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.