farid rakun wears different hats, dependent on who is asking. He trained as an architect (B.Arch, Universitas Indonesia; M.Arch, Cranbrook Academy of Art) and is AA visiting lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Universitas Indonesia. rakun is also a member of the artists’ collective ruangrupa, with whom he co-curated Sonsbeek 2016’s transACTION, Arnhem, Netherlands. As an instigator, he has permeated various global institutions such as: Le Centre Pompidou, Paris; Venice Biennale; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul; Sharjah Biennial; São Paulo Biennial; Harun Farocki Institut (HaFI), Dutch Art Institute (DAI); Creative Time, New York; Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD), Geneva; and BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. He has worked for Jakarta Biennale in different capacities since 2013, and currently serves as an advisor.
Gudskul (Contemporary Art Collective and Ecosystem Studies) is a public learning space established in 2015 by three Jakarta-based art collectives: ruangrupa, Serrum, and Grafis Huru Hara (GHH), who practice and expand the understanding of collective values – such as equality, sharing, solidarity, friendship, and togetherness.
Architectures of Education is a collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, Kingston University, and e-flux Architecture, and a cross-publication with The Contemporary Journal. An essay relating to this video is available here.
The interview with farid rakun, member of ruangrupa, happened in the context of the conference Architectures of Education at Nottingham Contemporary in November 2019. In the interview conducted by Manuel Ángel Macia, rakun explored ruangrupa’s project in Jakarta, the ideas behind the notion of ‘collective of collectives’, and the upcoming Documenta 15. Manuel Ángel Macia…