Art and Culture Etc

Nuraini Juliastuti: Researcher, writer, art facilitator

Selected publications

Music culture, alternative cultural production

  • 2018 “Limits of Sharing and Materialization of Support: Indonesian Net Label Union” in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Journal Vol 19, No 1, pp.87-102
  • 2016 “Being young and authentic: A study of HAI Magazine in the 1970s and 1980s Indonesia”, a report written as part of a research project on Pop Music Culture in Southeast Asia 1960-1980 funded by Asia Cultural Center in Gwangju.
  • 2016 Biografi Akses: Burn Your Idol—Narasi tentang keterbatasan dan jalan untuk memecahkannya [Biography of Access: Burn Your Idol—Narration of limitation and different ways of dealing with it]. In Leilani Hermiasih (Ed.), Ensemble: Mozaik Musik dalam Masyarakat [Ensemble: The Mosaic of Music in Society] (pp.133-153). Yogyakarta: LARAS – Studies of Music in Society in collaboration with Tan Kinira.
  • 2015 “Wok the Rock & Co.: Making Sense of Friendship in Yogyakarta’s Art Scene” in Discipline: A Contemporary Art Journal, Issue 3.
  • 2015 Membuat daftar tentang hal-hal yang tersembunyi di balik pendokumentasian kaset Bagian 1 [Making a list of things that hidden under cassette collecting practices Part 1]. In Indra Menus and Bagus Anggoro (Eds.). Cassette Store Day 2015 Chapter Yogyakarta zine (pp.38-45). Yogyakarta: Jogja Record Store Club.
  • 2015 “Trajectory of MP3 in the Context of Indonesian Net Labels” in Anitha Silvia and Wok the Rock (Eds.). MP3 Day User Manual zine (pp.16-17). Yogyakarta: Indonesian Net Label Union.
  • 2013 “Music and Memories in Yogyakarta” in Inside Indonesia No. 114, Oct-Dec. 2012 “Ruang Rupa: A Conversation on Horizontal Organization” in Afterall, A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry Issue 30: 118-125

Digital technology, politics of everyday life

  • 2018 Glossary of Vernacular Technology Practices in Indonesia. Yogyakarta: Kunci Cultural Studies Center
  • 2011 “A chronicle of video activism and online distribution in post-New Order Indonesia” (co-authored with Ferdiansyah Thajib, Andrew Lowenthal, and Alexandra Crosby) in Geert Lovink and Rachel Sommer Miles (ed.), Video Vortex Reader II: Moving Images Beyond YouTube, Amsterdam: Institute of Network Culture.
  • 2010 Videochronic: Video activism and video distribution in Indonesia, Yogyakarta: Kunci Cultural Studies Center and Engage Media (co-authored with Ferdiansyah Thajib)
  • 2008 Understanding Movie Piracy in Indonesia: Knowledge and Practices of Piracy. Master thesis in Contemporary Asian Studies, University of Amsterdam.
  • 2007 Folders: 10 Tahun Dokumentasi Yayasan Seni Cemeti [Folders: 10 Years of Documentation Work by Cemeti Art Foundation], Yogyakarta: Indonesian Visual Art Archive.
  • 2004 Budaya Televisi, Meteor Garden, dan Remaja Perempuan [Television Culture, Meteor Garden and The Teenage Girl] in Jurnal Perempuan, Issue 37

Art history

  • 2017 “On History Making and Cooperation: Tom Nicholson’s I was Born in Indonesia” in Garland Magazine, Issue #8.
  • 2017 “Studi atas ruang, waktu, dan peristiwa pada cerpen ‘ngung-cak-ngung-ngung- cak’ karya Danarto” [A study of space, time, and event, in Danarto’s ‘ngung- cak-ngung-ngung-cak’], in Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru [New Art Movement], a research project organized by (in press).
  • 2016 “Arisan Revisited: Notes on Precariousness” in Unusual Business, Issue 2: 36- 39.
  • 2015 “On ideas that are busy being dropped as we travel about other parts of the house.” An essay to accompany Aditya Novali’s work “The Order: Texts and its Hidden Inspiration” published by Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta.
  • 2013 “Sanggar as a Model for Practicing Art in Communal Life” in Made in Commons Monograph, published by Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and KUNCI Cultural Studies Center.
  • 2013 “A glossary of illegality” in Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations, Anthony Gardner (ed.), Victoria: The South Project Inc.
  • 2011 “After the house has gone: The Future for Mes 56” in Art Monthly Australia Issue 244: 12-14
  • 2011 “Remembering Soewardi, Thinking about Ki Hajar Dewantara” in Wendelien van Oldenborgh: A well respected man or book of echoes, Binna Choi and Wendelien van Oldenborgh (eds.), Utrecht, Berlin, and New York: Sternberg Press
  • 2010 “Some explanation about the birth of an autodidactic culture” in Beyond the Dutch: Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the visual arts, from 1900 until now, Meta Knol, Remco Raben, and Kitty Zijlmans (eds.), Amsterdam: KIT Publishers.
  • 2009 “The past is a choice” in Metropolis M, Issue 5.
  • 2007a.  Ruang alternatif [Alternative spaces]. In: Nuraini Juliastuti and Yuli Andari Merdikaningtyas (eds), Folders: 10 tahun dokumentasi Yayasan Seni Cemeti [10 years of documentation work by Cemeti Art Foundation]. Yogyakarta: Indonesian Visual Art Archive, pp. 106–118.
  • 2006 “Moelyono and the endurance of art for the society” in Afterall, A Journal of Art, Context and Enquiry Issue 13: 3-7
  • 2006 “Whatever I Want: Media and Youth in Indonesia before and after 1998” in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Journal 7 (1): 139-143
  • 2003 Lokalitas dan Globalisasi [Locality and globalization] in TEMPO Magazine, 28 December.
  • 2003 Selera, Selera Seni, Politik Seni [Taste, Taste of Art, Politics of Art], in Exploring Vacuum: 15 Years Cemeti Art House, published by Cemeti Art House.

