BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD

BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD

BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD

BAGUS PANDEGA

INDONESIA

At first glance, Bagus Pandega’s installation Be the Change that You Wish to See (2017) in the world reminds us of the billboards we often see along roads and at stations. His matrix board, however, is not made of ordinary lights: it consists entirely of floodlights, hundreds in total. You usually only see them on ambulances, fire trucks, police cars and construction vehicles, there to warn you of danger, speed or unexpected movements.

Embrace change
Pandega uses these lights in a new way by incorporating them in a large, flashing matrix display. The text shown on this ‘light newspaper’ is one of nonviolent independence protestor Mahatma Gandhi’s most famous quotes: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”. What he means is: try to embody and embrace the changes you would like to see in man (and future generations) yourself.

Improve the world
When you stop and take the time to read these words of wisdom, Pandega hopes that you will adopt his ideas and reflect on them. Gandhi’s philosophy – based on his belief in the good of man – was not meant to criticize but to improve the world. The way we behave and who we aspire to be has a great impact on the world around us, from our immediate neighbours to the entire ecosystem of humans, animals and plants.
 

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Copyright Janus van den Eijnden

 

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length: 25 m
width: m
height: 2 m

  • suitable for on water
  • suitable for land
  • this artwork is suitable
    for suspension

About Bagus Pandega

Bagus Pandega (1985) was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and graduated from the Institut Teknologi Bandung with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art and a specialization in sculpture. His technical expertise can be seen in his work: he uses numerous identical electronic devices or components including voice recorders, cassette decks, record players, lamps and circuit boards, and connects them as modules to create sculptures and large installations.

He brings them to life using moving elements, light and sound, encouraging interaction from the viewer. In this way, Pandega hopes to present the objects that surround you in a different light while allowing you to experience the space in a new way.

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