Jun 28, 2022 Last Updated 4:52 AM, Jun 27, 2022

Arts

Fifteen years of Sinetron Religi

The religious influence of prime-time television in Indonesia

KITLV Reading Room gone, collection remains

The Institute will continue to operate without its famous reading room

Film review: From horror and porn stars…to Jokowi

KK Dheeraj’s unauthorised biopic is full of tears and belaboured symbolism

Design and architecture in Indonesia

  Alexandra Crosby The role of design in social change has received increasing public attention in the last decade. User-centred, iterative, participatory flexible approaches to the design of objects, spaces, communications, services and experiences are valued by policy makers and firms all over the world to address issues of social justice, sustainability and urban development. Simultaneously the territory within which design operates has been changing. Design is sometimes used synonymously with consumerism, urban tastes, and globalisation, such as ‘designer handbags’, but what design is and what it does is much more complex, and many of these new definitions of design are emerging in Indonesia.

Chinese whispers: The art of reflection

Essays and Fiction is a new series of writing in Inside Indonesia that aims to give voice to more personal stories about Indonesia. We welcome submissions in the form of reflective pieces, fiction, artwork, or essays about travel and fieldwork experiences.

Amri Yahya and the Sydney University Labor Club

A link to Australia’s support of the Indonesian revolution

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

Connecting with tradition

A nearly extinct rural Sundanese art form is being revived in an urban setting

Defining the Nation?

Indonesia at the Venice Biennale, 2013

Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia

Pulang'sauthor reflects on writing the stories of those unseen and unheard

Review: Voices from the unheard

Leila S. Chudori’s novel Pulang is an important addition to a growing literature examining the events of 1965-66 and its aftermath

Review: Taking a musical journey in Sumatra

Margaret Kartomi’s life-long devotion to bringing Sumatran music to the world is revealed in her major contribution to analysing and preserving this musical heritage

Performing on the inside

Theatre therapy in a narcotics gaol is helping inmates survive

Poets against silence

Two young Solo poets believe poetry should serve the people

Review: My name is Khan

This Indian film’s popularity reveals a popular critique of the US

Reviews: Flipping the national story of 1965

Recent ground-breaking publications, an internationally award-winning film and a major conference are opening up new truths about Indonesia’s past

Review: When perpetrators speak

Joshua Oppenheimer’s groundbreaking new film raises disturbing questions about why perpetrators of the 1965-66 mass killings still enjoy impunity for their actions

An interview with Joshua Oppenheimer

The filmmaker explains that The Act of Killing exposes the imagination of terror

Review: An act of manipulation?

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing is a bold, disturbing and ultimately unsatisfactory exploration of the place of violence in modern Indonesia

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