Dr. Gea O.F. Parikesit
Gadjah Mada University
Faculty of Engineering
Jalan Grafika 2
Yogyakarta 55281

I earned my doctorate degree from the Delft University of Technology with a research performed at the Quantitative Imaging group. Living in Yogyakarta, widely considered as the cultural capital of Indonesia, I am now using Quantitative Imaging methods to better understand Wayang Kulit, the ancient art of shadow puppetry that is listed by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Even though Wayang Kulit has been existing for at least ten centuries, only little scientific research has been conducted on it. Roger Long, who pioneered this research, wrote in his dissertation in 1979: "Filmed or videotaped documentation of complete Wayang performances is essential to non-Javanese scholars and theatre artists who wish to better understand and scientifically analyze Wayang Kulit. Film or videotape records of actual performances would allow researchers to determine, with statistical precision, the speed, range, and frequency of movements as they are performed by different character types, in different dramatic situations, and in different sections of the play." Using quantitative digital measurements, I aim not only to fulfill the vision of Roger Long, but also to discover new and interesting spatio-temporal cultural patterns that cannot be obtained using qualitative manual observations traditionally used in the field of humanities.

My updated CV, complete with a list of my academic publications, is available at the bottom of this page.

Parikesit Kusumaningtyas,
Jul 24, 2016, 8:01 AM