Poet William Blake (1757-1827) mentions in The Argument section of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: “Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence. “This profound line states that progression in life is impossible without contraries.
Being contradictive can be perceived negative; perhaps due to the meaning of the word itself. But it does not necessarily so. Kali interprets the philosophy of being contradictive as the foundation of having an ongoing critical thinking against the stagnant thoughts. This is an important spirit for providing the new alternatives to imperfect things.
Kali is the result of contemplation, creation, and the needs to have an ongoing critical thinking through art. On the surface, we can see the amalgamation (interdisciplinary) of various art genres, which intended to provoke and to emote the aesthetics aspect of contemporary art.
Meanwhile, within its several repertoire, Kali attempts to interpret freely the philosophy adheres by the poet Blake. The interpretation sometimes gathered at the end, but it can also appear at the beginning.
The results in each repertoire would become the reflection of those and presented in multiple undertone color of abang (red), putih (white), and ireng (black) within the dominant triangular shape, a symbol of gunungan (mountain) where kali (the river) flows.
Kali (The River) is a place where many streams with different color flow together. The current is unpredictable and indefinable. And that is the philosophy. We cannot understand the current only by looking at its surface, because the ripple can appear through the blossoming of ongoing creative impetus. But it can also in the stillness where we allow them to flow liberally without any pretense.
We can interpret the current differently. But we also know so well of the similarity. We together can see ourselves through the rippling shadow in its reflection of Kali, the river.