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Two notable occurences:
1) My fear was proven right. We told my theory class students to read the sections on Deleuze, Derrida, + Virilio in Neil Leach’s Rethinking Architecture (Routledge, 1997). As expected, they’re dumbfounded (who wouldn’t be?). But what I was afraid of was this dumbfoundedness made them refuse theory altogether, so I asked them what they thought about theory + its role in (architectural) design in the first place. Most of them (only a few of them were even willing to speak up) had this resistance, finding theory to be uninteresting + to be avoided at all costs. They believe solely in their intution in designing solely. I’m not saying right or wrong, but it made me question the class’ dispensability now. Maybe it’s not necessary to have it, is it?
Rough translation of the title: Our Culture and Stutter, Cultural Oration by Karlina Supelli
2) A series of speeches held by the Jakarta Art Council (DKJ) regularly (started as bi-annually, but it’s been an annual event for awhile), this year given by the philosopher + astronomer who was also active in Indonesian 1998 Reformation movement, Karlina Supelli. It touched on a lot of subjects: science, philosophy, identity, nationalism, + also criticism towards religionism which is getting a lot of traction here (like a lot of other nations in the world, Indonesia is facing a right-leaning political + cultural trend). She closed the speech with “8 points for cultural tactics” which were straightforward, blatant, + concise. It’s not without flaws, but she managed to work the audience into standing ovations. She’s a good orator, I’d give her that.
A friend said, “It’s been a while since I experienced a serious talk like this + liking it.” To a certain extent, he was right. Here, we are lacking of discursive, instead of dogmatic +/or judgemental, conversations + spaces for it. It won’t hurt to have more.