how does the world breathe now?

In his seminal poem ‘Sebuah Dunia Yang Marah’ (An Angry World), Indonesian poet, playwright and activist Raden Mas Willibrordus Surendra Broto aka Rendra laments in utter awe the inscrutable state of the world today. At some point he breaks down, breaks it down and asks in a state of desolation – ‘how does the world breathe now?’

The project how does the world breathe now? is an acknowledgement of the artist’s role in society and as a reflection of his/her time as well as an acknowledgment of the fact that we are not islands. We learn from others and teach others. We exist because others exist – both the living and the non-living. This project is thus an effort to acknowledge a genealogy of artistic practices that engage with the social, the political, the bigger and smaller obstacles and beauties in the quotidian. However, above all, the project is an acknowledgement of artistic practices that dig deeper beneath and beyond the visible reality.

It is to this end that the project how does the world breathe now? invited artists, curators, and thinkers of all walks of life to propose an outstanding film that aptly captures the Zeitgeist of its époque – and to present it for discussion with the public.

I began my involvement with the series as the Project Coordinator and have since become one of the curators. My responsibilities included choosing participants, advising them in their choice of film, communicating with filmmakers and distributors to secure the rights, preparing the space, and moderating the discussions. I also manage two Project Coordinators.

The screening series came to a close in March 2018. We are now working on a subsequent publication that will collect and expand upon some of the conversations we had over the last 1.5 years.

Concept: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Curators: Elena Agudio, Antonia Alampi, and Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein

Project Coordinators: Kelly Krugman and Gwen Mitchell.

Information on past screenings can be found here.