The month of Ramadan is known to be the month of self-restrain, the month to take things at ease and cut down on most grueling activities. Which also means cutting down on the amount you spend on food.
To help you get through your day without constantly paying attention to the ticking of the clock. Here are five things which you can do before you break your fast. (Click on the name for the link of the place)
1. Museum Hopping: Jakarta is home to various different museums which some people may overlook considering the number of Malls growing every now and then. Have time to check these ones.
2. Cultural Institution: Almost every month, the following art institutions provides a range of movies and art performances which can get you through your day. Most even have their own public libraries which you can quietly enjoy the selection of books or movies.
“He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great fish, nor fights, nor contests of strength, nor of his wife. He only dreamed of places now and the lions on the beach.” – The Old Man and The Sea
Santiago, Ernest Hemingway’s protagonist in the book, The Old Man and The Sea, is a fisherman who goes offshore and finds the greatest catch of his life. A classic tale of endurance in adventure, of the love of sea and the reflections of those he leaves behind.
As Santiago unravels the greatest discovery bound against the vastness of the sea, on a sunny Monday afternoon, I sat across a man who had push his own limits to find the beauty that lay beneath the unpredictable current of the ocean.
Simon Davis is a chiropractor by profession but a true sailor by heart. He has spent the last couple of years going through the breeze and waves of different continents by his favored sailboat he names Skimpy. On a chance encounter traveling to the Marshall Islands, Simon registered his Yacht under the surprisingly existing Port of Bikini. Highlighting the playfulness of his character.
A well-built man with a dream bigger than himself, Simon has long dreamed of cruising around the world since the age of 18 years old. Having parents who encourage traveling might have been his first trigger, but having come from, as Simon says, “one of the most isolated city in the world,” namely Perth, his yearning to see beyond the cityscapes made him plunge into the unknown.
After a few minutes into our conversation, it was easy to grasp how much joy he found in the world. A couple of times, he would throw his big hearty laugh, other times, his facial expression were often at ease as he took a bite into his Veggie Brie. What was most memorable about Simon was when sharing something exciting, he would have this habit of making a giddy grin that highlighted the sparkle in his eye and crowfeet around it. It was without a doubt he had found the pleasure of living in the now.
Since his first decision to sail against the sea, he has gathered quite a following of 5o people – by personal invitation or through social media – who carry the same attitude of life of enjoying music, adventure, and definitely good food. “Life is too short to eat bad food,” he says in determination. As a food person, Simon, has luckily surrounded himself with a number of people who have the right skills (him included) to cook everything from risotto, pasta, and even bake good bread. As people often question the probability of sailing with good food, Simon ensures with his fellow travelers, they make a pit stop to get good vegetables that can complement their ability to spear good fish.
Sailing at this point was more than a personal pursuit. It became a daring a place of communion. Skimpy Sailing became a website Simon built as a platform to document his wild and passionate discoveries. Other than the fact that sailing in groups accounted for better safety, he strongly believes moments are meant to be shared – “If you cannot share your experience with someone then what is the point.”
Crossing borders was not only about living lime light of enjoyment. It was also about seeking balance. Simon and his traveling friends ensure they remind themselves to get back to grassroots and immerse in the act of giving. Throughout his travels, rather than providing monetary funds to those in need, he has been hands on in providing supplies to charities and giving a helping hand every now and then.
Simon is a big appreciator of life. The humanitarian part of him always feels at one with a sense of community. As a group, the Skimpy Sailors may travel with their own agenda, but there is one golden rule applied to each one on board: “every single day we would watch the sunset, listen to jazz music, drink cocktails, maybe have a cigar and talk about life, art, and philosophy.”
“If you don’t stop, it passes you by,” confirming his utmost gratitude in life.
Before we part our ways. I was curious with all this daring adventure and seeking his own freedom. What did freedom mean to him?
“One would be time – freedom of time. To have the space in your life to follow your passion and financial freedom to do what you love. Follow the inklings and itching of your soul, whether it is to go to a place or to do something.”
Even though in two years time, after his next sailing adventures, Simon might call quits to try something as new as mountain climbing. Skimpy has always been part of the passion and inspiration he looked for.
