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Jakarta Globe Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Pianist Oliver Kern, left, and violinist Iskandar Widjaja toured Java together in January, and a still from ‘John Rabe,’ a popular screening at the German film festival.
Welcome From the JERIN Team
Dear friends of JERIN, Welcome to the second special Jakarta Globe supplement on the event series JERIN — Germany and Indonesia. As the story on the right recounts, we have been seeing a fantastic response and are delighted with the series so far. The JERIN series, with more than 60 events in over 15 cities all across Indonesia since last October, aims to give new impulses to the partnership between Indonesia and Germany, ranging from topics of culture to science and education, as well as business and politics. Initiated by the German Embassy in Jakarta, the Goethe Institut and the GermanIndonesian Chamber of Commerce (EKONID), together with partners from the corporate and institutional sectors of Germany and Indonesia, JERIN welcomes you to join. Fresh from the success of January’s star event, Indonesia’s first-ever festival of German cinema, we continue the JERIN series in February, in the run-up to the anniversary next year of 60 years of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Germany. To that end, more diverse and exciting events await. The reggae music of Uwe Kaa and Indonesian artists has already been heard from Java to Sulawesi, but you have two more chances to catch the act today in Surabaya and on Friday in Manado! Meanwhile, an exhibition on German international cooperation and diversity, “The Wall: A Frontier Within Germany,” is touring. See page 4 for more details on these events. The biggest event of the month is one for batik aficionados. Jakarta and Solo will have the chance to learn about forgotten European-Indonesian batik relations as well as get acquainted with the modern use of batik. The exhibition, “Indonesian Batik: A Living Heritage,” pays homage to this art form — recently declared a masterpiece of world heritage by Unesco — by presenting new facets of batik. See page 5 for a full rundown on the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 19. Science, education and politics stay featured in the JERIN program: The topic of Climate Change Economics will be discussed in Bogor and a Children’s University will take place in Jakarta through February. March and the following months in the build-up to next year’s anniversary will present more exciting events covering topics as diverse as music and renewable energy. The highlight and climax of JERIN will be the largest-ever exhibition on the works and life of the painter Raden Saleh in Jakarta. Saleh, one of Indonesia’s most admired and respected artists, spent many years in Germany in the 19th century. Your JERIN Team
German – Indonesian Interaction at the DIS
he German International School (DIS) truly is more than just a place for learning. DIS also represents a center for the German community and those who are interested in German culture and education.
Excellent, intercultural education The DIS is recognized and licensed by the German Ministry of Education and has successfully passed the certification process to become an “excellent German school abroad”. The German international education starts at kindergarten level, and after twelve school years leads to the internationally recognized German High School degree (“Abitur”). The Trilingual Plus program offers an education based on the Indonesian national curriculum and is delivered in three languages - German, English, Bahasa Indonesia. It covers Pre-School and Elementary School levels, and also includes participation in the “Ujian Nasional”. Since the 2011/12 school year DIS has introduced “DIAP”, whereby all DIS students from grade 7 onward follow one set curriculum. “DIAP” is a German High School degree that offers a bilingual education under proven German standards, while also ensuring the students admission to universities around the world. … and way more than “just learning” ! Small classes guarantee a “family” classroom atmosphere, and the teachers are able to address each student’s individual needs, which also includes providing homework support and guidance. With manifold facilities and state-of-the-art equipment that includes labs, sports fields, and an auditorium, DIS is able to offer a wide variety of after-school extracurricular programs to foster students’ individual passions and talents. The parents are considered an important keystone at the DIS. Regular dialogue and exchange of information ensures close relations. Parents, students, staff, and the DIS’s circle of friends regularly meet at the DIS’s sporting events, school festivities, theater performances, and many more occasions. Thus, the DIS truly becomes a center of the German Community and their friends, and a place where meeting and interaction of different cultures and generations is successfully promoted
