This is Our Ecosystem: about ruangrupa, Gudskul, and Lumbung
Join us to hear a talk from two members of Indonesian art collective ruangrupa.
This year, ruangrupa – an artist-run initiative based in Jakarta – is celebrating its twentieth birthday. Back in 2018, together with two other artist collectives in Jakarta — Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara — they initiated Gudskul, an art ecosystem complex and a platform for collective contemporary art studies. The collaborative work of three artist collectives under one umbrella makes the Gudskul Ecosystem a colourful and busy place; from a variety of work meetings to casual late-night hanging out. For this public talk, Berto Tukan and Gesyada Siregar from ruangrupa will share their knowledge and experience about the kinds of bonds that make these more than one hundred people continue to work together, and share spaces, under one roof. Gudskul itself runs a sharing system called "Lumbung." In the context of ruangrupa’s appointment as artistic director of Documenta 2022, the Lumbung system is also being pursued as a joint platform for artist collectives in Indonesia – and it might be relevant for Australian artist collectives.
Gesyada Siregar (born in Medan, based in Jakarta) is a curator, writer, and art organizer. She graduated from Department of Fine Arts, Jakarta Institute of Arts receiving outstanding mark with final thesis on the reading of Nashar’s Three-Nons principle through the teachings of Ki Hajar Dewantara and presented at the Jogja Biennale Equator Symposium in 2016. She was selected for Indonesian Young Curator Workshop organized by Jakarta Arts Council and ruangrupa in 2013. Since then, she has been working for various national and international art and cultural projects, exhibitions, festivals, programs, and publications. In 2017, she wrote a book about S. Sudjojono's Cap Go Meh painting as part of Indonesia Visual Art Heritage Book project for high school students from Directorate General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia. She also participated in Japan Foundation Asia Center collaborative art project Condition Report (2016-2017). Her past exhibitions are including curator for Young Artist Collectives showcase in conjunction of Jakarta 32ºC Festival, Gudang Sarinah Ecosystem, Jakarta (2016), as a collective in Mode of Liaisons, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (2017), as co-curator for Theoryless Paintings, Jakarta Arts Council Painting Collection Exhibition, Galeri Cipta III, Jakarta (2017), and co-curator for INSTRUMENTA #1 & #2 International Media Arts Festival initiated by Ministry of Education and Culture of Indonesia in National Gallery of Indonesia (2018-2019). From 2014, she works in ruangrupa as program coordinator of Jakarta 32ºC - division that focusing on developing university students networks and support in arts. In Gudskul: Collective and Contemporary Art Ecosystem Studies, she is co-teaching Articulation & Curation subject and the program coordinator of bimonthly short course program.
Berto Tukan is a writer and independent researcher who lives in Jakarta. He once studied German Literature at Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia. His bachelor’s was concluded at Philosophy Department, Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Driyarkara, Jakarta. In 2018 he finished his master’s at the same university with a thesis titled “The Artwork’s Aura Transfiguration: A Study of Artwork’s Aura According to Walter Benjamin in ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility.’” His short story collection, Seikat Kisah Tentang yang Bohong was published in 2016 and his poetry collection, Sudah Lama Tidak Bercinta Ketika Bercinta Tidak Lama in 2018. Apart from short story and poetry, Berto also writes a number of essays in various print and online media, and spends some time in many art researches. He was once active as a researcher at Remotivi, an institution who reviews and advocates television. In addition to that, he was often involved with Jakarta Arts Council to research for their program, for example for the publishing of Seni Rupa Indonesia dalam Kritik dan Esai (2012) and Knowledge-Based Art Essay in Three Cities Research (Jakarta, Yoggyakarta and Bandung). With some of his friends he published alternative print media, such as, Pendar Pena, Problem Filsafat and Dada Terbit. Other than being an editor of www.indoprogress.com, Berto also serves as an editor in www.jurnalkarbon.net, a journal from ruangrupa. He is now active as a subject coordinator at Gudskul: Contemporary Collective Study and Art Ecosystem, an alternative study institution established by three art communities in Jakarta: ruangrupa, serrum and Grafis Huru Hara. For the last several years, he is involved in various Directorate General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture’s program.
ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based artist collective established in 2000. It is a non-profit organization that strives to support the idea of art within urban and cultural contexts by involving artists, and engaging other disciplines such as social sciences, politics, technology, and media, to give critical observations and views on Indonesian urban contemporary issues. ruangrupa runs an art space in South Jakarta and realizes exhibitions, festivals, publications and radio formats. The collective has participated in many collaborations and exhibition projects, including the Gwangju Biennale (2002 und 2018), the Istanbul Biennale (2005), the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Brisbane, 2012), the Singapore Biennale (2011), the São Paulo Biennale (2014), the Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, 2016) and Cosmopolis at Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2017). In 2016, ruangrupa curated TRANSaction: Sonsbeek 2016 in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In 2018, the participants co-founded GUDSKUL, an educational and networking project for creatives based on cooperative work. ruangrupa is the artistic director for the upcoming documenta 15 exhibition in Kassel, 2022.
This talk is part of a Monash Art, Design and Architecture sponsored symposium ‘Collective-Kolektif’ hosted by Bus Projects and Liquid Architecture, exploring why and how artists work together.