With every act of showing, something invisible is performed as well: Institutional frameworks, questions of representations, and practices of collaboration are an essential part of every moment of display. How do they relate to the process of showing?
2 p.m. Introduction
2:15 p.m. ruangrupa (Indra Ameng, farid rakun): Nongkrong with ruangrupa | Nongkrong (non public | hangout session)
6 p.m. Simon Sheikh: The Show and the No Show: Approaches to Presentation, Representation and Depresentation | Lecture
“Non Show” is part of “Show and Try Again” – 10th anniversary of the master program Cultures of the Curatorial
26–30 November 2019
Space and Graphic Design: Felix Brenner, Mathilde Guiot, Stephany Joyce, Matthias Klein, Hannah Lamarti, Konstantin Rosenkranz, Victoria-Luise Welsh
Concept: Beatrice von Bismarck, Julia Kurz, Maureen Mooren, Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer, Agnieszka Roguski
Collaboration: Malin Gewinner, Herman Verkerk
ruangrupa (Indra Ameng and farid rakun): Nongkrong with ruangrupa | nonkrong (hangout session) | non-public
Imitating the (un)productive sensibility the group practices, this nongkrong (directly translatable to, but can be understood as more than “hang out”) session has two ruangrupa members, farid rakun and Indra Ameng, opening up their living room to speak, explain, discuss and challenge different curatorial methods they have developed – from the meaning of making exhibitions, music festivals and karaoke parties, up to the particular spatial practice they devised from Jakarta's urban corners. Let's nongkrong. Waste some time. Talk, eat and drink. Bring your own, or not. Be present and bring presents. Let’s share!
The art collective ruangrupa (the name translates loosely as “a space for art”) was founded by a group of art students in 2000, two years after the fall of Suharto’s dictatorship. The period known as “reformasi” ushered in a golden age of grassroots, alternative cultural and civil initiatives. ruangrupa was conceived as a hub for critical thinking and collaborative art practice in Jakarta where, by providing different art events, festivals and services, they have solidified into one of the leading non-profit art organizations. Meanwhile, ruangrupa has transformed into an interdisciplinary group, which includes architects, social and political scientists, among others, whose agenda is focused on contemporary urban issues and the notion of collectivity. The group runs various art projects and services, such as a radio channel, a library, a publishing house, and a public learning space. farid rakun and Indra Ameng are two members of ruangrupa who are both wearing different hats, depending on who is asking. The artist collective will curate documenta 15 in Kassel in 2022.
Simon Sheikh: The Show and the No Show: Approaches to Presentation, Representation and Depresentation | Lecture
This lecture will look at how an exhibition simultaneously makes points of view possible and impossible. On the one hand it simply presents (say, images, texts or objects), while always also representing (say, subjects and values). On the other hand each exhibition, as a constellation, excludes more than it includes, and as such depresents. Depresentation will here be understood as part and parcel of exhibition-making, but also in terms of not showing at all. The notion of the No Show will be discussed in terms of the exhibition project that is not an exhibition, i.e. a curatorial format that deconstructs or undoes the exhibition itself, as well as in terms of rejection from possible publics not showing up, or, as a recent tool in contemporary art discourse, through the plea for boycotts of specific events and institutions, as a way of demonstration, that is of showing by calling for the no show.
Dr. Simon Sheikh is a curator and theorist. He is Reader in Art and Programme Director of MFA Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a correspondent for Springerin, Vienna, and a columnist for e-flux Journal, New York. Recent publications include Former West: Art and the Contemporary After 1989, 2016 (with Maria Hlavajova), and Curating After the Global, 2019 (with Paul O’Neill, Lucy Steeds and Mick Wilson). He is currently a member of the core group for the 3rd Bergen Assembly, Actually, the Dead are Not.
With the support of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. This measure is co-financed by tax money on the basis of the budget decided by the members of the Saxon state parliament.