I love doing projects. They teach me how to manage my fear, express my creativity, and as Kurt Vonnuget said in a letter to a group of students, “to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.” Therefore, for the past four years, I have been lucky to participate in some cool projects, both with a group of people and done individually.
Here are some of the projects that have made my “soul” grow (From the most recent):
- Link: (Critical Comics)
The project is an online collection of digitized comics from the expansive comic book collection housed at Michigan State University Library’s Special Collections. The project, designed and implemented by students in AL/DH 340 Digital Humanities Seminars was created to showcase and make accessible 15 of the thousands of comics within the Comic Art Collection.
If you like to read western comics from the early 20th century, this project is created for you!
2. Link: (PERMIAS MSU Magazine)
I published an essay on Kartini and one of her letters that shaped her thoughts on education and women empowerment for the first edition of PERMIAS magazine (Perhimpunan Mahasiswa Indonesia di Amerika Serikat).
My essay appears on page 21-22.
3. Link: (How to Complain Like an Artists)
This project was created as a final project for DH 285: Introduction to Digital Humanities Fall 2017 at Michigan State University.
The project’s title is How to Complain Like an Artist. My main focus in creating it was really about showcasing eleven artists’ personal documentations of their struggles during their creative process, and how those stories of their struggles can help us to understand the myth of inspiration.
Any aspiring artist can benefit from this project. The reason I featured only the dark side of creative process was because I was curious if I could understand a way to “demystify” creativity. By showing the struggles that these artists had, I would like to make people think differently about the myth of “invisible helpers” in an artist’s creative process and the concept of “work ethic” to invite inspiration. Moreover, when aspiring artists read the letters, diaries, and essays that I have transcribed, I’m hoping they will get inspired to start creating their projects and instill the notion of “work ethic” into their work. People who are curious with the concept of creative process can also gain some knowledge about it through this project.
4. Link: (Magdalene Magazine)
I wrote an essay about the importance of balancing solitude and collaboration to make the world a better place to live. As of August 9, 2018, this essay has been read by 16,012 people online.
A short excerpt from my essay:
“But, how, then, do we expect ourselves to produce remarkable ideas if we don’t value those solitary moments that nourish our creative mind? It is well established that solitude and creativity are inseparable. Many great intellects of the past saw solitude as an absolute necessity in their lives. “
5. Link: (Indonesia Mengglobal)
I wrote an essay about my personal experience of being challenged by a new culture as an International student in the United States during my first six month since I arrived. This is a story of falling, finding hope, getting up, and contemplating the value of being outside of comfort zone.
A short excerpt of my essay:
“I proved that challenging myself was a great decision. I would never be able to measure myself until I immersed myself in a circumstances that orbited out of my comfort zone. Almost no one likes engaging themselves with things they are unaccustomed to. Otherwise, success is within reach and is not a valuable commodity. Playing outside of my comfort zone allowed me to get to know myself better. I knew which skills demanded more attention. I knew the paths I should take if I had to face a similar issue in the future. In addition, I learned how to be a survivor.”