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Things We Don’t Understand in School: A Conversation with Ruth Noack

Events 11 Aug 16 0

Saturday, 13th August 2016, 3 pm
at KUNCI Cultural Studies Center
Ngadinegaran MJ3/100, Mantrijeron
Yogyakarta

(Geser untuk teks dalam Bahasa Indonesia)
KUNCI invites you to discuss with Ruth Noack about the critical notion of study through resisting the fixed forms of school. Can we imagine different ways of organizing education outside of the dominant model? How to reimagine what we already know about school?

Noack is interested in learning about informal and formalised local practices of teaching art and hopes that people will contribute to the discussion with their ideas. In turn, she would like to talk to you about her vision of making a Museum in a School. This vision has developed out of her experience with both teaching and curating since the 1990s, with its drawbacks and its pleasures. But at the basis of her practice is the conviction that art has the capacity to make a kind of sense that we need in our lives. This is an attempt to rethink the relationship of the spheres of education and art with each other.

This event will be broadcasted online via Radio KUNCI, http://radio.kunci.or.id/

Ruth Noack trained as a visual artist and art historian, she has worked as author, art critic, university lecturer and exhibition maker since the 1990s. Noack was curator of documenta 12 (2007). Head of the Curating Contemporary Art Program, Royal College of Art, London (2012-13), she acted as Research Leader for the EU-project MeLa – European Museums in an age of migrations. Noack was Šaloun professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (2013-14) and lead the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course in 2014. Since 2015, she is responsible for one of the DAI Roaming Academy trajectories.

(Versi Bahasa Indonesia)

Hal-hal yang Tidak Kita Pahami di Sekolah: Percakapan dengan Ruth Noack

Sabtu, 13 Agustus 2016, 15.00 WIB
di KUNCI Cultural Studies Center
Ngadinegaran MJ3/100, Mantrijeron
Yogyakarta

KUNCI mengundang anda untuk terlibat dalam diskusi dengan Ruth Noack tentang “belajar” sebagai suatu gagasan kritis yang menentang pengertian sekolah sebagai institusi yang ajeg. Dapatkan kita membayangkan cara lain untuk mengorganisir bentuk pendidikan di luar model yang dominan? Bagaimana cara menciptakan imajinasi baru dari hal-hal yang sudah kita ketahui tentang sekolah?

Noack tertarik mempelajari praktik-praktik lokal dalam pengajaran seni secara formal dan informal dengan harapan dapat mendengar kontribusi ide dan gagasan dari peserta diskusi ini. Sebagai balasan, Ruth akan menceritakan rencananya untuk membangun Museum in a School, suatu rencana yang dikembangkan berdasarkan pengalamannya, baik yang menyenangkan maupun tidak menyenangkan, sebagai guru dan kurator sejak 1990-an. Dasar dari praktik yang selama ini ditekuninya ialah keyakinan bahwa seni memiliki kapasitas untuk membentuk suatu sensibilitas yang kita butuhkan dalam hidup. Ini merupakan suatu upaya untuk memikirkan kembali hubungan lingkup pendidikan dan seni dengan yang lainnya.

Acara ini akan disiarkan online melalui Radio KUNCI, http://radio.kunci.or.id/

Ruth Noack dididik sebagai seniman dan sejarawan seni, ia telah bekerja sebagai penulis, kritikus seni, dosen dan kuratoe sejak 1990-an. Noack adalah kurator documenta 12 (2007). Selain pernah bekerja sebagai kepala program Curating Contemporary Art di Royal College of Art, London (2012-2013), ia juga bertindak sebagai kepala peneliti proyek Uni Eropa, MeLa– European Museums in an age of migrations. Noack pernah menjabat sebagai profesor di Academy of Fine Arts, Praha (2013-2014) dan memimpin kursus kurator Gwangju Biennale International pada tahun 2014. Sejak 2015, ia bertanggungjawab dalam salah satu trajektori DAI Roaming Academy.

