Javanese art and culture dialogue in the village - Indonesia, 2019

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THR or People's Entertainment Park is a historic location in Surabaya since the Dutch era which was formerly called Jaar Markt, which means the night market. In its development after independence in the night market there was a theater, and the tradition for traditional performance buildings was the existence of ‘tobong’ as an artist settlement. The location of THR has until now been sustainably preserved by the ‘tobong’ tradition to the surrounding of the theater building, where artists lived. It was at the THR location that the career of national artists grew, including comedians Asmuni, Tarzan, Mamiek, Tessy and others.

The THR location by the Surabaya city government was called the THR Art Village (Kampung Seni THR), at that location there was a UPTD (the implementing part under the goverment) that took care of THR Art Village, for decades artists had grown up in the form of ‘tobong’ around the traditional performance buildings like Ludruk, Ketoprak, Wayang Orang (Puppet People) and Srimulat. The dynamics of life occur, there are those who have made product sales stands until artists need to pay retribution, as well as the presence of electricity, artists also pay for electricity, but since January 2019 artists are prohibited from paying for electricity. The water in the settlement is obtained from the wellbore. For decades inhabiting, until then gave birth to children who later studied with artists in the village of art and now has become a professional artist specialized in traditional performances that are sold well rented by clients both residents of Surabaya and outside the city.

In the Art Village, there is a rare art education, almost nothing in other places. Art education in the family and village environment. The art education from the process of their children took part in watching the performances of their parents and older siblings, then when they wanted to take part in an easy role for the children. Until then this role continued and was upgraded to become increasingly difficult, until finally becoming a traditional artist with high proficiency. The mastery was from theatrical arts, fine Javanese language for ketoprak and wayang orang performances, tembang arts, traditional dance and gamelan arts (Javanese traditional music).

This rare art education is threatened to be displaced by the Surabaya City Government Project. Currently in a condition that is depressed because of facing the third subpoena from the Surabaya District Prosecutor's Office until June 30, 2019 tomorrow must leave THR Art Village. What is the project plan for what designation, the shape, the layout, how it is not clear, whether it is informed to the citizens of Surabaya or the residents of the THR Art Village. There is a discourse for artists who have ID card oh the city of Surabaya to be given a place in a flat, but which haunts them when they have to rent, which is not necessarily able to be fulfilled by traditional artists. The discourse also for artists who have ID cards outside the city of Surabaya is not permitted to reside in Surabaya, whether or not their traditional art skills are good or not. It did not matter for decades what they had contributed to the citizens of Surabaya, especially in preserving traditional Javanese arts and culture.

Children of artists who usually gather in the village, practice dancing twice a week, young people gather and chat while practicing traditional comedy treasures, songs, performances and others become threatened to be scattered, some live in flats and there are who was told to go back to his village. Arts education in a good village environment is threatened to elimination. The tradition of ‘tobong’ is lost, traditional artistic processes do not take place in traditional education. Directed to another place that does not necessarily produce success, compared to when these artists survive naturally develop traditional arts and culture. Not all Surabaya city government projects are successful, there are several street vendors and parks that are less successful. It is feared that if the THR village revitalization project will also not succeed, then the development of traditional arts and culture in Surabaya will be even less qualified and increasingly shunned by the younger generation until it will become extinct.

Developing art and traditional culture is actually easy. Let artists develop naturally. The role of the government is enough to provide a large audience for these artists, so here and traditional culture will sustain itself. There is no need for the government to spend a lot of money on development projects, enough to improve THR Art Village. The budget can be used to establish regional regulations in accordance with national regulations regarding the preservation of local culture. For example by requiring schools to watch art shows regularly to learn fine Javanese language, learn traditional legends, understand the treasury of traditional dances and others. With good harmony and dialogue between the government, citizens and art actors, hopefully art and culture will remain sustainable in the city of Surabaya.

