Up to 23 artists from 7 countries joined an international performance art event held from Aug. 27 to 31 in the Performance Art Plesungan Laboratory at Plesungan village, Karanganyar regency, Central Java. Titled Undisclosed Territory #7, the show was set outdoors in an area beautifully ensconced among trees. This is the seventh time that the initiators, Padepokan Lemah Putih and Laboratorium Performance Art Plesungan, have held this event and this year they decided to add workshops on performance art from world-class artists, along with the usual agenda of showcasing artwork and documentary films. "Compared to other arts, performance art is not so popular in Indonesia. Hopefully this event can help people recognize and appreciate this self-expression type of art," the event facilitator Melati Suryodarmo told The Jakarta Post Travel during the show last week. At the opening day, the first workshop was presented by Johanna Householder from Canada and Janusz Baldyga from Poland. Both are performance art practitioners with more than 40 years of experience under their belt. Waggish poet Afrizal Malna added another interesting touch by showcasing his performance art titled “Di dalam tajam” (Inside the sharpness). "Expressing myself through performance art is harder than using poetry," the 56-year-old artist said. "Poetry is basically not that different to performance art, but every time I want to perform, I don't know where to put my language. Is it between the material that I'm using, or is it body, or is it space? I'm confused and don't know the answer. So it's harder," added Afrizal. Meanwhile, Singapore's leading ceramic artist Jason Lim found himself enjoying doing both ceramic and performance art. "I use performance art as an alternative media to express, as different ideas need different media to deliver the message," said Lim. Other performance artists participating the event include Ilham Baday, FX Harsono, Halim HD, Abdi Karya, Moelyono, Retno Sayekti Lawu, Alam Setiawan and Melati Suryodarmo from Indonesia; Daniela Beltrani from Singapore/Italy; Ma Ei from Myanmar; Waldemar Tatarczuk from Poland; AnA Wojak from Australia; Wen Yau from Hong Kong; and Agnes Yit from Malaysia/Singapore. Performance art video artists showcasing their work are Rezza Asung Afisina, Ananda Artianto, Aliansyah Chaniago, Erika Ernawan, Achri Hendratno, Desti Hayu Puspanegara, Luna Dian S.A. and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia; Rizki Resa Utama_OQ from Germany/Indonesia; Gabriel Bohm Callas and Ida Hansson from Sweden; Magnus Logi Kristinsson from Finland; Paola Paz Yee from Mexico; and Ivan Civic, Evamaria Schaller and Elizabeth Wurst from Germany.