cultural, political and societal differences.

Post-show discussion // Thu 10 September
Suitable for children aged 12+, accompanied by an adult

Gamelan Untethered

A futuristic fusion of gamelan, western instruments, voice and visuals built around the theme of our relationship and understanding of the cosmos. Javanese gamelan instruments play alongside synthesizers, guitars, piano and voice, featuring original music composed by members of Naga Mas and avant garde jazz musician Sun Ra.

A weird and wonderful evening awaits you…

Dance Workshop with Soeryo Soemirat

Explore classical Javanese dance alongside Indonesia’s finest dancers from the Soeryo Soemirat Dance Workshop, based at the Royal Mangkunegaran Palace in Surakarta, Central Java.

From intricate hand movements to subtle head turns and statuesque poses, discover the beauty of Javanese choreography and learn the stories behind these graceful, complex dances.

Comfortable clothing is advised, and participants are asked to remove their shoes during the workshop.

Vocal and Percussion Workshop with Kande

Hailed as one Indonesia’s most popular singers and having sold more than one million albums over the past five years, Kande’s moving and enchanting blend of world music mixes rich vocal texture with a distinctive combination of Acehnese traditional percussion and western instrumentation.

Join lead vocalist Rafly for an introduction to a different world of vocals and percussion. The rich texture of his vocal style derives from 16th century Sufi preaching.

Rafly and Kande musicians will also lead a rapa’i percussion workshop, using Acehnese percussion instruments made from jackfruit wood and goat skin.

Kande’s uplifting music combines traditional Islamic percussion and vocals with western guitars and bass. It expresses messages about peace, religion, and the environment.

Jompet Kuswidananto

Following his recent success at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, trend-setting innovator and Asia renowned visual artist, Jompet Kuswidananto brings his Grand Parade to Glasgow. Currently up-and-coming in Europe, Kuswidananto is part of an energetic, community-driven art scene in Yogyakarta where he creates multimedia installations that often combine video, sound and mechanized elements.

Featuring fascinating groups of life-sized figures wearing festive, ceremonial and political dress, this colourful assembly is an exploration of identity and the ways in which different, sometimes even contradictory ideologies are negotiated in Indonesian society. His work is inspired by the island of Java and its rich history of continuous transition between religious beliefs, political regimes, rural and urban culture, science and spirituality. The Grand Parade absorbs all of these elements into one shared space that can be both peaceful and playful and in an instant become tumultuous and threatening.

Sat 12 September // 2pm // Guided tour with Remco de Blaaj, Curator, CCA // Free but ticketed

Jim Allen Abel

A curious and striking commentary on the current power systems inherent in Indonesian society by artist and photographer Jim Allen Abel.

The second instalment in a trilogy of works, Uniform_Code investigates the influence of uniforms on those that are seen to be in a position of trust and authority. Based on conversations with his father who was a teacher, and required to wear the distinctive dress assigned to all Indonesian civil servants, Allen’s work focuses on how the idea of uniform is often used to obscure individuality and their specific duties in constituting a bigger entity. Presented as a striking series of passport photographs, each with differently and unusually disguised faces, his work challenges and manipulates our perceptions of recognizable figures and their role in society.

Vocal Workshop with Rully Shubara, Senyawa

One-day vocal workshop with Indonesian vocal artist, Rully Shubara, at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – a unique opportunity.

Rully embodies the aural elements of Javanese music whilst exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. His extended vocal technique strikes a perfect balance between his avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian new music.

As one half of Senyawa, he has performed at Sydney Festival, MONA FOMA Festival in Tasmania, the Adelaide Festival with Korean singer Bae Il Dong, toured as special guests of Australian supergroup Regurgitator, performed at the Glatt und Verkert Festival in Austria alongside Kazuhisa Uchihashi, as well as the Malmo Sommarscen Festival in Sweden, Salihara Literature Festival in Jakarta, CTM Festival in Berlin, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Clandestino Festival in Norway and Oct Loft Jazz Festival in China.

Senyawa has also collaborated and performed with many notable musicians such Robin Fox, Yoshida Tatsuya, Lucas Abela, KK Null, Keiji Haino, Melt Banana, Jon Sass, Damo Suzuki, Jerome Cooper, David Shea and Kazu Ushihashi.

