R8FTOP 27 – Imagine

After announcing the track earlier this week, today (28 January) R8FTOP 27 has released their second single of the year and accompanying music video, Imagine. This melancholic piano ballad joins the series of singles they have been releasing and we are excited to share it with you. Expect another studio album from R8FTOP 27 in the coming months. We will make sure to sit down and talk to them when it comes!

About R8FTOP 27

R8FTOP 27 is a band based in Germany and was independently formed in 2015 by twin brothers, Raka P. Suwandhi and Dimas P. Suwandhi (born 8 March 1995 in Bandung, Indonesia). Started composing music since 2006 and moved to Germany in 2014 for studying and realization of their dreams. In 2016 their first album „PILOT“ was released, which was supposed to be only a trial or introduction for the listeners. This can only be found on their youtube channel. The first music video „Your Calling“ was released in 2017, followed by „P.S. I Love You“ (2018) and „Destroyer“ (2019). They also covered some songs from their favorite musicians such as Florence and the Machine, Lorde, SZA, and Wolf Alice. 80’s pop/ballad, rock, synthwave, ambient, country/folk and even classic have influenced their style of music. This can clearly be explored in their second album „OSTSEE“, which was released in 2019 on all streaming platforms worldwide. read more

Aryati : Rewind <||

Words, pictures, and mixtape by Ariel Orah

Artikel ini adalah salah satu upaya untuk mendokumentasikan karya teater eksperimental “Aryati” Soydivision yang akan datang. Artikel ini  berfocus ke cerita awal bagaimana Ide awal muncul dari workshop Jendela Sonorama. Rencananya akan ada seri tulisan berikutnya di beberapa edisi Soy & Zine kedepan. Tulisan ini juga dibuat dengan bahasa Indonesia dan baru kemudian diterjemahkan ke bahasa Inggris, jadi versi terjemahan tidak akan seakurat versi asli baik terjemahan kata ataupun pemaknaan kalimat. read more

In the Basement with Ghaliz

Ghaliz Filkhair Haris takes us through his studio and reveals how the circumstance that dictates its operation transforms his process. 

Words and photography by Azhari

Ghaliz in his studio

Across rows of tall housings that line up along Neckarstrasse, stands an even taller wall that doesn’t seem to belong to anything or anyone. The wall remains white and plain at the top and gradually filled with colorful graffiti as it reaches the pavement at the bottom. Layers and layers of spray paint hide a couple of doors like a camouflage. They are barely recognisable if not from the stickers that people keep adding on them as time goes by. read more

“The Margins Talk Back: Introducing KAUM Discourse Events “

Text by Rosalia Engchuan & Ferdiansyah Thajib

This text previously featured in KAUM Festival 2021 Catalogue Book

Check out our discourse Archive videos here 👉🏻 #1 (Negotiating Belonging in Eastern Indonesia)

The margin is an off-center space. It comprises the majority actually, yet people inhabiting it are constantly positioned as the subordinate other to the self-constructed, geographical, political and ideological centers. In Indonesia, marginality assumes many faces. It is reified through historical, political, religious, sexual, gender, cultural, ethnic, economic and social differences that constitute the supposedly pluralistic country. It operates through different forms and intensities and is threaded by a common pattern of violence. To be part of marginalized communities often means to be made vulnerable to disenfranchisement, impoverishment, inequality, intolerance, stigma and discrimination. read more

KAUM Festival 2021 Discourse : “Negotiating Belonging in Eastern Indonesia”

Negotiating Belonging in Eastern Indonesia

At Ana Conda am Ufer in Uferstudios


Hosted by Ferdiansyah Thajib (Researcher) Speaker : Amanda Valani (Filmmaker), Ronald Regang (Activist), Indra Siagian (Filmmaker), Helena Kobogauw (Activist & Filmmaker)

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In recent times, Indonesian elites have been paying more attention to the eastern region of Indonesia, especially through their infrastructure development policy. However, this policy has so far insufficiently recognized the humanitarian problems and social injustices that are faced by those living in the various parts of the region. To address these issues we are holding film screenings that will be followed by a hybrid panel discussion. The first film, Luka Beta Rasa (dir.: Narasi TV, 2020) features how conflict survivors in Maluku are overcoming trauma and pushing for peace. Speaking on behalf of Luka Beta Rasa team, is Amanda Valani from Narasi TV, and Ronald Regang, the film protagonist who is also a former child combatant. The second film Mamapolitan (dir.: Indra Siagian, 2018) is a documentary film which follows how activist Helena Kobogau maintains her identity as a Papuan woman in the midst of racialized violence. Both Kobogau and Siagian will also be speaking at the event. read more

