Jakarta

A Fusion of History and Popular Culture

Wiku | March 6th, 2014

Design and art integrated into local culture is one of the “It” business ideas in Indonesia at the moment.

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The Sound of the Underground

Wiku | February 16th, 2014

One of the drastic effects of this rapidly-growing digital world is the decline in music album sales, at least in their physical form.

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Figure Skating in Jakarta

Asia Scout | November 18th, 2013

Jakartans are known for seeking entertainment in big, air-conditioned malls. So it’s not that big of a stretch to imagine some getting bundled up to hit the ice skating rink at Mall Taman Anggrek. Read More

Jakarta’s Homegrown YouTube

Asia Scout | August 25th, 2013

Indonesia’s homegrown answer to YouTube, layartancap.com is an interesting little site with heaps of potential. If only it had better content… Read More

Jakarta’s Lifestyle & Entertainment Platform

Asia Scout | August 25th, 2013

If you live and work in Jakarta, there’s no way you could be unacquainted with FREE! (Full Review on Entertainment) Magazine.

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Putting the Funk in Junk

Wiku | February 2nd, 2012

It only takes a little imagination to create something beautiful out of junk. There are endless possibilities, really.

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Crowdsourcing T-Shirts

Wiku | January 22nd, 2012


The T-shirt holds an established place in the realm of fashion as it serves as a canvas for design ideas.

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Jakarta’s Secret Agents

Asia Scout | August 25th, 2009

How often have you been invited to view uploaded pics on Facebook or Flickr and with one click sent the said invite into your data dustbin? Let’s face it, looking at pictures of someone else’s holiday — or party that you missed — can be as exciting as that 1:30PM PowerPoint presentation. That’s why the The Secret Agent’s blog caught my eye. Rather than the typical “here-we-are-with-you-know-who-at-such-and-such-place” formula, these images invite you to build off of them, and can be used to inspire your own blog, journal, essay, letter, or poem. Read More

Finger Tapping Your Way to Topicality in Jakarta

Asia Scout | August 25th, 2009

It’s interesting to me that one of the media blurbs praising the new social networking platform, Koprol.com reads, “Beat it, Facebook! Jakartans are about to get their own local networking website…” Because the mobile-intensive, user-generated site seems — if anything — to be providing a way for social media brats to ensure that their Facebook sites are constantly updated and that their friends know where they are at any given microsecond. Read More

Jakarta Needs “We Need More Stages”

Asia Scout | August 25th, 2009

“put your cameras up in the air, like you just don’t care!!!”

Going to a concert or gig nowadays, you’d be forgiven for thinking that everybody in the audience is a documentary maker.

Hands held high no longer clap or hold lighters, they wave iPhones, Flip Cams or [insert your preferred micro-digital imaging device here]. But for every serious archivist who battles hangovers and peeved bosses to upload and post their pictures as soon as they get to the office the next morning, there’s a dozen of us whose pictures wallow in obscurity for months, years… sometimes forever.

We Need More Stages (www.WeNeedMoreStages.com) is an archive for photography, video, audio, posters and memorabilia of concerts and independent music gigs — specifically, ones held in Indonesia. Read More

Post Rock: Jakarta’s Silent Minority

Asia Scout | August 19th, 2009

In a previous post on Jakarta’s brewing post-rock cauldron, I had anticipated the rise of a sub-culture that apparently has been lying dormant for the last few years, waiting its turn to evolve. The experimental indie/post-rock community remains on the fringes, but it’s beginning a long, slow, silent march out of obscurity. Read More

Jakarta’s Silver Screen Savior

Asia Scout | August 19th, 2009

For Jakarta film freaks, living was hard a few years back. In order to see a cult, festival, or any other kind of non-commercial Hollywood film, we had to order DVDs online, contact friends living abroad to send them, wait for one of the few annual film fests with an indie focus (like JiFFest) or search the back catalogs of Mangga Dua’s DVD stalls, only to come up with one or two titles we “kind of” wanted to see.

Luckily, as the movie industry in Indonesia has grown more diverse and popular, the demand for good films from all over the world has grown! Read More

Jakarta Meets Jogjakarta in a Music and Visual Arts Exploration

Asia Scout | August 17th, 2009

I Walk the Urban Streets was a recent collaboration between an experimental band hailing from Indonesia’s contemporary arts capital, Jogjakarta, and a venerable artist-run collective from Jakarta (ruangrupa.org). Read More

Jakarta’s Online Fashion Mall

Asia Scout | August 17th, 2009

The latest buzz in town is the online shopping site, Barang Baru (barangbaru.com). It’s a clearing house for rags from all over the globe — most of which are made in Indonesia anyway — that offers big discounts and has attracted a huge following of desktop shoppers. Read More

Jakarta Hearts Buses?

Asia Scout | August 14th, 2009

There’s nothing more social than a crowded rush hour bus! And trying to comprehend the intricacies of greater Jakarta’s public transport system redefines the term “network”. So we thought it deliciously ironic that one of the least sexy fixtures of every day life in the big city could receive a new media boost provided by bismania.org, the site operated by BisMania Community (BMC). Read More