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Aesthetics, memory and the future of 1965 Indonesia

Fifty-six years after the Indonesian mass killings 1965-66, how does artists’ revisiting of the massacres’ memory affect the discourse’s future? Art historian Wulan Dirgantoro and artist/researcher Tintin Wulia will address this question through a dialogue highlighting the complexities of historical trauma, collective memory, and archives in artistic works about the massacres, and what these may mean for reconciliation and other futures. This Zoom performance featuring Dialita Choir and followed by a discussion, was part of one-day symposium at the University of Melbourne. It comprised a historical and contemporary overview, bringing in the works of 1965 Setiap Hari – a research/relay collective of ten cultural workers and researchers– as well as Wulia’s Swedish Research Council funded “Protocols of Killings: 1965, distance, and the ethics of future warfare,” linking the Indonesian 1965-66 massacres as hyperdistant killings with drone warfare’s technologies of the future.

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In-Video References:
0:01:03 1965SetiapHari -  http://linktr.ee/1965setiaphari
0:09:00 To order the book "Onak dan Tari di Bukit Duri", contact https://bit.ly/AdminPocer | penerbitpocer@gmail.com
0:13:43 Protocols of Killings: 1965, distance, and the ethics of future warfare (2021-23) - https://www.gu.se/en/research/protoco...
0:15:27 "December" (Tintin Wulia, 2021) - https://youtu.be/cZyC_VP_2pU

Tintin Wulia - Research Project Leader, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Dialita Choir
1965 Setiap Hari
Wulan Dirgantoro - McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Image: Pulang – draft 3 (Tintin Wulia 2008). Single-channel video. Video still.