||The succession of traditional art forms : a case study of preservation activity in indonesia
72 , 2016-03 , Graduate School of Human Sciences
This article examines activities aimed toward the preservation and the succession of traditional performing art forms in Indonesia. It also includes an exploration of the possibilities for the researcher’s participation in these activities. In the increasing globalization that characterize our modern world, we can see the large-scale rapid movement of people, material goods, and information that have been conceptualized by Appadurai (1996) as “global cultural flows” altering the relationships between particular geographic spaces and cultures. Moreover, the spread of scientific technologies and monetary economics and the power of material civilizations, growth of tourism and popularization of modern education have induced the multitude of changes in cultural activities throughout the world. Changes in local communities have caused the decline of indigenous knowledge, such as local languages, concepts, religions, beliefs, and various kinds of skills. As a result of these changes, there has been decline in traditional art performance and a lack of successors for those arts in Indonesia. Under these conditions, there have been some attempts to preserve traditional performing art forms. In this article I focus on the activities of the NGO Tikar, which works toward the preservation of traditional art forms and the succession of those art forms to the next generation. Tikar’s activities include supports for artists, growing audiences, recording and documentation. The main characteristic of Tikar’s activities is attaching importance to make the audio-visual recordings. In March of 2012 and 2013, I joined them to record the performances of Sundanese puppet theatre. In this paper, I examined my two experiences with Tikar and discuss the possibility of cooperation with them.