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Becoming "Lumbung"
9–21 August 2021

ruru, 2014, São Paulo Bienal. Photo: ruangrupa

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Course format
Hybrid class

Either Fortress Hohensalzburg (on site) or online*

Teaching Language
English (bahasa Indonesia also available)

Laptop/tablet with camera and microphone, personal working materials, willingness to collaborate and engage in a collective platform, to share ideas and knowledge.

Maximum number of participants
12 on site, 6 online

Teaching assistant
Lea Wiednig

Participation fee
€ 640,– (€ 480,–)

‘Lumbung’ is the term for a collectively governed 'rice-barn' in Indonesia, in which the harvest surplus of farmers is stored as a common good. It serves community well-being in the longer term through shared resources and mutual care. It is organised through a set of shared values, collective rituals and organisational principles. Lumbung is understood as a metaphorical space for an alternative economy based on such values as collectivity, sharing, trust, playfulness, and anchoring the global locally.

Students approach 'lumbung' as a practice of sharing time, space, knowledge, money and care. The class departs from self-organisation, conversation, and assembly to "becoming 'lumbung'" together. Through collective experience, the students reflect on the value of solidarity and sustainability in community-based art-making and curatorial cultures. In this light, they will reflect on their ideas for or practices of collective organisation, be it a form of art or, more broadly, engaging in culture and politics. Furthermore, students learn new ways of exhibition-making as a practice of sharing generosity and empathy in weird times of conflict.

*If necessary, the course may be held exclusively online.

ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based collective established in 2000. It has been selected as artistic director of documenta fifteen in Kassel (DE), in 2022. It is a non-profit organisation that strives to support the idea of art within urban and cultural contexts 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 produces collaborative works in the form of art projects, such as exhibitions, festivals, art labs, workshops, research, as well as books, magazines and online journal publications.

In 2018, learning from their experience establishing Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem together with Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara, ruangrupa co-initiated GUDSKUL: contemporary art collective and ecosystem studies. It is a public learning space established to practise an expanded understanding of collective values, such as equality, sharing, solidarity, friendship and togetherness.

As an artists’ collective, ruangrupa has been involved in many collaborative and exchange projects, including participating in major exhibitions such as Gwangju Biennale (2002 & 2018), Istanbul Biennial (2005), Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2012), Singapore Biennale (2011), São Paulo Biennial (2014), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, 2016) and Cosmopolis at Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017).
In 2016, ruangrupa curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem (NL).
Photo: Jin Panji