(Interview available in German and Spanish)

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(Interview available in German and Spanish)




Interview by Katerina Valdivia Bruch for

Climate change has been a current global topic during the last few years. At the moment, the consequences of the last typhoon in the Philippines or the chemical disaster in Fukushima, are examples on how human intervention in nature might affect our environment or put it in danger.

The subject of man-made natural disasters, that result in climate change, is the core of the first Climate Art Festival in Yogyakarta, held in the city and rural areas of Yogyakarta, Indonesia this October. From October 2nd  to 24th, the festival offered an extensive programme with workshops, performances, concerts and art exhibitions. One of its aims is to promote an awareness on environmental care amongst t
he local communities. Click here to read the whole interview »

Photo: Arya Pandjalu, Maybe it’s not always about trying to fix something broken, maybe it’s about starting over and creating something better. Photo: courtesy Christina Schott


Speakers: Antariksa, Dr. Amanda Katherine Rath and Katerina Valdivia Bruch

November 21th, 2013 at 6 pm 
Humboldt University Berlin, Seminar for Southeast Asian Studies
Room 315, 3rd floor

* The art milieu in Indonesia under the Japanese occupation.

By Antariksa (KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, iCAN (Indonesia Contemporary Art Network)

* Artists as ethnographers during the 80s in Indonesia.

By Dr. Amanda Katherina Rath (Goethe University Frankfurt) 

* Censorship in the arts in Post Suharto Indonesia.

By Katerina Valdivia Bruch (PhD candidate, University of Reading/Zurich University of the Arts)

Organised and conceptualised by Katerina Valdivia Bruch, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. phil. Vincent Houben and the Department of Southeast Asian Studies of Humboldt University Berlin

With the support of the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin


Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Seminar für Südostasien-Studien
Invalidenstraße 118
10115 Berlin 
U-Naturkundemuseum / S-Berlin-Nordbahnhof

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Sarasehan: Art policy and identity in Indonesia during the Japanese occupation.

A talk by Antariksa.

Moderation: Katerina Valdivia Bruch

November 24th, 11 am at the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin

Antariksa’s talk will deal with the many-sided developments in Indonesian art that were furthered or brought about by Japanese military rule (1942-45). He will explore the development of the two newly founded art and culture organisations at that time, the PUTERA (Center for People’s Energy) and the Keimin Bunka Shidosho (Institute for People’s Education and Cultural Guidance), and their policy towards the arts and identity. 

Organised by Katerina Valdivia Bruch with the kind support of the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin 
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Lehrter Straße 16-17
10557 Berlin

Photo: Saseo Ono, Suatu saat bersenda gurau di dalam kapal, 1944


By Katerina Valdivia Bruch for

In 1974, in the mid of the squatting movement in former West Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, the Central Deaconess Institute and Hospital Bethanien was scheduled for demolition. In this environment, a group of artists proposed a space for arts and gave the building a new meaning. Several institutions, including the art centre Künstlerhaus Bethanien, were hosted in the former hospital.

In 2010, the building was renamed as Kunstquartier Bethanien, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien moved to a new location in a former light factory, a few blocks from the initial settlement. Until today, Künstlerhaus Bethanien is one of the reference institutions for international artist in residence programmes. Renowned artists such as Singaporean Ming Wong, who did the programme in 2007, have passed through this place gaining international recognition, as it is a reference venue for a number of curators and art practitioners worldwide.

Donna Ong did her college studies in UK. After this, she studied architecture at Bartlett Centre University College and later visual arts at Goldsmiths College. Song-Ming Ang studied English Literature at NUS (National University of Singapore) and further did a MA in Aural & Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College. Their experiences travelling back and forth from Europe to Asia, and the international artistic career are part of this interview, but also their experience as resident artists at the prestigious art centre Künstlerhaus Bethanien. In this interview, Song-Ming Ang and Donna Ong share their experiences in Germany’s capital city and how they involve their practice within the context they have been living in.

» click here to read Part I: Interview with Song-Ming Ang

» click here to read Part II: Interview with Donna Ong

Photo: Donna Ong’s studio at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, courtesy the artist