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The Equator Symposium is one of the main programs of Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation. The symposium is international in scale, involving specialists and practitioners from various nations which can be included in the breadth and scope of the equatorial line. Within the framework of an expert and knowledgeable discourse, the Equator Symposium will be cross-disciplinary, although its focus of attention is contemporary art. In this way the practice and discourse of contemporary art requires an open space, inclusive and ready to accept various critical studies that are relevant and sourced from a variety of disciplines and fields of expertise. The Equator Symposium will also function as an effort to develop networks amongst individuals and institutions who can activate the role of experts and practitioners of Indonesian contemporary art at an international scale. For further info, please click here.

ES 2018: Open Call for Papers

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 2018 (or ES 2018). Selected essay proposals will be given a chance to finalize their essay and prepare it to be presented in ES 2018's upcoming forum.

Equator Symposium 2018
November 17-18, 2018

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Looking at Artistic Practices within Our Neighboring Countries
Sunday-Monday, November 19-20, 2017
12.00 - 17.00
Hall of Kedai Kebun Forum, Jl. Tirtodipuran 3, YK
“Out of sight, near by heart,” is a suitable phrase to depict the relationship amongst individuals across places in the so-called Southeast Asian region. People from other regions, the third parties, are often the ones making the opportunities for regional practitioners to meet—especially those from places with established art infrastructures such as Japan, Australia, Germany, etc. In such meetings, these individuals kept each other updated on recent situations and conditions of each others’ places. Sollidarity and good relationships emerged out of each others’ similarities as well as expertise in navigating artistic practices in each own countries. But, really, are we that similar? Have we ever tried to think a bit further about this familiar feeling (amongst eachother)? The Equator Symposium’s [VIRAL SESSION] aims to trigger a further conversation amongst the neighbouring countries that will be the focus of the last of the Equator edition of the Biennale Jogja (2021). We begin this effort by reading (and reviewing) some of the recent publications from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar. The book reviewers are cultural practitioners living in Yogyakarta. The readings are lead to be comparative to their own realities and practices.
Click here for more information: VIRAL SESSION 2017 or contact Ms. Ratna Mufida via reach(at)equatorsymposium(dot)org

Equator Symposium 2016

29 - 30 OKTOBER 2016
09.00 - 17.00 WIB
Prodi Ilmu Religi dan Budaya, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Yogayakarta, Indonesia

SK 2016 berusaha mengungkap ekologi-ekologi alternatif yang diinisiasi oleh orang dan orang banyak dari beragam tempat di sepanjang khatulistiwa. Demi kejelasan batasan esai dari beragam disiplin ilmu dan perspektif yang disasar oleh SK 2016, kami paparkan sejumlah pemikiran yang melatari pilihan kata kunci kami.

Khatulistiwa adalah pengembangan, sekaligus pemaknaan kami hari ini, dari istilah “dunia ketiga” yang kami rujuk dari kelahirannya pada Konferensi Bandung 1955, oleh Ir. Soekarno. Maka dari itu, istilah tersebut secara gamblang merujuk pada negara manapun selain Eropa dan Amerika. Kami menghendaki pilihan penggunaan istilah ini sebagai kerangka berpikir yang sadar. Sementara untuk “ekologi”, kami merujuk artian yang paling sederhana, yaitu ilmu tentang hubungan timbal balik antara makhluk hidup dan kondisi alam sekitar (atau lingkungan hidupnya). Dengan ini, akademisi muda dari segala bidang ilmu bisa membaca tawaran-tawaran dan laku-laku (praktik) alternatif di sekitarnya untuk kehidupan yang lebih baik di muka bumi.

Kami percaya bahwa lelaku alternatif ini tumbuh dan berkembang dalam ruang dan waktu sosial-politik yang punya atmosfir demokratis, yang memberi kesempatan pada setiap orang untuk memiliki hak dan kewajiban atas ruang hidupnya. Kami berharap bahwa kajian dan paparan dari kaum cendekia/akademisi dapat menjadi artikulasi bagi dinamika sosial dan keberadaan ruang-ruang hidup ini, sekaligus membuka peluang bagi kita semua untuk mewacanakannya secara terbuka dan kritis.

Equator Symposium 2014

The One and The Many: Ethic and Aesthetic Practices in Our 21st Century Democracy
ES 2014 tries to reveal the ecosystem of the association of the many (artist groups, societal hobby-based groups, authority associations, etc) in the order place of their lives (city, village, country, as well as between all of these). The encounters, either physical or virtual, and how those encounters are then disseminated to many more people is our first step in the effort to uncover the ecosystem of these groups.

Date and Place

  • November 17th & 18th, 2014
  • Gedung Lengkung (5th floor), Sekolah Pascasarjana Universitas Gajah Mada
  • Amphitheater, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta

About Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Biennale Foundation)

Visual arts are one of the sectors of cultural creativity which is growing rapidly in Yogyakarta, stands in a central position and is very important in the life of Indonesian arts. Yogyakarta has played a very dominant role in the history of Indonesian visual art. This region is home to the most influential art academies, the residences and studios of the country’s leading artists and host to a never-ending stream of arts events.

Established on August 23, 2010 is to, Yayasan Biennale Yogyakarta's missions are:

  • To initiate and facilitate efforts to achieve a strategic concept of urban planning based on art and culture and to improve the blueprint for cultural city of the future as a space for fair and democratic living.
  • To develop and manage of our cultural resources in an effort to build and optimize the potential of the people creating art and cultural heritage, and to utilize cultural assets which exist in the Special Region of Yogyakarta.

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