Concert ‘The Gatherers’: An Online Symposium 28, 29, 30 May’

Concert ‘The Gatherers’: An Online Symposium 28, 29, 30 May’ From the organizer: This online symposium, taking place over three days, aims to gather the research, stories, and interdisciplinary perspectives behind the ‘Pollination’ project ‘Of Hunters and Gatherers’, curated by LIR and Kittima Chareeprasit in response to their working with artists Maryanto and Ruangsak Anuwatiwimon. Over the last year, as the curators walked with the artists, along the erupting slopes of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta and the dwindling shores of the Lower Mekong between Thailand and Laos, they found themselves recalling specific artists, artworks, performances, and social research that are as equally concerned with their local environmental degradation, due to realities of government oversight, colonial extraction, and corporate greed. Exploring relatable scientific findings and ideas of ‘local embodied knowledge’ (folktales, mythologies, bedtime stories, and local methods of ecological survival), the curators realized a need to listen from not only one side of a story, but a need to listen to...
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From the organizer:

This online symposium, taking place over three days, aims to gather the research, stories, and interdisciplinary perspectives behind the ‘Pollination’ project ‘Of Hunters and Gatherers’, curated by LIR and Kittima Chareeprasit in response to their working with artists Maryanto and Ruangsak Anuwatiwimon.

Over the last year, as the curators walked with the artists, along the erupting slopes of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta and the dwindling shores of the Lower Mekong between Thailand and Laos, they found themselves recalling specific artists, artworks, performances, and social research that are as equally concerned with their local environmental degradation, due to realities of government oversight, colonial extraction, and corporate greed. Exploring relatable scientific findings and ideas of ‘local embodied knowledge’ (folktales, mythologies, bedtime stories, and local methods of ecological survival), the curators realized a need to listen from not only one side of a story, but a need to listen to more than ‘one site’ of a story. Thus, this symposium will gather brilliant minds living from Indonesia and, Thailand, India, (artists, historians, filmmakers, curators, writers, social scientists, and more) to share their work and opinions, expanding what it means to ‘hunt’ for our needs, taking the time to ‘gather’ differing perspectives in order to better guide a future-forward.

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Organized by 'Pollination', an initiative of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Ho Chi Minh City. Hosted by Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung. With thanks to SAM Fund for Arts and Ecology, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space & @Gray Center For Arts and Inquiry for their support.

Registration is free. The event is held through ZOOM in English only.

To register, visit: bit.ly/pollination3

To find out more about the program, including speaker bios and downloadable PDF for schedule, please visit: bit.ly/TheGatherersSymposium

Registration is free. The event is held in English only. To register, visit: bit.ly/pollination3

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DAY 1: Friday, May 28, 2021

Title: “Of Hunters and Gatherers: The Conversation”

Time: 3.00 – 5.00 PM (Indonesia/Thailand/Vietnam | UTC+7)

Speakers: LIR (Mira Asriningtyas & Dito Yuwono), Kittima Chareeprasit, Ruangsak Anuwatwimon and Maryanto

Responder: Zoe Butt

About:

This first day unpacks the entire platform of Pollination #3: ‘Of Hunters and Gatherers’ from field research to the exhibition, symposia, and a dedicated website. Since March 2020, the curators have walked with the artists, along the erupting slopes of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta and the dwindling shores of the Lower Mekong between Thailand and Laos. They found themselves recalling specific artists, artworks, performances, and social research that are equally concerned with their local environmental degradation, due to realities of government oversight, colonial extraction, and corporate greed. Reflecting on the curator’s process of working with artists Maryanto (Yogyakarta) and Ruangsak Anuwatwimon (Bangkok), questions surrounding the nature of curatorial labor in response to artistic production will be discussed where Maryanto’s tent-like installations, composed of paintings in charcoal and earth, share local knowledge of living with respect for Nature and its spirits, concerned by the impact of illegal, corporate and government hunting of water and sand, beneath Mount Merapi; while Ruangsak’s varied sculptural installations beg acknowledgment of the many animals whose lives are jeopardized along the heavy damming of the Mekong, creating various diorama from their bones as a monument to their spirits that once guarded this crucial waterway. Inspired by local folklore, sharing the lives of particular mythical ‘hunters’; comparing the ethos of such stories to our contemporary context, this session unpacks the ethos of ‘Pollination’ where sharing is mentoring, where knowledge is participation.

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DAY 2: Saturday, May 29, 2021

Title: “Extraction: Resilience Amidst an Environment in Entropy”

Time: 3.00 – 5.00 PM (Indonesia/Thailand/Vietnam | UTC+7)

Speakers: Prilla Tania, Elizabeth D.Inandiak, Wut Chalanant, Sutthirat Supaparinya
Responder: Agung Hujatnikajennong

About:

This second day will focus on issues of environmental urgency endured in different contexts, surrounding the issue of social change and economic development, which has led to extraction as both survival and exploitation. Writer Elizabeth D.Inandiak will talk about her research on a vast centre of knowledge in Muara Jambi, a site dating back to the 7th century at the crossroad of the Buddhist Sea Route. Artist Wut Chalanant brings us through his research along the Mekong River basin where routes have been blocked by dams to create “The Battery of Southeast Asia”. Artist Sutthirat Supaparinya will share her research on energy production, especially from the damming of major rivers such as the Ping and Mekong rivers, which have had a huge impact on local community and ecology. Lastly, artist Prilla Tania presents her video work, an embodied experience of living off the grid, investigating the idea of permaculture from the perspective of Nyi Pohaci, a local Indonesian myth.

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DAY 3: Sunday, May 30, 2021

Time: 3.00 – 5.00 PM (Indonesia/Thailand/Vietnam | UTC+7)

Title: “Extinction: The Impact of Humans on Our Non-Human World’

Speakers: Napak Serirak, JJ Rizal, Tita Salina, The Forest Curriculum

Responder: Vipash Purichanont

About

This third day will prod the idea of extinction and how it relates to the way humans live and how it affects non-human existence. Napak Serirak will explore deforestation and its related developmental projects in Southeast Asia which threaten wildlife and plant species. JJ Rizal explores the relation between the absence of Betawi’s* ancestors’ graveyard culture and current ecological damage in Jakarta. A little north of the graveyard of Betawi’s ancestor; Tita Salina visits a sinking island where the grave of an Islamic political leader once was, begging acknowledgment of climate refugees and its relation to the erasure of history. The Forest Curriculum’s lecture will focus on the special economic zone (SEC) in southern Johor, Malaysia, and its ‘Forest City’, to rethink how environments are imagined as ‘smart’ and ‘resilient in an era of Capitalist greenwashing.

*(The Betawis are one of the most recently formed ethnic groups in Indonesia which are considered as a native ethnicity of Jakarta)

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