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Moving Images from Indonesia

December 10th 2011, 2-7 pm 

Lecture and video programme, curated by Katerina Valdivia Bruch as part of the sessions ‘Curating in Asia’ of the exhibition The Global Contemporary - Art Worlds After 1989.

With lectures by Katerina Valdivia Bruch, Agung Hujatnika and Krisna Murti, as well as video works by Wimo Ambala Bayang, Reza ‘Asung’ Afisina, Muhammad Akbar, Nala Atmowiloto, Ariani Darmawan, Yusuf Ismail, Krisna Murti, Eko Nugroho, Anggun Priambodo, Rani Ravenina, Prilla Tania, Ari Satria Darma, Wok The Rock and Tintin Wulia.

Temporary presentation of video works in the exhibition, studio at MNK (1st floor), from December 9th, 2011 – January 8th, 2012

The use of video for artistic purposes in Indonesia dates back to the early nineties when the pioneers Krisna Murti, Teguh Ostentrik and Heri Dono began to experiment with video in order to expand the scope of their artistic creations. However, the influence of video in Indonesian contemporary art is not only the result of an innovation within the artistic field, it is rather a critical positioning towards entertainment industry and, above all, a critique of television.

After the downfall of Suharto’s regime (also known as Era Reformasi, from 1998), thanks to the freedom of opinion, the primarily socially oriented focus shifted to more personal and playful works. This second and younger generation of video makers grew up with both television and internet, music videos and the use of mobile devices. Since then, initiatives related to video art and video activism appeared and experiments with video technology spread across the artistic scene.

More than a historical introduction, the talk of Katerina Valdivia Bruch will give an insight about video activism and artists’ initiatives that work researching, documenting and disseminating information about video in Indonesia. Furthermore, the artist Krisna Murti will speak about the specificity of Indonesia’s video art scene in the context of Southeast Asia. Following this, the curator Agung Hujatnika will give a review of the OK. Video - Jakarta International Video Festival, a biannual event that takes place in the capital city since 2003, and will talk about the significance of this event for the art scene in Indonesia.

>> click here to listen to the conference Video Art and Video Initiatives in Indonesia by Katerina Valdivia Bruch

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