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Series EN 002

on Sun, 09/28/2014 - 17:00
Diversity in Auction Room
Diversity in Auction room

Basically a city civilization blends cultural differences between its inhabitants that united in peace. Civilization is the diversity of human beings to understand each other in crossing life together. In the differences, humans are united by the goal of getting welfare together. Civilized city, has a population that is virtuous, and mutual respect for polite behavior. However, a civilized city will also revolt when a group of its inhabitant are denied and disposed arbitrarily. People’s rebellion is the spatial history on the human life experience with the place and their identity. The history of this space is to be reconstructed as a whole with all its limitations. History of space must be able to deconstruct the political history of a city that has dominated the stream of history understood by human being. Political history must be deconstructed to understand “how civilize” human being not just enough to a human civilization. Endless experiences that described the history of the space, was about friendship, love, and kindness were covered by VOC’s (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie) savagery or referred to Kumpeni

Batavia until the beginning of the eighteenth century was a civilized city. The town was made up of diverse ethnic and culture. A city on the north coast of Java, that was solid with metropolis culture where every race had a hairstyle, clothes, habits, and different languages. Europeans wore a shirt and trousers that were different from the Chinese’s qipao dress. European men’s haircut was short, contrasted with the Chinese men in pigtails and shaved the back and front of the head. The European’ wives had a long dress that shut their ankles and wore beautiful hat, differ from the Chinese’ wife who wore sarung, and had bun of hair because their wives were Balinese. Their culture here is a unified culture and become part of their life in peace.

However, their culture was smeared by the dichotomy between the ruler, Dutch Kumpeni and the "controlled" Chinese people and other people of the archipelago and other parts of Asia. Although the city was ruled by the Kumpeni, but the largest population was Chinese. Although the city had a castle as the center of Kumpeni’s power, overall trading space was centered in open and not fortified Chinatown.