An ode to the unsung heroines of Borobudur

via Jakarta Post, 28 Feb 2018: An exhibition of 37 works by Dyan Anggraini at the National Gallery of Indonesia follows the path of meditative reflection exalting the creative process underlying the building of Borobudur temple.

When artist Dyan Anggraini cries out in frustration, she does so with restraint, and her voice even goes mum, to ultimately explode on canvas and sculptural installations.

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Vacancy: Lecturer in South East Asian Art

A lectureship in Southeast Asian Art is open at SOAS – although specialists in modern and contemporary art are sought after. Closing date 20 April 2015


Lecturer in South East Asian Art
School of Oriental and Asian Studies

The Department of the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, University of London, invites applications for a Lectureship in South East Asian Art. The post holder will be part of the exciting new development in South East Asian Art made available by a transformational donation from the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago, in 2013.

The post is intended for a dynamic scholar at a Lecturer level. The post is tenable from 1st September 2015. Applications are invited from those working on the history of art of any geographical area of South East Asia. Candidates with a specialism in the modern and contemporary arts of South East Asia are strongly invited to apply. Candidates should have an outstanding international reputation demonstrated by an excellent publication record and knowledge of relevant languages.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Department of the History of Art and Archaeology and will be expected to develop and teach courses at all levels, supervise PhD students, assume administrative responsibilities, collaborate productively with colleagues, and play a major role in the further development of South East Asian Art.

Full posting here.

Buddhist art in Myanmar opens in New York next month

The Asia Society plays host to Buddhist art from Myanmar starting from next month.

Gu Byauk Gyi pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar. source: Mizzima 20150108
Gu Byauk Gyi pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar. source: Mizzima 20150108

Myanmar Buddhist art set for New York exhibition
Mizzima, 08 January 2015
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Homo erectus and zigzags

Earlier this month an amazing discovery was noted about the zigzag lines found on a piece of shell from Trinil, Indonesia, which suggest that they were made by our ancestors Homo erectus and in turn suggests that these hominids were capable of abstract thought. The discovery was announced in Nature.

Homo erectus engraving
Homo erectus engraving

Homo erectus at Trinil on Java used shells for tool production and engraving
Nature, doi:10.1038/nature13962

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell
Science Daily, 03 December 2014

Shell ‘art’ made 300,000 years before humans evolved
New Scientist, 03 December 2014

Etchings on a 500,000-year-old shell appear to have been made by human ancestor
Science, 03 December 2014

Shells Engraved by Homo erectus Found in Museum Collection, 03 December 2014

World’s Oldest Art Identified in Half-Million-Year-Old Zigzag
National Geographic, 03 December 2014

Homo erectus may have doodled on shellfish
ABC News, 04 December 2014

Oldest engraving rewrites view of human history
AFP, via Bangkok Post 04 December 2014

ANU archaeologist helps discover earliest human engravings
Sydney Morning Herald

World’s oldest engraving discovered
Australian Geographic, 04 December 2014

Australian Archaeologist Dr Stephen Munro Discovers Earliest Human Engravings Discovered On 400,000-Year-Old Fossilised Shell
International Business Times, 05 December 2014

Another Ancient Discovery For Indonesia, and Human History
Wall Street Journal, 09 December 2014
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SOAS Alphawood Scholarships 2015/16

Applications are now open for the Alphawood Scholarships in Southeast Asian Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for the 2015-16 academic year. This is a great opportunity for young Southeast Asian scholars interested in a postgraduate education for the advancement of Hindu and Buddhist art.

Borobudur Sunrise

The SOAS 2015/2016 Alphawood Scholarships
Deadline: 18 December 2014
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