Alexandra is currently completing a PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney under the supervision of Dr. Ilaria Vanni. She is part of the postgraduate community of The Transforming Cultures (TfC) Research Centre.
Her thesis is supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery funding scheme, project number DP0559491.
COLLABORATIVE CULTURAL PRACTICES OF ACTIVISTS IN CONTEMPORARY INDONESIA
This research focuses on the production of visual culture in the collaborative settings of contemporary Indonesian activism. I have chosen to look at a particular model of environmental festival as it builds momentum in Indonesian activism and provides a viable alternative to formalised channels of presenting politicised artwork. These site-specific events have emerged as part of a rise of struggles for the health of local environments. As activist communities conceive, plan, and produce specific responses to environmental crises, their cultural practices including their visual languages develop new relationships to local, national and global politics. I am interested in these innovative forms of activism: the tactics, organization, style, and relational biographies of communities. Rather than art projects designed to engage with a community on prescribed levels, these initiatives are process-based cultural projects, given a specific place in the local history of a neighbourhood, or kampung. By comparing three of these events, namely Festival Mata Air (Salatiga, 2006), Ok Video Festival (Jakarta 2007) and Forest Art Festival (Randublatung, 2005), I will endeavour to address some of the cultural and environmental specificities of such work.
Randublatung (2008),Taring Padi(2006)