In the age of digital communication and global capitalism, people’s mental, social and natural environments are interconnected in complex and often unpredictable ways.

This book focuses on the visual media, one of the key factors in shaping the contemporary ecology of colliding environments. Case-studies include video artists, community media activists, television programme makers and literary authors in the fourth most populous country in the world, Indonesia. The author demonstrates that these actors are part of an international creative and social vanguard that reflect on, criticise and rework the multidimensional impact of the visual media in imaginative and innovative ways. Their work explores alternative and more sustainable presents and futures for Indonesia and the world. This research is urgent and timely, as Indonesia has emerged in recent years as one of the world’s most vibrant hubs for contemporary art and media experimentation.

Using an innovative interdisciplinary framework of visual culture analysis that derives from a wide range of academic fields, the book will be of interest to academics in the field of Southeast Asian Studies, Media Studies, Cultural Studies and Art History, Anthropology and Sociology.

part I|60 pages

Media environments

chapter 1|13 pages


chapter 2|19 pages

Media critique

chapter 3|26 pages

Media literacy

part II|68 pages

Media reflexivity

chapter 4|19 pages

Media democracy

chapter 5|23 pages

Video bodies

chapter 6|24 pages

Video interactivity

part III|64 pages

Media utopia

chapter 7|22 pages

Participatory media

chapter 8|22 pages

Video communities

chapter 9|18 pages

Video simulations

part IV|40 pages

Media ecologies

chapter 10|15 pages

Sustainable media

chapter 11|18 pages

Disaster media

chapter 12|5 pages