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Citra Kader (Kolektif Videoge), one of the MB Artist in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, sitting in front of their work "Neighbor Recipe Note". Image source: Documentation Tim MB Labuan Bajo.

Makassar Biennale: The Concept of Community Literacy and The Eternal Artistic Question

Wilda Yanti Salam shares an insider’s view of the Makassar Biennale’s ongoing attempt to undo the conventions of biennale-making in eastern Indonesia’s first biennale. This article is published as part of the inaugural AE x Goethe-Institut Critical Writing Micro-Residency 2021/2022.

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Nuansa Lokakarya Kuratorial Tim MB dari 5 kota di Situs Karst Pangkep. Sumber imej: Artefact Kitab Maya.

Makassar Biennale: Gagasan Literasi Warga dan Pertanyaan Artistik Yang Abadi

Wilda Yanti Salam berbagi pandangan orang dalam tentang upaya berkelanjutan Makassar Biennale untuk membongkar konvensi penyelenggaraan biennale pada biennale pertama di Indonesia bagian timur. Artikel ini diterbitkan sebagai bagian dari program perdana AE x Goethe-Institut Critical Writing Micro-Residency 2021/2022.

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5 Advertisements That Are So Southeast Asian

Some advertisements are works of art. These contain well-told stories, interesting characters, and meaningful insights, while making a marketing message go down that much more smoothly. Mira Sharon recommends 5 advertisements you can watch to learn more about what makes us Southeast Asians tick.  To tell stories is a beautiful act, and advertisements are an …

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4 Movies That Showcase The Amazing Action Talent In Indonesia

4 Movies That Showcase The Amazing Action Talent In Indonesia

There is no denying the spectacle that modern Hollywood blockbusters are capable of producing. However, I believe the action displayed in Asian cinema has consistently been a step above those we typically see in Hollywood, despite these movies more limited budgets. The shaky-cam technique and multiple quick cuts prevalent in many Hollywood action films, like …

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SEE WHAT SEE: SEA AT SGIFF 2021

In this edition of See What See, we review three films made by Southeast Asian directors and featuring Southeast Asia currently showing at the Singapore International Film Festival 2021 (SGIFF). SGIFF runs from 25 November to 5 December 2021 with over 100 films from more than 40 countries. Also check out Fiona Lee’s review of …

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OPEN CALL: Southeast Asian Arts Censorship Documentation

<Deadline extended to 15 October 2021> ArtsEquator invites applications for the position of Researcher for a regional arts censorship documentation and publication project it is piloting. The programme runs from Jan 2022 – Dec 2023. There are six positions available, one each based in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam respectively.  Women candidates are …

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Kelecung, Bali.

Dialogues with Mountains: Preserving indigenous culture in Taromak and Kelecung

By Wennie Yang (1,400 words, 6-minute read)  Let’s face it. Leisure travel feels like a distant memory at the moment. I’ve been trying to envision what a collective future means for destination hotspots in Southeast Asia, whose economies used to be propelled by foreign tourism. These thoughts were further spurred after attending a one-day online …

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Can the arts solve community issues in the region? The SEA*5 think so.

Can the creative society in Southeast Asia support each other in finding solutions to problems in our communities, powered by compassion and empathy? That’s one of the questions at the heart of the existence of Project SEA*5.  The group comprises five creative practitioners working across different local community contexts: community architect-urbanist Joanne Mun advocates for …

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Podcast 88: Critics Live: The Journey by Scott Silven at SIFA 2021

Critics Ben Valentine (US), Kathy Rowland (SG), Michael HB Raditya (ID), Sharmilla Ganesan (MY) chat about The Journey by UK-based illusionist and mentalist, Scott Silven. The performance took place from 18-30 May 2021 as part of the Singapore International Festival of Arts. Critics Live! is a critics-led programme series created by ArtsEquator to give arts …

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Meeting Point 2021: The cultural worker in a time of social change