Indonesia
surabaya
June 27th, 2019
Tjahja Tribinuka
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Javanese art and culture dialogue in the village - Indonesia, 2019

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THR or People's Entertainment Park is a historic location in Surabaya since the Dutch era which was formerly called Jaar Markt, which means the night market. In its development after independence in the night market there was a theater, and the tradition for traditional performance buildings was the existence of ‘tobong’ as an artist settlement. The location of THR has until now been sustainably preserved by the ‘tobong’ tradition to the surrounding of the theater building, where artists lived. It was at the THR location that the career of national artists grew, including comedians Asmuni, Tarzan, Mamiek, Tessy and others.

The THR location by the Surabaya city government was called the THR Art Village (Kampung Seni THR), at that location there was a UPTD (the implementing part under the goverment) that took care of THR Art Village, for decades artists had grown up in the form of ‘tobong’ around the traditional performance buildings like Ludruk, Ketoprak, Wayang Orang (Puppet People) and Srimulat. The dynamics of life occur, there are those who have made product sales stands until artists need to pay retribution, as well as the presence of electricity, artists also pay for electricity, but since January 2019 artists are prohibited from paying for electricity. The water in the settlement is obtained from the wellbore. For decades inhabiting, until then gave birth to children who later studied with artists in the village of art and now has become a professional artist specialized in traditional performances that are sold well rented by clients both residents of Surabaya and outside the city.

In the Art Village, there is a rare art education, almost nothing in other places. Art education in the family and village environment. The art education from the process of their children took part in watching the performances of their parents and older siblings, then when they wanted to take part in an easy role for the children. Until then this role continued and was upgraded to become increasingly difficult, until finally becoming a traditional artist with high proficiency. The mastery was from theatrical arts, fine Javanese language for ketoprak and wayang orang performances, tembang arts, traditional dance and gamelan arts (Javanese traditional music).

This rare art education is threatened to be displaced by the Surabaya City Government Project. Currently in a condition that is depressed because of facing the third subpoena from the Surabaya District Prosecutor's Office until June 30, 2019 tomorrow must leave THR Art Village. What is the project plan for what designation, the shape, the layout, how it is not clear, whether it is informed to the citizens of Surabaya or the residents of the THR Art Village. There is a discourse for artists who have ID card oh the city of Surabaya to be given a place in a flat, but which haunts them when they have to rent, which is not necessarily able to be fulfilled by traditional artists. The discourse also for artists who have ID cards outside the city of Surabaya is not permitted to reside in Surabaya, whether or not their traditional art skills are good or not. It did not matter for decades what they had contributed to the citizens of Surabaya, especially in preserving traditional Javanese arts and culture.

Children of artists who usually gather in the village, practice dancing twice a week, young people gather and chat while practicing traditional comedy treasures, songs, performances and others become threatened to be scattered, some live in flats and there are who was told to go back to his village. Arts education in a good village environment is threatened to elimination. The tradition of ‘tobong’ is lost, traditional artistic processes do not take place in traditional education. Directed to another place that does not necessarily produce success, compared to when these artists survive naturally develop traditional arts and culture. Not all Surabaya city government projects are successful, there are several street vendors and parks that are less successful. It is feared that if the THR village revitalization project will also not succeed, then the development of traditional arts and culture in Surabaya will be even less qualified and increasingly shunned by the younger generation until it will become extinct.

Developing art and traditional culture is actually easy. Let artists develop naturally. The role of the government is enough to provide a large audience for these artists, so here and traditional culture will sustain itself. There is no need for the government to spend a lot of money on development projects, enough to improve THR Art Village. The budget can be used to establish regional regulations in accordance with national regulations regarding the preservation of local culture. For example by requiring schools to watch art shows regularly to learn fine Javanese language, learn traditional legends, understand the treasury of traditional dances and others. With good harmony and dialogue between the government, citizens and art actors, hopefully art and culture will remain sustainable in the city of Surabaya.

