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Made Wijaya outside his residence â€˜Villa Bebekâ€™, Mertasari, Sanur, October 2015. Photo: Siobhan Campbell
The late Made Wijaya (1953-2016) spent over forty years attending and documenting temple ceremonies in Bali with his ‘roving lens’ capturing trends in funerary and wedding rites, temple architecture, decoration and fashion. His often-irreverent accounts of palace intrigues and the Balinese penchant for novelty and innovation were complemented by his great admiration for the dynamic nature of Balinese culture and his exhaustive investigation of caste, regional and district variations. In recent years Made had embarked on regular field trips to explore the temple architecture of Java and to document the Hindu-era (kejawen) ceremonies performed in the Javanese palaces and royal cities in Java, for which he argued there were Balinese equivalents. This lecture will survey Made Wijaya’s documentation of ritual in Bali today and his research on the connections between these rituals and the court culture of the Majapahit era.
Dr. Siobhan Campbell is a lecturer in the Department of Indonesian Studies at Sydney University currently researching histories of modern Indonesian art. She first met Made Wijaya when he generously contributed his expertise to her PhD on the temple paintings used in Balinese ritual.
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