Perspectives on the Philippines

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Historical Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art

In this ‘experiment’, four members of Perspectives of the Past visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) for Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines and write four mini-reviews about their experience based on their diverse backgrounds (museum and heritage studies, performance studies, history and archaeology). We publish the four reviews over four … Continue reading Historical Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art

UNESCO heritage-lists Indonesian wooden boat building

PoP first came across Jeffrey Mellefont, an Honorary Research Associate at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM), when we read one of his lyrical articles in Signals about viewing a total solar eclipse while sailing in the Moluccas ("All I can say is, how extraordinary to live in a solar system where  our one and only … Continue reading UNESCO heritage-lists Indonesian wooden boat building

Five reasons why I don’t always like art galleries

In this ‘experiment’, four members of Perspectives of the Past visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) for Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines and write four mini-reviews about their experience based on their diverse backgrounds (museum and heritage studies, performance studies, history and archaeology). We publish the four reviews over four … Continue reading Five reasons why I don’t always like art galleries

To infinity and beyond: the Singapore History Gallery (review)

The Singapore History Gallery at the National Museum of Singapore is, like any other historical exhibition, carefully staged. The production of such a place, or more accurately, the production of the experience of such a place, requires the expertise of dramatists, storytellers, scriptwriters, lighting, sound and set designers, and even actors, as Mark Ravinder Frost … Continue reading To infinity and beyond: the Singapore History Gallery (review)

The race to save up to 50 shipwrecks from looters in Southeast Asia

Recent research presented at a maritime archaeology conference has revealed at least 48 shipwrecks - including WWII ships and some post-war vessels - have been illicitly salvaged in Southeast Asia. This figure is an astonishing escalation from the handful of wrecks already known to have been damaged or destroyed. Japan has lost the most wrecks. Other nations affected include Australia, … Continue reading The race to save up to 50 shipwrecks from looters in Southeast Asia

Kali Nyamat: Java’s Muslim Warrior Queen

PoP's textual historian Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan looks into the life and career of one of Java's great leaders: the 16th-century queen of Jepara.  The history of Java has no shortage of powerful women rulers, from the 14th-century queen Dyah Gitarja, whose imperial conquests can be role-played in the strategy game Civilization VI, to Megawati Soekarnoputri, former president and … Continue reading Kali Nyamat: Java’s Muslim Warrior Queen

The padewakang: Puzzling together the past

Putting together a 400-piece, 3D puzzle is hard enough without the pieces warping and shrinking. But that was exactly the problem faced by maritime historian Horst Liebner and his team of expert Makassan boat-builders in Belgium last month when (re-)assembling a life-sized, traditional Indonesian sailing ship known as a padewakang. The timbers had fitted perfectly when … Continue reading The padewakang: Puzzling together the past