Posts Tagged With: Architecture

Visiting Jakarta Biennale 2017 and Gardu House Graffiti in a search for my true art feelings…

Jiwa means soul, and that’s the theme of this years Jakarta Biennale. Most of the art are installations displayed in big locations like the Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem warehouses, the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics or the jakarta History museum.

My first atempt to find the Jiwa of art in Jakarta started in the Gudang Sarinah, where I met faces from paper and stone, arthouse films, unknow standing objects and here and there some sculptures, and paintings at the wall.

But it all started with a horrible traffic jam, on a weekend day. They can pop up anywhere unexpected. But traffic comes along with Jakarta, no escape, and I stopped already long time ago with complaining about it. Just go with the flow. Check your smart phone inside out till the battery is empty, but never leave home without a bottle of water, just in case you need to survive a night on the road.

The mission is only halfway cause the unexpected traffic jam blew up my schedule so I will complete this soul searching for my art feelings in a second video next week.

Now, if you made the text till here, how do you feel about the art at Jakarta Biennale (or just here in the video)?

More details at http://jakartabiennale.net/

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Mini Indonesia: visiting 17.000 islands in 1 day

Indonesia in one day! That is the tagline used by ‘Beautiful and Miniature Indonesia’, a cultural park at the outskirts of Jakarta. Here you can explore all diversity the 29 provinces of the archipel in one single park. 

IMG_0059As from the start I already understood this would be a Mission Impossible. The park measures one (1) square kilometer and contains countless traditional and religious houses, museums, parks, and an enormous map of the sea nation in a central lake over which cable cars ride.

IMG_0128My original plan was at least to vist each of the 16 museums. But that was just a plan. Once I walked around I got easily lost and missed several attractions. Secondly I underestimated the heat. A cloudless day in Jakarta gives the sun full opportunity to burn you down including all your plans. All you want is to escape the heat and run somewhere inside. Somehow there were not a lot of visitors in the park and so not a lot of people to interact with.

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It was Benni from the Papua section who made my day. He was super friendly and explained a lot of his own culture, traditions and art. It changed my mind about this far away island in the east and I might visit it one day just to see the vast and wild nature in real life.

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LOL in Kota Tua with local Students

The Old Town of Jakarta once was called Batavia. Nowadays it is calles Kota Tua and it is one of those rare places in Jakarta where all cars are banned. That helped.

Jakartans wind out here with friends and family on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Kids cycling around on colourfull bikes, while dozens of people take selfies with the facades of beautiful architecture in the background like the former townhall, Wayang museum, Kantor Pos and Batavia cafe. Living statues, tattoo painters and musicians show their arts on the main square and surrounding streets.

This weekend I wanted to vlog about the old town and tell about the history of some of the buildings, but due to curious students it became a whole different and muck more contemporary story…

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