Slow Art Day Jakarta – “a good experience”
Radju Munusamy reports that Slow Art Day went well in Jakarta at the National Museum of Indonesia.
“It was a good experience considering this is the first time we have such event here.
Earlier in the week, I had selected three collections from the Jakarta National Museum’s Gold item collections, and today, in the discussion, we narrowed it down to 3 items:
1. The Human Symbol used in the ritual of life cycle passage. This is made of gold sheets bound together to shape like a human with length equals to the person’s height while alive. This item is from late 19th/ early 20th century.
2. The Mask used in palace performance, also from the late 19th century. The mask made of clay, has teeth made of diamonds, real hair as moustache and gold plated crown. The mask is supposed to represent a king from foreign kingdom who are hated by local people for his desire to marry their beloved princess.
3. A modesty plate made of gold supposedly used to protect the private part of woman taking part in war. The item is part of Gowa-Bone military exhibition item (circa 1900).
The four of us had a great time and shared the different views we had on the arts, namely: the first thought that came to our mind when we saw the items, the after thought upon observing the items, and why we changed the views (for those who did). It was a free-flow discussions.”
He concludes by saying:
“Slow Art makes arts lively and make life artful.”