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Visual Media in Indonesia

Video Vanguard, 1st Edition

By Edwin Jurriëns


248 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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In the age of digital communication and global capitalism, people’s mental, social and natural environments are interconnected in complex and often unpredictable ways.

This book focuses on the visual media, one of the key factors in shaping the contemporary ecology of colliding environments. Case-studies include video artists, community media activists, television programme makers and literary authors in the fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia. The author demonstrates that these actors are part of an international creative and social vanguard that reflect on, criticise and rework the multidimensional impact of the visual media in imaginative and innovative ways. Their work explores alternative and more sustainable presents and futures for Indonesia and the world. This research is urgent and timely, as Indonesia has emerged in recent years as one of the world’s most vibrant hubs for contemporary art and media experimentation.

Using an innovative interdisciplinary framework of visual culture analysis that derives from a wide range of academic fields, the book will be of interest to academics in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies and Art History, Anthropology and Sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part 1: Media Environments

2. Media Critique

3. Media Literacy

Part 2: Media Reflexivity

4. Media Democracy

5. Video Bodies

6. Video Interactivity

Part 3. Media Utopia

7. Participatory Media

8. Video Communities

9. Video Simulations

Part 4: Media Ecologies

10. Sustainable Media

11. Disaster Media

12. Conclusion

About the Author

Edwin Jurriëns is a Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Canberra, Australia. His most recent publication is Disaster Relief in the Asia-Pacific: Agency and Resilience (co-edited, 2014), also published by Routledge.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies