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THE SCIENCE OF FICTION | KAUM – Indonesian Alternative Film & Performance Festival

21.August 2021 17:00 - 19:00

The KAUM Indonesian Alternative Performance & Film Festival organised by the Soydivision collective aims to raise underrepresented voices in the Indonesian society on issues related to the environment, the Chinese-Indonesian society, East Indonesia, Feminism, and LGBTQ+. These different topics translate into the categories of the festival: dare to be conscious, dare to be different, dare to be east, dare to be equal, dare to be oneself!

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Closing Film

→ Feature Film/ 106 min / english subtitles (17:00 – 19:00)

Set in 1960s Indonesia, Siman is a quiet man who accidentally discovers a moon-landing shooting by a foreign crew, in a haunted and unpopulated area. Siman is caught by guards and his tongue cut off. Siman goes through life in slow-motion imitating an astronaut in outer space, labelled as crazy.

Yosep Anggi Noen is an Indonesian film director who's been experimenting with cinematic narratives since mid-2000s. Bor in Yogyakarta on 1983, he studied Communications at the Socio-Politics Faculty of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University. After directing and producing several short films, he directed his first feature, Peculiar Vacation and Other Ilnesses (2012), which premiered in Locarno International Film Festival. At Vancouver International Film Festival, the film received the Special Mention Award followed by the Dragon and Tiger Award for Young Cinema. His next project, a short film titled A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One (2013), won the Best Short Film at Busan International Film Festival and the the Grand Prix of Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival. Solo, Solitude (2016)—his second feature—premiered in the Concorso Cineasti del Presente Competition in Locarno International Film Festival. Two years later, his short film, Ballad of Blood and Two White Bucket s( 2018), premiered in Toronto International Film Festival. His latest feature, The Science of Fictions (2019), will have world
premiere in Concorco Internationale of Locarno International Film Festival.


→ Performance/ 60 min / english (20:00 – 21:00)

In this collaboration , Ghaliz Haris and Riako Napitupulu examine dilemmas in persecutor-victim-rescuer relationships based on various experiences from an Indonesian-German diasporic perspective. Dynamic of identities and personas are represented by an artistic reinterpretation of the drama triangle in a Wayang Golek performance. The question of the possibilities of female action competence and the power of redefining a self-image in relation to topics such as sexual harassment,abuse of power,disadvantage and discrimination are in the room during the entire performance.

The play is dedicated to the special relationship between audience and performer by involving the audience in the dilemmas of persecutor-victim-rescuer relationships throughout the play.The drama triangle is an effective psychological and social model of conflict resolution on the dynamics of recurring and ongoing conflicts. There are numerous historical and current examples of these dramas, which continue to this day.

Ghaliz is an indonesian artist currently studying event technology and management at beuth university of applied science berlin. He founded musicratory a program for thengerhin radio berlin, where he curated indonesian related experimental musician. Using found objects, synthesizer, fx pedals he created sound compositions that heavily influenced by human interaction, sunn o))), and anime.

Riako Napitupulu was born in 1983 in Wuppertal, now working and living in Berlin. She is a multidisciplinary artist as a performer, butoh and impro- dancer, painter, art therapist, art mediator and social worker.Growing up between German grey skyscrapers and an Indonesian-Japanese elite family, she addresses interpersonal relationships, exploring identity between cultures, sexuality and social inequality, as well as her intersectional experiences as a young migrant single mother.

Her particular passion for participatory projects and community projects in public spaces witha wide variety of groups is reflected in her local art projects as a performer and art mediator in Berlin Biennale 10&11, 48 Stunden Neukölln, HAU, Ballhaus Ost etc. She is co-founder of the fluid multimedia collective polysense art and since 2019 and performer in the performance-music Project Callas & Dollars. She especially likes chocolate, white, with almonds.

→ Performance/ 30 min / english


DJ SET / AFTERPARTY (22:00 – 23:00)



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Funded by: #TakePart funding program by Fonds Darstellende Künste 

Partners: Queer Asia, European Solidarity Corps, In-Docs, Minikino, Jakarta Feminist


21.August 2021
17:00 - 19:00
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Lucy-Lameck-Staße 32
Berlin, 12049 Deutschland


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