Ecole de Recherche Graphique (ERG)
The Indonesian collective ruangrupa were the curators of the most recent edition of Documenta. They gave a central place to collective artistic practices with special attention to participation, conversation, exchange and action, rather than internationally recognized individual artists who produce rather tradable objects. These practices, which come largely from the often underrepresented 'Global South', are characterized by a high degree of cooperation and trust - as a 'lumbung'.
This Forum is organised to help us understand and collectively reflect on the resource distribution system that ruangrupa has set up, its limitations and emancipatory features. The presence of collective art practices in the highly visible context of Documenta, in addition to questions of collaborative work and self-organization, touches the heart of the economy of the contemporary art system. The existing global system of the art world is confronted with profound questions about the institutional consensus that currently guides the modern art world.
The questions posed in Kassel are important for the entire arts landscape, and not just for the visual arts, let alone for a specific organization. Lumbung Forum is equally inspired by an interest in new ways of thinking about the arts, based on inclusive forms of ownership and a redistribution of value, that can form the fertile ground for the art landscape of tomorrow. In the current political-economic context and in the context of the new arts decree of the Flemish Community, questions about the distribution of resources and (self-)organization are only becoming more relevant for more and more artists. The actors in the Brussels art landscape are stakeholders and carriers of this conversation.
Jubilee organises this public reflection together with State of the Arts (SOTA) and Ecole de Recherche Graphique (ERG), two organisations that emanate collectivity and reflect on the place of the arts within society. Jubilee initiated Lumbung Forum from an interest that it has previously articulated through Caveat and Emptor, collective research trajectories reflecting and acting on the ecology of artistic practice.
A detailed programme follows, but expect presentations, workshops and Q&A's with Documenta participants who will be able to speak about the practice of lumbung from their own experiences.
“ERG is a place of artistic, plastic and graphic practices that enter theoretical and formal risk zones. A place and pedagogies to define and redefine collectively. It is a place where you can learn from what is not working. A place of research, therefore.”