Live Talk How does art care (for whom)?

How does art care (for whom)? © Sasikirana KoreoLAB & Dance Camp

7.30 PM


Online-Discussion in the context of the exhibition Bodies of Care

Bodies of Care offers a space where participants can reflect and criticize current caring practices and cultures of care in Indonesia and Germany through contemporary choreography. It aims to explore the particularity of gestures from different parts of the country and different cities of the world. This idea stems from the notion that contemporary dance (or the Arts in general) can be an important forum for imagining, sensing and realizing a different togetherness and for negotiating pluralism within our society. In a time where “public space” and “place” have merged with virtual and physical existence, new artistic approaches and spaces are needed to synchronize digital and analogue realities in meaningful ways and to connect them to specific social contexts.

For that reason, Bodies of Care highlights the potential of choreographers to work with past, present and future communal activities, which embody the act of caring for the community, a way for each society to find its equilibrium. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, these acts of caring are transformed, deconstructed, or made invisible by today’s protocols. The choreographers in this project are asked to critically review what has changed during the pandemic by considering gestures of care as reflections of community maintenance.

With this event we want to expand the space and bring together three experts from Southeast Asia and Germany to further analyze the potential of the connection between art, choreography and (community) care and also to identify critical points. The three guests Joned Suryatmoko (Yogyakarta/New York City), Sascia Bailer (Freiburg) and Sara Rivera (Manila) bring their different perspectives and contexts to illuminate the topic from different angles.

How do the arts open up different ways to represent the act of caring? How do these practices impact social movement? How does culture (including economics, geography, and political environment) impact the representation of caring through the arts?

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The exhibition Bodies of Care will be on view at Komunitas Salihara from December 4-17, 2021.

Produced and organized by The Goethe-Institut Indonesien and Sasikirana KoreoLAB & Dance Camp (Indonesia), Bodies of Care is the result of an intensive online artistic development process of ten young choreographers and dancers – seven from Indonesia and three from Germany. At the initiative of the Goethe-Institut Indonesien, Melati Suryodarmo and LIGNA as mentors and facilitators they created an instructional performance that audiences in different public spaces can conduct.

Joned Suryatmoko

is a theater practitioner based in Yogyakarta. Joned holds a bachelor's degree in social and international relations and a master's degree in cultural and media studies from Gajah Mada University. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in the Theater and Performance program at the Graduate Center City University of New York, America. Besides focusing on his research on citizenship in Indonesia, Joned also pays attention to the development of theater and performance in Southeast Asia. In 2020, together with theater networks throughout Indonesia, Joned initiated the formation of Penastri (Indonesian Theater National Association) and became a member the Supervisory Board for the 2021-2023 term.

Sascia Bailer

is a curator, researcher and writer working at the intersection of care, feminism and social transformation. She is doing her practice-based curatorial PhD at the Zurich University of the Arts & University of Reading, and recently completed her Artistic Directorship 2019/20 at the Arthur Boskamp-Stiftung in Northern Germany with a thematic focus on „Care“. In October 2020 the Arthur Boskamp press published Bailer´s publication “Curating, Care, and Corona”.

Sara Rivera

is a cultural worker from the Philippines. She has worked with various publications, galleries, and artist-run initiatives in Manila and beyond. She is currently a member of SAKA (Sama-samang Artista para sa Kilusang Agraryo) an artist Alliance for Genuine Land Reform and Rural Development.