A Growing Success Story
hat a blast! With four months of the JERIN (Germany and Indonesia) series gone, the response has already gone beyond the dreams of organizers. With more than 60 events held in more than a dozen cities across Indonesia since last October, JERIN aims to illustrate how Germany and Indonesia are working together to address a wide variety of social, economic, political and cultural issues. And so far a total of more than 50,000 visitors have turned out to the various events, with a massive 30,000 people attending December’s Science Film Fest and the German Cinema festival earlier this month, plus 8,000 visitors to a traveling “Germany for Beginners” exhibition, which benefited from encouraging schools to make visits. The message of JERIN — a series of cultural, educational, artistic and intellectual events that invite Indonesians to experience and interact with German culture — has been spread through social media sites, with organizers estimating that about a million people have seen it, been sent links to it or posts about it. Added to the more than one million visits that the JERIN Web site has enjoyed, the buzz has been louder than anyone expected. “It’s been a very positive result,” said JERIN coordinator Insaf Seemann. “It’s an amazing direction that this whole project has taken. It really wasn’t planned that big, but now, if we don’t lose track of the focus, it could have long-term effects on relations, network-building and so many other areas. We are calling it
the butterfly effect: start something and just see what happens.” Jointly organized by the German Embassy, the Goethe-Institut and Ekonid (the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce), JERIN, which celebrates “Creativity in Diversity,” has been timed to celebrate the forthcoming 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Germany.
The promotional campaign for the event series focused on professional young Indonesians aged between 20 and 35, and this has reaped benefits in terms of the number of visitors interested in education options in Germany. “We want to raise awareness of Germany, and say ‘Hey, Germany is interesting, come and study there!’ ” enthused Insaf. “But we never thought there would be as much interest as there has been, especially from students. Any events that were connected to universities saw a big rise in numbers.” Insaf chalked up the strong showings to the power of social media in spreading the word and creating a cycle of interest in the JERIN events. “It’s like a lifestyle; either you are a fan of Germany or you are not interested. And if you are
a fan, you become more and more enthusiastic,” she said. Following November’s Science Film Festival and December’s Germany for Beginners exhibit, the new year started with a bang thanks to the first-ever German film festival in Indonesia, featuring 10 German blockbusters in five cities across the archipelago. Academy Award-winning director Florian Gallenberger opened the festival in Jakarta, and almost all 8,000 tickets available were snapped up (see page 6). Meanwhile, internationally renowned pianist Oliver Kern and rising star violinist Iskandar Widjaja teamed up for a concert series from Jakarta via Solo to Surabaya, and the past week has seen the start of a comprehensive exhibition on batik and Europe’s role in spreading its appeal worldwide (see page 5).
Way more than just learning … . . . a Center of the German Community
We are easy and fast to reach in BSD-City just west of Jakarta. Located in a clean and safe environment beyond Jakarta’s pollution and noise, our spacious campus also houses a gymnasium, a soccer field, swimming pools, tennis courts, and many other facilities. The modern school building is equipped with state-of-the-art natural science and computer labs, and even a 320-seater auditorium. Dedicated teachers and professional trainers lead the after-school extra-curricular programs that contain a wide variety of sports, fine arts, theater, crafts and various other activities. We cordially invite your entire family to become part of the DIS Community.
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JERIN’s patrons, partners and organizers celebrate the launch of the event series. Front row (left to right): Ramesh Divyanathan (BMW Group Indonesia), Heidrun Tempel (Deputy Head of Mission, German Embassy), Joachim Wessling (Allianz Indonesia), H.E. Christian Wulff (President of the Federal Republic of Germany), H.E. Norbert Baas (Ambassador of the Federal Republic
of Germany), Jan Rönnfeld (Managing Director of EKONID), Claus Weidner (Mercedes-Benz Indonesia). Back Row (left to right): Hans-Peter Hausner (PT. Bayer Indonesia), Joachim Stender (PT. Jawa Power), Bernhard Meyer (Meyer Werft), Hans-Peter Haesslein (PT. Siemens Indonesia), Frank Winkler (MAN Ferrostaal), Leandro Tonidandel (Lufthansa Indonesia).
