Batuan: Interactive

Robert Lemelson (University of California, Los Angeles)

During 1930s fieldwork in Bali, Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead commissioned over 1200 artworks by 80-plus artists in and around Batuan based on folklore, dreams, and daily life. These commissions helped catalyze a regional painting style. A new website,, presents these paintings and their legacy in a multi-modal format amplifying voices of Balinese artists and underscoring the paintings’ connection to Balinese lived experience. Users navigate: a virtual exhibit, interviews with multiple generations of painters, ethnographic and curatorial analyses, a visual ethnography of the rituals and healing traditions depicted in the paintings as carried out today, and more.

Part of 01-14 Media: Film, Podcasts, and Web Resources in Folklore Studies, Thursday, November 02, 8:30 am–10:00 am