October 21, 2019
Whose Freedom? - Event series
In 2018, learning from their experience establishing Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem (2015–18) and together with two other Jakarta-based collectives, Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara, ruangrupa co-initiated GUDSKUL: a contemporary art collective and ecosystem studies platform. It is a public learning space established to practice an expanded understanding of collective values, such as equality, sharing, solidarity, friendship, and togetherness. In the Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem, cross-disciplinarity and ecosystem-building were practiced through a place-making process involving creative talents, diverse communities, and various other institutions, including those coming from outside the art world. Based on these experiences setting up both GUDSKUL and Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem, ruangrupa—at the round table with the audience—reflects further about the relevance and the concrete stories of artist collectives and associations such as the Secession: when do collectiveness and collaboration mean freedom and empowerment, when do they imply limitation or even restriction?
ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based collective established in 2000. It is a non-profit organization that strives to support the idea of art within urban and cultural context by involving artists and other disciplines such as social sciences, politics, technology, media, etc, to give critical observation and views towards Indonesian urban contemporary issues. ruangrupa also produce collaborative works in the form of art projects such as exhibition, festival, art lab, workshop, research, as well as publication. As an artists’ collective, ruangrupa has been involved in many collaborative and exchange projects, including participating in big exhibitions. In 2016, ruangrupa curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, NL. In February 2019, ruangrupa was selected as Artistic Direction of documenta 15.
Ade Darmawan lives and works in Jakarta as an artist, curator and director of ruangrupa. He studied at Indonesia Art Institute (ISI), in the Graphic Arts Department. His works range from installation, objects, drawing, digital print, and video. In 2009 he was appointed as artistic director of Jakarta Biennale, for which he served as executive director during its editions in 2013, 2015, and 2017.
Trained as an architect and visiting lecturer in the Architecture Department of Universitas Indonesia, farid rakun wears different hats, dependent on who is asking. As an instigator, he has permeated various global institutions such as Centre Pompidou, La Biennale di Venezia, MMCA Seoul, Sharjah Biennial, Bienal de Sao Paulo, Harun Farocki Institut or the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). He has worked for Jakarta Biennale in different capacities since 2013 and currently serves as its interim director.
In the context of the event series Whose freedom?