"AN EQUISARCASM BETWEEN VERNACULARITY OF MEMES AND INSTITUTIONALISM IN AN EFFORT TO EQUALIZE SUPERFLUOUS TRACES IN ART WRITING"

ACADEMIC FANTASY INDONESIA is an online residency in partnership with the Indonesian art meme accounts @indoartno and @antikolektifkolektifklub. Southeast Asia-Based non-Indonesian writers will be looking at memes sourced from both accounts and researching its significance — concerning the art scene, pop culture, linguistics, and history — and the reason why it’s funny. Account admins and the organisers will in turn assist in understanding the contexts of the local humor. The resulting research will be presented in the form of an academic essay, posted on a blog online, as well as on both meme pages. 

 

Note: The title refers to a singing competition franchise in Southeast Asia, “Akademi Fantasi / Academy Fantasia”, a very vernacular and nostalgic memory to many Indonesians and other Southeast asian individuals alike. With its tacky, early 2000s visual, the programme often became the source of many memes.

Click Here for our homepage residency at The White Pube.