people of the soy
PEOPLE OF THE SOY
As a collective, the member of Soydivision comes from different background, profession, and (art) practices. They share the characteristic of having Indonesia as their cultural root or identity inheritance. The member ranges from a sound and light artist, film-maker,designer, social researcher, DJ, to traditional/classical musician. This diversity becomes an asset in itself for the realization of their performing art pieces, as well as the creation of their creative outputs.
Ariel William Orah is a Berlin-based Indonesian artist and community catalysator.His practices and research focus include socially engaged art creation, social and climate injustice, as well as identity, memory, and scarcity. Orah never educated nor graduated from Art School, but his past and current art practice is heavily influenced by his background studies and my experience as an Indonesian diaspora and migrant in Germany. An MA graduate from Steinbeis University Berlin with a major in Sustainability Management, he has also completed a degree in human-centered, empathy and experience-driven design from the School of Design Thinking Potsdam/Stanford and KAOSPILOT Århus.In his artistic practice, Orah works with different kinds of mediums from sounds,installations, movement, and other performing and visual arts medium.
He co-founded the empathy-driven sound artist collective L-KW, multi disciplinary art and culinary collective SOYDIVISION.BERLIN, and non-profit cultural organization Diantara e.V. Selected works include an experimental theater “ARYATI” (2022), lecture performance GAUNG – UNVORHERBESTIMMTE RESONANZfor Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin (2021), a theater music composition »Götzendämmerung. Post-Funk-Tische Ergüsse zum Zeitgeschehen« for Zimmertheater-tübingen (2019), and a commissioned installation for Tanz im August Festival Berlin (2016). He has self-released numerous solo albums under the alias ravenative, as well as being actively involved in several music projects such grau&, soydivision ensemble, böseblick ensemble, and OKNUM.
Rizki Resa Utama
also known as OQ, is an artist based in Berlin & Bandung, workswith the concept of moving image and language, uses commonly the medium ofvideo, performance and installation. His artistic research deals with the complexityof cultural translation and the system of how differences are defined, representedand addressed to our collective consciousness.In 2006, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science, majoring
Journalism, at Padjajaran University, Bandung, Indonesia. At the same year, he co-founded, among others, an artist's initiative space, Buton Kultur 21, in Bandung,
Indonesia. In 2008 he moved to Germany and he received his Diploma in Fine Artfrom HBK Braunschweig, Germany, in 2013 and he completed his Meisterschüleryear at the HBK Braunschweig, Germany, in 2014. While practicing his artisticactivities between Berlin & Bandung, he is currently attending the Artistic ResearchPh.D. Program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria, since 2018.His works were presented, among others, at Museum MACAN Jakarta, BerlinischeGalerie Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Anthology Film Archives NewYork, and Singapore Biennale. He received an Honorary Mention Award from 24.European Media Art Festival (EMAF) “This is Media Art”, Osnabrück and won anHonorary Prize of Sparkasse Leverkusen, “Artist Discover Europe“.
Music hasn't managed to loosen its grip on Berlin-based selector Jan K since he listened to the likes of Mozart. and the Beatles on his Father’s stereo as a young child. Having gone on phases of listening to classical, rock, pop, punk, jazz, hip-hop and electronic music, he decided some years ago to share with people his own personal musical narrative. While his literary output has slowed down for the moment, he is increasingly sharing his music through mixes and performances, more recently with the Berlin collective l-kw. He is currently working on a music project loosely based on his experience as a doctor.
Gugi Gumilang is a Berlin based social researcher / project manager and has been involved in social, arts and culture management since 2013. He obtained his Master Degree in Global Studies from University of Freiburg, Germany, FLACSO University Buenos Aires, Argentina and Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand. His interest lies in managing art projects with societal impact. After he worked in different countries and organisations such as Transparency International Berlin, UNICEF Nairobi, Goethe Institut Jakarta he decided to come back to Berlin. He is currently part of Indonesian Art Collective, Soy Division.
Bilawa Ade Respati is a member of the Gamelan ensemble Arum Sih (Bremen) and Lindhu Raras (Berlin); performing both the classical Javanese music, as well as modern work composed for the gamelan. He focuses on the Gender instrument, and the reciting the classic Javanese song-poem (Tembang). Some past projects are the shadow puppet performance “Kidung Panji Biyung Bibi” with the group Seni Wayang Jantur and Lindhu Raras (2018), and a program of modern music for Javanese Gamelan “Main Bersama-sama” with the ensemble Arum Sih as part of the International Gamelan Festival München (2018). Since 2018 he started collaborating with a long-time friend Ariel William Orah in an electronic-acoustic duo, presenting their work "Lingkar: SumarahXSenggama" in Berlin. His current conceptual interests are the philosophy of suffering and the revaluation of traditional rites and myths in contemporary everyday life.