Sponsored Supplement: JERIN
Jakarta Globe Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Jakarta Globe
Sponsored Supplement: JERIN
Treats on The Way For JERIN Visitors T
he JERIN event series rolls into its fifth month with much to offer those on the lookout for great cultural events. One highlight of February is the “Batik: A Living Heritage” exhibition — see the story on the right for details of this remarkable collection. But JERIN has even more fascinating surprises up its sleeve. Here is a taste. See the schedule for detailed dates and locations. Uwe Kaa German singer Uwe Kaa is celebrating 15 years on the stage. The songs from his new album, “Danebenbenehmen” (“Misbehaving”), have already rocked hundreds of people during concerts in Jakarta and Yogyakarta in January. Now, the 33-year-old reggae singer is heading to Surabaya and Manado. Kaa, who first became famous as a member of the band Roots Rockers Sound System, evolved his sound from rap to reggae, earning him widespread fame in Europe. His music transcends cultural differences just as he blends musical genres. His shows feature Ras Ras Muhamadand special guests Indonesian Rice, with support from Blue Blue Bubble Band Sasha Waltz - Zweiland Indonesian modern dance buffs have much to look forward to as choreographer Sasha Waltz heads for Jakarta, Bandung and Surakarta. Widely considered the most important innovator in dance theater since Pina Bausch, Waltz gets her inspiration from imaginative and surreal stories, which draw their strength from everyday life. Her pieces take us on a journey through different emotions and dream worlds where people’s habitats play a vital role. The dynamic, vibrant rhythm of the street is reflected in the movement sequences of “Zweiland,” a poetic approach to the topic “Images of Germany.” Social relations are shown on the interpersonal level, with the symbolic number “two” visible in various forms. Absurd everyday situations are interspersed with character studies
JERIN Calendar of Events February-March 2012 For full details of each event, please go to www.jerin.or.id
MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2 THURSDAY 3 FRIDAY 4 SATURDAY 5 SUNDAY
INDONESIAN BATIK: A LIVING HERITAGE (JAKARTA) EXHIBITION: GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND DIVERSITY (MAKASSAR) CLEAN BATIK INITIATIVE LECTURE SERIES UWE KAA CONCERT (MANADO) CLEAN BATIK INITIATIVE DESIGN CONTEST
Glimpse the Nation’s Heart in ‘Batik: A Living Heritage’
Tunggul Wirajuda atik has been synonymous with Indonesian culture since it originated in the 6th or 7th century AD. Its history is so rich that in 2009 Unesco added batik to its “Intangible Heritage of Humanity” list. Like all masterpieces of art, batik has a way of uniting cultures — among them, Indonesia and Germany. With this in mind, the exhibition Indonesian Batik “A Living Heritage” opened on Wednesday as part of JERIN and jointly organized by the Clean Batik Initiative (CBI). It is on at the National Gallery in Jakarta until Feb. 6 and then moves to Solo. “The German government gladly supports the exhibition, as it touches upon long-forgotten connections between Europe and Asia,” Dr. Norbert Baas, the German Ambassador to Indonesia, said at the opening ceremony. “At the same time, the exhibition presents challenges and opportunities for the future, ranging from topics like sustainable batik to modern batik design.” He gave a special commendation to the improvements in batik manufacturing implemented by the Clean Batik Initiative, which aims to “green” the supply-and-demand side of batik products to ensure that their environmental impact is taken into account. The initiative is part of the EU-funded Switch Asia program on sustainable production and consumption (see story below). Environmentally clean batik, and batik’s versatility as an art form, provide a tantalizing hint of the direction batik may take in the future. The exhibition covers various aspects of batik, including its manufacture and its storied history. It explores the works of the late batik master Iwan Tirta and German batik artists, whose work is just the latest manifestation of centuries of influence by batik on European art. Batik Manufacturing Of all batik manufacturing techniques, none are as refined, elevated or as laborious than the batik tulis, or “written batik” style. Since each piece is drawn by hand, no two patterns are identical, though they might have a strong resemblance. Fine batik is also reversible, as motifs are drawn, waxed and dyed on one side, then the other. Detailed wax designs are applied with a tool called a canting, similar to a fountain pen, and the material is given a dye bath; the waxed areas repel the dye, and after the dye is set, the wax is dissolved in boiling water and the procedure is repeated with a different design. The whole process can take more than a year, as it involves designers, waxers, dyers and finishers. The dye is one of batik’s defining features, distinguished by its rich penetrating tone, colorfastness and ability to resist abrasion. Batik Variations While batik patterns are diverse due to their influences from various cultures, batik is generally divided
