Content Development, Research, and Writing
Laura J. Bellows, Visiting Curator, Spurlock Museum (2005–2006)
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UIUC (2004–2006)
Content Coordination, Research, and Writing
Jennifer A. Fraser, Ph.D. Candidate in Musicology, School of Music, UIUC (2005–2006)
Content Supervision and Editing
Tandy Lacy, Director of Education, Spurlock Museum
Web Coordination and Design
Jack Thomas, Director of Information Technology, Spurlock Museum
Primary Contributors to Multimedia Content
Laura J. Bellows and Jennifer A. Fraser
Additional Contributors to Multimedia Content
Edward Bruner, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, UIUC
Charles A. Capwell, Associate Professor of Musicology, School of Music, UIUC
Clark C. Cunningham , Curator Emeritus, Spurlock Museum
Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, UIUC
David A. McDonald, Ph.D. in Musicology, School of Music, UIUC
Many of the images and video clips in this site, and much of the explanatory text, come out of my experience conducting field research in Bali from 1998 to 2000 and short trips in 2003 and 2004. My interest in the body and its meanings within Balinese Hindu practice and belief guided my video and photographic capture of mortuary, life-cycle, and purification rituals for both humans and temples. Thus, the images and explanations offered here reflect, to a certain extent, my research objectives and the particular times and places where I conducted my research. They also reflect the goals of the Spurlock Museum to make available, in an accessible language and format, a multi-media experience of some of the multi-sensory worlds that emerge in “trips” to Bali.
Laura J. Bellows, 2005
Many of the images of temples and ceremonial life that I contributed to this site were taken through the eyes of an undergraduate student of ethnomusicology who was experiencing Bali and fieldwork for the first time. During this brief trip in 1994–1995, I conducted research for an honor's thesis on gambuh, a revived court dance-drama. Since that time, my interests in the music and performing arts of Indonesia have taken me to West Sumatra, where I have lived for more than two years total since 1998, researching the music of the Minangkabau for my doctoral dissertation.
Jennifer A. Fraser, 2005
This educational online resource was created in conjunction with development of the Spurlock Museum’s Campbell Gallery exhibit Visions of the Unseen: Picturing Balinese Ceremony and Myth (September 13, 2005–February 4, 2006).