As Santiago faced the upheaval and abundant promise of discovery, Simon hopes by attracting people to his own experience he will inspire people to seek the direction that makes their heart sing and follow through.
- Athina Ibrahim
Photography by Gabriela Bhaskar and Simon Davis
Daniel Herscovitch: From Schubert to Sukarlan | Wednesday, 2 July 2014
The Goethe-Institut in Indonesia proudly presents the piano recital “From Schubert to Sukarlan” by Australian pianist Daniel Herscovitch. As a former DAAD-scholar, Daniel Herscovitch did not only study at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but also under Rosl Schmid in Munich. While based in Germany for 13 years, Herscovitch performed extensively on the continent and in England and toured Australia several times. Since returning to Australia he has been active in solo and chamber music and appeared at several festivals. He travels regularly to Europe and America for recitals and master classes, and also visits Indonesia annually.
GoetheHaus Jl. Sam Ratulangi No. 9-15 Menteng, Jakarta Pusat July 2, 2014, 7:30pm
Sadali: Work, Thoughts, Discussion | 25 June – 14 July 2014
This fine arts exhibition “Sadali” will showcase and 12 artists which includes S.Handono Hadi, Bambang Ernawan, Dadang MA, Putut W. Widodo, Irman A. Rahman, Mierza Said, Oco Santoso, Handiwirman Saputra, Dikdik Sayahdikumullah, Dwi Setya, Agung Fitriana dan Tandya R.S. With 80 kinds of artwork and installation art which will be showcased in this exhibition.
Gallery Tour & Artist Talk on Saturday, 5 Juli 2014 (4pm – End)
Saturday, 12 July 2014 (4 pm – End)
Galeri Nasional Indonesia, Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No. 14 Jakarta Pusat.
In Color Magazine’s issue #87, the publication made a argumentative piece on the ways of looking at art. The prolific issue unravels how art is taught and traded today. With this rapid resurgence of art and the exploration of artwork being produce, remastered, or modified, a probing curiosity arises to the question, “who decides on what art is?”
In relating to this broad question, recently The Goods Dept introduced an independent show space dedicated to serve as a commutative tool of art collection presented at its early stages.
As a retail space, The Goods Dept has worked closely with a number of prolific designers and artist in developing a solid presence of both local and international brands who has worked in translating contemporary ideas into form.
Today, through The Art Department, the retail space is encouraging a number of emerging artists to introduce their work and open the door to being a collectible item. “..art collecting should be contemporary and fun, but no less desirable,” as stated by The Goods Dept representative. By being a retail and interactive space, The Arts Department held at the curated retail store will promote the idea of collecting artwork in its most accessible form and price points.
The initial event introduced various different artwork from the artists behind Kandura Keramik, illustrator R. Yuki Agriadi, and husband – wife duo, Erik and Erika Pauhrizi, to name a few. Held last Thursday at the store’s location in Pacific Place, the collectible artwork was curated and managed by art sales expert, Amalia Wirjono, and exhibition designer Abraham Dewanggana, who continues to give people a closer look and an open discussion amongst themselves to understand who and what is determined as art – before they finally acquire their first collectible piece.
“Reaching Up” by Ernest Zacharevic. Cannon Street, George Town, Penang
There are three main reasons why Street art is my favorite kind of art. For starters, it is for everyone. Street art is not pretentious. It isn’t housed in a sterile environment. You don’t need a ticket or an invitation to enjoy what street art has to offer. This type of art thrives where people go about their daily activities. The fact that it is just as accessible and engaging to a kid going to school as it is to a CEO on her way to work is incredibly appealing.
“Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat” from the 101 Lost Kittens Project.
Secondly, Street Art changes over time. So many artworks have people who make a living hovering over them, ushering people away who dare to get too close. Street art welcomes change. The art, like any living entity that surrounds it, changes and eventually fades away. The more loved a particular work of street art is, the more apt to decay it becomes.
Thirdly, usually street art isn’t for sale. Where the artist created it is where it stays. It is site specific and hopefully won’t go home with a wealthy patron at the end of the day.