Transactions within Threshold

Events 24 May 16 0

A Conversation with Elaine W. Ho and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga

In order to exist, transaction needs a firm ground, fixed currency and transparent supply-demand relations, amongst other thing. Therefore, a market is often perceived as the ideal setting for transactions. It has a clear distinction between goods, or between service provider and consumer. Money is the currency which facilitate exchange of goods or services. Yet what can happen when transaction takes place not in a market and involves another mode of currency? How, if transaction takes place in a space where personal and communal interests are colliding? In this conversation session for Radio KUNCI, Syafiatudina (KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta) will discuss with Elaine W. Ho and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga (HomeShop, Beijing) on various forms of transaction which take place in an art space where artistic practices and the striving for creative autonomy intersect with the practices of community caring, especially within neighborhood-based interactions.

HomeShop (2008-2013, Beijing) was a self-initiated project space located in a storefront space in the old city centre hutong alleyways of Beijing. Using the space and its window front as a permeable frame to examine ways of relaying between public and private, HomeShop engaged in various interwoven series of small-scale activities, including interventions, workshops, discussion groups, hosted services for the public and an on-going research of the ‘city-in-village’ dynamics of contemporary Beijing. These forms of creative articulation and documentary gestures were invested as processes by which HomeShop served as an open platform to question existing models of economic and artistic production. Here, daily life, work and the community served as explorations of micropolitical possibility, and of working together. www.homeshop.org.cn

Numpang as politics of sharing-space, KUNCI @ ifa Galery

Events 06 Apr 16 0

Radio Kunci @ ifa Gallery: Numpang as politics of sharing-space
April 15th to May 15th 2016

Numpang is a colloquial word in Indonesian language which refers to many meanings and used in various contexts. Deriving from the original verb of tumpang, when used in the contexts of housing, -someone is numpang at other’s place, the word points to the temporary act of taking shelter (similar to unterkommen in German). This word here can be translated to English as crashing in, or taking lodge. While in transportation, people also can be a penumpang (passenger) of a bus/train (who bought ticket) or numpang (hitch-hike) in a car (for free). The person who is giving the ride for free is described as ‘memberikan tumpangan’ (giving a ride).  In everyday social interactions, before asking a stranger a question, one would ‘numpang tanya’ which implies a polite request for permission to address the person being asked. And finally when an object is put or placed on top of something else, in Indonesian people also used the verb ‘menumpangkan’ something. The term ‘tumpang tindih’ describes things that are in overlap with each other. From these complex meanings and contexts of use that are not easy to translate to other languages, numpang ultimately refers to the temporal and spatial positioning of objects (including human bodies) in relation with the consent of others. It goes without saying that when abused, numpang, such as in the case of overstaying in someone’s place, is also perceived negatively. In this situation, it runs similar meaning with the term freeloading: a trust has been breached; too much were taken, generosity betrayed.

One way or another, Syafiatudina will be numpang  at the ifa Gallery in Berlin between 15 April to 16 May 2016 in her capacity as a member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) who is invited to respond to the Open Space project. She will use this opportunity to create collective engagements in the multifaceted aspects of numpang in contemporary urban practices of sharing space, place and time as resources that go beyond commodified forms of taking and giving. What kinds of values are being exchanged in this particular relational situation? How are losses and benefits defined and who gets to define them? How does numpang as a spatial practice complicate notions of property ownership? And finally how does it disrupt the established tension between individuality and collectivity?

To realize this, throughout her residency stay, Syafiatudina will organize a radio program which invite actors who are working on a range of topics related to politics of sharing in different geopolitical settings, particularly in Berlin and Yogyakarta. Through a project entitled Radio KUNCI, recent public controversies such as the refugee welcome, sharing cars, squatting, inhabitation of public spaces shall be closely examined towards an accumulation of knowledge on commoning the city and alternative modes of living together. Radio KUNCI shall be streamed online 3 days a week, Thursday to Saturday, throughout the entire duration of the residency from mid April to  May 2016. The program content will include a series of live conversation, workshop or lecture that will be held every once a week at ifa Gallery as well as other pre-recorded materials (interviews, dramatic-readings, storytellings etc.).