DAAD PRESENCE (MAKASSAR) DAAD CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY (JAKARTA)
INDONESIAN BATIK: A LIVING HERITAGE (JAKARTA) EXHIBITION: GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND DIVERSITY (MAKASSAR)
DAAD CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY (JAKARTA)
INDONESIAN BATIK: A LIVING HERITAGE (SOLO) EXHIBITION: GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND DIVERSITY (SAMARINDA) DAAD CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY (JAKARTA)
and magical images. The actors will also perform German songs from different centuries, and allow them to be merged with the dance and music into one unit. German Development, Cooperation and Diversity The German Development Cooperation and Diversity discussion continues its tour of cities across Indonesia. Follow German experts as they share their country’s know-how in tackling climate change, developing the private sector, promoting good governance and fighting corruption. They will also map out ways to enact development cooperation with Indonesia. The event will then stop in Makassar, Samarinda and Bandung in February and March and is expected to visit 11 cities throughout Indonesia by the time it ends. It has already dropped by Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Semarang, Surabaya and Banda Aceh since the tour began last October. DAAD: Children’s University If you are eager to give your little ones a preview of university life, then the DAAD Kinderuni, or Children’s University program, is a great place to start. Founded in Germany in 2002, the Kinderuni is comprised of a set of classes focused on children. As with their adult counterparts, the classes are held for a semester, lasting a few months. The classes will be held at Padjadjaran University in Bandung and the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. The teachers for the Kinderuni’s classes are lecturers and researchers at the University of Indonesia and Padjadjaran University who are alumni of the DAAD Kinderuni program themselves. As with Kinderuni classes in Germany, child reporters will deliver news reports comprised of documentary shorts, articles and interviews, which will be printed and broadcast by local and regional media. The cub reporters will be trained by journalism faculty from both universities.
DAAD CHILDREN’S UNIVERSITY (JAKARTA)
Above: German Ambassador Norbert Baas (right) with EKONID’s Martin Krummeck as he tours the exhibition after opening it on Jan. 25. Far left: Bamboo forms a natural backdrop showcasing many of the exhibits. Left and below: One section of the show is devoted to late batik master Irwan Tirta.
JAVA JAZZ FESTIVAL (JAKARTA)
EXHIBITION: GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND DIVERSITY (BANDUNG) SASHA WALTZZWEILAND (JAKARTA)
SASHA WALTZZWEILAND (BANDUNG)
SASHA WALTZZWEILAND (SURAKARTA)
Join Our Butterﬂy Design Contest
Are you creative? Are you interested in Germany? Do you love a challenge? If so, you might be able to win a flight to Germany! JERIN is organizing a design contest that pays homage to its logo, a butterflyinspired design in the national colors of Indonesia and Germany. The logo reflects the philosophy of the butterfly effect: a small change in one place can have large effects elsewhere. In Indonesian mythology, the arrival of the butterfly symbolizes a joyful event. The butterfly is dynamic and lively, and that is exactly what JERIN aims to be. For the contest, we have a mission for all of you Germany fans out there: design your own JERIN butterfly in the national colors of Indonesia and Germany. then use your butterfly (or our butterfly logo) as your profile picture on Facebook. Post a picture of it on the JERIN Facebook page and on your Twitter account. Finally, get at least 30 of your friends to “like” the JERIN Facebook page, and ask them to post a comment under your picture on our wall. To participate, register before Feb. 29. For full details, see http://jerin.or.id/index.php?id=1171
