ruangrupa: “The term ruruHaus — formed by combining ‘ruru’ for ruangrupa with the German word ‘Haus’ — describes our longstanding practice of collaborative work and design. Our creative process is based on the respect and understanding of local cultural ekosistems formed by people, materials and other living organisms.”

“We could also sleep in the living room and the kitchen works without recipes in our hands...” —ruangrupa, 2020
ruruHaus in Kassel

documenta fifteen, ruruHaus, Photo: Nicolas Wefers, 2020

In its early years at the start of the 2000s, the political and social climate in Indonesia after the fall of Suharto’s New Order regime meant that ruangrupa transformed private living rooms into public spaces to devote themselves to their artistic practice.

ruruHaus as a living room for Kassel continues ruangrupa’s own history with nongkrong (Indonesian for getting together and hanging out) as an inherent element. As an artistic practice, ruruHaus stands for the opening of a place, the pooling and sharing of resources. It is a space that allows us to understand the overarching ekosistem of the city of Kassel, and one that can serve as an example of how documenta fifteen represents itself.

ruruHaus started small and grows with time. Different knowledge, skills, experiences, needs and values are channeled to strike a balance here. ruruHaus is a laboratory and a kitchen, a living room and a work place, a print shop and a radio station so that the varied stories can all resonate.

A drawing of ruruHaus as a space

ruangrupa: Space Drawing, Iswanto Hartono, 2020

Providing the “hardware” for ruruHaus is former department store Sportarena on Kassel’s Treppenstraße. It is the first venue of documenta fifteen. Meetings, called majelis, shape the decision-making processes for multifaceted programs and projects on the path towards documenta fifteen. The nature of the majelis practiced at ruruHaus is decided on the basis of the relationships formed through them. nongkrong is practiced both physically and digitally. Activities for and by lumbung members organized in the world are documented; instead of conceptual explanations, connections are made to Kassel’s initiatives.

As part of its function as an ekosistem for collaborative projects, ruruHaus invites groups from diverse communities, artists, collectives and students to participate, activate, and fill this space together. The contributors of ruruHaus form a network, create space for encounters and support each other with projects, strategies, and ideas.

Further information on the activities are published on the ruruHaus website:

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