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Craftsmanship: Material Consciousness

Craftsmanship: Material Consciousness

Indonesia is the outcome of a long history of craftsmanship.


Craftsmanship is not merely a matter of practicality and technicality; it is also a value, an ethos, and a commitment. It has been practiced and internalized in our diverse traditions as a driving factor to achieve excellence.


As a craftsman, an architect is not an autonomous subject. To produce and deliver their works, they have to collaborate with practitioners of other disciplines. They also have to deal with and respond to the abundance as well as the deficiency of the existing natural resources. In other words, they dwell in material consciousness, without which they would lose what is fundamental in their profession: the intimacy of the work processes. The Indonesia Pavilion, Craftsmanship: Material Consciousness is a glimpse of 100 years history of discourse and practices of architecture in Indonesia, a journey that cuts across social, political, and cultural boundaries through the lens focused on craftsmanship.

Indonesia Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - Fundamentals,
La Biennale di Venezia 2014
Arsenale, Venice
July 6 - November 23, 2014

Project Manager: Steve J. Manahampi
Curator: Avianti Armand, Setiadi Sopandi, David Hutama, Robin Hartanto, Achmad D. Tardiyana
Pavilion designer: Avianti Armand & Setiadi Sopandi
Director of photography: Paul Kadarisman
Editor & visual design: Aditya Satria
Video producer: Suryani Liauw
Photography team & video production: Muhammad Revaldi, Mahendratta Sambodho, Ary Sendy, Lilin Rosa Santi, Rossy Abdillah, Agung Sulistiono, Arifa Nuryani, Tandun, Yunawantyo
Architecture design assistant: Fendo Sanjaya, Adisuwarna Setyadi, Meidesta Pitria, Fauzia Evanindya, Buyung Anggi, Angga Aditianto, Talisa Dwiyani, Verarisa Ujung
Brand & graphic identity: LeBoYe