Politics of Sharing - On Collective Wisdom

14 Apr 2016 – 14 May 2016

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14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00
14:00 – 18:00

ifa-Galerie Berlin

Berlin, Germany


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We look at the same sky and breathe the same air. That’s the basic idea of a Maori greeting called Hongi in New Zealand, during which forehead and nose are touching.


This symbolic practice gave the first impulse for the research and exhibition project “Politics of Sharing”, which the ifa initiated in cooperation with the Artspace NZ Auckland, New Zealand. Coming from there, the project asks questions of present importance. It brings together artistic and sociological positions from the Pacific and Indonesian region with European perspectives, projecting manifold points of views on the practices of sharing, collaborative modes of production and collective knowledge systems:

What does sharing mean today, and under which conditions does it take place? What are the spaces and places of community, and how can we maintain and revive them? From which concepts of community and collective knowledge can we learn?

As kick-off of “Politics of Sharing - On Collective Wisdom”, the ifa Gallery Berlin practices spatial and institutional sharing by opening its space to the transdisciplinary collective KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre from Yogyakarta. In a four-week research project, KUNCI will transform the gallery space into a temporary radio station, in which the Indonesian practice of „numpang“ will be collectively questioned as a politics of sharing space, place and time. The notion of „numpang“ refers to spatial positionings and vernacular social interactions that demand the consent of others. Be it car sharing, temporary shelter, or the occupation of public spaces: Which values are being exchanged? How are values and profits defined, how does this problematise notions of real estate? And how does the practice of „numpang“ undermine the relation between individuality and collectivity? Local and international actors and initiatives are invited to negotiate their perspectives on sharing in different geopolitical situations. Radio KUNCI will broadcast programmes about weekly topics. KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre acts as an independent, transdisciplinary collective at the interface of theory and practice. Since its foundation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1999, KUNCI is dedicated to researching, producing, and sharing critical knowledge – by means of publications, cross-disciplinary encounters, research, artistic interventions, and educational practice.

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