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
The First Climate Art Festival in Yogyakarta:
an Indonesian-German arts exchange on climate change and sustanaibility
Interview by Katerina Valdivia Bruch for culture360.org
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 the local communities.
However, this topic is not new in the Indonesian arts community.
Previously, there have been a number of artists that have worked with
local communities addressing environmental issues. For instance, Cemeti
Art House with their exhibition series Bocor (Leak) in 2007-2008. In
Germany, there is a general agenda on environment care and it is quite
common to find artists working in environmental projects. Having this
in mind, the initiators of the festival – Yogyakarta-based German
journalist Christina Schott and Indonesian environmental activist and
journalist Ade Tanesia – organised a festival, that was at the same
time an exchange project between Indonesia and Germany. Together with a
group of activists and art practitioners from Indonesia and Germany,
they developed a programme that encouraged the audience to reflect on
the environment, but also cooperated locally to foster the awareness on
environmental issues within the local communities.
Katerina Valdivia Bruch held an interview with Christina Schott, co-initiator and organiser of the Climate Art Festival. Click here to read the whole interview >>
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