Indonesia
Surabaya
June 27th, 2019
Tjahja Tribinuka
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Javanese dance practice - Indonesia, 2019

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ICPB respects copyright and all works deposited remain the property of the author, except in the case of a non-exclusive cession of rights to ICOMOS.

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THR or People's Entertainment Park is a historic location in Surabaya since the Dutch era which was formerly called Jaar Markt, which means the night market. In its development after independence in the night market there was a theater, and the tradition for traditional performance buildings was the existence of ‘tobong’ as an artist settlement. The location of THR has until now been sustainably preserved by the ‘tobong’ tradition to the surrounding of the theater building, where artists lived. It was at the THR location that the career of national artists grew, including comedians Asmuni, Tarzan, Mamiek, Tessy and others.

The THR location by the Surabaya city government was called the THR Art Village (Kampung Seni THR), at that location there was a UPTD (the implementing part under the goverment) that took care of THR Art Village, for decades artists had grown up in the form of ‘tobong’ around the traditional performance buildings like Ludruk, Ketoprak, Wayang Orang (Puppet People) and Srimulat. The dynamics of life occur, there are those who have made product sales stands until artists need to pay retribution, as well as the presence of electricity, artists also pay for electricity, but since January 2019 artists are prohibited from paying for electricity. The water in the settlement is obtained from the wellbore. For decades inhabiting, until then gave birth to children who later studied with artists in the village of art and now has become a professional artist specialized in traditional performances that are sold well rented by clients both residents of Surabaya and outside the city.

In the Art Village, there is a rare art education, almost nothing in other places. Art education in the family and village environment. The art education from the process of their children took part in watching the performances of their parents and older siblings, then when they wanted to take part in an easy role for the children. Until then this role continued and was upgraded to become increasingly difficult, until finally becoming a traditional artist with high proficiency. The mastery was from theatrical arts, fine Javanese language for ketoprak and wayang orang performances, tembang arts, traditional dance and gamelan arts (Javanese traditional music).

This rare art education is threatened to be displaced by the Surabaya City Government Project. Currently in a condition that is depressed because of facing the third subpoena from the Surabaya District Prosecutor's Office until June 30, 2019 tomorrow must leave THR Art Village. What is the project plan for what designation, the shape, the layout, how it is not clear, whether it is informed to the citizens of Surabaya or the residents of the THR Art Village. There is a discourse for artists who have ID card oh the city of Surabaya to be given a place in a flat, but which haunts them when they have to rent, which is not necessarily able to be fulfilled by traditional artists. The discourse also for artists who have ID cards outside the city of Surabaya is not permitted to reside in Surabaya, whether or not their traditional art skills are good or not. It did not matter for decades what they had contributed to the citizens of Surabaya, especially in preserving traditional Javanese arts and culture.

Children of artists who usually gather in the village, practice dancing twice a week, young people gather and chat while practicing traditional comedy treasures, songs, performances and others become threatened to be scattered, some live in flats and there are who was told to go back to his village. Arts education in a good village environment is threatened to elimination. The tradition of ‘tobong’ is lost, traditional artistic processes do not take place in traditional education. Directed to another place that does not necessarily produce success, compared to when these artists survive naturally develop traditional arts and culture. Not all Surabaya city government projects are successful, there are several street vendors and parks that are less successful. It is feared that if the THR village revitalization project will also not succeed, then the development of traditional arts and culture in Surabaya will be even less qualified and increasingly shunned by the younger generation until it will become extinct.

Developing art and traditional culture is actually easy. Let artists develop naturally. The role of the government is enough to provide a large audience for these artists, so here and traditional culture will sustain itself. There is no need for the government to spend a lot of money on development projects, enough to improve THR Art Village. The budget can be used to establish regional regulations in accordance with national regulations regarding the preservation of local culture. For example by requiring schools to watch art shows regularly to learn fine Javanese language, learn traditional legends, understand the treasury of traditional dances and others. With good harmony and dialogue between the government, citizens and art actors, hopefully art and culture will remain sustainable in the city of Surabaya.