“Boy on a Bike” by Ernest Zacharevic. Ah Quee Street, George Town, Penang
The Street Art in George Town, Penang is especially unique as it began when Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned by the Penang Island Municipal Council in conjunction with the 2012 George Town Festival to create some Street Art murals. Since then it has taken off, incorporating more artists and becoming a much beloved facet of the city.
Many of the works are tucked away behind buildings, but once you find them they invite you to participate, interact, and become part of the work.
“Little Children on a Bicycle” by Ernest Zacharevic.
In George Town corners like the one below, which you ordinarily wouldn’t look twice at, become engaging photo ops for crafting memories that you won’t soon forget.
In this special area of Penang where Street Art thrives even the little things we see every day and perhaps take for granted become points of contemplation. Street Art jolts you out of your everyday experience and turns the mundane into something really unique.
The Tulisan team is excited to preview to you an exclusive preview of our upcoming collection, The Batch of 8. This special preview introduces our upcoming Plume & Wonder Prints Edition which will fully be available this coming Fall. In the meantime, we are only offering 11 range of new bags in 2 colorways, with only 8 pieces available for each colorway starting this Wednesday, 25 June, 2014 available only at our flagship store, Darmwangsa Square.
The textile designs are based on a few original pen and ink drawings which are then arranged manually into motifs. For 2014 prints editions, I have created two new artworks: ‘Plume’ is a composition of barn owl feathers and ‘Wonder’ is an Art Nouveau inspired illustration of cat fish and its habitat.
I have developed this collection together with two very close friends and brilliant designers, Weina Ding and Michal Gorzynski. Weina is a contemporary visual artist who is currently based in Spain. Michal is a product designer from Poland who has been specializing in the yacht industry.
The textile are hand-screened through an elaborate and meticulous artisanal process: producing the film, developing the screens, mixing the colors, drying, coating and pressing. These methods have to be repeated every time we register a new layer of color. ‘Wonder’ is a complex 4 color production.
We print using water-based inks on non-bleached raw cotton canvas. This allows transparency and shows every imperfection during the serigraphy process. Irregular ink coverage, offset in ink registration, and the dark speckles of cotton seeds make each printed piece unique.
We have selected high-quality trimmings and have developed cleaner fabricating techniques to produce a collection with distinct personalities. The new designs showcase forms and features which have been constructed by studying various people’s daily habits and lifestyles.
For each design, three to six prototypes were made and all assembling methods were evaluated many times until the final stage where we discovered an ideal shape with zero-waste cutting patterns. We kept a documented record of all our research and exploration.
With an open heart, an eye for imaginative detail, and a dedication to fair business practice, we hope our unique story will set the stage for you to craft your own.
Klab Lucifer by Duto Hardono | Now – 10 July, 2014
This exhibition strengthens the artistic character that has become uniquely identified with Duto Hardono. The use of sound, read-mades and found objects is still dominant in his installation work. Other prominent aspects are his free play with signs that are laden with sarcasm. Like a club, a place where people meet and enjoy themselves, this exhibition can be interpreted as a gathering space for signs that happily ‘rebel’, pure and cynical towards established valued, goodness and beauty.
From October 2010 to November 2013, Cemeti Art House held a residency programme for visual artists entitled ‘HotWave’. This residency programme involved artists from Indonesia and the Netherlands, as well as other artists from Asia and the Pacific region.
In the exhibition at the Erasmus Huis we will only show the works of the Dutch and Indonesian artists that participated in the HotWave residency programme, which was held in collaboration with Heden, The Hague and supported by the Culture & Development Programme of the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta.
Lotte Geeven, Restu Ratningtyas, David Pedraza, Wibowo Adi Utama , Esther Kokmeijer, Leonardiansyah Allenda, Marc Philip van Kempen, Tromarama, Ellert Haitjema, Agnes Christina, Charlotte Schleiffert, Charda Adytama, Berend Strik, Yudha Sandy
An overview exhibition of
Artists in Residency project
at Cemeti Art House
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said kav. S-3,
Art House Cinema: Hari ini Pasti Menang | Tuesday, 24 Juni 2014
Indonesian 2014. Gabriel Omar Baskoro rising star of Jakarta Metropolitan Football Club. His Talent and persistence have brought Indonesian Football Team into 2013 World Cup final for the very first time in history and manage to pull through the quarter final against the mighty Brazil. Upon his return to Indonesia, Gabriel’s life is torn between glory and integrity.
