Talk by Alec Steadman (United Kingdom/Indonesia) and Sanne Oorthuizen (Netherlands/Indonesia), Co-Chief Curators, Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Cemeti – Institute for Art and Society (formerly “Cemeti Gallery”, then “Cemeti Art House”) is the oldest platform for contemporary art in Indonesia. Now in its 30th year, the artist founders have stepped aside from the day-to-day running of the organisation, staying on to advise as chairs of the board. The new team has started their role by taking a moment for public reflection to think through possible futures for the institution.
Instead of rolling out a fully developed programme, they are using 2017 to recalibrate, envisioning Cemeti as being “down for maintenance” (like a website), whilst being open to the public.
By conceptually taking the institution offline through Maintenance Works, several questions are addressed: What are the key social and political urgencies in the city, country and region? What is the social and political agency of art practice? What can institutions (of art) do? What is a gallery for? How do we work together?
In this talk, Alec Steadman and Sanne Oorthuizen will introduce Cemeti’s history, share their experience of Maintenance Works so far, as well as to dream out loud about Cemeti’s possible futures.
Venue: NTU CCA Singapore, The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
When: 12 Apr 2017, 7.30pm - 9pm