Creative Entrepreneurship in Indonesia

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Museum MACAN, Jakarta

Peter Tullin, Co-Founder of REMIX recently travelled to Indonesia as part of the British Council’s DICE initiative (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies). The scoping trip involved a series of meetings with and visits to creative industries organisations in Jakarta and Jogjakarta, two of the main creative hubs. REMIX also delivered a presentation on global creative entrepreneurship trends at the Indonesian Creative Cities Network (ICCN) Conference.

The DICE initiative will see UK and foreign organisations will work together to develop and deliver innovative actions that support the growth of social and creative enterprises in the UK and five emerging economies including Indonesia. These interventions will aim to empower women and girls, foster youth employment or support people with disabilities or other marginalised groups.

In this post, Peter reports on some of the highlights of the trip and some thoughts on creative entrepreneurship in the Indonesia and the growth of the creative industries there.

The creative industries scene in Indonesia is incredibly diverse and exciting with strong government investment and support in this area. However, what impressed me the most is the creative entrepreneurs that I met on my journey. The creative industries are much more grass roots driven as opposed to being dominated by more conventional cultural institutions which tends to be more common in Western countries. Given the need to generate income to enable economic inclusion and grow sustainable cultural and socially beneficial activity entrepreneurship is a critical component. At the heart of this was the ‘collectivism’ model where people came together to pool resources and share risk and produce creative products and services on a scale beyond what a single individual could achieve.

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Ruangrupa event

A great example of this was Ruangrupa, a not-for-profit artists’ initiative established in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta. It works to advance art ideas in urban context and the broad scope of culture through exhibitions, festivals, art laboratory, workshops, researches and book, magazine, and online journal publications.

I met with Leonhard Bartolomeus, a member of the Ruangrupa Collective and he outlined some of the theory behind ‘art collectivism recently in a talk (as reported in the Myanmar Times – full article here).

“Art collectivism is based on the fact that artists can no longer act passively or isolate themselves from other fields of knowledge that also take their roles in the construction of the many discourses and social practices in the levels of community and state.”

“Collectivism is both a tool and a way of thinking. He sees the art collective as a fluid process which means working together as collective that could multiply, integrate and even go viral pointing out that collective knowledge was like a virus mutation. It can spread and can be very contagious.”

“When different artists joined the collective, they felt a togetherness, bonded to a life which at times can be very challenging physically and emotionally. “The aims and purposes are stronger in art collectivism,” he said. “Make friends. Then art.”

Although they faced failure and hurdles at first in keeping alive the collective, he underscored the importance to embrace failure and start a new step again. They started modestly in their goal of spreading the knowledge of art to the public, by engaging them through the use of public spaces.

They have operated across a number of spaces and locations but I got a tour of the new site that ruangrupa were developing in a building that had previously housed an indoor soccer facility and it was truly impressive what they were building with such limited resources.

There were multiple support organisations that provided spaces for these entrepreneurs to work and gather. I met with William Hendradjaja, Co-Founder, Impact Hub. Impact Hub Jakarta is a coworking and innovation space that exists to support organisations & entrepreneurs creating sustainable positive impact in Indonesia and is part of a 100+ global network. The organisation has played a key role in supporting the social and creative entrepreneur ecosystem and it also ran an Innovation Lab which included a Corporate Innovation program to provide other organisations with the tools and skills to cultivate a culture of innovation.

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Hub Jakarta

The government also runs a number of initiatives to support creative entrepreneurs though Bekraf, it’s Creative Economy Agency that was created to harness the potential of the creative industries to become a central pillar of the Indonesian economy. A team from the department talked me through a series of projects including training camps and special designed learning modules for creative entrepreneurs as well as international showcase events and platforms to showcase Indonesian creators and products.

In terms of more conventional cultural infrastructure, The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara or Museum MACAN for short has been creating waves internationally in the art world. I met with Aaron Seeto the Director to see the space which continues to evolve and expand since opening in 2017. The museum has just been named in the World’s 100 Greatest Places 2018 by Time magazine.

