Un-Abject the Local Genius: A Philosophical Research on Local Art Sustainability in Indonesian Contemporary Era


This study is focused on how local genius sustain their particularity in the dynamic wave of contemporary art. I will compare two local art spaces in Yogyakarta and Bandung while analyzing their differences in defining a sustain local genius. The understanding of Indonesia’s contemporary art creation mostly dominated by capital minded. Therefore, most of the artist will put more effort to be acknowledge as a capital artist. Sometimes, either the capital artist or the local artist will treat some local elements as fashion for the sake of popularity, without gaining any value from the art. By the end, local artist which not succeed to follow the pattern of urban culture will be abjected with her/ his creation. The chance of extinction rises if trends are not followed by the meaning of local culture. Moreover, the local artist will lose their authenticity, only to survive by being order based artist. Most of my theory will used the abject theory from Julia Kristeva along with an interpretation of Bagong Kussudiardja’s philosophy of creation as the aesthetic of (im)possible. I spotlight the needs of acknowledge of appreciation on local genius. Therefore, I would like to initiate philosophical recognition to un-abject local geniuses in the polemic of gaining meaning in contemporary art in Indonesia.

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Ikhaputri Widiantini, Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACAH2018
Stream: Humanities - Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness

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