Streaming Southeast Asia Workshop - Keynote and Industry Panel

ONLINE (14:00 - 15:00 // 18:30 - 20:00 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Time), 4.-6. July 2022

Streaming Southeast Asia Workshop - Keynote and Industry Panel (Online)

4 and 5 July 2022

This workshop seeks to map the streaming platform landscape in Southeast Asia and to understand the plurality of its disruptive force. In the media and communications field, discussion of how streaming disrupts the production, circulation and consumption of audio and video content has very much been shaped by studies of Netflix, Spotify, and Apple ITunes. This means our understanding of streaming and what it changes is limited to the affordances and business models of a few well-known platforms. In Southeast Asia, these well-known platforms have a strong presence, but recent reports show that Joox and Viu, about which there is very little English language scholarship, lead the Southeast Asian market for audio and video streaming respectively. Platform landscapes also vary from country to country as Chinese and North American platforms compete with local start-ups, and this means that streaming publics are being differentiated in distinct ways in different sites. Between the scene and the silver screen: early Romanian cinema and the rediscovery of the ‘lost’ wom

The workshop applies a Southeast Asian lens to address some of the stock questions elicited by the streaming phenomenon worldwide. What is the relationship between the rise of streaming and the spread of smartphones in the region, and how is it implicated in shifting practices of tv, film and music consumption? How does the turn to smartphones as a prime mediating technology for consuming music, film and tv change the meanings of such? What is included and excluded from streaming platform catalogues and how does such curation affect longstanding taste regimes or genre categories?  How does it affect the visibility of independent productions, folk traditions, or the aesthetic diversity with which consumers are presented? How does the streaming phenomenon help forge new circulatory routes for content to/ from Southeast Asia, fostering minor transnationalism? How can we account for the enduring currency of streaming publics, members of which act collectively, against a background of the discourse of ‘on demand’ that algorithmically forges each streaming consumer as a unique individual?

4 July 2022 14:00 - 15:00 (Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Time)
A keynote presentation by Professor Annette Hill (Lund University): Platform Imaginaries: methodologies and theories for roaming in South East Asian streaming entertainment platforms

5 July 2022 18:30 - 20:00 (Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Time)
An industry panel and discussion on music and video streaming in Southeast Asia with the following participants:

    Film producer Nandita Solomon (Apparatus, Malaysia)
    Music journalist and band manager Rudolf Dethu (Rumah Sanur, Indonesia)

These events are free and open to all, but please register through these links (Keynote Presentation and Industry Panel).

Please feel free to circulate among colleagues and students.

Warm regards,

Ana, Emma, Andrew and Ting Fai

Dr Ana Grgic
Associate Professor
Department of Cinema and Media, Babeș-Bolyai University