Wayang Onthel Komunitas Old Bikers Velocipede Old Classic (VOC) Magelang


Figur Rahman Fuad(1*)

(1) Universitas Gadjah Mada
(*) Corresponding Author


This article is a study on “Wayang Onthel”, a created by an Old-Bikers community called
Velocipede Old Classic (VOC) in Magelang, which utilizes the old bicycle spare parts
as the wayang-making materials. The study focuses on “Wayang Onthel” as a work of
art. It is aimed at investigating the background of the creation of “Wayang Onthel”, its
shapes and characterization, as well as the relation between its forms and the identity
of VOC community. This study employs sociology of art and aesthetics approaches,
supported by the studies on creativity, identity, and semiotics. The creative process in
the making of this wayang resulted in such unique forms of wayang made of old bicycle
parts being compiled and put together. The wayang’s characterization is obtained through
differentiating the use of spare parts and its arrangement patterns. The constraint of
spare parts in accommodating visual markers in characterizing the wayang could be
handled by the addition of non-spare parts materials. Under semiotic perspective, the
overall shape of “Wayang Onthel” is an iconic symbol referring to human fi gures the
wayang wants to portray. Meanwhile, in its forming elements lies an indexical symbol
to maintain the “Onthel” image as the identity of VOC community.


Wayang, Onthel, Ready-made, Creativity, Identity.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22146/art.11641

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