Artivism, $ponsorship and Alter-Academia
Join us for a talk by Dr Edwin Jurriëns, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne.
Art is a fundamental aspect of global, social media-steered activism, also dubbed ‘artivism’. Creativity in various forms has the capacity to circumvent censorship, highlight pressing issues, move, mobilise and connect people, preserve and reinterpret culture heritage, and present scenarios or solutions for the future, among others. On the other hand, art also functions as a tool for aestheticizing, neutralising or de-historicising the interests of politics and business. This presentation will focus on the agents, works and impact of Indonesian artivism that go back before the age of the Internet and digital networking. At the same time, it will address the complex entanglements with politics and business that have shaped and to some extent undermined forms of Indonesian artivism. It will also include a comparison of the role of artivism in Indonesian and Australian academia. As part of his residency with the School of Fine Art at Monash Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) at Monash University, the presenter will also reflect on his research findings in the form of a multimedia work of text, photo and video, which is the second in an irregular series of ‘Alter-Academia’ projects.
Dr Edwin Jurriëns is Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne. His research, teaching and engagement interests are in contemporary art, media, culture, language and society in Asia, particularly Indonesia. His recent publications include the monograph Visual media in Indonesia: video vanguard (Routledge, 2017) and the edited volume Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence (ISEAS, 2017). He is also co-editor of the Asian Visual Cultures book series of Amsterdam University Press.