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Rotterdam based studio Collective Paper Aesthetics designed a new modular system for the Kota Tua Creative Festival 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia.


The design is translating traditional batik pattern and geometry borrowed from Islamic cannon to a fold unfold play & festivity centre piece. Together with local alternative education community lingkaran and Surabaya designer Angger Diri Wiranata, the cultural initiative founder Noa Haim gave two days’ participatory workshop in the Unesco Heritage neighbourhood of Kota Tua / Oud Batavia.


Visitor’s strolling the historic site during the weekend, were excited to discover the unique program offering creative activity for children and adults at the Historia Café building. Participants in the workshop were experiencing free form design under a set of pre-defined rules. It was the first activity for collective paper aesthetics in Indonesia/ south East Asia. ‘The warm response to the studio work and the enthusiasm of the collaborators and participants made me realise by non-rational means that creativity is a common global language’ said Noa Haim.


At the end of the festival, the centre piece made from 168 identical pieces ‘landed’ in the foyer at the Netherlands embassy in Jakarta where it will be on display for the near future.


The project was organized by SHAU architects and financed by Creative Industries Fund NL

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