KAUM Discourse “Feminist Organizing in Indonesia”

Hybrid Panel Discussion

Hosted by Rosalia Engchuan (Anthropologist & Filmmaker)

Guest Speaker : Anindya Restu Viani, Diana Debi Timoria, Lisabona Rahman, Melati Suryodarmo

This panel invites Anindya Restuviani from Jakarta Feminist, Diana Debi Timoria from komunitas SOPAN in Sumba, Lisabona Rahman from Sekolah Pemikiran Perempuan and performance artist Melati Suryodarmo to engage in a discussion around questions of feminist organizing and the multitude of forms and practices it can take. The panelists will give an insight into their practices and organizations and share from their experiences of working in media, activism, grassroots organizing and performance art in both the capital of Jakarta as well as locations outside of the center. The conversation will be moderated by Rosalia Engchuan, an anthropologist and filmmaker who is interested in the historical construction of Asian femininity, and will delve into broader questions of feminist organizing, the various forms that it can take, the day to day microscopic challenges. We will also critically discuss the influence of western dominated ideals of feminism as well as the broader historical structures that influence practices in the everyday. read more


by Ariel Orah

Fenomena paling menggemparkan setelah perang dunia kedua ini sudah memasuki tahun ketiganya beberapa hari yang lalu. Ya, sekali lagi diawali dengan intro pandemi. Mau tidak mau, suka tidak suka terminologi ini sudah merasuk ke segala sendi kehidupan dan menjadi diktator sejati manusia manusia di muka bumi ini. 

The most shocking phenomenon after the second world war entered its third year a few days ago. Yes, once again starting with the intro to the pandemic. Like it or not,, this terminology has penetrated into all aspects of life and has become the true dictator of humans on this planet earth. read more


Welcome to this new special entry featuring monthly recipes from our LOKARASA project!

Our Lokasara project began in early pandemic 2020 and this year will mark it’s second year. It was our adaptation and response during the first major lockdown in March 2020, Lokarasa started as a weekly take-away food project that we did from our shared studio window back then in Sari Sari Space. At that time, we used this project also as our research practice to examine not only various nusantara’s culinary diversity, but also other historical and anthropological aspects of each region.  read more


by Ariel Victor

In this volume we have a special illustration from our native Ariel Victor!


Ariel Victor 

Ariel Victor is an Indonesian animator and illustrator who find great pleasures in recapturing slices of life and a little obsessed with drawing patterns, shapes and colors in an orderly manner. He received his Bachelor of Art in animation from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. His latest film, Annah La Javanaise, a collaboration with director Fatimah TobingRony, was an official selection in the Annecy Festival 2020. Currently based in Berlin, He isdeveloping his next short film, I AM A FLOWER, at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. read more

Berkenalan dengan Aryati

Dia memperkenalkan dirinya dengan nama Aryati. Dari sebuah gejolak yang samar, menunggu untuk bertemu, menunggu untuk berbincang.

You can read the translated english version here.

Berkenalan dengan Aryati

Dia memperkenalkan dirinya dengan nama Aryati. Dari sebuah gejolak yang samar, menunggu untuk bertemu, menunggu untuk berbincang.

Sekapur sirih dari si Tukang Jahit

Saya sudah agak lupa jika harus menceritakan bagaimana awal pertemuan itu. Semua terkesan begitu kebetulan, tapi juga terencana, santai, tapi juga serius. Pada saat itu saya juga masih gelisah dengan diri saya sendiri. Perkenalan dengan Aryati, disatu sisi, merupakan angin segar, tapi juga tantangan tersendiri bagi saya. Entahlah. Namun intinya, dan akhirnya, Aryati memilih saya untuk menjadi penjahit kata-katanya.  read more

Berkenalan dengan Aryati (English)

by Umi Maisaroh.
translated by Azhari.

She introduces herself as Aryati. From a vague turmoil, waiting to meet, waiting to talk.

This article is a translated version of an article with the same title. If you wish to read this article in its original Bahasa Indonesia (recommended), click here.


I barely remember how we met. It all seemed so coincidental, yet planned. Relaxed, but also serious. At that time I felt uneasy with myself. on one hand, getting to know Aryati is a breath of fresh air. But on the other hand, it’s quite a challange. I’m not sure. Ultimately, Aryati choose me to be the tailor of her words. read more