Art and research projects with KUNCI Cultural Studies Center


2016 – 2019


2013 – 2015

2014 – 2015

  • Retas Sejarah (Hack Histories): Youth in the Practice of Reconstructing Memory and History (

 2010 – 2012

Convergence and Media Technology in Indonesia: A Cultural Perspective Project.

  • KULTUR Cell, a research project on the social and cultural practices of mobile phone in Indonesia (
  • Megamix Militia ( is a collaborative project designed to problematize cultural production practices within the intersections of media technology convergence and increasing control of copyright regime
  • Biography of Authenticity ( project aims at producing knowledge of authenticity in its multiplying faces.
  • Anonymous Writers Club ( is an open invitation to those who are interested in producing open logic-based narrative works with using the available existing texts and images.



  • Community History Project


  • Family History Project

1998 – 2008

Selected talks, conferences, workshops 

  • 2017  “On art of questioning and numpang as modes of working together.” Paper presented (to represent KUNCI Cultural Studies Center) at Politics of Sharing: On Collective Wisdom, an exhibition and public program organized by Artspace, Auckland.
  • 2016 “The Limits of Sharing: A Study of Indonesian Net Label Union.” Paper presented at the Inter Asia Popular Music Studies Conference, Monash University, Melbourne.
  • 2016 “Local Artists: On Evaluation and Ethical Action.” Paper presented at System of Solidarity: The Urgency of Socially Engaged Practices, a talk organized by Bus Projects, Melbourne.
  • 2015 “School of Improper Education.” Paper presented (to represent KUNCI Cultural Studies Center) for annual workshop organized by Another Roadmap Network, in Madrid.
  • 2015 “Archiving Condition in the Digital Age.” Paper presented at the 8th EuroSEAS Conference, in Vienna.
  • 2011 “Research-based initiatives: Archives, libraries, publishing.” Paper presented (to represent KUNCI Cultural Studies Center) at the State of Independence: A Global Forum on Alternative Practices, a symposium organized by REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles.
  • 2010 “Introduction of Megamix Militia Project.” Paper presented at The Beat Goes On: Popular Music in Twentieth Century Southeast Asia, a workshop organized by KITLV, Leiden University, and NIOD, in KITLV Jakarta office.
  • 2010  “Knowledge performativity of alternative spaces.” Paper presented at Cultural Performance in post-New Order Indonesia: New structures, scenes, meanings symposium, organized by The Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration, in Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta.
  • 2009 “Piracy as an act of mobility and alternative mode of knowledge production.” Paper presented at Fluid Zone: Traffic and Mapping, a symposium organized by Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta.
  • 2008  “Alternative Space as the New Cultural Movement: The Landscape of Creativity.” Paper presented at 10th Year Indonesian Reformasi Symposium, organized by KITLV, ASiA, and University of Amsterdam, in Amsterdam.
  • 2006  “KUNCI Newsletter: A journal on popular culture studies.” Paper presented (to represent KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta) at the Southeast Asia Regional Editors Meeting, organized by Documenta 12, at The Substation, Singapore.
  • 2005 “Community History for Youth.” Paper presented (to represent KUNCI Cultural Studies Center) at Asian Youth Artsmall Exchange, a workshop organized by Five Arts Centre Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur
  • 2005 “Media and Youth in Indonesia before and after 1998.” Paper presented at Sending Signals: Arts in Southeast Asia, a symposium organized by Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin.
  • 2005 “Arts Education for Youth.” Paper presented at Arts Museum as Sites of Learning, a workshop organized by Singapore Art Museum and ASEAN COCI, in Singapore.
  • 2004  “Community History #1: A Family History.” Paper presentation and tutorial workshop (to represent KUNCI Cultural Studies Center) at Wie Gestalten Sie Ihre Gesselschaft (How do We Creatively Shape the Society), a symposium and workshop organized by Finger e.V. Frankfurt, at the Neuw Gessellschaft fur Bildende Kunst (nGBK), Berlin.