Light, material, and human interaction have always been her all-time passion in design. She loves doing experiments to study various light effects on different materials. In her design, she tries to create an emotional experience between the user and the product. She continued her studies for a master degree in Architectural Lighting Design at Hochschule Wismar, Germany and finished her degree in 2014.
Morgan is a Berlin-based American-Indonesian artist who performs as Memeshift, coaxing danceable musical forms from common grooveboxes, old laptops, drum machines, Ableton Live and off-the-shelf synthesizers. Morgan’s other projects include .obat. which emits resonant drones for attentive listening and messyfingers which complexifies and performs site-specific electroacoustic music inspired by gamelan percussions.Morgan’s musicological interests also include ballads, spirituals and other roots Americana as well as FM synthesis, gamelan and live sound composition for theater and ritual.
Ghaliz (he/him) is an indonesian artist currently studying event technology and management at beuth university of applied science berlin. He founded musicratory a program for thengerhin radio berlin, where he curated indonesian related experimental musician. He is also part of soydivision collective. Using found objects, synthesizer, and lots of fx pedals he created sound compositions that heavily influenced by human interaction, sunn o))), and anime.
MONICA VANESA TEDJA
Born in Jakarta in 1991, Monica Vanesa Tedja loved to film her family vacations ever since she was young. Her curiosity towards filmmaking was developed during the documentary film workshop “Think, Act, Change” held by The Body Shop Indonesia. Known for her works that often look at issues that are tabooed in society, this genre-bending filmmaker has found her freedom in expressing her concerns through filmmaking. One of her latest projects was with Kalyana Shira Foundation and Ford Foundation in Project Change! 2013, which she had participated in and produced a short narrative film, Sleep Tight, Maria, which also won at the Short Film Competition in France Film Festival 2015 in Indonesia. A year later, she moved to Berlin to pursue her master degree in Film Directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She is currently working on her thesis film, Dear to Me.
Asarela Orchidia Dewi
is a photographer and videographer who lives in Berlin, Germany. They are currently studying communication design at HTW Berlin. Coming from Indonesia where Asarela always moved from one region to another as a child, they developed ways to observe unfamiliarities they encounter in everyday life through pictures. This experience of always being an outsider is the main inspiration for their works.
@cadudasa / Irma FS
is a Berlin-based photographer whose works have been featured at several exhibitions both in her current city and Jakarta, her hometown. Irma’s pictures have been published on international art and fashion news platforms such as VOGUE, Resident Advisor, Freunde von Freunden and Telekom Electronic Beats, in addition to local outlets.
She has self-published two books: "Aksara Bersuara" (2017), a book of Indonesian poetry and b/w photography, and “Where Are You From?” (2018), a portrait and story compilation conveying the experiences of Southeast Asian people in western culture. Irma has been hired to shoot events such as CTM Festival 2020, a 10 day program of innovative pop, electronic and experimental music, and UY zone, a contemporary site-specific dance ritual held at Halle am Berghain in 2019.
is a Berlin-based Indonesian illustrator. Cindy Putri has been honing her skills in surrealism illustration for the past several years. Her works are highly inspired by mysticism, self-identity, life & death, dreams and emotional thoughts. Cindy is currently pursuing her studies in communication design while working as a freelancer creating poster, picture books, album/music cover art and product packaging.
An Indonesia-born, Helsinki based designer, she is interested in closing the loop in the agriculture industry. Intrigued by the surrounding of her homeland area, her curious to explore the materiality into sustainable and ethical. Also as a 2nd-year master student in Creative Sustainability, Aalto University, she manages her time to be balanced between her passion in art & culture, cooking and yoga.
Ardi Kuhn is an American/Indonesian activist and cultural curator, currently in Germany as a MA candidate in SE Asian Studies at the University of Hamburg. He believes that research in Area Studies should actively reground academic inquiry in lived experience.
