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Acronym Wars: PUNKASILA and the Indonesian Context
Tuesday 17 May 2011 6-7.30pm
Faculty of Art & Design
Lecture Theatre G1.04
Monash University Caulfield Campus
Presented by Monash University Museum of Art
PUNKASILA’s artistic and musical repertoire covers a cacophony of social, political and religious references.

Acronym Wars: PUNKASILA and the Indonesian/Australian Context is a public forum which seeks to provide a number of different viewpoints on the cultural and political context in Indonesia via a discussion of the contemporary culture, politics and history of a near neighbour, and it relationship to Australia.

Alison Carroll AM has been an academic, critic, writer and curator and administrator of art exhibitions and artist exchanges with Asia for over 20 years. In 1990 she established the Arts Program at Asialink, the leading program for arts exchange between Asia and Australia for visual and performing arts, literature and arts management practice.

Alison will discuss Cultural exchange between Australia and South East Asia, with particular reference to Indonesia and the visual arts

Wulan Dirgantoro is a PhD candidate at the School of Asian Languages and Studies at the University of Tasmania. She contributes to various art journals in Indonesia and Australia, co-wrote 'Indonesian women artists: the journey continues with Carla Bianpoen and Farah Wardani' (YSRI, Jakarta 2007) and curated 'Intimate distance' at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta 2007.

Wulan will discuss contemporary art practice in Indonesia, with particular reference to performance art.

Dr. Julian Millie’s major research interest is the Islamic culture of Indonesia in general, and cultural production connected with religious gatherings in particular. He is a contributor to and secretary of the board of Inside Indonesia - the world's only online, English language current affairs magazine specifically about Indonesia. In 2009 he published Splashed by the saint: ritual reading and Islamic sanctity in West Java, published by Leiden: KITLV Press. Julian is a lecturer in the anthropology section of the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University.

Julian will provide the overview of recent and historical social, political and religious contexts relevant to PUNKASILA, and the cultural context in Jogjakarta.

Danius Kesminas was born in Melbourne in 1966, where he continues to live and work. Working independently and in collaboration with a wide range of artists and groups, he has developed some of the most ambitious and dynamic contemporary art projects over the past decade, encompassing art, music, performance, video, publishing, agit-prop and opera. His works have been included in the 5th Asia Pacific Triennale, 2006, 17th Sydney Biennale, 2010, and the 10th Havana Biennial, 2010.

Danius will discuss the PUNKASILA project and his collaboration with members in Jogjakarta.

Acronym Wars was presented in association with the MUMA exhibition Slave Pianos | Punkasila | Pipeline to Oblivion

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