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Artistic Ecologies: New Compasses, Tools and Alliances

Marwa Arsanios, farid rakun/ruangrupa. Moderated by: Ana Dević & Pablo Martínez

How can artistic and cultural practices put forward new eco-social practices committed to sharing resources and creating open infrastructure? How can artistic ecologies renew alliances between communities, institutions and new forms of activism for social and environmental justice? Artistic practices with their transversal thinking are rich in examples of self-sufficiency, international solidarity and conviviality in the face of adversity. Thus, we look for concrete examples of practices that apply principles of commons outside and inside of the art field, or are developed in collaboration with ecology, ecofeminism, land struggles and environmental defenders, as well as in dialogue with communities they settle in.

Marwa Arsanios will talk about her project and research Who is Afraid of Ideology? that looks at different strategies of deprivatizing land spread across geographies. How can we shift the relation to land from ownership to usership? Property becomes the central point of discussion, while going beyond its mere legal significance and trying to expand the imagination into various forms of collective ownership.

Learning through lumbung
As their mode of operation (and borrowed for the title of the last edition of documenta in Kassel, DE, in 2022), ruangrupa—with other Jakarta-based collectives, notably Serrum and Grafis Huru Hara—has been stubbornly pushing themselves, playing, experimenting with, and continuously improving the notion of lumbung. Translated literally as a rice barn in Indonesian, it refers to a deeper understanding of time, space, friendship, care, and—to a certain extent—(non) productivism. Using this non-concept as basis, farid rakun from the collective will share experiences brought by this ongoing attempt to sustain their situated collective practice.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 16:30
Duration: 01:30
Room: ZV-KC-1
Type: Non-academic Session
Theme: Panel


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