Animal “Rights” or Human Obligation

Animal “Rights” or Human Obligation

Animal “rights” has been a debatable issue for decades. It covers wide areas of animal-human relationship. Last year, the issue extended into the art world in an incident where The Guggenheim Museum ...
A Separation of Insult and Criticism

A Separation of Insult and Criticism

[Jakarta, LTTW] In January 10, 2018, Joko Widodo along with the government and Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat or the People’s Representative discussed a bill that contains a law that prohibits people from insulting ...
The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

The Shape of Water: An Allegorical Critique of Trump

Set in 1962 Baltimore, director Guillermo Del Toro’s film tells the story of Elisa, a young mute woman who works as a cleaner at a mysterious government facility that is home to ...
A Tale of the Meme Generation

A Tale of the Meme Generation

With just a click away, we can learn something new and explore the vast data the internet has to offer. From Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, facts about Borobudur Temple, to lessons ...
Not Being in the Moment, Courtesy of Our Phone

Not Being in the Moment, Courtesy of Our Phone

[Jakarta, LTTW] As we watch a music concert and gaze upon the stage, our sight can suddenly be blocked by gadgets that extend in the air—minimizing the full experience. This phenomenon happens ...
The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

When and where did humans develop language? To find out, look deep inside caves, suggests an MIT professor. More precisely, some specific features of cave art may provide clues about how our ...
The Narcissist Art Bait

The Narcissist Art Bait

[Jakarta, LTTW] Google, the tech company who program search engine into our curios heads gives us something new to ponder. This time the 1996 founded company is taking a shot at persuading ...
Attacchi di Pane

Attacchi di Pane

[Jakarta, LTTW] December 6, 2017, Listen to the World had the pleasure to watch a contemporary dance performance from Italy; organized by the Italian Cultural Institute at the historical Jakarta Art Building ...
Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum

[Jakarta, LTTW] “Never forget the history.” That was what Soekarno, the First President of Indonesia, used to say. Yet recently—in the first month of the 2018—two historical buildings in Jakarta, Indonesia have ...
Freedom of Speech and Social Media

Freedom of Speech and Social Media

Freedom of Speech is important to us. It allows us not only to share our voices, but also to obtain and learn more knowledge from others. With (human) rights comes responsibility, but ...
Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

[Jakarta, LTTW] Journalism operates within the freedom of speech and freedom of the press principles. In doing so, there are ethics and code of conduct that must be followed. Covering all sides, ...
Building Reading Culture in Indonesia

Building Reading Culture in Indonesia

Indonesia inaugurated the new building of the National Library, on September 2017 in Jakarta. Now that we started a new year, the new building symbolizes a new leaf for Indonesia – not ...
Sidney Keys III: Cool Bros Read

Sidney Keys III: Cool Bros Read

[Jakarta, LTTW] The youngest generation of today, famously dubbed Generation Z (also known as iGeneration) was born in the middle of new and ever-changing technological advancement. It’s just normal if massive numbers ...
Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

Lipstick Under My Burkha: When Real Women Take Over Indian Screens

“We see many films on male bonding, but hardly any on female bonding,” award-winning Indian filmmaker Aparna Sen told Indian television news channel, just after the screening of her latest film, Sonata ...
Engineers Could Learn a lot from Dance When Designing Urban Transport

Engineers Could Learn a lot from Dance When Designing Urban Transport

Dance and engineering – at first glance they don’t look like they have anything in common. But if one digs under the layers, there are plenty of similarities, more than what we ...
Sword to the Stomach: Seppuku and the Case of Altruistic Suicide

Sword to the Stomach: Seppuku and the Case of Altruistic Suicide

If you ever watched a samurai film , you probably would have seen harakiri - a suicide act by thrusting a dagger or short sword to oneself for the purpose of retaining ...
Climate Change vs. Economy