Born in the month of June 21 – July 22, Cancers are the homebodies from the rest of the zodiac family. They enjoy the pleasure of the home and their families. Often they enjoy to retreat in their crabby shell as they surrender in their restless mood. In receiving gifts, the Cancers in general will be open to a heartfelt and sincere gift but they do appreciate the gift when presented in a gracious way.
Select a Tulisan gift which will impress their tendencies to devour in anything relating to the home. We recommend going for our selection of the Home Collection: Cushion Covers, which will keep them glued to their comforts of a sofa reflecting on life as they drink down glass of wine. The Cushion Cover comes in various prints but we recommend to go for the Luca Collection of Smokey Night to complement their rather reserved personality or go for the bright Fuchsia Desert which suits their birthstone color Ruby.
Due to the ridiculous amount of times I get sick in a year – from the common cold to the occasional acid reflux – I took a vow last year to stop my dependency on consuming modern medicine. Although, I may still struggle in committing to the idea wholeheartedly, especially if the urgency of sickness requires me to bed rest in a hospital, I have instead sought better possibilities of living a healthier lifestyle.
This includes exercising regularly, consuming more greens and fruits in my diet, and following up on an alternative form of medicine when my body requires a quick tweak. Some may call it new age, or some sort hippie-organic movement nowadays, but in fact Indonesia has for centuries carried the abundant resources taken from leaves, roots, and fruits to form our traditional herbal medicine. We call this Jamu. Last Saturday, I took a chance to learn a thing or two on what constitutes a single cup of Jamu.
This event was hosted by the company Nyonya Meener, established by a woman of the same name, who in the early 1900s started making her own mix of herbal medicine for her sick husband, not long before her peers starting requesting to have some for their own sickness. Today, Nyonya Meener is a household name known for generations for their traditional mix to revive the body.
Below are the ingredients that can be mixed in a cup of Jamu:
Temulawak (Javanese Ginger) | Health Benefit: Improves better digestion, neutralizes toxins, dissolves muscle joint pains, and lowers cholesterol levels.
Kunyit (Turmeric) | Health Benefit: Great to reduce problems of the stomach as acid reflux or digestion issues, also beneficial to improve the skin’s condition either to make it smoother or get rid of allergies.
Jahe (Ginger) | Health Benefit: Leaving a soothing and strong aftertaste, Ginger is good for things related with the common cold and feverish conditions as nausea, headaches, or stomachaches. Ginger keeps the body warm.
Daun Jeruk (Orange Leaves) | Health Benefit: The leaves of the orange fruit also contains vitamin C which becomes a natural antioxidant and can improve the immune system. Great for coughs.
Daun Pandan (Pandan Leaves) | Health Benefit: Used as a treatment for the body and hair. When consumed the leaves creates the sweetness towards the Jamu made. Benefits include making the hair darker or good for muscle aches.
Kayumanis (Cinammon) | Health Benefit: An additional spice added to drinks or food, Cinnamon reduces inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria.
Ketumbar (Corriander) | Health Benefit: These leaves has health benefits which is good for anemia, improves the menstruation cycle, and can also help with diarrhea.
Adas (Fennel) | Health Benefit: Taken from a plant, Adas has an oil which is best used to cure the common cold and also helps in improving sleeping problems.
Secang (Sappanwood) | Health Benefit: A natural and reddish dye, Secang is good for digestion and for better bloodflow.
Polo (Dried Nutmeg) | Health Benefit: Polo helps cure insomnia and helps when one has headaches.
Cabe Jawa (Javanese Chili) | Health Benefit: This rough and dried chili is perfect to deal with feel in of weakness, digestion problems, fever, or acting as an ovary cleanser after one has given birth.
Based on the instructor who taught us that day, we can experiment and choose five kinds of ingredients from the choices above andmash them all together with a pestle and mortar to infuse and release the aroma of each roots or leaves before finally boiling it for a few minutes and pouring it with a filter.
