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Issue 2
Curators’ Living Rooms

Curatography​

Editorial​
Curators’ living rooms are artistic labyrinths of thinking and practice, places compatible with both reality and imagination.

According to the description in “Extended Living Room: Space and Conversation” by the Indonesian Jakarta art group ruangrupa, this living room is a place for them to “hang out” (in Indonesian, nongkrong), and it is a place for learning from each other, sharing living in the moment with others, and having a good time together. At the same time, it is also a place for them to develop the “barn” (lumbung in Indonesian) as the core metaphor to create a shared “resource pot” as a method to carry out collaborative thinking and collectivist practice…
Issue 2 Curators' Living Rooms
Ruangrupa is a Jakarta-based collective established in 2000, known for organizing festivals, exhibitions, and various events and publications. One recent project is the Gudskul Ecosystem, a community-based cross-disciplinary platform and cultural support system, inspired by collective farming and traditional agricultural methods in Sulawesi. Pronounced “good school” in English, the project’s complete name is GUD-SKUL: contemporary art collective and ecosystem studies…
Issue 2 Curators' Living Rooms
In a recent conversation, the Vietnamese American writer Ocean Vuong elucidated the thinking process behind his new book, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous:
“It was important to me, at least in this book, that violence remain independent from any character’s self-worth, rendering it inert, terrible, and felt—but not a means of “development.” Through Kishōtenketsu, violence becomes fact and not a vehicle towards a climax. Having been a student mainly of Western literature, it became clear to me that the most perennial protagonist is not necessarily the main character, but conflict-driven plot. In Western narratology, the plot is the dominant mode to which all characters are subordinate…
Issue 2 Curators' Living Rooms
Looking at the current art world, the main locations of art activities are still mainly art museums. In fact, from modern art to contemporary art, so-called “art” has always taken “gaze” as its core, constructed a logical aesthetic framework of “representation” based on authors, works, and viewers, and built an abstract space, usually a museum or a gallery, out of the context of daily life and social context as a field for displaying works of art…
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Issue 2 Curators' Living Rooms
Editorial /​ Curators' Living Rooms Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo
Extended Living Room: Space and Conversation ruangrupa(Ade Darmawan, Mirwan Andan)
Freeing the Weights of the Habitual Raqs Media Collective
Curating Topography Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo
Issue 1 Curatography
Editorial /​ One Step Forward, Two Steps Backward Hongjohn Lin
What is Curatography? Hongjohn Lin
Les fleurs américaines Yoann Gourmel, Elodie Royer​
There are No Blank Slates Eileen Legaspi Ramirez​
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Issue 2 Curators' Living Rooms
Editorial Curators' Living Rooms Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo
Extended Living Room: Space and Conversation ruangrupa(Ade Darmawan, Mirwan Andan)
Freeing the Weights of the Habitual Raqs Media Collective
Curating Topography Sandy Hsiu-chih Lo
Issue 1 Curatography
Editorial / Curatography Hongjohn Lin
What is Curatography? Hongjohn Lin
Les fleurs américaines Yoann Gourmel, Elodie Royer
There are No Blank Slates Eileen Legaspi Ramirez