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 ecosystems 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 meant that ruangrupa transformed private living rooms into public spaces to devote themselves to their curatorial work.

ruruHaus is part of ruangrupa’s own history with nongkrong (Indonesian for getting together and hanging out) as an inherent element. As a curatorial 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 will start small and grow over time. Different knowledge, skills, experiences, needs and values will be channeled to strike a balance here. ruruHaus is a laboratory and a kitchen, equipped with a radio transmitter 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 Treppenstraße. It is the first venue of documenta fifteen and can be seen as a kind of embryo. 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 will be decided on the basis of the relationships formed through them. nongkrong is practiced both physically and digitally. All 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 will invite groups from diverse communities, artists, collectives and students to participate, activate and fill this space together.