Born in the month of May 21 to June 20, Gemini’s are said to be one of the talkative bunch in the zodiac group. Their two-face symbolic sign signifies a face of duality, they are all about pairs. The yin and the yang, the good and the evil, they can choose to be one thing and also the opposite other. When it comes to gift giving, their natural curiosity needs to be intrigued, they are naturally social people and enjoy a youthful adventure in the outdoors.
When considering a Tulisan gift, go for the Coterie Bag which perfectly captures their multi-functional tendencies. This is both a bag which also keeps a foldable picnic mat inside. Useful for spending some time in the outdoors with good friends, good food, and great company of friends. Keeping themselves entertained by nature while also enjoying the downtime intellectual talks with their peers becomes the double enjoyment they prefer. The Coterie Bag comes in various colors and prints, but knowing Gemini’s element is Air, we recommend to opt for the Luca collections in Blue Note or Light Coco.
Despite the daily antics we all get carried away with on a daily basis. It is hard to deny that Jakarta is a hidden gem waiting to make its global breakthrough. The increasing number of international peers visiting and planting their feet to the city and the common businesses built by locals who had their fair share of living abroad brings an air of positive hope to the dynamic potential this city has.
To celebrate the 487 anniversary this coming weekend, the Tulisan team as a great appreciator of the city that gave birth to us, provides you a few list of traditional markets and classic eateries that made Jakarta what it is today.
Pasar Baru: Despite its name meaning “New Market,” Pasar Baru has been one of the oldest witnesses of Jakarta’s development. The narrow-walkway of the market offers everything from vintage wear to the choices of cameras both old and new that you can either buy or fix.
Pasar Mayestik: A favorite go-to market for the Tulisan Team, this market located at South Jakartasells everything from fabrics, household appliance, clothing accessories, to the choices of Indonesian snacks. We could spend hours looking for strange finds here.
Pasar Senen: Even though this market surprised us by the accident of catching fire a few months ago. We still are relieved it is around to sell us the more than abundant choices of vintage wear which is a great bargain for our pocket. Imagine seven dresses for the price of Rp. 100.000.
Jalan Surabaya: A favorite place for both tourist and locals to dig into relics of the past. This market sells everything from the antique choices of lamps, clocks, to the many choices of records for those currently into collecting vinyls.
Pasar Asemka: This market is the perfect go-to place if you are looking for all the little necessities of stationeries or even a gift you would like to give a friend. The market sells notebooks, kids toys, inline skates, to bags.
Kopi Tak Kie: Since 1927, Kopi Tak Kie has been a morning and day staple coffee shop for residents who live around the small alleyway of Gang Gloria, at Kota. Bare as it is with the classic red painted font of the name, this humble coffee shop serves the classic ice black coffee or with milk and also an abundant choices of food from fried rice, noodles, to fries around the alley.
Trio Restaurant: Glaring in bright green, this breezy lookingrestaurant opened since 1947 serves an authentic choice of Chinese food in portions fit to share with friends and family. Known favorably for its fried frog legs and sautéed beef slices, this classic eatery is filled with a group of older men who have probably gone through generations of dining in the warmth of company.
Bubur Kwangtung: Open 24-hours every single day, Bubur Kwangtung has been a go-to place for those looking for a hefty bite in the brink of midnight. Recognized with the prominent framed pictures of famous celebrities of Jakarta, Bubur Kwangtung keeps your night full with its tasty choices of shrimp, chicken, or beef porridge.
Jaya Pub: This pub has been one of the oldest pubs in Jakarta since 1976. Long time customers would often spend their nights drinking while being entertained by the choices of bluesy rock or jazz both local and international. Although for a couple of years now, the regular show “Superbad” have bought in a resurgence of young local talents monthly.
Batavia Café: No place can introduce the history of old Jakarta more than being in the square called Taman Fatahillah where it is surrounded by three museums, Museum Fatahillah, Puppet Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics. The Café right at the epicenter is a place to take in the beauty of Jakarta.
