VIDEOCHRONIC: Video Activism and Online Video in Indonesia

Video Chronic

Videochronic : Video Activism and Online Video in Indonesia
– Book Launching and Discussion-

Event details:
Friday , 13 November 2009,
Starting 6 PM -end
at KUNCI Cultural Studies Center
Jl Nagan Lor 17A, Yogyakarta
Speaker: Yanuar Nugroho (Manchester Institute of Innovation Research)
For Free

The proliferation of moving image production and its increasing representation on the internet has introduced new ways of transmitting information that intensify the connectedness of agents from different settings–including those within the social change movement. However, there has been very little research on how activists in Indonesia incorporate the developments in video technology into their existing practices, or how they engage with the possibilities of strategic distribution, particularly the various online forms. Indonesia is in a state of transition, politically and socially, but also in relation to the many technologies. Access to video production tools, the internet and mobile technologies, whilst still limited, is increasing dramatically.

The current publication is one outcome of a collaborative research between EngageMedia and KUNCI Cultural Studies Center. The research charts how activists are engaging with these technologies in the Indonesian context, addressing some of the issues of technology-mediated social movements, and exploring the potential and limitations of online video distribution. By analysing its history, mapping the current situation, and considering possibilities for the future, we hope to bring new light to video activism in Indonesia and begin the process of asking many more necessary questions. Hopefully Videochronic serves as a guide for those exploring the social change possibilities of employing new media technologies in many places and also assists those inside Indonesia to reflect on the work done to date, and the many paths emerging.

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