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The Economics of Execution: Capital Punishment, Judicial Crime and the Markets

Bloomberg Business’ blaring headline today gives us pause for thought: Indonesian Stocks Tumble Most Since 2013 Following Executions. Investment flows toward markets with stability, Rule of Law, and solid relationships with the larger international community. The Rule of Law issue here is at the crux of many of Indonesia’s problems, … Continue reading

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Author : Susi
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Filastine | Colony Collapse

Stills from the video “Colony Collapse” by sound artist Grey Filastine and Nova, Javanese vocalist of sounds and messages without borders. Filastine will appear at Antidasoundgarden on 10 January, and at BetelNut in Ubud the evening before. Can we all make our contributions for the “tukang terang” (cloud clearer), perhaps? … Continue reading

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Bali invasion

Interesting little spontaneous essay by “Joan of Bali” popped up in the comments section of one of my posts. Since it was “public” I take the liberty of reposting it here. Thanks Joan. “When I came here I saw a very different economy than I came from but I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Ten Hoopen Collection of Indonesian Ikat Illuminates Lisbon

When Peter ten Hoopen travelled across the Indonesian archipelago in the 1970s, he was taken by the textile arts he saw along the way. Ikat weaving is a common thread that ties together the diversity of this nation’s myriad cultures and traditions, and unites the layers of history it was … Continue reading

Filled under : Ethnographica , Textiles , Tribal Art
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Nusantara Nobility In Images — Brought To You By Tuan Paul

Paul Kijlstra is a man with a passion. A passion for Indonesian nobility, its history, legacy, and all manner of material manifestations. He’s assembled an enormous collection of images illustrating all things noble, from one end of the archipelago to the other. You can browse the collection here in his … Continue reading

Filled under : Ancient Asia , Bali , Ethnographica , Tribal Art
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Long Sa'an documentary film about Kenyak Dayak lands and traditions

Long Sa’an: Film Dives Into Dayak Life in the Deep Forest of Borneo

The Dayak people of Borneo are keepers of the forest, home of their ancestors, and the source of their life and cultures. Says David Metcalfe, an American photographer and writer, “The Dayaks call it Tala Olen, meaning ‘forbidden forest’. They have strict cultural rules about cutting down the trees in … Continue reading

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Sylvie Goussopoulos Shoots Bali, Oddly Enough

Sylvie Goussopoulos, is French photographer with an eccentric eye. She’s just shot Bali, and her images from the Bali trip are the subject of an exhibition entitled Pas d’amok à Bali, that opened last night at the Librairie L’ivraie in Montpelier. Goussopoulos considers herself and “ethno-photographer,” and her work often … Continue reading

Filled under : Bali , Concerns , Fine Art
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Made Wijaya Puts Majapahit Style on the Map

The moment we’ve all been waiting for with bated breath has come at last. Made Wijaya’s Majapahit Style has been released (the party vid is here), and what a book it is. More than a book. Like Made’s earlier masterwork, The Architecture of Bali, it’s encyclopaedic and opens many doors … Continue reading

Filled under : Architecture , Bali , Design , Ethnographica , Ornament
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Afterhours Books, The Walter Spies Collector's Suite, a special limited edition

Afterhours Books Releases Superlative Spies Suite

On the subject of Spies, history remained almost silent for quite some time following his untimely death in 1942. He was only 46 years old then, an artist at the height of his significant talent, when he was lost at sea during the war in a tragic case of “collateral … Continue reading

Filled under : Bali , Fine Art
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Important Sriwijayan Artefact Found in a Pile of Dirt

A man in the Musirawas area of Palembang district, Sumatra bought a truckload of fill dirt last Monday and was surprised to find a Sriwijayan stone artefact in the dirt pile. The artefact, a beautifully carved door cornice ornament in the form of a lion mask, is thought to date … Continue reading

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PROFOUND THOUGHT FOUND ON FACEBOOK. STILL NO LIFE ON MARS. FILM AT ELEVEN.

