Asian Studies Association of Australia

Luke Bacon and Alexandra Crosby presented at the Australian Asian Studies Association conference yesterday. 

Really great to be on a panel with Heather Walsh who spoke about the amazing Indonesia collection at the National Library of AustraliaIan Campbell chaired the panel, which was titled Australia and Indonesia’s Cultural, Literary and Artistic Linkages.

OUR PAPER: ‘Hacking’ and ‘Futuring’ cultural exchanges between Indonesia and Australia: C2O and Frontyard

This paper proposes ‘hacking’ and ‘futuring’ as possible frameworks for understanding the significance of the role of informal exchanges between cultural activists in Indonesia and Australia. These exchanges are of increased importance because of reduced arts funding in Australia at national, state and local levels, and weakly funded public arts institutions in Indonesia. Drawing on the experience of working between a Sydney based community space (Frontyard) and the Surabaya-based independent library and co-working community (C2O), we explore possible futures for authentic exchange between precarious workers in the creative industries in Indonesia and Australia.



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