Governor DKI JAKARTA, Fauzi Bowo: NAS is The Interaction Space for Art Creativity and Appreciation. Our artists from various genre have a remarkable talent and creativity. Still, as good as any talent and creativity of the artist; if there is no place that could unite the artist’s creations with its appreciators or wider communities who have not become appreciators, the creativity will have no extra value. Here, I see the importance of many spaces, which are able to be interaction mediums for artists and the public. The government must play a role in the realization. The private sectors are also needed to help the government. We should be proud, since private galleries spring up in Jakarta and other cities. These become signs that devotees of art is getting bigger. So, the policy taker’s attitude has to change to follow the growth. The government of DKI Jakarta realizes this growth. It means, Taman Ismail Marzuki art space – belongs to the Government of DKI Jakarta – cannot accommodate that growth anymore. That is why the North Art Space (NAS) at Pasar Seni Ancol, presents to accommodate the art enthusiasm. NAS is located in Pasar Seni Ancol (PSA). PSA has been stood since 1970- ies. At that time, PSA was one of the quite important art centers in Jakarta, even in Indonesia. PSA had brought up many Indonesian artists who are nationally and internationally known. Now, we feel how sluggish PSA is. It’s the reason we build NAS to pump the art enthusiasm which starts to slug. On the other hand, Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and Taman Impian Jaya Ancol is corporately owned by the Government of DKI Jakarta. Then the Ancol infrastructure must fulfill the standards as a capital city. Jakarta also becomes a culture and economics center. Anyone in Indonesia, who has business with Jakarta, for example Kelompok Jendela artists from Padang, they need Jakarta to hold an exhibition. In consequence, infrastructures for various needs must be in Jakarta and meet the international standards. We have Ancol’s infrastructures upgraded continuously in order to meet current needs. At this time, what is in my mind is how the Government and private sectors can be together build the infrastructures to accommodate any needs and give profit to all sides. I talked in Komunitas Salihara and I said that we need another communities just like Salihara to accommodate the artist’s aspirations and the increase of art’s appreciators. Moreover, the infrastructures in Jakarta will automatically become the property for the entire nation. Now we are in a global civilization in which blown from outside. I believe the acceleration is getting stronger. Due to the unstoppable globalization, we have felt the collision between traditional culture and foreign culture. During the collision, we have to struggle hard so that our artist’s artworks can get international recognition and appreciation. The greater the appreciation, the more exist our arts. This existence will encourage the artists to deliver higher quality artworks than before. Earlier, I had said, a masterpiece will lose its meaning without any appreciations. Masterpiece of Nyoman Masriadi, for example, would not be discussed if there weren’t any appreciation. To be appreciated not only the artist who has to work, but also all the elements directly related or not, must give contributions. We all shall assist each to another to be realize the progress. At early stage, we present our masterpieces in national forum. Then at the next phase, we move forward to international level and push it to the limit. One way of get wide appreciation is the artworks must be promoted. Due to this, ARTI Magazine ought to able to pierce America and Europe and can be confessed over there. Hence thereby, ARTI Magazine becomes a supporting facility for suitable promotions. The businessmen in fine arts should be aware that the promotions is not only the auction gallery and exhibitions, but also all sectors including art fair, biennale, triennale, and can pass the authoritative mass media.
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