I have a news monitoring app that’s customized to do what I want it to, and to be flexible so that I can change its behaviour as and when I like. It feeds me selected news, from selected sources, on selected topics (keywords, tags, metadata). I don’t watch television or … Continue reading

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10-Point Primer: “Reklamasi” for Regular Folks

The Benoa Bay reclamation debate (“Reklamasi Tanjung Benoa”) You are probably aware of debate and protests about making a megaproject in Benoa Bay here in Bali. Most of the discourse has focused on environmental concerns, which are valid, but not everyone feels motivated or convinced by environmental responsibility. Many are … Continue reading

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Interwoven Globe: Psychedelic Textiles Exhibition at the Met

A dazzling textiles show opened last week at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, titled “Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade 1500 – 1800“. It’s a topic that touches on interesting aspects of Indonesian history and material culture. Unusual textiles from faraway places were hot commodities in Indonesia’s ports and … Continue reading

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Batungaus Beach Awash in Sandals

The plastic trash that washes up on Bali’s beaches is something I give a lot of thought to. And a fair amount of energy, too. The problem is multifaceted, and has become a chronic one. Looking at beach trash in new ways can help us to increase our awareness and … Continue reading

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A modest studio in Bali with a big following

Yes!! Bali Creative Economy. Gaya ceramics studio is brilliant, and has been seminal in transferring skills, techniques, and launching the ceramic arts careers of local young people. The Wall Street Journal is writing about it.

Filled under : Bali , Design , Interiors , Ornament
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Kuta, Bali by Adrian Vickers

Wow. What a find. Material for a Master’s Thesis, for sure. A book by an Indonesian writer that exposes Indonesian perceptions of foreigners as they are known. It reflects direct observation, extrapolation from popular media, and a spectrum of preconceptions arising from indigenous ways of being in and seeing the … Continue reading

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Dance Vibration – photography exhibition

Tomorrow! 29 March. An evening that will be remembered as “one of those moments” – – a “you should’ve been there” one. Talented photographer Doddy Obenk + important figures in traditional dance and performance. At Three Monkeys Sanur, 7pm. Note: Bring cash, credit card and checkbook. Acquire authentic fine art … Continue reading

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A History of Modern Indonesia by Adrian Vicker

Get on down to the nearest bookshop or online bookseller. Get yours quick. The new edition of Adrian Vickers‘ superb and readable history of modern Indonesia is out! Adrian seems to be a force of nature, he never stops. And thank goodness for that! “Since the Bali bombings of 2002 … Continue reading

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APEC CEO Summit

Looking forward to a very important forum, and hopefully an interesting one. There are so many opportunities for the Asia Pacific region to work together for a better future. I do hope that voices of sustainability and humanity will be heard during the forum. Synergy around the Pacific is not … Continue reading

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Jakarta environment

This seems like a step in the right direction. But the problems of environmental imbalance that affect the watersheds upstream of Jakarta are bigger than just a few dozen villas. It’s not just the upper elevations that affect the whole watershed; the lower elevations and flatter lands nearer the city … Continue reading

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My drugs story in Bali

This is a fairly accurate news story about my recent experience here in Bali. One important element does not appear in this story: I was treated with respect, dignity, and pure neutrality by all of the personnel of the narcotics unit of Polresta Denpasar once I had been delivered to … Continue reading

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Nicholas Hughes: Impressions of an Ageing Mountaineer

To sit atop a mountain is an extraordinary, even spiritual, experience when amongst relics of the Hindu and Buddhist periods or on a mountain that locals treat with great reverence. An Australian national, he has lived in Indonesia on and off since 1972. Nick will explain the science behind the … Continue reading

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Bird Flu in Four Regencies in Bali

Since I’m inadvertently serving as ad hoc translator and bridge between mutually-misread populations cohabiting in Bali . . . This news hasn’t filtered through to non-Indonesian-language media yet. For the past several weeks there have been outbreaks of a new strain of bird flu among commercially-raised and traded birds (chickens, … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in Cinema: The Act of Killing

Today, I discovered The Act of Killing, a newly released film that is of major significance in Indonesia’s evolution, and in the evolution of cinema itself. Werner Herzog, who I consider the most impressive living filmmaker in the known universe, put it this way, “I have not seen a film … Continue reading

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Jokowi: Soon to be a Household Name

Jokowi is a phenomenon. Funny how his miraculous and idiosyncratic ascendancy has gone unheralded by the world press. They should be all over it. And they will be. They’re just a few hundred sluggish heartbeats behind you and I and the rest of us who live in the big world, … Continue reading

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Fine Art Asia Fair 2012: Fairest of Them All

Opening in Hong Kong this very minute (vernissage tonight) is Fine Art Asia, a fair that seems to get more interesting every year. Stands to circle on your fair map include: Galerie Christian Deydier (we are lusting after his enigmatic mat weights, above, in gilded bronze, created two millenia ago). … Continue reading

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Susi’s Synaptic Straps™: Classic Motorbikes

  Exhibition on now at SFO of fine old Italian rides, called Moto Bellissima: Italian Motorcycles from the 1950s and 1960s. If you’re changing planes in San Fran, skip Starbuck’s and feast your eyes on these bikes instead. That’s a ’55 Moto Rumi “Raid” above, and a ’52 Motor Devil … Continue reading

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