Joko Avianto’s “The Theater of Ships” is the main giant visual treat in George Town Festival (GTF) 2013. Situated between the iconic town hall and city hall, a municipal office gets a new radical exterior look with a facade consisting of around 3,000 bamboos. We are delighted to get the opportunity to enjoy this intricate design on the first day of GTF. The month-long festival stages a plethora of art works and cultural exhibitions across the city.
Operet Babah Encim staged a love-theme work Legenda Cinta Pulau Kemaro, based on a folktale from South Sumatra about interracial tragic romance between king of Palembang’s daughter Siti Fatimah and a Chinese merchant Tan Bun An, a fortune and love seeker.
In 1996 Stefano Bollani chose to drop all he has worked for in pop since he first took a professional path at his teenage years, and after over 15 years, the Italian pianist showed his aptitude, more of nurtured than inherent.
Liem Keng Sien (1954 – 2014) called his home cum studio the university of rest and relax, a creative place that goes unsupported by government, and unrecognized by public. Less serious in nature, perhaps it is this aphorism “Art is long, life is short” where Keng Sien took an inspiration to create his final art series, interestingly, in the shape of many laughing expressions based on earth material, a notable shift of base materials from ceramics he was so well-known of.
What troubles Jose Rizal Manua's mind of late other than keeping that brain brushed up to memorize a hell of a line in theater when he is no longer physically young, despite his conviction that he still is, at least in soul?
There has not been any feverish polemic on art in Indonesia like what happened in the past. The memory of the 1974 Desember Hitam (Black December) manifesto following the disillusioned young artists in the defeat and humiliation in the art competition of that year held by Jakarta Art Council reemerges at the same place 40 years later, in Taman Ismail Marzuki.