Ragil Huda (he/him) is a graduate student at the Asien-Afrika Institut, Universität Hamburg. He co-founded QTIBIPoC Hamburg (Queer, Trans*, Intersex, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) and currently runs the 'Queer' Asia in Berlin collective. His community engagement specifically centers on queerness, intersectionality, community building, anti-racism, and the social-political realities of marginalized people through various methodologies and creative activism
(he/him) is a multidisciplinary designer focusing in art direction, branding, publication and graphic design. He combines radical visual formats with the experiential and multi-sensory – crafting boundary-pushing concepts that move, provoke and connect.In 2019 he joined the art director team from Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin daily newspaper, where he was honoured by Art Director Club Germany for his editorial design works. Today he is working in Berlin as an independent and collaborative art director and graphic designer for a diverse range of companies, brands and partners across multiple platforms, specialising in print and digital products.
is a performance artist and writer. She received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the Indonesian Institute of the Art Yogyakarta Indonesia. She is passionate about art performance and its practices both behind and on the stage. After she had worked as a puppeteer and for some theatre projects in her hometown, she gained a master’s degree in Theatre at the Free University of Berlin. She currently takes part in some performance projects for an art collective in Berlin.
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.
is a Berlin based, Indonesian public speaker and story teller. She's currently using her voice to read children books and philosophize with them at the Kindergarten where she works, whilst pursuing her dream job as an Educator, focusing on Inclusion and Prejudice awareness. Before moving to Berlin, she was active in the Indonesian media scene as a radio announcer, TV presenter and MC. Later on, she expanded her knowledge in this field by finishing her Masters in Media Science at Technische Universität Berlin. With the combination of her knowledge and passion, she wants to write inclusive children's books about diversity, identity, emotions and queerness.
Riako Napitupulu was born in 1983 in Wuppertal, now working and living in Berlin. She is a multidisciplinary artist as a performer, butoh and impro- dancer, painter, art therapist, art mediator and social worker.Growing up between German grey skyscrapers and an Indonesian-Japanese elite family, she addresses interpersonal relationships, exploring identity between cultures, sexuality and social inequality, as well as her intersectional experiences as a young migrant single mother. Her particular passion for participatory projects and community projects in public spaces witha wide variety of groups is reflected in her local art projects as a performer and art mediator in Berlin Biennale 10&11, 48 Stunden Neukölln, HAU, Ballhaus Ost etc. She is co-founder of the fluid multimedia collective polysense art and since 2019 and performer in the performance-music Project Callas & Dollars. She especially likes chocolate, white, with almonds.
Bintang Manira Manik
is a multi-instrumentalist focusing on hand percussion from Bandung, Indonesia. Growing up in a visual & performing arts family, in a non profit cultural center, Jendela Ide, he started to play music at the age of nine. Practicing Djembe, Latin Percussion and Kendang Sunda an authentic percussion instrument from Indonesia. Recently finishing his 3 years scholarship under Indian Council of Cultural Relation (ICCR) at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi, India, majoring in Tabla and learned Dhrupad vocal and Tuvan throat singing. He has been encountered with musician coming from diverse cultural backgrounds, through workshops and residencies and become enamored with world music. Receiving Yamaha Music Award in Asia for his multi percussion composition & solo performance at the age of 17. Composed some electro ambient music combined with percussion. Developed and worked in collaboration with a Sundanese traditional progressive rock group Sound of Hanamangke - Indonesia and a world music group Trippy Sama - India. Conceiver and music director of Raag of Javadwipa and Cakravala Mandala Dvipantara, which trace the history and cultural relation of Indonesian music. Beside creatively creating music and working in collaboration with choreographers, theater directors and visual artist, at the culture center developed by the family, he teaches percussion for kids, include special needs.
Berlin based artist Ardian Hartono (born in Bogor Indonesia 1979) thrives in the space between. It is the intersection of energy and tension, spontaneity and purpose, self-expression and service, the spiritual and the elemental. As a performer his passion – the essence of life itself – is cultivating the unpredictable. His exploration of body communication has led him to many places, cultures, teachings and experiences. The self-described teleporter has spent decades diving into dance, theatre, somatic work and martial arts. Every mentor, collaborator or creation a waypoint on his journey of awakening, encapsulating his fascination for storytelling, ritualism, symbolism and mysticism. He has performed in various stages such as the Theatre Schaubühne and HAU in Berlin, Museum der Moderne in Munich and the Grand Theatre of Luxemburg, and as well performed in various motion pictures as an actor and a dancer.
Not an artist, nor a musician, Azhari orbits around the amazing people in Berlin. Translating his admiration towards them into words