Speech by Ade Darmawan (ruangrupa) in the Committee on Culture and Media, German Bundestag, July 6, 2022

Dear members of the Bundestag, my name is Ade Darmawan, and today I’m addressing you as part of ruangrupa. Let me start with a brief comment about history. In 1955, Arnold Bode established documenta in Kassel, Germany, to heal the wounds of the Second World War. A few months before, in that same year, a…

Meydan #1

documenta fifteen public program MEYDAN #1 MEYDAN MUSIC FESTIVAL by Festival sur le Niger, RRREC Fest, Cinema Caravan 8, 9, 10 July 2022 Fri – Sat: 4 pm – 11 pm Sun: 4 pm – 10 pm Karlsaue Park, Kassel, Germany A collaboration between 3 festivals (Fondation Festival Sur Le Niger, Cinema Caravan, and RRREC…

documenta Finding Committee on the deinstallation of “People’s Justice” by Taring Padi

This article was published June, 23rd 2022 on documenta fifteen’s website “As members of the Finding Committee for the Artistic Direction of documenta fifteen, we stand fully behind our selection of ruangrupa to curate this year’s edition of the historic exhibition in Kassel. We have followed the process of its development at a distance. The…

ruangrupa and the Artistic Team on dismantling “People’s Justice”

This article was published June, 23rd 2022 on documenta fifteen’s website   documenta fifteen, against many odds, opened with a week full of joy, hope, exchange, and great atmosphere for the whole city of Kassel. For this we need to thank the whole documenta team, lumbung artists community, and everyone who has visited us since…

Antisemitism Accusations against documenta: A Scandal about a Rumor

This article was published on May, 7th 2022 on e-flux (English) and Berliner Zeitung (Germany) This is a letter from ruangrupa, the artistic team of documenta fifteen, and some curators of the recently canceled forum We need to Talk! Art — Freedom — Solidarity reflecting an ongoing debate in Germany around the upcoming edition of…

The Magazine On The Lumbung Practice: lumbung majalah

As part of documenta fifteen, ruangrupa in Indonesia is publishing two issues of a magazine, majalah that hones in on the core idea of the exhibition – collective working. The lumbung component in the title refers to the communal rice barn where Indonesian farmers store surplus crops to share. The two issues, Harvesting and Sharing,…

documenta and a Conversation

by Putra Hidayatullah Arnold Bode was 50 years old when he requested a colleague to add the letter “a” at the end of the word “document” to name an art event. When this happened, the Second World War had just ended. The war had also deeply affected the art scene in Germany. Previously, in July…

Majelis Lumbung Indonesia

As a continuation and what had been purposed since FIXER was initiated in 2010, to form a network that can be connected in the future, support and share each other, therefore a joint initiative called Lumbung Indonesia emerged. It started with 12 organizations/art collectives located in various regions in Indonesia. In early November 2021 at…

documenta fifteen Announces Exhibiting Lumbung Artists

  Nine months ahead of its opening, documenta fifteen announces the exhibiting lumbung artists. The term “lumbung artist” refers to the practice of lumbung, which is at the heart of documenta fifteen and which also underlies the collaboration between the Artistic Direction ruangrupa and the participating artists. Meetings in smaller and larger working groups, so-called…

Gudskul Ekosistem 2021-2022 Open Submission

Gudskul Ekosistem invites art collectives to join Gudskul Collective Study Submission opens until September 5, 2021. For our 4th edition of our Gudskul Collective Study, Gudskul Ekosistem is open for new possibilities to invite inter-local collectives who’s interested in joining this one year program. Gudskul Collective Study open for those who lives in these specific…