"Collective-Kolektif: an Indonesia-Australia dialogue on artist collectives"
Hosted by Bus Projects and Liquid Architecture
Opening: RSVP coming soon
Dates: Thursday 19 March & Friday 20 March
Dates: 19–20 March 2020 (2-day afternoon program)
Venue: Bus Projects and Liquid Architecture, at Contemporary Arts Precinct, Melbourne
Join us for an Indonesia-Australia dialogue on artist collectives, exploring why and how artists work together.
‘Collective-Kolektif’ hosts Indonesian collectives including KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Ace House, OMNI space, Ruang MES 56, and ruangrupa; alongside Melbourne-based groups, This Mob, Her Africa Is Real, All Conference, Hyphenated Projects, eleven-collective, and Sound School.
Artist collectives today can be understood as political, industrial, and artistic approaches to self-organisation with creatives collectivising with the aim of achieving forms of autonomy. Historically, a number of Indonesian collectives have formed out of friendships, shared ideologies or political agendas as well as the lack of public funding for developing the arts. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, the artist-run-initiative scene has typically functioned as an enabler or producer, with the founding of collectives making space for emerging and experimental practices post-university. However, Australia has seen a re-emergence of artist collectives as political acts of artistic independence and platforms for alternative narratives.
Through discussions, and performances, ‘Collective-Kolektif’ asks how and why artists work together; what are the conditions required for collectives to thrive; and what is the role of learning and exchange in collectives?
Thursday 19 March
1pm- 3.30pm: Panel 1
This Mob, ACE House, and Her Africa is Real
4pm - 6pm: Panel 2
OMNI Space, Hyphenated, and All Conference
Friday 20 March
1 - 3.30pm: Panel 3
KUNCI, Sound School, and MES 56
4pm - 6pm: Panel 4
Eleven Collective and ruangrupa
6 - 9pm: Performances curated by Liquid Architecture and print workshop by the Artists Union
This 2-day discussion is hosted by Bus Projects and Liquid Architecture at our new locations at Contemporary Arts Precinct. The event is a partnership between Project 11, All Conference, CAST Research and Public Engagement groups at RMIT University, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University, and the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, with support from The Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS).