Glossary

Aotearoa

Aotearoa is a Māori term for the island nation of New Zealand, where the arts collective and lumbung member FAFSWAG was founded in 2013. FAFSWAG aims to challenge the lack of representation of Queer and Indigenous people in the creative industries by evading heteronormativity and establishing multicultural identities and an interdisciplinary practice.

documenta commission

documenta commission is an international Advisory Board that acted as a Finding Committee for the appointment of documenta’s artistic director and accompanies them in the further project process. In February 2019, ruangrupa was selected as artistic director of documenta fifteen.

Ekosistem

Ekosistem is the Indonesian term for ecosystem, developed in reference to, but not synonymous with, the ecological concept of ecosystem. “Ekosistem” or “ecosystem” describes collaborative network structures through which knowledge, resources, ideas, and programs are shared and linked.

Harvest

Harvest means the documentation of meetings, which is prepared by Harvesters as overviews, texts, sketches or drawings and enables the traceability of the meeting.

The harvesters listen and reflect. In exaggerated, humorous or poetic form, they document the process from their individual perspective and by means of their own artistic practices.

lumbung

lumbung is the concrete practice of ruangrupa for documenta fifteen and beyond. Translated from Indonesian, it means “rice barn.” In Indonesian rural communities, the surplus harvest is stored in communal rice barns and distributed for the benefit of the community according to jointly defined criteria. This principle stands for the living and working practice of ruangrupa and is used for an interdisciplinary and collaborative work on artistic projects.

lumbung calling

lumbung calling is the first event format of the documenta fifteen accompanying program, called Meydan. The series of talks with different guests is dedicated to lumbung-values and will take place every first Saturday of the month from April to October 2021 and can be followed live on documenta fifteen’s YouTube channel.

lumbung inter-lokal

lumbung inter-lokal refers to the international network of lumbung members. The term inter-lokal describes the interweaving of their local practices as well as their international distribution through the network.

lumbung members

lumbung members are community-oriented collectives, organizations and institutions invited by ruangrupa to practice lumbung and to form an interdisciplinary platform of contemporary art that will have an impact beyond the exhibition in 2022. A total of 14 lumbung members were selected, whose network is also referred to as lumbung inter-lokal. 

lumbung values

lumbung values are the basic principles of lumbung and of the practice of lumbung members. These include generosity, humor, local anchoring, independence, regeneration, transparency and frugality.

majelis

majelis is a term for a gathering or meeting. In person or digitally, regular majelis are an important tool of the lumbung network to exchange ideas and projects. Mini-majelis are smaller gatherings, while majelis akbar (mega majelis) is a larger gathering between artists, lumbung members and other participants of documenta fifteen.

Meydan

Meydan means “marketplace” or “public space” in Turkish and Arabic language and refers to the program accompanying documenta fifteen, which aims to establish an exchange with the public. The program kicks off with the event series lumbung calling.

nongkrong

nongkrong is an Indonesian slang term from Jakarta and means “hanging out together”. Casual conversation and togetherness, but also the sharing of time, ideas or food are anchored in this term. For ruangrupa, but also for the majelis of the lumbung members, nongkrong is an important practice.

ruangrupa

ruangrupa is the Artistic Direction of documenta fifteen. Founded in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2000, the collective’s work is based on a holistic social, spatial, and personal practice strongly connected to Indonesian culture, in which friendship, solidarity, sustainability, and community are central. “ruangrupa” translated freely means “art space” or “spatial form.”

ruruHaus

ruruHaus is a neologism composed of the Indonesian “ruru” (=space) and the German word “Haus” (=house). The ruruHaus, a former sports arena in downtown Kassel, is part of ruangrupa’s curatorial practice and provides spaces for collective practice, ideas, exchange and collaborations. In addition, the space is intended to function as the city’s centrally located living room, inviting creative gathering and lingering (nongkrong).

Walkie Talkie

Walkie Talkie is an online conversation format by ruangrupa that is all about hanging out and telling stories together. Here, knowledge and ideas are exchanged and cultural discourses from different fields are connected. The event with changing guests takes place on the 15th of every month since May 2020 and can be followed live on ruangrupa’s YouTube channel.

warung kopi

warung kopi is a street café in Indonesia which organically provides services as social interaction centers. As warm and cozy social spaces, warung kopis are open for everyone to find company, talk, write, read, entertain each other, or waste time. Different people come together there. They drink coffee, discuss different topics, and exchange ideas. The focus is on communication with each other.

warung kopi is also a documenta fifteen format to host casual conversations in a relaxed setting with and between journalists and members of the Artistic Team, lumbung members, and other people involved.