into two regions: Central Javanese batik and Pesisir, or Coastal batik. Central Javanese batik, particularly from Yogyakarta and Solo, is full of spiritual meaning. It is steeped in symbolism pertaining to Javanese beliefs, ethics and ideas about the social order as well as Hinduism. It plays a major ritual role and can determine the wearer’s social status and power. This is particularly the case with the Kraton, or Palace, batik. Its patterns include the
larangan, or “forbidden” batik, which is only allowed to be worn by certain courtiers, as strictly regulated by court etiquette. Coastal batik, meanwhile, is created and produced in several areas on the northern coast of Java and the island of Madura. Due to maritime trading, Coastal batik was more open to foreign influences in textile design, coloring and motifs. Unlike inland batik, Coastal batik is distinguished by its more vivid
A Longer Show for Raden Saleh
When JERIN was in its planning stages, one of its flagship events was to be a groundbreaking exhibit in February dedicated to 19th century Indonesian painter Raden Saleh, who lived in Germany for years and was greatly influenced by his time there. The bad news is that the exhibition won’t happen in February. The great news is that it will now be in June and will be expanded from six days, as originally planned, to 15 days. As the first Indonesian painter to study
Raden Saleh’s oil painting ‘Hermit in a Mountainous Landscape’ from 1838 exemplifies how he learnt western techniques.
The exhibition explores the works of German batik artists, whose work is just the latest manifestation of centuries of influence by batik on European art.
colors and influences from Arab, Chinese, Dutch and Japanese culture as well as Javanese elements. Pekalongan batik, from the town of the same name, is a premier example of Coastal batik. This form has Dutch and Chinese influence, and is best known for its flower bouquet motif, or buketan. Cirebon, or Trusmi batik, also shows a strong Chinese influence, particularly in its megamendung (rain cloud) design, as does Lasem batik. This form of batik is particularly renowned for a bright red color called abang getih pithik, or “chicken blood red.” Madura batik stands out because of its use of vibrant colors like yellow, red and green. Iwan Tirta Exhibition If there is any one individual who can be credited with giving the rest of the world a window on batik and preserving it for future generations, then fashion designer Iwan Tirta (1935-2010) might be it. The contemporary yet traditional batik designs he created were featured in boutiques and fashion shows that made batik hip and sparked public interest. His works also appeared in publications including The New York Times, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. While Tirta’s efforts to document and preserve batik as an art form as well as developing it into an Indonesian living heritage are less known, they are just as significant.
Batik in Europe Batik’s popularity continued to grow in Germany and Europe, particularly after a number of artists learned the art form in Indonesia in the mid1900s and tried their hand in it. Artists who put their own personal spin on batik include Joachim Blank, Peter Wenger and Rita Trefois. The “European Influences” section of the exhibition also highlights the batik collection of collectors like Rudolf Smend and Annegret Haake. Landscape of Diversity The “Landscape of Diversity” was Indonesia’s first-ever entry to the London Festival of Architecture. Making its debut in 2010, the pavilion was created by Alur, a group of Indonesian architects working in the British capital. The group, which includes Prama Milyardi, Rizki Nindito and Ardes Perdhana, used the installation to promote Indonesia’s culture and heritage, as well as exploring ideas like the transformation of origins and diverse cultures. The work incorporates old and new, giving the age-old kawung batik pattern a contemporary touch with 3D computer modeling and laser cutting. The exhibition is at the National Gallery, Jakarta, until Feb. 6. It then moves to the Pendapi Gede, Komplek Balaikota Surakarta, Solo, from Feb. 13 to 19.
in Europe, the high-born Saleh brought a new understanding of visual arts back to his home country, though his work remained deeply rooted in Javanese culture. Today his paintings command record auction prices and are part of many private and public collections in Asia and Europe. But oddly, there has never been an effort to unite his work in a single exhibition. The show, at Jakarta’s National Gallery, runs from June 2 to June 17. Tickets will be free. See jerin.or.id for more details.
Acclaimed German art gallery owner and batik expert Rudolf G. Smend (center) and German batik artist Joachim Blank (right) at the exhibition opening.
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