Street Art as Political Media Literacy: About Geneng Street Art Project 2014 in Yogyakarta


Geneng Street Art Project 2014 (GSAP) was a project undertaken by street art artists in Jogjakarta. GSAP used people houses wall in village as medium to articulate the message. There are three interesting things in this study: first, a shift in medium of street art from urban space to village area. Second, the process of negotiation between artist and society through artist-society engagement mechanism. Third, this project not only shows a visual arts, but it creates a political discourse to stimulate public awareness. This study wants to answer the main question: how street art can literate political consciousness of society as citizen. This study uses some of conceptual framework and methodological approach: first, the concept of contemporary street art, to see the new trend of visual art; second, daily politics, a concept that is widely used to analyze a new phenomenon in politics related to the issue of space (city) in micropolitics dimension. The study also uses Foucauldian approach to analyze how power can be owned and operated by anyone, including artists, to create political awareness. There are several results in this study. First, artists and people in the village can do collaboration that can create articulative visual works. It shows artist-society engagement relationship. Secondly, street art can stimulate political consciousness of citizens. Through street art, people can articulate ideas and criticism of government policies. This study confirms and reinforce assumption that street art can be used as a medium for political literacy of society to get their citizenship rights.

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Ali Minanto, Islamic University of Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: MediAsia2015
Stream: Critical and Cultural Studies

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