Climate Change vs. Economy

Environmental deterioration and extreme weather are real, the facts and figures are too obvious to be dismissed or neglected. One of TV commercials says, ”Nature does not need people; people needs nature.” ...
Transcendental Evening with the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Transcendental Evening with the Art Ensemble of Chicago

On Monday the 16th of October, a rather breezy autumn night in east London, the Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC) transforms Café OTO into a spiritual space, where the world’s sounds meet ...
Q&A: How Architecture Paved the Way for Syria’s War

Q&A: How Architecture Paved the Way for Syria’s War

Young Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni stood behind the ruined buildings of Homs, her home city, in a picture chosen by the publishing house as the cover for her book, “The Battle for ...
Music is Art because it’s Political

Music is Art because it’s Political

A Reflection from the Roger Waters Concert Tour.About four months ago, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters kicked off his North American tour entitled “Us + Them”. Although he performed many of old ...
During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, University of South CarolinaWorld War II influenced an entire generation – many say the “greatest” – but few of those who came of age in the 1940s would probably ...
Akram Khan’s Giselle

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Bridging Two Different Centuries in a Refreshing WayAkram Khan’s Giselle returns to Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London on 20 – 23 September 2017 after its successful performances last year. Performed by English National ...
Indigenous people need control over digital tech

Indigenous people need control over digital tech

by Inga VesperIndigenous people need more support to become tech-savvy and deal with the threats digital technology can pose to their culture. Digital technologies such as smartphones and drones can bring problems ...
The Freedom of Taking Your Own Life

The Freedom of Taking Your Own Life

Suicide stories surround me everywhere – my colleague, two sisters in Bandung, a broken hearted man who filmed it live, a local social media celebrity, to international artists that surprises the whole ...
I Am Human living in Diversity

I Am Human living in Diversity

"Thanks to J. M Basquiat who inspired me and people who fight against Racism, let’s keep the equality in humanity ...” - Adikara Rachman, 2017[LttW, Jakarta]. In recent years, diversity that was ...
Gauri Lankesh

Obituary – Gauri Lankesh

Recently, on September 6, 2017, we read an obituary of Gauri Lankesh (55 year old), a female Indian journalist senior, writer and activist (secularist-nationalist). Lankesh was assassinated inside her residence in Bengaluru ...
What if several of the world's biggest food crops failed at the same time?

What if several of the world’s biggest food crops failed at the same time?

For all we know, nature doesn’t need us to stay alive. We need nature to survive. Unfortunately, the Earth today has turned into a problematic place for us to live. Global warming, ...
Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth and the artist’s fragile reputation

[Jakarta, LTTW] Andrew Wyeth [1917-2009] is considered as a 20th century American Realist painter. He is well known among art critics and is popular through his painting entitled “Christina’s World” which became ...
Independence Day

Independence Day

[Jakarta, LttW] Over a month ago, on July 4, United States celebrated its Independence Day. Just a few days ago, India and Pakistan celebrated theirs, and today is Indonesia’s turn to do ...
Will global warming change Native American religious practices?

Will global warming change Native American religious practices?

Rosalyn R. LaPier, Harvard UniversityThe Colorado River, one of the longest rivers in the United States, is gradually shrinking. This is partly a result of overuse by municipalities and seasonal drought. The ...
Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back?

Can Caribbean cricket get its (political) groove back?

Adnan Hossain, University of Amsterdam Caribbean cricket fans were dismayed in early June when, for the first time since the ICC Champions Trophy started in 1998, the West Indies Cricket Team did ...
There's not enough evidence to back the claim that humans originated in Europe

There’s not enough evidence to back the claim that humans originated in Europe

Julien Benoit, University of the WitwatersrandAfrica is not the cradle of humankind: that’s the claim by a group of scientists who’ve just published what they describe as evidence of pre-human remains found ...
Eid Al Fitr

Eid al Fitr: the Day Human Goodness should advance.

