Sunday, January 10, 2010


Dear friends and colleagues,

Till January 2010 Rumah Seni Yaitu: has been about four years and five months old. The space is for bridging and exploring visual arts in its cultural linkage. It was officially inaugurated by Prof. Dr. I Made Bandem who is Rector of the Indonesian Arts Institute of Yogyakarta on August 19, 2005. The space stands on an empty plot of land, a private property of mine.

I do not remember anymore what my basic motivation was when I built the space. But I deeply enjoy any kind of arts. And one thing is clear that the space has confiscated my whole energy and thoughts during the last five years’ time.

During that time many events had been performed. Visual arts exhibitions and discussions, contemporary music and theater performances, contemporary and documentary film screenings, book launches and discussions, and others. They gave a special color to the space and for Semarang in general. The space was also as an arena for exchanging ideas, enjoying the works of art, and a meeting room for artists with their audiences. Young local artists and international artists come and go. Audiences were present after another.

I decided to close the space for any arts events starting from January 2010. An art space will not be productive anymore when forced to be present continuously without enough attention or adequate support. Now Rumah Seni Yaitu: has completed its duties. Maybe the clossing is the best decision for the sake of our local arts communities.

I apologize if Rumah Seni Yaitu: could not meet any expectations of the art world. Thank you to anyone who has become part of the joy of living in the small space located in Kampung Jambe. I appreciate you very much.

Hopefully the presence of Rumah Seni Yaitu: is useful for the local art world. It is fair enough to look at the space as part of the cultural dynamics of the city.

Best Regards,
Tubagus P. Svarajati

Friday, January 8, 2010


(Photo: Tommas Titus Kurniawan)

Lecture of Dadang Cristanto
“The International Contemporary Art Practice:

Looking at Outside Through Inside”

Wednesday, January 6, 2010
at 7 pm

Dadang Christanto is one of the most famous of Indonesia contemporary artists. Based in Brisbane, Australia, and gained a worldwide reputation. He also known as a good art essayist especially on sociology of art.

He delivered a lecture on the international contemporary art practice. He stressed on how artists must fully pay attentions on current issues and develop his intelectual skills to become good artists. Some 50 attendances seriously involved and took part to a vigorous discussion after his speech.

The event is considered as an important moment for the development of our local art world. And this was the last event of Rumah Seni Yaitu which is closed forever from any arts activities starting the year 2010.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Photo Exhibition "Serenada Kehidupan"

Photo Story Exhibition
"Serenada Kehidupan"

Arif Slam Nugroho (Sindo), Budi Purwanto (Tempo), P Raditya Mahendra Yasa (Kompas), Adityo Dwi (Radar Semarang), Bowo Pribadi (Republika), Cun Cahya (Harian Semarang), Suherdjoko (The Jakarta Post), Bahana Patria Gupta (Kompas)

Oscar Motuloh

Friday, November 20, 2009

November 21 to 28, 2009

Open daily except holidays from 10 am to 5 pm

Free, no admission fee!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Sum; Cerita dari Rantau"

Monologue “Sum; Cerita dari Rantau”
(“Sum; A Story from Abroad”)
by Teater Garasi

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

8:00 pm

Limited seats, only for 100 viewers.
Ticket Rp5.000,00

Ticket box:
Rumah Seni Yaitu
Kampung Jambe 280
Semarang 50124

Supported by: LRC-KJHAM Semarang
Technical support by: Hysteria Community

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

"Perziarahan" by Antonius Danang Bramasti, SJ

Painting Exhibition
by Antonius Danang Bramasti, SJ

Friday, August 7-2009 at 7 pm

Officiated by:
Landung Simatupang

August 8 to 22, 2009
Open daily except holidays from 10 am to 5 pm

Friday, August 21-2009 at 7 pm

Donny Danardono (lecturer at Soegijapranata Catholic University of Semarang)
Rony C. Kristanto (a priest and lecturer at STT Abdiel of Ungaran)


Antonius Bramasti Danang, SJ is a Catholic priest. Now he is the parish Girisonta, Ungaran, since November 2008. He was inaugurated as a priest on 26 July 2007 and then served in the parish Bongsari, Semarang.

