Working Group

lumbung Kios

lumbung Kios is a network of decentralized and self-run Kios (Indonesian for kiosk), in order to sell products at different locations. Its mission is to create a sustaining model to raise an income through the sales of goods produced by the lumbung members, lumbung artists, and their local ekosistems. lumbung Kios is an attempt to decentralize distribution mechanisms and to explore alternative economies. The aim is to keep the environmental impact as low as possible.

documenta fifteen: lumbung Kios, Harvest by Angga Cipta, 2022

For this reason, lumbung Kios partly tries to experiment with the Feral Trade model as a mechanism to distribute the products. Feral Trade is a slow trade mechanism invented by the artist Kate Rich. In this process, goods pass from hand to hand determined by the routes individuals travel. This way of trading suggests a way for distributing products by using the already existing mobility network.

The contribution gathered through lumbung Kios is imagined to be spent on long term projects among the lumbung ekosistem and to sustain collaborations, such as further learning sessions about sustainable distribution models. A part of the profit of lumbung Kios will be put into a collective pot. This is a way to share resources amongst the lumbung artists and lumbung members. The distribution is regulated collectively through a majelis (Indonesian for assembly) mechanism.

The sale of the goods produced by the lumbung members, the lumbung artists, and their local ekosistems is a way to ensure the sustainability of their initiatives, ideas, and ethics. There will be two physical lumbung Kios during documenta fifteen: One at ruruHaus in cooperation with Buchhandlung Walther König and lumbung Kios & Friends at Hübner areal. In addition there is a network of local shop partners spread throughout the city of Kassel. lumbung Kios’ collaborators in Kassel are (list to be continued): Colorlabor, Galerie auf Zeit (GaZ), KMMN, Lost and Found, Rotopol, Stadtliebe, WIKULLiL at Lemon House, Wildwood, and ZweiPunktNull.

In parallel with its physical presence in Kassel, there will be a product catalogue available on lumbung.space. After the 100 day runtime of documenta fifteen, lumbung Kios persists as a network of small Kios located all over the world.

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