[Jakarta, LTTW]. After thirty days of refraining from physical needs and self-indulging desires from dawn until dusk, senses of gratitude, solidarity, and empathy are heightened, and the soul is repurified. The day ...
Sacred Bridge @ Gedung Bina Taman

The Sacred Bridge

In this Newsletter, I argue that the insistence on viewing Indonesia primarily as a religious place has actually marginalized moderatism and silenced secular voices. By detailing an event hosted recently by the ...
Terrorism

Terrorism: Brainless and Heartless Act

LTTW, Jakarta. The above artwork is dedicated to the innocent victims of the recent bombing in Manchester, UK. Let us stand united to demolish extremism and terrorism from the face of the ...
Equality in Diversity

Equality in Diversity

[Jakarta, LTTW] Diversity has become a daily vocabulary in society, but lately it is perceived more as a threat. The 21st Century that we live in is yet to decide how diversity ...
Food grown in waste water

Your future food will be grown with waste water

Serena Caucci, United Nations University and Kristin Meyer, United Nations University In an increasingly water-scarce world, there is no doubt that recycling water we’ve already used has to become normal. Part of ...
Semsar Siahaan

The Shade of Northern Lights: A Current Reflection

How many people do you know would collect orange seeds, put them in a pocket, and throw them on land where they can fruitfully grow? We know one, Semsar Siahaan (1952-2005) [Ed.]** ...
Saudi Arabia

Women at the Top: Cultural Change in Saudi Arabia and UAE

[Jakarta, LttW] Conservative Saudi Arabia, with its brand of what's controversially known as Wahhabism, isn't seldom referenced by Sunni Muslim leaders in policy making. Among the ongoing debates is the leadership of women in ...
Trump

Trump: Turning USA into Uncle Sam’s Abomination – Part Two

by Serrano Sianturi Are Fragile States Farming Terrorism? The Muslim ban was taken in the name of keeping America safe from the terrorist act by the Muslim extremist. So let’s see whether ...
Trump

Trump: Turning USA into Uncle Sam’s Abomination – Part One

by Serrano Sianturi The recent travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries ordered by President Trump has resulted in confusion, protest, and anger in the US and around the world. US District Courts ...
Fragile Human

Fragile Human

LTTW, Jakarta. People say that a picture tells thousands of words, so to respond to the mounting, LTTW presents a visual work by Adikara that confront the frightening issue ...
racism

If there is only one human race, then why are humans still racist?

[Jakarta, LTTW] We are today, as a globalized humanity, plagued by hate among fellow men, hate upon each other. One form of this manifest hate is fueled by a fear and loathing ...
cave painting

Is Cave Painting Art?

by Aryo Adhianto [Jakarta, LttW] A few months ago LTTW raised an issue of cave painting’s management being differently practiced both in the Caves of Altamira, Spain, and in other parts of ...
listening to music

Working With the Music On: How to Pick the Right Music for the Right Task

by Veka Pramesthi This article is a form of response to LTTW’s previous Your Thoughts which raises the question, “Can We Listen to Music Whilst Do Other Things?” The writer, in this ...
My Struggling to Find Music’s Relation to Films

My Struggling to Find Music’s Relation to Films

by Veka Prameshti* [Jakarta, LttW] Recently I read news about Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Atticus Ross doing another film score for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ – a movie adapted ...
To Artist Andrea Buttner, Poverty Is “Good”; To Me, I Don’t Really Care Much About It

To Artist Andrea Buttner, Poverty Is “Good”; To Me, I Don’t Really Care Much About It

by Bhima Aryateja [THE IRISH TIMES, LTTW, DUBLIN] Poverty is often related to all things negative. To some extent, poverty can even lead to crimes, violence, drug abuse, etc.; although in reality, ...
Grammy

56 Years of GRAMMY Winners: Who is the ‘King Among Kings?’

by Aryo Adhianto (GRAMMY.ORG, LOS ANGELES) With 4 big wins, including Best Album and Best Record of the Year, Daft Punk championed the 56th Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 26. The ...
George Dennehy

