Learning from Lumbung

Public Forum on documenta fifteen

A Jubilee programme hosted by the Kitchen, SOTA, radical_house, ERG

MO 23/01 at 8 pm @ The Kitchen (reservation recommended)
TUE 24/01 from 10 am – 5 pm @ ERG

The Indonesian collective ruangrupa were the curators of the most recent edition of Documenta. They gave a central place to collective artistic practices. They introduced ‘lumbung’, an Indonesian concept that refers to the surplus stock collected in a rice barn, intended for common use. ruangrupa did not use the concept as a metaphor, but tried to put lumbung into practice.

In doing so, documenta fifteen questions the entire aesthetic and commercial apparatus of the Western art world, and thus the art paradigm with which ‘we’ in the West – often against our will – work. Our tastes and values, inherited from European modernity, were exposed to more worldly concerns in Kassel. Does that mean the end of art as we have known it? Not necessarily, but it certainly opens up opportunities for discussion and critical friction. 

Jubilee organises this public reflection together with The Kitchen, State of the Arts (SOTA), radical_house and école de recherche graphique (ERG), four organisations that emanate collectivity and reflect on the place of the arts within society. Jubilee initiated Learning from Lumbung from an interest that it has in collective research trajectories reflecting and acting on the ecology of artistic practice.

ruangrupa (Iswanto Hartono), Subversive Film (Mohanad Yaqubi, Reem Shilleh), ook_ (reinaart vanhoe & Mariëlle Verdijk), Beursschouwburg (Melat Gebeyaw Nigussie, Ellen De Bin), Emily Rosamond, Mi You, Hans van Houwelingen, Jack Engelbrecht, Bram Kuypers, Mihnea Mircan, Noor Abed, Rachida Lamrabet, Michel Khleifi, Joachim Ben Yakoub, Els Silvrants-Barclay and the members of Jubilee.

Moderation: Katrien Reist (Jubilee, State of the Arts)