In a similar vein I met with Monica Gunawan, Managing Director of Art:1 another key pillar of the growing private gallery network in the city. Housed in a new contemporary building it has been a pioneer in the development of the art scene in Jakarta. During its 30 years in art business, Mon Decor Gallery had expanded into several gallery branches all over Jakarta.

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Art:1 Jakarta

Both of these last two examples really demonstrated how privately funded institutions  are tapping into a growing middle class and an increased demand for cultural experiences.

Announcing REMIX London 2015 – 8-9 December – British Museum & Google HQ

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After sell-out events in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and welcoming a record 1,500 delegates over two-days to our Sydney summit in June, our flagship annual European event REMIX London returns once again, this year hosted at the British Museum & Google Town Hall alongside networking receptions at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch and the new Sonos Studio.

REMIX London explores the intersection of Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship and is a collaboration with partners including Google, Bloomberg, The Guardian, VICE and Time Out.

REMIX tackles the big ideas shaping the future of the arts, the creative economy and creative cities by bringing together pioneers from different sectors including technology, media and culture. REMIX provides a forum for exchanging insights, growing ideas and working together towards common goals.

More information can be found at www.remixsummits.com and a short film of the 2014 event can be viewed here.

Over 75 world class speakers will take to the stage over two days, including:

Simon Woodroffe OBE, Founder, YO! Sushi, YOTEL and YO! Home // Claire Postans, Creative Director, Jamie Oliver Group // Brett Wigdortz, CEO, Teach First // Kerry Taylor, Senior Vice President, Youth and Music, MTV
 // Tom O’Leary, Director of Learning, Science Museum
 // Wil Harris, Head of Digital, Conde Nast
 // Gavin Poole, CEO, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Park (London 2012 Olympic Park)
 // Deborah Shaw, Head of Creative Programming, Historic Royal Palaces
 // Rish Mitra, CEO, Blippar
 // Jonathon Holloway, Artistic Director, Melbourne Festival
 // Frederik Ottesen, Co-Founder, Little Sun
 // Edward Humphrey, Digital Director, BFI
 // Nicholas Lovell, Author, ‘The Curve’ 
// Will Hayward, Chief Commercial Officer, Dazed Group
 // Charlotte Richards, Business Intelligence Strategy and Times & Sunday Times Director
 // Dave Twohig, Head of Design and Placemaking, Battersea Power Station
 // Marc Allenby, Director of Distribution, Picturehouse Cinemas
 // Juliana Biondo, Digital Initiatives Manager, Vatican Museum // Lawrence Crumpton, Developer Platform Evangelist, Microsoft // Tamsin Sharp, Head of Strategy, Royal Academy // Jemima Rellie, Director of Content and Audiences, The Royal Collection
 // Matt Andrews, Chief Strategy Officer, Mindshare 
// Chris Michaels, Head of Digital & Publishing, British Museum
 // Nicole Yershon, Director, Ogilvy Labs // Sam Bompass, Co-Founder, Bompass & Parr // Mark Davies, Communications & Corporate Affairs Director, Post Office

NEW FOR LONDON 2015

> FUEL THE FIRE (in partnership with Blippar)
Join us around the Blippar Campfire, a space for sharing stories and ideas over a mug of hot cocoa, and continuing the conversations started in the seminars and most importantly, meet lots of new faces.

> IDEAS BREWERY (in partnership with Mindshare)
The Ideas Brewery was launched this year at REMIX Sydney allowing delegates to get closer to the speakers you really want to meet. Continue the conversation by following selected contributors offstage to a further session of facilitated discussion.

Book before 5th November to take advantage of the brilliant early bird deal saves up to £150 or 1/3 off full price tickets! Book here.

The ticket price includes food and refreshments as well as drinks at the two receptions.

Do contact us directly if you have any further questions, otherwise we look forward to hopefully seeing you at REMIX London in December.

