Decolonisation in the 2020s
Arianna Mercado, KUNCI Study Forum & Collective
ArtSchool Podcast with KUNCI Study Forum & Collective
Courtesy KUNCI Study Forum & Collective

Arising from THE EDUCATIONAL WEB exhibition programme at Kunstverein in Hamburg which ran from 1 April–6 August 2023, Afterall ArtSchool initiated a series of online conversations with artists, scholars, and collectives examining artistic practice and the educational epistemologies which underpin it. Emphasising the pedagogic qualities of dialogue and exchange, these conversations, which now double as podcast episodes on Afterall ArtSchool, involve practitioners thinking through and across three different strands: problematising the decolonial institution, education as learning together, and studying in the shadows.

Join us for a conversation between Yogyakarta-based KUNCI Study Forum & Collective and Afterall ArtSchool Co-Editor Arianna Mercado. This discussion will reflect on KUNCI’s School of Improper Education and the collective’s ethos to experiment with methods in producing and sharing knowledge through the acts of studying together at the intersections of affective, manual, and intellectual labour. 

KUNCI experiments with methods in producing and sharing knowledge through the acts of studying together at the intersections between affective, manual and intellectual labour. Since its founding in 1999 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, KUNCI has been continuously transforming its structure, ways and medium of working. Initially formed as a cultural studies study group, at present KUNCI’s practices emphasise on collectivising study, by way of making-space, discussion, library, research, publishing, press and school-organising.

KUNCI traverses and connects institutional, disciplinary and local boundaries. KUNCI’S membership is based on friendship and informality, as well as self-organized and collaborative principles. Members of KUNCI are Antariksa (founder), Brigitta Isabella, Ferdiansyah Thajib, Fiky Daulay, Gatari Surya Kusuma, Hayyu Al Qayyumi, Nuraini Juliastuti (founder), Rifki Akbar Pratama, Syafiatudina, and Verry Handayani.

Arianna Mercado is ArtSchool Co-Editor at Afterall Research Centre (Central St. Martins). Her research has focused on comradeship and celebration in parallel to the materiality of power and geopolitical entanglements.


“Space Jazz”
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