As Melissa Sunjaya, Tulisan’s proud founder always mentions, “Jakarta is not London, Paris, New York or any other great city. Despite its pollution and bumper-to-bumper traffic, living in Jakarta is about taking chances, being close to family, and having true friends. It is a melting pot where you will find many inspiring minds and undiscovered talent. Appearances are often deceiving. This is definitely the case with a chaotic city like Jakarta, but once you delve into its inner beauty you realize that this is a place brimming with vitality and an abundance of untapped creative energy.”
We hope this list will keep you inspired as you discover different parts that made Jakarta what is today.
My Grandmother always said that you have to be smart about love. She felt that who you love is up to you. It was certainly not something to be left to impulse, whimsy, or chance. Love was a considerable commitment and required assessment, good judgment, and to be taken seriously. Her perspective was perhaps the product of a generation raised to cherish practicality and revere discipline. She was married for over half a century and with all the ups and downs that the decades proffered, her devotion to those she loved was as steadfast and meaningful as the wedding ring she was buried with.
But, being “smart” about love is not quite as easy as it seems, and thankfully so. My Grandma was a wise woman, but having never made a spontaneous, life-altering decision, she was not an authority when it came to certain matters of the heart. The ramifications of impulsive commitment are beautifully articulated in George Eliot’s Silas Marner. In her book the heroic misanthrope Silas Marner reveres the gold he earns from his loom, lovingly counting it each night until one day he is robbed and in an instant seemingly loses everything meaningful to him. Devastated, he carries on in a miserable state until one night an orphaned toddler wanders into his home, and immediately his heart thawed. Without brooding over details or implications Marner decides to take her in and raise her as his own. When the child’s mother dies her biological father, Godfrey Cass, having kept his child and marriage a shameful secret, allows his daughter to be adopted by the town recluse rather than claim her as his own. Godfrey painstakingly considers the consequences of revealing his relation to the mysterious orphan against remaining silent and letting the situation play out without his direct involvement. Realizing that by asserting his paternity he might ruin his chances of a future marriage and permanently mar his reputation, Godfrey Cass chooses to take on role of concerned bystander. Having carefully studied his options and each outcome they afforded, Godfrey decides that it was in his best interest to let his child be raised by another. Arguably he made the smartest decision. As the decades wear on, one man’s life becomes rich in love while the other becomes rich in secular pleasure. But who is happiest? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Though written over 150 years ago, Eliot’s book explores with wit and nuance the hope and hypocrisy that surround religion, the chance connections that become stronger than kinship, and the meaning of true wealth. Her characters become distinctly relatable as their lives unfold in this eloquent and uplifting moral tale.
It seems that in life you don’t get to choose when or how you will meet the people who ultimately impact you the most. But that doesn’t really matter. As long as you remain as open hearted as Silas Marner, your future will remain rich and meaningful. I imagine that’s the smartest message intimated by the pages of the book. And, I think my Grandma might agree with me.
**What’s up next? #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso. Let’s read Amoruso’s story where, “…Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.” Her story is as courageous and fascinating as the fashion empire she’s created.
For the next few weeks, our team will give you an early week guide to what events – everything from music, exhibitions, performances arts, or discussions - you can attend to in Jakarta. Have a lookout for these cultural events around Jakarta this week:
Mélissa Laveaux | Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Mélissa Laveaux is a Haiti-descent singer and guitarist who was raised in Canada and now lives in Paris. Together with drummer, Anne Paceo, also the jazz frontman of Triphase who once was invited to Jakarta by IFI in December 2011, Mélissa will be performing her own musical style influences of folk music, jazz, electro and rock.
Art House Cinema: Das Wunder von Bern | Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Germany 1954: The German football team prepares for the World Cup in Bern. Meanwhile, a prisoner of war comes back to his homeland. After being detained for several years in Russia, he has difficulties to settle in and to recognize his wife and children.
Kota Tua Creative Festival | Saturday & Sunday, 21 – 22 June 2014
Kota Tua Creative Festival is a free public event that invites Jakarta citizens and visitors to explore the potential of the unique open public spaces and abandoned heritage buildings in the treasured yet often forgotten part of Jakarta.