There Is George Dennehy The Armless Musician, and I’m Whining for A Perfect Studio

by Aryo Adhianto [VIRGINIA, DOGO, LTTW] I’m annoyed with myself. As a musician, I feel the need to have everything in advance—a fine instrument, first-rate sound system, and comfortable studio—to be able ...
Nature Calling: There Were Estimated 10,000 Casualties Across Philippine, and We Were Complaining About Traffic Jam

Nature Calling: There Were Estimated 10,000 Casualties Across Philippine, and We Were Complaining About Traffic Jam

[TACLOBAN, JAKARTA—CNN, WMO, LTTW] It is very heartbreaking when you hear what's happening in the city of Tacloban, Philippine, shortly after Typhoon Haiyan slammed across its central region in Friday morning. As ...
One of America’s Music Hometowns Files for Bankruptcy

One of America’s Music Hometowns Files for Bankruptcy

(DETROIT, TIME, LTTW) The city of Detroit, known for its rich musical heritage from infamous Motown record label, to the home of Techno in the ’80s and some of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated ...
The 55th GRAMMY: The Untold Stories

The 55th GRAMMY: The Untold Stories

by Aryo Adhianto [Jakarta, LTTW] The 2013 GRAMMY week may have ended. No more flashy outfit being exhibited on the red carpet, no more sound and visual madness being performed on stage ...
Buying Music: Online Vs. Record Store

Buying Music: Online Vs. Record Store

[Jakarta, LttW] There are two types of music enthusiasts that we should be aware of: ones who buy music, and ones who don’t. For some of those buying ones, especially those who ...
Gringsing

Gringsing amid Changing Times

This article is based on a snapshot research organized by Sacred Bridge Foundation in Tenganan Pegringsingan Village, East Bali. The focus of the research is to assess the ideals and reality of ...
I Nyoman Astita

I Nyoman Astita, Progressing Bali

Scholar/forerunner in Balinese contemporary performing arts “Now, be it new music, or it may be called urban music as well, it is no longer relevant to me, as long as they are ...
english lyrics

In Some Parts of the World, Going Global Means English

[Jakarta, LTTW] Music is as common as language, and even likely almost as old. Different and unique music derived from different culture exist on Earth; from the most “complex” ones to the ...
dj

DJ: Between Artist, Artistry, and Technology

by Aryo Adhianto The Disk Jockey, commonly shortened as “DJ”, many may have forgotten that in the past­—specifically in the 1960s—we would know them merely as someone who works behind a radio ...
Electronic Music: Then, Now, and Later

Electronic Music: Then, Now, and Later

by Aryo Adhianto Translation by Ferdi Zebua As a music genre whose age has exceeded a century, electronic music of course have accumulated a warehouse of context regarding human civilization history and ...
Rai

Rai: When Art is (no longer) a Movement

by Agung Waskito This music was born in the middle of the Algerian people’s deterioration due to French colonialism (1841- 1962), which was followed by the rising & falling process in reaching ...
changing the world

Majority Hardly Changing the World

by Serrano Sianturi Things change as we live our days; many (or perhaps most) even believe that change is the only constant in our lives. Change itself is actually a scary thing ...
62nd Emmy

The 62nd Emmy Music Nominations

The 62nd Emmy Music Nominations Another story, another music, another industry [Jakarta, LTTW] At the beginning of this month of July, America's Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the 62nd ...
world cup south africa

World Cup South Africa 2010: Whose Side is it on?

[Jakarta, LTTW] It is almost impossible to decimate music from human life, because music is like air that fills void. In all its shape it fills up space, and in all times ...
creative economy

Music and the Ever Changing World

by Serrano Sianturi We are nearly at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and humans continue to create changes (for better and worse), and at the same time ...