The city of Bandung, Indonesia is home to a substantial hardcore punk scene; within this scene, a small but assertive DIY hardcore current strives to build a creative community that operates according to anti-capitalist DIY principles. Drawing on ethnographic research in the Bandung scene, I explore the value practices and social organisation of this community, focusing especially on three specific DIY projects: the Kolektif Balai Kota (City Hall Collective), an open, consensus-based collective that organises non-profit hardcore shows; the Endless DIY Store, a local independent distributor of DIY records, zines, and other products; and Inkoherent DIY Nutritionist, a record label that releases localised, affordable versions of albums by international DIY bands. Through such projects, and the social relations in which they are embedded, the ‘DIY kids’ (anak DIY) are building a cultural commons of shared means, knowledge and value as an alternative to the alienating logic of the capitalist market. While the autonomy of this DIY community remains partial, precarious and contested, the values they express and realise point towards alternative ways of organising cultural production and social life. Such practices of radical social creativity are an important part of the continuing political significance of punk in Indonesia and elsewhere.
|Title of host publication||The Punk Reader|
|Subtitle of host publication||Research Transmissions From the Local and the Global|
|Editors||Mike Dines, Alastair 'Gords' Gordon, Paula Guerra|
|Place of Publication||Porto, Portugal|
|Publisher||Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Martin-Iverson, S. R. (2017). ‘DIY or DIE’: Do It Yourself production and the struggle for an autonomous community in the Bandung hardcore punk scene. In M. Dines, A. G. Gordon, & P. Guerra (Eds.), The Punk Reader: Research Transmissions From the Local and the Global (pp. 249-269). Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras.