“Tivoli To Go” is my own view on a compressed situation in a major city, where the people who are living there are confronted with a space that doesn’t imply a certain logic, so they have to adapt first and try to occupy a place for themselves.
What were the biggest challenges for you during the realization of your artwork?
First of all, the tight schedule, but that’s quite normal. And then, of course, there was the question of communication… When I first came to Jakarta for five days earlier this year to have a look at the premises, I needed to find companies I wanted to work with – and this happened shortly after Ramadan, when most Indonesians were still on leave. It turned out fine in the end, but only just. Afterwards, I had to continue the preparations from Germany with the help of the Goethe-Institut staff. Due to the long distance, some misunderstandings were bound to happen, be it because of language barriers or cultural differences. How do you, for example, explain via email that you need a certain shade of orange, without the company having the color code to compare it? But in the end, everything worked out beautifully, and to be honest, I like the fact that I needed to improvise.
You have spent a good amount of time in Indonesia. What are your impressions?
This was my first trip to a major city in Asia. Of course, I was constantly amazed despite what I have heard or seen on pictures before. The time frames here are completely different, due to the long distances and traffic jams. I found that really exhausting sometimes.
Besides that, I am very impressed by the energy of young Indonesians. I feel that people here come together much more easily than in Germany, where most cultural scenes tend to keep to themselves, according to genre: artists with other artists, musicians with musicians, dancers with dancers. Here, I think, it is more important to “do” and “create”, despite the fact that Jakarta is not really making it easy. In the short time that I have been here, I have met many interesting people and was always welcomed with open arms. That was really great! I also like the humor of the Indonesian people, something that is very important to me.
I have become a fan of the big chaos… there is much more to discover here, and I have only just begun. I think this means I will have to come back some day.