Performing Arts and Visual Arts Studies program held first lecture for master’s and doctoral students, Thursday (24/6) in the Auditorium Room Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM. This inaugural lecture was held for new students to get to know more about the study program and the academic community involved in it. In addition, the inaugural lecture was filled with material presentation by Prof. dr. Yayi Suryo Prabandari, M.Sc., Ph.D. Professor Yayi presented material with the theme “Studying Pressure on Mental Health and Its Management”. Overall, Professor Yayi’s presentation of the material emphasized that the course of study is not only concerned with achievement but the achievement of physical and mental health.
The Performing Arts and Fine Arts Study Doctoral Study Program is holding a series of Gladhi Nalar events to Bangkok, Thailand on August 6-9 2023. This activity is a means for doctoral students to be able to develop and gain a broader academic perspective, specifically in relation to ongoing student dissertation research.
On the first day, the visit was aimed at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). This private museum consisting of 5 floors is located in Chatuchak, Bangkok. After that, the trip continues by visiting the Big Bee Garden, Bangkok, which is a place for honey beekeeping education with all kinds of production.
The PSPSR UGM Sharing Session was held again on Thursday (27/7) in Meeting Room 1 of the UGM Postgraduate School. The Sharing Session on this occasion invited guests from the Department of English, Linguistics & Theater Studies National University of Singapore (NUS) – Assoc Prof. Miguel Escobar Varela. The current Sharing Session focuses on the role of technology in art. Several breakthroughs were conveyed by Prof. Miguel regarding the importance of technology as a method in previous documentation so that the benefits can be reaped up to now. Prof. Miguel gave a discourse on the proportional documentation of wayang kulit in the 18th century AD and a discourse on the documentation of kinesthetic technology-based dance. This technological discourse can be used as a means for anyone to learn certain dances based on competent demonstrators.
The Performing Arts and Visual Studies Master Program held the “Gladhi Nalar” event in Bali from Wednesday (12/7) to Friday (14/7). This event was attended by master program students, lecturers, admins, and various other supporting components. The holding of “Gladhi Nalar” was held in the context of conducting a field study regarding the existence of art in Bali pragmatically or academically.
Pragmatically, “Gladhi Nalar” was organized with visits to various places related to performing arts and fine arts. On the first day, PSPSR UGM made a visit to the village of Padangtegal, Ubud, to provide information about the existence of Padangtegal village, which is one of the pioneer art embryos in Bali. Afterwards, the participants appreciated the Pesta Kesenian Bali 2023 event which was held at the Denpasar Art Center. The students witnessed the Parade (Utsawa) Gong Kebyar Legendaris performance by Sekehe Gong Tedung Agung Puri Saren Agung Ubud (Gianyar) and Sekehe Gong Banda Sawitra, Kedis Village (Buleleng) on the Ardha Candra stage. In addition, the participants could also watch the exhibition in the Ksirarnawa building. On the second day, the participants made a visit to the creative space Suklu owned by artist Wayan Sujana in Klungkung regency. The participants were invited to convey their ideas through painting using novels as media.
Performing Arts and Visual Arts Studies held a Sharing Session with Dr. Nicole Tse from the Grimwade Center for Cultural Materials Conservation Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, Friday (7/7) in the UGM Postgraduate School Seminar Room. The Sharing Session was guided by Dr. Gea O.F. Parikesit and attended by all lecturers of the PSPSR UGM study program and students.
The topics discussed in this Sharing Session were about university life at the University of Melbourne and conservation issues. In his discussion, Dr. Nicole Tse started with a statement that art attribution is one of the problems in the world of conservation. Lots of people – especially artists and art consumers – buy works of art that are not original, aka fakes.
PSPSR UGM attended the ASEAN+3 Youth Cultural Forum (AYCF) as a delegation from Indonesia, Monday (15/5) to Friday (19/5) at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta. The delegation from PSPSR UGM is Dr. Rr. Paramitha Dyah Fitriasari, M.Hum. (head of the PSPSR UGM master study program) along with Shinda Regina, S.Sn. and I Made Christian Wiranata Rediana, S.S. (representative of PSPSR UGM Masters students for the 2022 academic year).
The AYCF event was organized by the ASEAN University Network (AUN) in collaboration with the University of Indonesia Jakarta. AYCF is held as an annual agenda that aims to establish relations between art students from ASEAN countries and added to three other countries: South Korea, Japan, and China.
In order to celebrate the month of Ramadan, the study program held an event “Kajian Seni, Budaya, dan Aggama”, Wednesday (5/4) in the hallway of the UGM Postgraduate School. This study event presented a famous anthropologist, Prof. Dr. Heddy Shri Ahimsa Putra, M.A., M.Phil. and chairman of PSPSR UGM supervisor – Dr. G.R. Lono L. Simatupang, M.A. This study was also celebrated with collaborative music performances by lecturers and students, as well as eating together when breaking the fast begins. The enthusiasm for this study was evident from the large number of master’s and doctoral students across generations.