Discussion Ngopi.3 – Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Cultural Work

Ngopi.3 – Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Cultural Work ©Goethe-Institut Bandung

7 - 9 PM


Open discussion sessions in an unconference-style

Contemporary art can open multidisciplinary frameworks where artists and non-artists from many different backgrounds work together. In Ngopi.3, Ardhana Riswarie and Yori Papilaya, give space for an unconference about the specifics of interdisciplinary collaborations and collective endeavors. How can we describe dynamics of knowledge exchange in interdisciplinary collective processes? What are best practices and modes of decision making in multidisciplinary cooperation? In this session, we are inviting Amanda Mita from Labtek Indie and Ferial Afiff from Lifepatch and RUCollective to share their experiences before opening the conversation.
In relation to preventing the spread of Covid-19, Ngopi.3 will be implemented virtually through Zoom.


The bi-monthly Ngopi series is part of Rubicon, a cultural initiative by the Goethe-Institut Bandung, Institut Français d’Indonési Bandung and Rakarsa Foundation that unfolds throughout the whole year of 2021. Ngopi seeks to further explore the collaborative experiences of local artistic/creative/activist actors in their creative process as well as challenges, obstacles and potentials of working collectively on current issues in the city of Bandung. Consisting of nine open discussion sessions in an unconference-style, each Ngopi presents discussion triggers – inputs by local experts and practitioners – which result in an open discussion and fluid conversation with the audience-participants. The Ngopi series will emphasize three main topics: collective identity and diversity, environment and sustainability, and social justice and empowerment in our shared urban space. With these informal yet in-depth conversations we seek to build the ground for the next stages of the overall project. 
Rubicon is produced in partnership with Rakarsa Foundation, the Goethe-Institut Bandung and the Institut Français d’Indonésie IFI Bandung, and supported by the German-Franco Cultural Fund. The project consists of a series of unconferences, a hackathon, and a final exhibition in December 2021.

Yori Papilaya is currently active as a financial officer for arts management at ArtSociates, Bandung. He also illustrates, writes, designs and is part of the Rakarsa Foundation.
Ardhana Riswarie (Ari) is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Art and Design ITB. As an art therapist with a focus on children's mental and emotional development, she is also experienced in community arts therapy.

Amanda Mita works as a Program Manager, UX Researcher, and Human Centered Design Facilitator. She has worked with various national companies as well as international partners such as Hivos (Netherlands), British Council (UK), IIED (UK), and GIZ (Germany) for projects with various topics like food sustainability, citizen-driven cities, ICT for communities, and urban planning. She is also a part of Labtek Indie, a research initiative with a human-centered design approach.
In her practice, artist Ferial Afiff explores the intersections between social, environmental, history, and gender issues. Her works have been exhibited in Indonesia and internationally. Due to her specific interest in the conglomerate between art-science-technology she became engaged in the initiative for Art-Science-Technology intercity, Lifepatch (2012) and RUCollective (Random Union) (2020), interdisciplinary collectives for art and science focusing on the artistic creation in urban contexts.