Dividing Lines

Glasgow Short Film Festival presents a programme of recent Indonesian short film, specially curated for Discover Indonesia. Ranging from experimental fiction to documentary and artists’ moving image, the films explore divisions within Indonesian society, and the ways in which they are crossed or transcended.

The programme features two films by Yogyakarta-based filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen, both of which previously screened in competition at Rotterdam Film Festival, and Sidi Saleh’s Maryam, which won the Orizzonti Award at last year’s Venice Film Festival. Also screening are two works by the Jakarta-based non-profit Forum Lenteng, which provides community media literacy training and runs an annual festival of experimental film, Arkipel.


Genre Sub Genre
Yosep Anggi Noen // 2013 // 12 min

Four sub-genres of film, documenting the predictions of a land in the south east of Indonesia. Commissioned by Museum of East Nusa Tenggara.

Sidi Saleh // 2014 // 18 min

Maryam is a Muslim working as a housekeeper for a Catholic family. On Christmas Eve she is faced with a dilemma when she is forced to escort her autistic employer to Mass.

Alam: Martyr (Alam: Syuhada)
Hafiz Rancajale // 2005 // 9 min

A simple portrait of Alam, a young man living in Jakarta. Alam’s goals and desires are very simple. He wants to do the best for his family.

Starting With A (Bermula Dari A)
BW Burba Negara // 2011 // 16 min

A girl lends her lips to a boy who lends her a pair of eyes. Her lips become his voice as his eyes become her sight.

A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One
Yosep Anggi Noen // 2013 // 14 min

A golf lesson. A love story. Rage.

Sunrise Jive
Mahardika Yudha // 2005 // 7 min

Automobile factory workers perform morning exercises before work.

Indonesian Banquet

Thinking global and eating local for over 20 years, Stravaigin have their fingers firmly on the foodie pulse, offering an exclusive Indonesian banquet of mouth-watering street food, desserts and drinks.

Booking essential.

Discover a delicious selection of daily specials on offer at Stravaigin on Fri 11 and Sat 12 September or sample the street food-favourite of Jakarta with Saramago’s seasonal gado-gado salad, served daily from 12noon throughout the course of the festival.

Soeryo Soemirat

Originating from the Mangkunegaran Royal Palace in Surakarta, the Soeryo Soemirat community was originally formed to train and develop exclusive dancers for royal ceremonies known as langen projo. Beautiful and entrancing, their signature dances are accompanied by the meditative sounds of the Royal Gamelan Orchestra, preserving and celebrating two of Indonesia’s oldest and highly treasured art forms.

Discover Soeryo Soemirat around Glasgow:

12 September // 2.30pm // The Burrell Collection // Free
13 September // 1pm & 2pm // Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum // Free

Goenawan Mohamad

An insightful conversation with influential writer, poet and activist, Goenawan Mohamad. Over the past 30 years he has pursued a tireless fight for freedom of expression, leading to the foundation of several arts and media organisations and establishing the Indonesian press as one of the most liberal in South-East Asia.

This is followed by Indonesia Today, a 4pm discussion on present day life in Indonesia from a cultural perspective, featuring Goenawan Mohamad, Jim Allen Abel, Rafly Kande, Jompet Kusiwidananto, Papermoon & Senyawa.

The Act of Killing

When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, ruthless gangsters such as Anwar Congo and his friends were promoted from small-time thugs to death squad leaders. They helped the army kill more than one million alleged communists and intellectuals in less than a year.

Today, Anwar is revered as a founding father of a right-wing paramilitary organisation that grew out of the death squads. In this extraordinary film, director Joshua Oppenheimer urges the ageing gangster to make a movie, recreating his experiences. What emerges is a harrowing and surreal portrait of mass murder – complete with musical numbers, film noir gangster scenes, and yodelling cowboys – and the scene is set for a bold historical reckoning.


Hailed as one Indonesia’s most popular singers and having sold more than one million albums over the past five years, Kande’s moving and enchanting blend of world music mixes rich vocal texture with a distinctive combination of Acehnese traditional percussion and western instrumentation. Known for works that express themes of peace and harmony, the word ‘kande’ originates from the Acehnese candle historically used as a symbol of hope during prolonged periods of political upheaval and unrest. Kande’s colourful and energetic performances sustain this legacy, inspiring and uplifting modern-day audiences, most recently in the wake of the 2004 Tsunami that left the Province of Aceh hardest-hit by the disaster.


