• Art, activism and the ‘Creative Kampong’ : A case study from Dago Pojok, Bandung, Indonesia

    Sean Martin-Iverson, Frans Prasetyo (see profile)
    Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Festivals, Rituals, Public Spectacles, and Popular Culture, Urban Studies
    Indonesians--Social life and customs, Malays (Asian people)--Social life and customs, Social movements, Urban geography, City planning, Cities and towns--Study and teaching
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Planning In The Era Of Uncertainty
    Conf. Org.:
    Brawijaya University
    Conf. Loc.:
    Conf. Date:
    March 4-5, 2013
    activism, city, community based learning, creative geographies, Kampong, Indonesian/Malay culture, Sociology of social movements, Urbanism/urban planning
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    Kampong Dago Pojok is a local neighborhood within the Dago area of Bandung, an area well-known for its cultural and artistic activities which have contributed significantly to the development of Bandung as a ‘creative city’ in the early 2000s. This paper draws on a participatory research method to explore the lived experiences and creative practices of those who make use of the kampong, with a particular focus on the urban activism of Komunitas Taboo and their collaborative work with local communities. It describes how the ‘creative kampong’ is expressed and produced within the daily ‘traditional activities’ of Kampong Dago Pojok residents, as well as the community organizing work carried out through Komunitas Taboo. These activities draw on local knowledge and practices, and the kampong’s social, economic and geographic position within the Dago area and the city of Bandung, to produce value for the community and to build a social movement for the ‘creative kampong’ as a localized counterpart to the ‘creative city’. Their vision for this community work is to develop a more sustainable and equitable future for this neighborhood, establishing the creative kampong as a vital part of the ‘creative city’ while also posing an autonomous challenge to the dominant forms of neoliberal urban development associated with it. At the same time, the forms of urban activism and artistic production associated with the creative kampong are themselves open to being drawn into such forms of development, producing forms of creative labor and social capital that contribute to the commodification of the creative community. Through revealing such conflicts and contradictions in the creative kampong project, this case study points to new ways of thinking about processes of urban kampong development in relation to community activism, the creative industries, the informal economy, and localized social networks.
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