Author Archives: Joss Whittaker

The Haunting Beauty of Damaged Film

I had about 25 rolls of B&W film, which I took in Ujir, Aru, my research site, developed when I was in Jakarta and Singapore. The results were bad: heavily fogged, scratched, and oddly speckled. This was true for film … Continue reading

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Analogue Cultural Ambassador

While waiting for paperwork to go through the system I went searching for a particular mall, which I heard had one of the last surviving film processing labs in Indonesia. There were three malls in the neighborhood, and I had … Continue reading

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A Hidden Museum in Jakarta

One of the things I’ve found hardest to understand about Indonesia as a state is its deep love of administrative structures. I mean that in both ways: there are ministries (kementerian) for everything, many of whose missions seem to overlap, … Continue reading

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