City of Arnhem, Sonsbeek Park, Arnhem Museum, Museum Bronbeek
4 June – 18 September 2016
SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION is curated by ruangrupa collective. Ruangrupa is intimately involved in Indonesian culture, in which community, collectivity and friendship are key. For ruangrupa, contemporary art is about working together and connecting, with individuals and groups.
Stories connect people
Involvement is a central aspect of ruangrupa’s transACTION theme. And sharing stories plays a key role. Because stories create a connection. People have been telling each other stories for centuries to inspire, to entertain, to impart knowledge and to shape history and pass it on. For ruangrupa, transactions are not exchanges involving money, they encompass all kinds of exchange between people and their environment, and how they influence each other. Exchanges in spatial, cultural, political and social fields involve the interchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences.
Alternative stories and strategies
In SONSBEEK ’16: transACTION, ruangrupa explores the connection between park and city, residents and urban developments and public spaces. Because these are the people, the ideas and the history that form the DNA of the city of Arnhem. Like many medium-sized Western European cities, Arnhem is dealing with issues such as an aging population, mobility and buildings that remain unused. Ruangrupa is interested in how townspeople experience these issues, and values their stories and feedback.
The art is exhibited in spacial, social, political and historical contexts in the city and the region, in direct contact with residents and the public spaces. Installations also serve as podiums for various activities, audiovisual and media art, performances, lectures, workshops and shows. With ruangrupa’s research-oriented approach, an artwork’s evolution is as important as the final result.
Text from sonsbeek.org