By Wennie Yang (2,000 words, 8-minute read) Laptop fully charged, professional Zoom background selected – Meeting Point 2021 organised by Mekong Cultural Hub and its partners took place virtually between 20 to 22 May 2021. Artists, cultural intermediaries, academics, and other interested parties from around the region gathered to discuss their experiences melding arts with …

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AE x Goethe-Institut Critical Writing Micro-Residency: Meet the Writers (Part 2)

We recently announced our selected resident writers for the inaugural AE x Goethe-Institut Critical Writing Micro-Residency, focusing on the development and promotion of critical writing about arts and culture in Southeast Asia. They are: Nhuan Dong from Saigon; Dwiki Aprinaldi from Yogyakarta; Eddie Wong from Petaling Jaya; Wilda Yanti Salam from Makassar; Mariah Reodica from …

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AE x Goethe-Institut Critical Writing Micro-Residency: Meet the Writers (Part 1)

We recently announced our selected resident writers for the inaugural AE x Goethe-Institut Critical Writing Micro-Residency, focusing on the development and promotion of critical writing about arts and culture in Southeast Asia. They are: Nhuan Dong from Saigon; Dwiki Aprinaldi from Yogyakarta; Eddie Wong from Petaling Jaya; Wilda Yanti Salam from Makassar; Mariah Reodica from Las …

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Hitting up the Producers SG Directory: Taufik Darwis, Racy Lim and Khor Seng Chew

What is producing within the context of the arts? It is a question whose answer might vary depending on who you ask. Producers SG is a community of independent producers, arts managers and self-producing artists interested in nurturing support systems amongst producers and conversations around the practice of producing.  Producers SG recently launched the Producers …

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ArtsEquator’s Hot List: March 2021

Every first Wednesday of the month, ArtsEquator releases our editor’s picks of shows/events/programmes that our readers can look out for in that month. This list in published in no particular order.    1. Little Mournings Physical show: 4-7 March, various timings / Delayed livestream: 11-17 March  [SINGAPORE/In-venue & Online] Little Mournings is a puppetry show …

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Weekly Southeast Asia Radar: Protest art in Thailand; The productive pandemic

ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asia Radar features articles and posts about arts and culture in Southeast Asia, drawn from local and regional websites and publications – aggregated content from outside sources, so we are exposed to a multitude of voices in the region. In the weekly Southeast Asia Radar, we publish a round-up of content that have …

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Weekly Southeast Asian Radar: Tattoos and culture in the Philippines; Politicians and their art

ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asia Radar features articles and posts about arts and culture in Southeast Asia, drawn from local and regional websites and publications – aggregated content from outside sources, so we are exposed to a multitude of voices in the region. In the weekly Southeast Asia Radar, we publish a round-up of content that have …

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Weekly Southeast Asia Radar: Goodbye gamelan maestro; Charlie Chan to get animated

ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asia Radar features articles and posts about arts and culture in Southeast Asia, drawn from local and regional websites and publications – aggregated content from outside sources, so we are exposed to a multitude of voices in the region. In the weekly Southeast Asia Radar, we publish a round-up of content that have …

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Weekly Southeast Asia Radar: The performativity of Duterte; Puppets in a pandemic

ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asia Radar features articles and posts about arts and culture in Southeast Asia, drawn from local and regional websites and publications – aggregated content from outside sources, so we are exposed to a multitude of voices in the region. In the weekly Southeast Asia Radar, we publish a round-up of content that have …

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Weekly Southeast Asia Radar: The passing of Salleh Ben Joned, Bangkok protests stir biennale artists

ArtsEquator’s Southeast Asia Radar features articles and posts about arts and culture in Southeast Asia, drawn from local and regional websites and publications – aggregated content from outside sources, so we are exposed to a multitude of voices in the region. In the weekly Southeast Asia Radar, we publish a round-up of content that have …

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