Programs to look out for:
Pop-Up Shops, Jelajah Bangunan Bersejarah Contemporary Art Exhibition, Photography Exhibition IMAJI, Smart Nature Exhibition MVRDV, Pop Art Exhibition,Culinary booths, Bamboo installation KCA, Indonesia’s Railway Exhibition KAI, and many more.
Kota Tua Jakarta
Jalan Taman Fatahillah
Tohpati and Ubiet is a collaboration of musical genre. The collaboration of guitar and music instruments of different size and the vocal combines both the essence of jazz and eclectic singing. Both parties work together through a spectrum that covers rhythm, metrum, melody, harmony, and event texture and colorful sounds.
JL. Salihara 16,
Latcho Drom is a movie that ignites curiosity and wanderlust like a long, fragrant incense, that lingers well after it’s been extinguished. I cannot tell you which came first the wanderlust or the movie, but whatever it was one did eventually fall in love with the other, and they are now stuck together forever. Maybe it reminds me of my dancing childhood and the jingly bells I wore on my ankles, or why I was lured by the call to prayer to majestic walls of Mosques that woke up and fell asleep along the Bosphorous, or the reason I was seduced by the Flamenco singing gypsies in a hidden plaza witnessing the shadow of the Alhambra fade away with the setting sun, but whatever it is, it is there, like that “clever, North Wind”.
It is hard to deny the emotions this movie stirs. It seems more appropriate to dance and cry your way through the movie than be seated quietly in darkness. A 1993 French documentary by director and writer Tony Gatlif about the migration of the Romani people from North India to Spain, Latcho Drom is sewn together with a string of chillingly honest vocals, and punctuated by mundane and quiet moments.
Tony Gatlif records the soul of the people through their music and dance and how their nomadic life transformed their culture and traditions. Latcho Drom has few spoken words, but instead is painted with a brush of lyrics and canvas of instruments.
This incredibly emotional film, moves from one country to another with a viscous fluidity, like honey from a spoon. you become entranced and before you know what happens it’s on to the next place. The film begins with a single, singing boy with an eerie, yet upbeat and celebratory presence, and maintains this spirit as they pass through Egypt, and Turkey. As they move into Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, the coldness of winter, sets in and we witness a dark struggle of the journey these people made. There are so many beautiful symbols in the film of how music infects, including a very beautiful scene of gypsies playing music across a set of railway tracks to a rather wealthy woman and her son, who can’t help but be enchanted by their fiddles and voices.
Without giving too much else away, I will say that no matter how hard you try, this movie will leave you with the deepest, longing itch, maybe it will be yearning for your next adventure or an undeniable desire to pick up that musical instrument you’ve told yourself you’d love to learn.
“Defining daily occurrence is a way to delve into the essence of daily experience: To get out of routine and doubt by finding a certainty that is real, to become human which are able to nurture awareness.” - Manisfesto Keseharian
Every two years, Galeri Nasional Indonesia presents the most awaited and expansive biennale exhibition named The Manisfesto, presenting the range Indonesia’s fine artists. Entering its fourth edition, the exhibition features the work of 79 mix-medium art form from paintings, sculptures, art prints, to photography held in three sections of the building, taking space of building A, B, C, and pool of Indonesia National Gallery exhibition space.
This year, the theme takes on the subject of everyday occurrence, Mencandra Keseharian (Knowing Daily Life). The exploration of work takes on the idea of taking people out of their daily routine, to stop and reflect and find connectivity between what’s “here” and “there,” between local and global, and the discussion of private and public property. The subjectivity of daily events creates a question of boundaries between the artists of what is perceived to be real for them which also indicates a reflection of current times.
The diversity of culture seeps into the different contemporary art work, when entering the exhibition, you will see various presentation about religion, about profanity, family, or the observing juxtaposition of what contemporary art is.
For almost two weeks, the biggest exhibition is back again to show to us the development of aesthetics and the progressive critical minds of Indonesia’s contemporary artist.
Manifesto Keseharian #4
Mencandra Tanda-Tanda Masa
20 May – 7 June 2014
Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No.14,
Gambir, Kota Jakarta Pusat,
DKI Jakarta 10110, Indonesia
Gallery Tour 7 June 2014
Time: 11:00 am – End