Equator Symposium 2014

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Title and Main Idea

17 - 18 NOVEMBER 2014
At Post-graduate Faculty of Gajah Mada University, Yogayakarta, Indonesia

ES 2014 tries to reveal the ecosystem in the associations of the many (artist groups, societal hobby-based groups, business associations, etc) in the arrangement of their lives (city, village, country, and in between all of these). Examining these encounters, either physical or virtual, and how these encounters are then disseminated to many more people is our first step in the effort to uncover the ecosystem of these groups.

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Forum A invites a number of experts to share their current thinking about developments in the lives of citizens with a political-cultural perspective.

Looking at the Past, Understanding the Present, Planning the Future

Creative People: Site, Media as Site and Social Change

Intellectuals, Artists and Cultural Figures and the Democratic Process


Forum B offers diverse discussions on current cultural practice. We have invited a number of artists, curators, and activists to share their experiences in working with many people, simultaneously introducing them to each other so they might exchange information and ideas.

Dialogue Mapping Current Artistic Practice: Tracing the Past, Peeking at the Future

Dialogue Economy Based on the Many: What Is It? Does It Exist?

  • Art Market in Salatiga: Analyzing the Market’s Attitude, Investment and Income Distribution by Yulius Pratomo, ID
  • Exposing the Pseudo-Development of the World through Visual Art by Bintang Chairul Putra, ID

Dialogue City as a Socio-cultual Negotiation Space

Dialogue Imagining Identities: Building the World Public

Dialogue Ethics and Aesthetics: Art Practices in Society

Dialogue Internet as a Space for Social Encounters: Where is the State?

Dialogue Activating Society

Dialogue Citizen Inititives for The New Indonesia


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Forum C presents a selection of observations from artistic activity that involves many people, as well as recordings of these activities. Some of these activities also tend to engender the involvement of more people.

At Amphitheater, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, Monday, November 17, 2014, 19.00-22.00 WIB

Closed Group Workshop

Date and Place: 29 - 30 August, 2014 at SaRang Building, Yogyakarta
Speakers: Martin Suryajaya & ST Sunardi
Participants: Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institut Seni Indonesia - Yogyakarta, Universitas Islam Nasional Sunan Kalijaga, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Driyarkara, Institut Kesenian Jakarta, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Jendral Soedirman, Universitas Kristen Petra, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana

This event is a part of the preparations for the Equator Symposium #1 2014, the Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation held the Equator Workshop #1. This workshop involved young academics, researchers and writers from various academic and higher education institutions in Indonesia.

The Equator Workshop aimed to provide the extra input for the participants in developing a diverse range of studies and research that will or are currently being undertaken, with the expectation that this will strengthen the development of knowledge for the implementation of the Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation's agenda.

Open Call for Papers

Deadline for submissions was closed on September 13, 2014.

Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation invites young academicians from various backgrounds (be it science, technology, social sciences, art and cultural studies, etc) to submit their paper proposals to the Equator Symposium 2014 (or ES 2014). Selected essay proposals will be given a chance to finalize their essay and prepare it to be presented in ES 2014′s upcoming forum. The submission is open for students or alumnus of any post-graduate studies, be it science, technology, social sciences, art and cultural studies, etc. Click here to look at our selected papers.


Deadline for submission: November 10, 2014. Download ES 2014 Registration form here.
Fellowship submission was closed on October 31, 2014.