Making a Home Away from Home (1)


  • Syafiatudina, Philip Horst and Sinthujan Varatharajah
  • Release Date: April 14, 2016
  • Time 19:00 - 21:00
  • Venue ifa Galerie-Berlin, Linienstraße 139/140, 10115, Berlin, Germany


Menschen Bewegen 2016 – Long Night of Ideas
Syafiatudina (KUNCI) discussing with Philip Horst, Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) and Sinthujan Varatharajah (Flütchlinge Wilkommen). Moderator: Alya Sebti and Elke aus dem Moore (ifa).

Will your home become ours too? How does one carve out a feeling of belonging to a place which doesn’t belong to me to begin with? What are the limits of “numpang”? What lies between its use and abuse? How do people living in the same space give life to that space?

Be it car sharing, temporary shelter, or the occupation of public spaces: Which values are being exchanged? How are values and profits defined, how does this problematise notions of real estate? As a kick-off, the ifa Gallery Berlin shares its space with the transdisciplinary collective KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre from Yogyakarta.

In a four-week research project, KUNCI will transform the gallery space into a temporary radio station, in which the Indonesian practice of “numpang” will be collectively questioned as a politics of sharing space, place and time. The notion of “numpang” refers to spatial positionings and vernacular social interactions that demand the consent of others. And how does the practice of “numpang” undermine the relation between individuality and collectivity? Local and international actors and initiatives are invited to negotiate their perspectives on sharing in different geopolitical situations.

Radio KUNCI will broadcast programmes about weekly topics. KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre acts as an independent, transdisciplinary collective at the interface of theory and practice. Since its foundation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1999, KUNCI is dedicated to researching, producing, and sharing critical knowledge – by means of publications, cross-disciplinary encounters, research, artistic interventions, and educational practice.

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