Gaze In The Javanese Women's Motion Concept (Case Study of ‘Setan Jawa’ The Movie by Garin Nugroho)


  • Agustina Kusuma Dewi Institut Teknologi Bandung
  • Yasraf Amir Piliang Institut Teknologi Bandung


Motion Concept, Setan Jawa, Vouyerism, Laura Mulvey, Lacan Discourse


The conceptual conception of women in Indonesia is carried out in various ways and mediums, including movies. In relation to the medium of a social discourse, movies have distinctive characteristics, namely long lasting and spread to various places. Whereas from the perspective of psychoanalysis itself the movie also gets a special place. The psychoanalyst Marxists, for example, see the potential of movie in playing the subconscious so that it has the potential to become the power of mass hypnotic culture. One view that is very close to the issue of women's traditional arts is male gaze Laura Mulvey (1990). Mulvey explained the male gaze concept in the cinematography industry was overly using men's views. Women themselves are not positioned as self-possessiveness subjects but as objects of male gaze. ‘Setan Jawa’ The Movie is the first black and white silent movie by Garin Nugroho accompanied by a live gamelan music orchestra created by Rahayu Supanggah and premiered in September 2016. Combining the Lacan discourse and few of Mulvey’s concept, regarding the discourse on women, the ‘motion’ concept of Javanese women in the ‘Setan Jawa’ framing seems to try to offer the formation and interpretation of different public discourses.


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Author Biographies

Agustina Kusuma Dewi, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain

Yasraf Amir Piliang, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain


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How to Cite

Dewi, A. K., & Piliang, Y. A. (2019). Gaze In The Javanese Women’s Motion Concept (Case Study of ‘Setan Jawa’ The Movie by Garin Nugroho). Proceeding of International Conference on Visual Culture and Urban Life, 38–44. Retrieved from