Gudskul: Ruangrupa, Serrum, and Grafis Huru Hara collectives
Join us for a unique event that promises to be a highlight of the Collective Polyphony Festival!
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and engage with Jakarta's conglomerate collective, Gudskul, which includes the globally renowned ruangrupa collective, curators of Documenta 15.
During this event, Gudskul and ruangrupa members Gesyada Siregar (ruangrupa) and Tutik Indras Oktafia (Gudskul) will engage in an artist talk, live-steamed from Jakarta, followed by a Q&A session hosted by artist Nina Sanadze, and supported by the Testing Grounds team.
During this engaging presentation, Gudskul will share their groundbreaking ideas and extensive experience in collaborative practices and the creation of knowledge-sharing and creative ecosystems. You'll gain insights into the inner workings and the creative and practical mechanisms that drive their innovative approaches.
Following the artist talk, you won't want to miss Gudskul's knowledge-sharing game-based artwork, the Knowledge Market, led by their mentee, artist Jessica Tanto. This project, previously featured at Documenta 15 and played in numerous countries around the world, will make its Australian premiere here.
Knowledge Market is a knowledge-sharing and mapping module that was conceived as a tool to explore forms of collectivizing know-how through direct practice. Compressed both spatially and temporally, the project extends from ongoing work within the context of Jakarta to workshops organized at Testing Grounds, Melbourne.
In a loosely defined process, Gudskul invites strangers to meet and share what they consider to be ‘knowledge’ by playing the roles of both teacher and student in a quick to-and-fro. The newly formed pair must then couple with another pair, forming a temporary collective. Gudskul has designed a ‘tool’ to enable participants to record this process for themselves.
About Gudskul: Ruangrupa, Serrum, and Grafis Huru Hara Collectives (est. 2018)
Gudskul is an educational knowledge-sharing platform formed in 2018 by three Jakarta-based collectives: ruangrupa, Serrum, and Grafis Huru Hara. Gudskul sincerely believes in sharing and working together as two vital elements in developing Indonesian contemporary art and culture. Their intent is to disseminate an initiative spirit through artistic and cultural endeavors in a society committed to collectivism and to promote initiators who make local needs their highest priority, while at the same time contributing to and holding crucial roles internationally.
Gudskul is building an ecosystem in which many participants are cooperating, including artists, curators, art writers, managers, researchers, musicians, filmmakers, architects, cooks, designers, fashionistas, and street artists. The Gudskul members focus on different (artistic) practices and media, such as installation, video, sound, performance, media art, citizen participation, graphic arts, design, and pedagogy, etc. This multiplicity contributes to diversifying the issues and actors involved in every collaborative project that happens within a social, political, cultural, economical, environmental, and pedagogical context.
Gudskul is open to anyone who is interested in co-learning, developing collective-based artistic practices, and art-making with a focus on collaboration.