The aim of intercultural projects or seminars is to develop a better understanding and thus greater tolerance for other cultures. This includes the exchange of experiences and knowledge to enable participants of various origins to interact on the same level. Only on this basis will intercultural communication work and result in successful collaboration on political, economic and artistic level.

Jogja InterKultur helps you to create this foundation for your intercultural projects in Indonesia. We advise and assist you in the preparation and organization of workshops, seminars and cultural events. The background knowledge and an extensive contact network of our employees who have many years of experience in German-Indonesian cooperation will help you during the process.

ruangrupa Path To Documenta

Path To Documenta

Presentation and discussion
November 27, 2019, 15.30-17.45
Langgeng Art Foundation, Jl. Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta


When the artist collective ruangrupa was announced as artistic directors for the Documenta 15 in February 2019, this came as a surprise even for many insiders: For the first time a collective curates the largest art exhibition in the world, for the first time the curators come from Asia. While German artists and the media first had to google the name ruangrupa, the art scene in Indonesia was already celebrating their peers for this coup. In early November 2019, ruangrupa landed as a newcomer at No. 10 of the highly regarded Power-100 list of the international Art Review.

To understand how ruangrupa has managed to reach this international top-level, it is necessary to look at the collective’s history. ruangrupa was founded in 2000 with the aim of providing a critical view of current urban issues in Indonesia through interdisciplinary art projects, including social sciences, politics, technology or the media. Over the years, ruangrupa has evolved into a contemporary artist collective and, together with Serrum and Hara Hara Graphic, initiated the project GUDSKUL: an ecosystem of contemporary art that enables collective studies – a public learning space that values ​​equality, sharing, solidarity, friendship and promotes togetherness.

On 27 November 2019, ruangrupa members Ade Darmawan, Ajeng Nurul Aini and Narpati Awangga (Oomleo) in November will talk about their artistic journey and collective space as well as comment on their program for Documenta 15. They will also discuss whether the Indonesian art scene will receive more international attention due to their success.

In the press release on the appointment of ruangrupa as artistic directors of Documenta 15, Farid Rakun and Ade Darmawan formulated the collective's goal for the exhibition in 2022 as follows:
"We want to create a globally oriented, cooperative, interdisciplinary art and culture platform that will have an impact beyond the 100 days of Documenta 15. Our curatorial approach aims at a different community-oriented model of resource usage – economical, but also taking ideas, knowledge, programs and innovations into account. If documenta was launched in 1955 to heal war wounds, why shouldn’t we focus Documenta 15 on today’s injuries, especially ones rooted in colonialism, capitalism, or patriarchal structures, and contrast them with partnership-based models that enable people to have a different view of the world.”

"Path To Documenta" is presented by Inkubator Inisiatif, Jogja Interkultur and Goethe-Institut Indonesien with the support of ruangrupa and Langgeng Art Foundation. The event is part of the Cropping Class series by Inkubator Inisatif, which focuses on space, collectivity and knowledge on contemporary art.







Troubling Forms


by Nadin Reschke & Setu Legi, 29 March – 21 April 2018.


Opening: Thursday 4 pm, 29 March 2018

at SaRaNg Building 1, Yogyakarta


The up-rise of new rightist movements, racism, xenophobia and the growing social inequality in Europe threatens basic democratic values like tolerance. What is the situation in Indonesia, a country with such cultural, religious and linguistic diversity?

Do you feel you live in a tolerant society? How do you experience in/tolerance in your daily life? Are you tolerant with yourself? With these and other questions artists Nadin Reschke from Berlin and Setu Legi from Yogyakarta opened a common space of enquiry and invited people to collaborate in their project „Troubling Forms“.

Starting point was a workshop in Batik Simbut – a traditional batik technique using rice flour and palm sugar. Answers, viewpoints as well as individual experiences were batiked as texts and images on large cotton flags. The artists and participants continued with taking the questions onto the streets and into daily life, interviewing neighbours, friends and people in Yogyakarta.

Bringing all voices together creates a multitude of positions and viewpoints. The result is a tent made from all Batik cottons sewn together referring to a longhouse. The betang – a traditional form of long, narrow housing in Borneo, where the community lives together sharing public and private areas – serves the artists as a model for a common space, where everybody is equally respected.

Nadin Reschke engages with social issues, collaborating with people from outside the art world, initiating communication between them and creating a framework for social action. She has spent a one-month-residency in Yogyakarta on invitation of KUNCI and OFCA International, which was supported by the ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations Germany and Jogja InterKultur.

Setu Legi understands art as a medium to express social critic and to initiate development. He usually explores all kind of media and techniques in his installations. This is his third collaboration with Nadin Reschke after 2005 in Yogyakarta and 2006 in Dresden.

Troubling Forms was realised in collaboration with: Caroline Rika Winata, Om Syamsul, Prapti Alpandi, Surya Wirawan, Agustina Ponila, Oktafianti Putri, Dodi Irwandi, Silvana Fadlilah, Dian Astuti, Agustina Rahma, Abdur Rohim, Nana, Leo Aranya, Josha Ananta, Embun, Rozzan, Dito, Aoi, Stefani, Christina Schott, Fendry Ekel dan Ferdi Thajib


Troubling Forms is the first exhibition of X-change, a new ongoing art program of exhibitions developed by OFCA International in collaboration with PartNER Yogyakarta in 2018. Each X-change is presenting works and collaborations of two artists, from Indonesia and abroad.