Yogyakarta’s Senyawa rough up traditional Javanese music with a punk attitude and avant-garde aesthetic. The band’s neo-tribalist sounds veer from twisted folk to experimental metal. Rully Shubara’s extended vocal techniques alternate between bloodcurdling screams, manic throat singing and choirboy incantations, while Wukir Suryadi is mesmerising on his handcrafted “Bamboo Spear”. This stringed invention allows for both rhythmic percussion and melodic bowing and plucking, creating a fusion of sound that is both traditionally Indonesian and incredibly progressive.

The Look of Silence

Whereas his first film was a shocking and revelatory look at a forgotten chapter in world history from the point of view of the culprits, this sequel documentary looks through the eyes of the victims. With this companion piece, Joshua Oppenheimer focuses on Adi Rukun – an ophthalmologist whose brother was killed by the militia. The film remembers the atrocities through Adi’s eyes, as he in turn reflects on the different ways his people see, or neglect to see, one of the most troubling acts in all of human history.

The Little Match Girl Passion

JS Bach Jesu, meine Freude (Motet No. 3 in E minor, BWV 227)
David Lang The Little Match Girl Passion for four voices (SATB) each playing simple percussion (2008)

Cryptic presents David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion, combining Hans Christian Andersen’s heart-breaking tale with J.S. Bach’s setting of the St Matthew Passion. In a unique presentation of this previously un-staged masterpiece, the tragic story of the little match girl is brought to life by vocal ensemble and percussion.

Reverent and gracious, J.S. Bach’s commemorative masterpiece Jesu Meine Freude acts as a poignant precursor to the fragile beauty of the little match girl.

The Little Match Girl Passion

David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Little Match Girl Passion combines Hans Christian Anderson’s heart-breaking tale with J.S. Bach’s St Matthews Passion. In a unique presentation of this previously un-staged masterpiece, vocal ensemble and percussion bring the story of the little match girl to life.

‘… sung to perfection… drives like an emotional dagger towards the heart, challenging and thrilling as it goes.’  Scotsman *****

‘a breathtaking and timeless piece of theatre’ *****

Unlacing Orlando

10.30am -12.30pm: Screening of Sally Potter’s Orlando, featuring Tilda Swinton.
2pm – 3.30pm: Symposium Part I
4pm – 5pm: Symposium Part II

Dr Jane Goldman, Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, hosts Unlacing Orlando, an exploration and celebration of Virginia Woolf’s novel and its modern cultural legacies.

Dr Jane Goldman is author of The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism and the Politics of the Visual (Cambridge UP, 1998) and co-editor of Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents (Edinburgh UP & Chicago UP 1998). Her recent publications include Modernism, 1910-1945: Image to Apocalypse (Palgrave, 2004) and The Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf (Cambridge UP, 2006). She is editor of Woolf’s To the Lighthouse for Cambridge, and is currently writing a book, Virginia Woolf and the Signifying Dog.

Her research and teaching interests include: Modernism and the Avant-Garde, Virginia Woolf Studies, Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Fiction, Literary Theory (including theories of gender, sexuality and feminism), American Literature, Comparative Literature, interartistic analogy, suffragist and suffragette aesthetics, canine aesthetics and animality studies. She is particularly interested in the work of Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, Nathanael West, Kurt Schwitters and the songs of Mary Poppins. She is also a poet, working towards her first collection.


Administrator, Full Time
IRO £16,000 to £18,000 per annum

Cryptic is looking for an enthusiastic and committed Administrator to join our small team. The successful candidate will assist in the delivery of Cryptic’s artistic programme including our 20th anniversary celebrations. This job includes company and office administration plus PA to the Artistic Director.

You will have at least one year’s experience in a similar position and will have the ability to work to tight deadlines and to respond in a flexible way to the changing demands of a small, busy arts company. Knowledge of the arts sector is not essential, but we are looking for a person who learns quickly and values excellence.

For an application pack please click links below:
Administrator Application Form 2014
Administrator Job Description 2014

If you have any queries please contact Caroline Thomson, Head of Planning on 0141 354 0544 or email

Application Deadline: 9am on Friday 7th March 2014
Interviews: Tuesday 11th March 2014 in Glasgow

Cryptic is an Equal Opportunities Employer, Charity no. SC022476
This post is supported by Creative Scotland