For him, painting is a kind of religiousity traveling, a faith. Often he was painting in the time being meditating. The practice of painting is done with the left hand. For this exhibition, Romo Danang, so he is called by people, re-paints a number of his earlier paintings. This time he was painting with the right hand, and in oil based paint.

There are some new works specifically prepared for the first time exhibition. Feature exhibition "Perziarahan" can be defined as travel notes as shepherds of God faith. He felt God has chosed him as a Jesuit's painter and a Jesuit priest who is also a painter.

The exhibitions and discussions are open to the public and no admission free.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

the.trails.of.the.midnight.bunny II

Comic Exhibition
by Ariela Kristantina
curated by Grace Samboh

Friday, June 5, 2009

June 6—20, 2009

Opening hours:
Everyday, except holidays
10 am to 5 pm

The exhibition is free for public with no admission fee.

Ariela Kristantina draws her comics in manga style. With some of her friends she makes a comic group called 7 Blue Artland and publish a quaterly comic magazine, Splash. In her first solo exhibition titled “the.trails.of.the.midnight.bunny” she introduces her role character that is “midnight bunny”. The theme of this show is “human being//traces”.

“Ariela's works will fill and cover the whole space of the gallery as a unity. Audiences should follow the trails of the works to know the story. But she doesn't force you to trace step by step all the way,” said Grace Samboh, curator.

Monday, May 4, 2009

"COLOR ME BADD" by I Made Aswino Aji

Solo Exhibition
by I Made Aswino Aji

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
at 7 pm

May 7—30, 2009

Opening time:
10 am to 5 pm

”I believe that an exhibition is not a final goal of an artist. A show is a long way process to end to better works,” said I Made Aswino Aji (32).

In his latest solo exhibition, Aji will let audiences to participate in the show by freeing them to add something or fill more colors to his works. By introducing this modus Aji, born in Bali, seems to negate personal and individualistic ways of making art works which are very glorified in the modern thought.

Audiences then will change the characteristic of his works. Aji’s works will not be the same anymore from the first look. Finally the art works can be good, better, or even worse.

The characters of his drawings are figures with long-shaped noses. His works are full of colors and some are enriched with ornaments. Those reflect kid’s worlds or fantasies. Cheerful. Refreshing. Thrilling.

Come on, let’s draw with Aji. Let’s be an artist by participating to Aji’s show. Show your own works in the gallery.

The exhibition is fully opened or public with no admission fee.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Documentary Screening and Discussion

[Photo courtesy by Tedika Puri Amanda]

Documentary Screening and Discussion:
“Gubuk Reot Di Atas Minyak Internasional”
[“Shaky Shelter on International Oil”]
Directed by Tedika Puri Amanda

Tuesday, April 28—2009
At 7:00 pm

Tedika Puri Amanda

Tubagus P. Svarajati

Free w/ no admission fee.
Do come!

This short film was one of the best five of “2007 Eagle Awards Documentary Competition” held by Metro TV. According to the director, this film was prepared and made in two years’ time.

The film was shot at Wonocolo village, Bojonegoro, East Java where almost all its villagers are working on crude oil processing traditionaly. Focusing on the struggle of Paneman, a traditional crude oil refiner, whom with local villagers developing proper education for their children among the conflict of interest on handling its oil resource.

From the Dutch colonial era, New Order regime, up till now the villagers are living under their daily allowances. It means they are living in poor standart. That’s why they cannot serve good education for their children.

This screening and discussion in cooperation between Rumah Seni Yaitu and Legal Resource Center for Human Right and Gender Issue (LRC-KJHAM).

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Ketika Perempuan Bertutur

Photo Exhibition
“When Women Telling their Stories”

Collection of
Legal Resources Center
for Gender Justice and Human Right of Semarang

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February 26 to March 15, 2009

Open daily:
at 10 am to 5 pm; except holidays

This exhibition is to inform the latest situation of human right and the struggle of women in Semarang to fight the marginalisation to them. Those photos related to the issues of women with poverty, environtment, health and the LRC-KJHAM’s assistancies to women as the victims of gender based violence.

Free, no admission fee.