Panel Discussion Beyond the White Cube—Reimagining Exhibitions

Beyond the White Cube-Reimagining Exhibitions Tina Lehnhardt/Goethe-Institut Indonesien

7 PM


Pusat Kebudayaan Jerman Jakarta
Jl. Sam Ratulangi 9-15
10350 Jakarta

APIK Public Session with Ayos Purwoaji (Surabaya), Bunga Siagian (Jatiwangi), Kamila Metwaly (Berlin), Mira Asriningtyas (Yogyakarta), Radha Mahendru (New Delhi), Yustina Neni (Yogyakarta), Leonhard Bartolomeus (Jakarta/Yamaguchi)

We know exhibitions as a form of communication to convey artistic expression and ideas to others. In its development, the (art) exhibition has undergone a number of changes—from merely displaying art collections belonging to institutions, mainly museums, to showing the work process of artists directly and simultaneously; from white sterile walls to interventions in the public and private sphere; from living rooms in rented houses to biennials and triennials on a world scale.
Most people imagine exhibitions as a display of art in an otherwise empty room. In Indonesia, this is essentially a colonial concept, brought by and with colonial institutions. Institutions like the G. Kolff & Co. and Bataviasche Kunstkring Bookstore in Jakarta spearheaded the development of exhibitions in Indonesia, especially in Java and Bali, in the early 20th century. Emerging in the late 1980s, alternative spaces such as Cemeti Art House in Yogyakarta pioneered alternative forms of exhibition. While the emergence of independent art groups has contributed to the development of different forms of exhibition-making in the last two decades, exhibitions are by and large imagined (and organized) as displays of art in a designated space that speak to a certain group of people, often artists and their peers. 
In this panel discussion, exhibition makers, curators and managers from different backgrounds and with different approaches to exhibition-making discuss alternative models. They address questions concerned with engaging communities, working differently with and in space, tackling local urgencies, and the building of managerial and sustainable production systems that allow for forms of exhibition-making to flourish that respond to today’s cultural challenges. 

The public session series is a continuation of APIK, a training program for exhibition makers focusing on managerial skills. The public sessions highlight alternative approaches to exhibition making as well as knowledge production and dissemination in contemporary visual arts.
APIK, a training program for exhibition makers, introduces a 101 of exhibition making in the framework of Indonesian contemporary visual arts. With DIY culture at heart, APIK features different practical video modules covering management, production and communication.

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APIK - Workshop | 09. - 14.12. APIK Public Session | 12.12. : Exhibition-Making and Education – Stories from New Delhi and Berlin