Book Title : Spirit 45, Cultural Hypnosis and an Unfinished Manifesto
Author : Andy Rahman, Eka Swadiansa, Realrich Sjarief
Page number : 208 pages
ISBN : 978-602-5615-45-0
Release year : July 2018
Language : English
Price : IDR 150.000


SPIRIT_45 is numerous sessions of dialogue, expansive moments of discourses, and odes to past architectural marvels. Andy Rahman, Eka Swadiansa, and Realrich Sjarief -3 young Indonesian architects- gathered and collided, drowned in endless discussions, to continuously reflect the Indonesian architecture scenery in the perspective of their daily practices. Of concepts and reality, of abstracts and details, of scale and magnitude, of time and space, of simplicity and complexity, of design visions and construction strategies –of all the oxymoron culminated within the limitation of their young practices- SPIRIT_45 is an attempt to understand the spirit of our time. To go beyond the mainstream popular cults, and be freed from hegemonic status quo of ‘formal’ history. A struggle to define new informality, a paradigm shift – possibly of the spirits from the distant past. A journey among friends in search of collective identities.

What lay here is not a book. It is an almanac. Fragments of our thoughts, ideas, intuitions, presumptions, suspicions, judgments, convictions, persuasions, faiths –all axioms to SPIRIT_45 March’18 French Odyssey- wrapped along 2 lectures & exhibitions and a group roundtable conference presentation & publication activities. Thus this is not an end note. On the contrary, intending to create butterfly effect, this documentation serves as the beginning to what we would hope to be a long nurturing quest. A fast-spreading virus from the uniĕed diverse premature practices, to ĕnd deeper understanding towards today’s vastly-changing world. A world where in the height of the Rise of Asia and possibly decaying western civilization; identity would need to be re-envision beyond any established orthodox status-quo. Let it be the specter of the Old World or the resurrection of the New Alternatives; in the age of lost ideologies through the perspective of today’s avant-gardes, now is a crucial time to shift the course of history.