The Collective Eye in conversation with ruangrupa. The Collective Eye (Eds.). Distanz

Posted in art, Artist Book, politics, writing on August 26th, 2022
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“Our curatorial approach strives for a different kind of collaborative model of resource use — in economic terms but also with regard to ideas, knowledge, programs and innovations.” – ruangrupa

The documenta fifteen will be curated by a collective for the first time in its history. Another first: the artistic directors come from Asia. ruangrupa is an association of nine friends who unconditionally combine art with their everyday lives as a practice of living and surviving together under the socioeconomic conditions of their native Indonesia. Fourteen other collectives, so-called lumbung members, have been invited to join ruangrupa in transforming Kassel into a new, sustainable ekosistem. Lumbung, the Indonesian term for a communal rice barn, is the starting point for all their activities and also this documenta.

In this volume of the book series Thoughts on Collective Practice ruangrupa talks about their beginnings, the harsh struggle for survival under the Suharto regime in Indonesia, the post-dictatorship euphoria, student protests, punk, and video culture. About their first art projects, maintaining solidary social relationships, the Indonesian tradition of sharing, and their unusual approach to resources.

The autobiographical conversations are supplemented by five exemplary glimpses into ruangrupa’s projects since 2003 and unpublished archival material.

The Collective Eye (TCE), founded 2012 in Montevideo, organizes exhibitions and symposia on collective practice in art. The collective has pursued a partnership with DISTANZ since 2021, publishing the book series Thoughts on Collective Practice as an extended collective between the publishing team and TCE. Their work aims to strengthen polynational dialogues between different collectives as well as between collectives and theorists. The volume of conversations with ruangrupa is the fourth installation in the series.

The Collective Eye: Dominique Lucien Garaudel, Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Emma Nilsson and Matthias Kliefoth (Eds.)

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The Blow-Up Regime. Marc Bauer, Berlinische Galerie (Eds.). Distanz

Posted in art, Artist Book, illustration on July 21st, 2021
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Drawings as Artistic Research

Marc Bauer (b. Geneva, 1975; lives and works in Berlin) is the winner of the 2020 GASAG Art Prize. Working in the medium of drawing, he grapples with themes such as migration, identity, and gender and articulates a critique of the new media or the nexus between religion and violence. Building on extensive research, the artist develops sprawling installations encompassing intimate works on paper, wall drawings, animations, and sound. A suggestive dramaturgy emerges that intertwines historic events and fictions and remains open to a range of interpretations. For his exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie, Marc Bauer has conceived a broad-based inquiry into the history of the Internet and its impact on society and the individual.

The accompanying catalogue presents the entire installation in detail. With texts by Guido Faßbender, Thomas Köhler, Thomas Kuratli / Pyrit, and a conversation between Sibylle Berg and Marc Bauer as well as interviews with Alan Emtage and Luca Maria Gambardella. A greeting was written by Gerhard Holtmeier.

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