Friday, October 24, 2008


Tuesday 28 October at 3 o'clock a selection of short movies will be screened at the Faculty of Philosophy, Parahyangan University, Jl.Nias2 (lantai2). The Indonesion cineasts question the meaning of 1998 today. After the screening there will be time for discussion. For more info:

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Rosa Verhoeve is a Dutch photographer who won the prestigious Zilveren Camera in 2005. She gave a workshop at Parahyangan University, Bandung. For more info on her work see here and here. I am very happy to say that Rosa and me are going to exchange photographs!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The moral power of James Nachtwey's photos

James Nachtwey was awarded the TED prize in 2007 that came with 100,000 US dollar. Nachtwey uses this money to create awareness for the forgotten plague TB. He says: "I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gus Dur

Former president and leader of the largest Muslim organization Nahdatul Ulama (NU) K.H. Abdurraman Wahid who is better known as Gus Dur (born 7 September, 1940) likes to joke around (see here): "President Abdurrahman Wahid jokes that while Sukarno was crazy about women; his successor, Suharto, was crazy about money; and the third president, BJ Habibie, was just plain crazy - in his own case he says it was those who elected him who were the crazy ones." His presidency only lasted from 1999 to 2001 when he was impeached on grounds of corruption allegations for which he was never tried and sentenced. It is unlikely that he will be reelected in the presidential elections of 2009. (See also the Wahid Institute.)