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 fact that some parts of Jakarta are located on a flood plain had already been acknowledged during the period of Dutch colonization. With a soil surface height of 0.5 meters above sea level by the shore and 25 meters above sea level in the south of the city, floods threaten us regularly.
Furthermore, the soil surface is reduced each year, rendering 40% of DKI Jakarta - about 26.000 ha – below sea level, and thus “familiarized” with the floods. The West Flood Canal, built in 1922, successfully controlled floods towards Central Jakarta area for approximately 40 years. At the same time, fast development converted the green areas and the lowland into high-density residential and business centers, which had been a catchment area and temporary flood basin before. With inadequate drainage systems and environmentally unfriendly constructions, the change regarding the function of the area became a boomerang to the development itself. In 1973, the East Flood Canal was planned to provide flood control and a Drainage System Masterplan in DKI Jakarta. Construction, however, began only in 1996. Since December 2011, 38 years after the project was approved, the East Flood Canal is now open to the public. With the green area along the side of the synthetic riverbank, Jakarta residents received new public space which allows them to take a break from their everyday routines. But among the sigh of relief, questions and concerns arise, emerging from past experience with the rapid growth and development process in Jakarta.
This project will respond to the long story of the East Flood Canal’s development, its interactions with the surroundings, the controversy around it and other social aspects that rise as a “side-effect” of development. By not trying to answer the questions and concerns, the project will seek to capture certain elements and combine them in an audio-visual integrated installation.
Curated by: Ade Darmawan
was born in Bandung in Indonesia. Majoring in Interior Design, he took interest in sound designing, motion graphics and occasional street projects. In the period from 1999 to late 2010, Krisgatha was listed as an editor for several Indonesian youth magazines. Most of his works can be found in various mediums and formats, from texts, graphics, canvas, prints and soundscapes to videos. His works have been exhibited across the nation, and he participates in international art forums, for both projects and seminars. His most notable work is the recorded collaboration with Indonesia’s leading punk band “Jeruji”. Today he is experimenting with sounds in his live performances.