Trans-Gender Phenomena in the Architecture of Pohsarang: A Phenomenological Study on the Making of Place

Kusbiantoro, Krismanto (2014) Trans-Gender Phenomena in the Architecture of Pohsarang: A Phenomenological Study on the Making of Place. In: Arte -Polis 5 International Conference Reflection on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place, August 8-9, 2014, Bandung.

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Places are significant when they have meaning. The sustainability of a certain place usually depends on the sustainability of certain meaning as well. The more significant this meaning for the society, the greater possibility this building can survive. The Catholic Church of Pohsarang in Kediri, East Java-Indonesia is one of the building that show a phenomenon of sustainability yet being significantly alive for the people around. It was built and designed by a Dutch architect, Maclaine Pont, in 1936 as requested by Pastor H. Wolters, CM. Pont allowed local people to participate during construction and used local material as well. This triangle collaboration between the architect, the missionary and the local people produced a phenomenal local and sustainable building, since it was not merely building a Church but also building the people of Pohsarang. A phenomenological research was done to comprehensively explain the existence reality of the church by finding and perusing each experienced phenomena that emerged from the various qualities of relations between the church and the surroundings. Instead of finding sustainability in the sense of preserving the original substance of the building, I found both an anatomical transformation and the shift of meaning that occurs during the interactive relation between the church and the people. The original masculine shape had been transformed to a more feminine one; the original "yang" had been transformed to a more "yin" one. I consider it as a trans-gender phenomenon. This paper tries to comprehensively describe both tangible and intangible evidence of the trans-gender phenomena of the building related to the natural context of East Java, the historical context of the place, the socio-cosmic context, the tradition and belief of the people. They all pay a great contribution to the making of Pohsarang as a place of cultural heritage.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: trans-gender, church, Pohsarang, meaning of place
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Depositing User: Perpustakaan Maranatha
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2018 10:52
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 10:52

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