Indonesia
Surabaya
June 27th, 2019
Tjahja Tribinuka
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Meoto Iwa, Japan - 2018

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ICOMOS collaborative photo bank – General terms of use

ICOMOS Collaborative Photo Bank (ICPB) is part of the Open Access movement which promotes free and unlimited access to scientific production while defending the rights of authors over their photographical works. The Open Access movement recognizes that authors have intellectual property of their publications and thus they should decide how their publications should be disseminated and used.
ICPB respects copyright and all works deposited remain the property of the author, except in the case of a non-exclusive cession of rights to ICOMOS.

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Upon dowload, by clicking on “Accept”, you acknowledge that you have read and understood ICOMOS Collaborative Photo Bank’s General Terms of Use and that you undertake to respect them. You commit to respect the Creative Commons licenses attached to every image and in general to use any photographical documentation from ICPB only for scientific, academic, non-commercial and non-for-profit purposes. ICOMOS does not assume any responsibility if there is a breach of copyright in distributing the documents or metadata.

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Before depositing a document, authors must make sure they hold the copyright or are authorized to deposit the document in the ICOMOS Open Archive, and that there is no restriction on its electronic distribution.

In depositing the files and the associated metadata, the author:

  • grants the ICOMOS Collaborative Photo Bank the right to store them and to make them permanently publicly available for free online.
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  • understands that ICPB does not assume any responsibility if there is a breach of copyright in distributing the documents or metadata.

For work being deposited by its own author
ICOMOS Collaborative Photo Bank (ICPB). ICOMOS is not responsible for the accuracy of the information provided in deposited documents. Opinions expressed and data provided in deposited documents, and their associated metadata, do not commit ICOMOS in any way and are the sole responsibility of their authors. Deposited documents are not automatically endorsed by ICOMOS. The ICOMOS respects copyright and all documents deposited in the ICOMOS Open Archive remain property of their authors except in case of non-exclusive cession of rights to ICOMOS. In self-archiving documents and their associated metadata, authors declare that the material they deposit is their own intellectual property and grant ICOMOS the right to store it in the ICPB and to make them permanently publicly available for free on-line. ICOMOS does not assume any responsibility if there is a breach of copyright in distributing the documents or metadata.

For work being deposited by someone other than its author
In depositing documents, and their associated metadata, that are not their own work, the person depositing declares that he/she has been appointed by the author or the copyright holder to deposit the documents in the ICPB or that the material is in the public domain, and accepts full responsibility for any breach of copyright that distributing these files or metadata may entail.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization whose main aim is to establish a balance between the rights of authors, cultural industries and the general public’s access to culture. Creative Commons “provide free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.” It is the first attempt to provide a valid legal framework for Open Access.

In the upload stage of the deposit, the ICOMOS Collaborative Photo Bank offers authors who hold the rights to their works, the possibility of choosing one of the following six available Creative Commons licenses to publish their works:

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For more information about these licenses consult http://creativecommons.org/about/licenses/

meoto-iwa-2018

Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩), or the Married Couple Rocks, are a couple of small rocky stacks in the sea off Futami, Mie, Japan. 

They are joined by a shimenawa (a heavy rope of rice straw) and are considered sacred by worshippers at the neighboring Futami Okitama Shrine (Futami Okitama Jinja (二見興玉神社)). According to Shinto, the rocks represent the union of the main creators of kami (gods), Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks, therefore, celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. The rope, which weighs over a ton, must be replaced several times a year in a special ceremony. The larger rock, said to be male, has a small torii (gate) at its peak.

The best time to see the rocks is at dawn during the summer, when the sun appears to rise between them. Mount Fuji is visible in the distance. At low tide, the rocks are not separated by water.

[source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meoto_Iwa]

Japan
Ise city
March 02nd, 2015
Herrero Victoria
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