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ASEDAS Seminar “Filling the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity”
Faculty of Art and Design, Trisakti University hosted the ASEDAS online seminar with the theme “Filling the Gap Between Tradition and Modernity” on Saturday, December 4, 2021 through a Zoom meeting, attended by lecturers, students, and design practitioners, from various universities in Indonesia. Indonesia. The event was opened by the Dean of the FSRD, Dr. Sangayu Ketut Laksemi Nilotama, M.Ds. who in her opening conveyed the importance of the role of design and art intellectuals in developing discussion, research and creation to fill the gap between tradition and modernity today.
The Speakers are:
- Dr. Adhi Nugraha, M.A with the title “Revitalization of Tradition Design – The Marriage of Tradition with Modernity”.
- Pongky Adhi Purnama, BFA, M.Sn. with the title “Re-capturing Traditional Beauty into Urban Society: Visualization of Kotogadang Traditional Dress on the Calendar of the Association of Kotogadang Mothers in Jakarta”.
- Ariani, S.Sn., M.Ds. with the title “Padung-padung: Efforts to Preserve Local Culture in Facing Global Challenges”.
- Arleti M. Apin, M.Sn. with the title “The Position of Tradition in the Present”.
Moderator: Silviana Amanda A.T., S.Sn., M.Sn.
The first speaker expressed the need for designers to adopt traditions, local wisdom as design inspiration by continuously updating these traditions so that they are always in harmony with contemporary people’s lives. The essence of preserving and developing the culture/tradition by continuously transforming the culture/tradition, at least one of which means that we have contributed to saving and preserving the tradition.
The second speaker conveyed the traditional Minangkabau culture behind the method and concept of creating fashion photography for a calendar featuring traditional Kotogadang clothes, West Sumatra for the Kotogadang Mothers’ Association. The kinship system in the Kotogadang community in Jakarta is still strong even though it can still accept change, and the results from the photos are felt to be able to fill the negotiating space between tradition and modern.
The third speaker conveyed the tradition of padung-padung jewelry worn by the wife and family member of Sibayak, Karo, from certain circles. Padung-padung has a symbolic meaning and philosophical meaning for the woman who wears it. Efforts to bring back padung-padung were made by designers by using them as inspiration for jewelery forms and motifs in clothing and other wearables.
The fourth speaker concluded that culture is always changing. Traditions that have been tested for a long time become a culture that is internalized by the community. Individuals have the freedom to choose and consider the current way of life. Gutta tamarind batik is one way for batik to develop, survive and respond to challenges in new forms.
Modernization is a necessity. Hopefully this discussion will enrich the public’s insight, especially academics and designers in developing novelty by not leaving the red thread of Indonesian traditional culture.