ruangrupa is an artists’ initiative established in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta. It is a nonprofit organization that strives to support the idea of art within urban and cultural context by involving artists and other disciplines such as social sciences, politics, technology, media, etc, to give critical observation and views towards Indonesian urban contemporary issues. ruangrupa also produce collaborative works in the form of art projects such as exhibition, festival, art lab, workshop, research, as well as book, magazine and online-journal publication.

In the experimentation area, we have Art Lab, an art project program which is designed to conduct research and creative collaborations on the urban and media issues. Art Lab serves as a collaborative space for individual artists as well as interdisciplinary groups from Indonesia and abroad.

To support the contemporary art development, the Promotion and Support Division has opened the RURU Gallery, providing a space to exhibit visual art works by young artists and curators, by holding six exhibitions in a year. The division also holds art and visual culture writing workshop, as well as curatorial workshop; both workshops are held once a year and publish an online publication Jarakpandang.net.

Since 2004, ruangrupa held Jakarta 32°c, a biennial visual art exhibition by Jakarta students. It involves curatorial process, young artist experimentation, art writing, and exhibition organization.

ruangrupa specifically supports the development of video art through research, documentation, as well as the biennial international video festival, OK. Video. The Research and Development Division regularly conducts research, discussion, and publication. We also publish Karbonjournal.org, an online journal focused on the public space phenomenon as well as visual culture among the citizen.

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