Knowledge Palaces

The team at CultureLabel were very proud to see the opening of the stunning new Library of Birmingham having developed a commercial strategy for the building. It was a great privilege to work with the team there to help imagine what a library should look like in the 21st Century. To celebrate the launch, here are some images of the building as well as our pick of ‘super libraries’ from around the globe.

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No-one can accuse libraries of not looking to the future when they see the Biblioteca Sandro Penna, Perugia for the first time. It’s positively Sci-Fi.

The Tama Art University Library is full of beautifully designed reflective spaces with high glass windows to bring the inside in.

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580,000 books are crammed into the incredible internal structure of Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico. It’s generally not helpful to put books back in the wrong place but they could be lost forever here!

The vast interior at Seattle Library, USA hold over 1 million books and has been used to create incredible social spaces.

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A glass pyramid filled with nothing but books

Book Mountain is an appropriate translation for this new library near Rotterdam

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Stuttgart City Library, Germany.

What are the 25 most iconic design products in London?

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It’s London Design Festival this week and CultureLabel are working with the team there to scour the festival to find the best design talent in the city and come up with the definitive list of the Top 25 London design icons. Each of the winning entries will be given a prestigious Kitemark created by global design agency Pentagram and will sold on a special online shop we are creating for London Design Festival which will be a first for the organisation.

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Rijksstudio – Create your own Masterpiece

Our second post about innovations coming out of the staggeringly successful reopening of the Rijksmuseum. The Rijkstudio website allows you to take images from the museums collection and then remix them and apply the results onto a variety of different products from fashion products to Tattoo’s. The team behind the project create a Rijkstudio lab in De Bijenkorf department store so even more people could get hands on and create their own masterpiece from more than 125,000 digitised art works.

Some of the most forward thinking museums and galleries are opening up their collections to users and this is leading to some interesting commercial applications such as this.

Pret a Diner

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We love the Pret a Diner concept. We love food and we love great art so it’s not hard to see why. This pop-up has been travelling the world

Pret a Diner describes itself as “a home from home, a haven for Cultural Enthusiasts, Urban Explorers, Music Lovers, Food Fanatics, Party Animals and People Collectors.” So far it has reached locations such as London, Berlin, Monaco, Basel and Zurich.

The team also recently collaborated with Lazarides in the Old Vic tunnels for Minotaur another dining experience in a multi-sensual incorporating art.

Damien Hirst – Artist as Brand

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Artists such as Damien Hirst are extending their work to new canvases as they have become become brands in their own right. Above he designed these Brit Awards recently and below he stamps his mark on London’s Olympic stadium.

Coast & V&A

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Gorgeous Ballgowns Collection modeled by Suki Waterhouse

Bradley Cooper s girlfriend models Ballgowns for Coast

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Collections are also a rich resource to be mined in new ways. Fashio retailer Coast have recently partnered with the V&A to develop a range of Ball Gowns under the theme of British Glamour, inspired by the museum’s fashion collection.

REMIX London Summit announced…

We are super excited that this year’s REMIX London event is going to take place at the Town Hall space in the recently opened UK Head Office of Google at Tottenham Court Road. 50 amazing speakers from the likes of Spotify, VICE, V&A, Unilever, BBC, Absolute, the Dubai Design District (d3) and Trip Advisor and will be lighting up the stage as we look at the big ideas and trends shaping the future of the cultural sector.

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The Town Hall at Google HQ, London. Even the chairs are on brand.

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The Library at Google (I wish more libraries were like this).

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The patriotic Reception area with inbuilt exhibition in partnership with the Science Museum and others. All workplaces should clearly be like this.

 

If Punchdrunk did bars…

The Manderley Bar, where 200 guests can enjoy live entertainment. , McKittrick Hotel

They would probably be the best bars in the world. I remember chatting to Felix Barrett the Artistic Director of Punchdrunk many moons ago and rambling something to that effect. No doubt, they have had some great bars hidden within productions (I remember a particularly beguiling Absinthe parlour in collaboration with La Phee at Masque of the Red Death), but now they finally have a standalone bar and restaurant in New York sited on the top floor of the building that holds their wildly successful Sleep No More Production.

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