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/ 01.01 / Bandung, 2015 - Tokyo, 2017

Integration of Art, Science and Technology in Intermedia Art Education

A Comparative Study on Intermedia Art Education for Bachelor’s Degree

of Bandung Institute of Technology and Tokyo University of the Arts

Researcher: Anis Annisa Maryam

Research Supervisor: Dr. Agung Hujatnika, M.Sn.

& Prof. ITOH Toshiharu

Master’s Program in Visual Arts, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology

& research program in Department of Intermedia Art, Tokyo University of the Art



Intermedia art is originated as a term used to identify experimental art practices that incorporate a vast and growing range of combinations between two media or more. Along with the continually evolving and globalized innovations of science and technology, the understanding and application of the intermediality in art practices and discourses are increasingly integrating with the new media, techniques and other relevant discoveries from the field of science and technology.

The plethora of integrations between the field of art, science and technology occurred almost simultaneously all over the globe and has generated a very significant influence, not only in the art world but also in the context of global culture. Based on those phenomena, intermedia art today can be described as one of the outcomes of the reintegration between art, science and technology – particularly, in the context of post-disintegration between the field of art and science into the titular two different cultures in the 1950s.

In this research, the examination of intermedia art as the manifestation of reintegration between the cultures of art, science and technology in two formal institutions of visual arts. This research uses a qualitative methodology in a comparative study on intermedia art education for the bachelor’s degree in Bandung Institute of Technology and Tokyo University of the Arts. Both institutions are recognized in their respective countries and internationally, but the primary affinity between the two is the fact that both are visionaries. Tokyo University of the Arts is the first institution in Asia with intermedia art department (established in 1999). Bandung Institute of Technology is the first institution in Southeast Asia with intermedia art as one of its majors (established in 2007).

Beyond this similarity of being visionaries in their respective countries - the history, development and prospect of intermedia art education in the two institutions are at different environments, levels and accelerations — investigation of the differences through curriculum structures, teaching methods, and student’s final projects is the essence of this comparative study. The differences are the manifestation of the different technoculture, which brings the hypothesis that the process and product of intermedia art education are ultimately the reflections of the environment’s technoculture.

The influence of the Indonesian technoculture resulted in practices and discourses that are intended to reveal the ultimate meaning or message through art, whereas the impact from the Japanese technoculture resulted in practices and discourse that are mostly intended to produce nuances and layers of meaning through art. Based on this summary, this research will be of use for the evaluation and development of intermedia art education in two institutions and their respective countries.

Keywords: art education; art, science and technology; Bandung Institute of Technology; technoculture; Tokyo University of the Arts; intermedia



/ 01.00 / Bandung, 2015 - Bandung, 2017




Intomedia is a collective initiative in creating a platform for two artists, one curator and one researcher to discuss, speculate and explore in the realm of media arts. Intomedia consists of an exhibition, workshop and artist talk (held at Galeri Soemardja). The term media arts and/or new media arts are often problematically equivocal because the multifarious discipline and genre it represented, moreover the nature of its discourse that usually manifested differently in each institution, society, or culture. Annisa, as the researcher, observed the works of two artists (Aditya and Riar) and curator (Bob) in reflection with the comprehension of the meaning of ‘media’ itself in Indonesian society, its association with the emerging intermedia art in Indonesia, and further in relation with the country’s technoculture. Access Annisa’s piece on Intomedia (in Bahasa Indonesia) here.


In the span of her two-year Master’s Program, apart from her thesis research; Integration of Art, Science and Technology in Intermedia Art Education, Annisa also wrote & archived short research reports and essays (in Bahasa Indonesia) on various subject matter analogous to her interest in technology, literature, film, and women’s studies in relation to her major, Art History & Theory. You can access them here.