Welcome to the Goethe-Institut RiverScapes Blog.
Coordinated by Goethe-Institut Hanoi, 6 curators and 17 artists from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines have been working on the subject of ecological and cultural change of major river landscapes in Southeast Asia, creating installations, photo series, video and sound installations. Riverscapes INFLUX Blog followed the artists’ working process and gives an insight on how the artworks evolved. The exhibition has been shown in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok, and will now tour the other participating countries until March 2013.
The exhibition will tour the following countries from April 2012 to March 2013:
The Angke River is one of thirteen rivers flowing through Jakarta City. For Jakarta's inhabitants, Angke River is connected to a long history of cultural development.
Today the river has changed. While people in the south can still take advantage of the river’s natural wealth, catching fish and mollusks or hunting for lizards, the situation is different for people living downriver in West Jakarta. Because of the bad water quality, the people here have changed their profession and are collecting metal and plastic waste.
The change described is due to a shift in urban and social structures. In the past, before the factory area in North and West Jakarta was built along the Angke’s banks, jobs in the southern region were carried out by the people living in the north of Jakarta. But as the city is changing, its development continues to shift the nature-related-jobs towards the south.
This project tries to convey the ecological change of Angke River in relation to rural, suburban and urban areas by mapping the different professions connected to the river. This change is examined under economic, cultural and social aspects.
Curated by: Ade Darmawan
was born in 1981. From 2006-2007 he worked as a researcher and curator assistant of the archive exhibition of the Jakarta Arts Council. He held his first solo exhibition entitled “Footage Jive” at RURU Gallery, Jakarta, in 2009. From 2010 until 2011, Yudha co-curated the Media Art Exhibition for the Art Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia. The International Video Festival “OK. Video FLESH” is his premier curatorial program. His art works have been displayed at several national and international art film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, among others.
Yudha currently works as a coordinator in the Research and Development Division. He is a participant of the JENESYS Programme 2011-2012, Japan Foundation.