Java-Futurism: Chronotopes of Sound Activism in Indonesia

Project: Research

Project Details


Java-Futurism is a trans-disciplinary investigation of a largely unrecognized but significant historical shift on the global scene of sound art and experimental music, namely the entry increasing importance of artists from the Global South, particularly artists from Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia. Focusing on Indonesian sound and noise artists, the project traces the artistic decolonization and curatorial decentering of Western aesthetic hegemony that accompanies this shift. The research project combines fieldwork in Indonesia with aesthetic performance analysis and online research. The aim is to develop an “aesthetic-anthropological” approach that explores how contemporary experiments in sound art from the Global South challenge the hegemony of Western conceptions of aesthetics and art history, open up to alternative ideas of aesthetic “time-space”, and build on a form of “sonic activism” that necessitates a reconsideration of what “art politics” can be. The proposed project runs for three years between 2020 and 2023 and is financed by The Swedish Research Council.
Short titleJava-Futurism
Effective start/end date01/03/202028/02/2023