Since its establishment in 2000, ruangrupa has given attention to encouraging progress the idea of art in the context of the urban and broad scope of culture. This intention is manifested through a variety of program, exhibitions, festivals, Visual Arts laboratories, workshops, research, as well as publishing books, magazines, and online journal. In 2015, this effort was expanded by presenting Institut ruru (Ir.) to conquer new challenges in the realm of education.
Institut ruangrupa (Ir.) is our version of an ideal school: unaccredited, non-degree-granting educational wing with no fixed curriculum. After establishing ourselves as a house for cultural and artistic production, the Institut is ruangrupa’s latest effort to conquer the next frontier: an examination of our existing artists’ collective mode of operation as both tool and method for knowledge production. Our ever-changing educational model is a nod towards the constant incongruities of everyday life: between ours deteriorating urban condition with our insistence to keep it that way, between our inadequate public school system with our inability to replace it, between being an independent individual with becoming a part of the collective, up to the tension between the private and the public.
For Aichi Triennale 2016, Ir. would like to implement the method and practice that has been done by ruangrupa before. As a project, Ir. were functioning as a shelter of knowledge and “human manufacturing” process, especially build a special context with Japan young artist and the local resident at Choja-machi. In Japanese culture, we see Ir. as a style of Dojo, a place to learn, to specifically train or learn something. In corresponding with the event theme, Ir.is a model of ruangrupa’s way of thinking as a collective space.
In detail, will facilitate a short course of study followed by the selected participants, after going through the stages of proposal selection and interview. The participants can choose subjects/classes to suit your needs. In practice, the learning activities inside and outside the classroom will be recorded and shown as Ir archive. Participants will also have the support material to complete the projects at the end of their study. This program will also open opportunities for scholars/practitioners from Japan to be involved as a guest lecturer and spread his knowledge to the public for free.