Dongeng Tanah

In collaboration with Sosrokusuman Residents, Jogja and the people's of Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan


DONGENG TANAH | Tale of the land

Opening Ceremonial Exhibition 

Thursday, 2 November 2017 | 19.00 WIB


Kompleks Jogja National Museum, Amri yahya no 1, Gampingan, Wirobrajan, Jogjakarta.


What would the ground we step on want to tell us if we stopped for a moment to listen to it? In the city or in the countryside, the pulse of the earth is being increasingly muffled... Sometimes deliberately, often not. With it, follows the connection that we have with the land.

In the heart of Yogyakarta, kampung Sosrokusuman starts losing sight of the sky as mega hotels surround them from all sides, suck the water from underneath their feet and squeeze them into a maze with no guarantees of way out... In Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan, a community of Iban Dayak resists the bulldozers that strip the land around them and since long wait for a regional regulation that recognises their forest as customary... till then, their future is still uncertain.

From the favelas in Rio de Janeiro to kampung Sosrokusuman, from the palm oil industry in Kalimantan to the soybean industry in the Amazon, the social, cultural, economical and political repression by Money and Power is equally as inhumane and urgent.

We still do have a voice though. And can use it.

On opposite sides of the Earth, Indonesia meets Brazil with a call that vibrates in unison, beyond borders.

Cibele Poggiali Arabe, collaborating with Survive Garage and Sisir Tanah, presenting the forgotten voices in Tales of the Land/Dongeng Tanah in Jogja Contemporary as one of the Parallel Events of Biennale Jogja XIV. Combining the daily tunes of Sungai Utik and hidden voices from Sosrokusuman, they make the audience experience the life behind the threat of ‘loss’.

As part of the presentation, a workshop session, talks and music will be held on 19th November at Ajiyasa-Jogja National Museum, 15.00 – finish.

poster Europoly (FILEminimizer)


Short film compilation by various directors (2016, 80 min, English subtitles)


A food laboratory in Warsaw, a transit village in Ireland, downtown Amsterdam on Sunday: By invitation of the Goethe-Institut, directors and artists, musicians and activists from European countries felt out the transformations undergone by the old continent. The resulting short films are radically personal and direct our attention to details, where changes can be seen and how they affect all of us.


– followed by a DISCUSSION (start 20.30 h, in English)


Europe after Trump

2017 is a critical year for Europe: Shortly after the Brexit shock and Donald Trump becoming President of the USA, France, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands are holding elections. In most European countries, right-wing populists are on the rise. In Hungary and Poland they are already ruling and implementing their visions. Will the European Union survive this new era? How do you feel the change in daily social and political life?

An open forum with participants from France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, the Netherlands and Poland sharing their views.











Slow Fashion Lab


- an interactive exhibition -


Auguste Soesastro / Balai Besar Tekstil / Borneo Chic / Cinta Bumi Artisan / Environmental Jewelry / Ecoprint Indonesia / Ikeda Econature / Imaji Studio / Kana / Kreseka / L’Mira / Oja / Nidiya Kusmaya / Osem / Rapu / Retota / Ridaka / Sumbadra / Threadapeutic

Featuring artists:

Theresia Agustina Sitompul / Melati Suryodarmo / Ace House Collective / Arwin Hidayat / XXLab



Friday, 28 April 2017, 19.00 | Music by DJ Bowl and DJ Hahan | Exhibition runs until 12 May 2017

Artist and Curator Talk:

29 April 2017, 15.30 | with Aprina Murwanti, EcoPrint Indonesia and Kreseka

 Screening film & discussion:

30 April 2017, 15.30 | "The True Cost" film with Dr. Edia Rahayuningsih, Dalmini and Yopie Irawan


10 May 2017, 15.30 | Soya C(o)u(l)ture – Workshop with XXLAB


The Slow Fashion Lab, curated by textile artist and lecturer Aprina Murwanti, inspires visitors to take concrete action towards a more sustainable way of dealing with clothes and textiles. It presents examples of sustainable fashion, traditional and local practices from Indonesia that are attentive of the people and environment involved. Visitors to the Slow Fashion Lab are invited to feel, see and learn about sustainable alternatives to fast fashion and engage in DIY-culture. The term fast fashion stands for a specific production and distribution system for mass-produced fashion wear that – frequently copied from high-end designs – is sold worldwide at low prices. With the international rise of the fast fashion industry, also Indonesia is facing severe damage to its ecological microsystem and water resources, caused by unprocessed waste colors, the use of toxic substances and high water exploration for textile productions. The Slow Fashion Lab introduces sustainable and fashionable alternatives from local labels, artisans and designers.





Working Through the Past

A seminar on the politics of collective memory in Indonesia and Germany

26 October 2015, 2 – 6 pm, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jogjakarta

Goethe- Institut Indonesien in collaboration with Jogja InterKultur and Kunci Cultural Studies Center 

Speakers: Edda Ahrberg, former commissioner for Stasi documents in Saxony-Anhalt, and M. Imam Aziz, chairman of the National Committee for the Nahdlatul Ulama congress



© Rangga Purbaya












Stories Left Untold

Photo exhibition by Nora Scheidler and Rangga Purbaya, curated by Budi N.D. Dharmawan

A project by Goethe-Institut Indonesien in collaboration with Jogja InterKultur and Indonesian Contemporary Arts Network

2- 28 October 2015, ICAN Galeri, Jl. Suryodiningratan 39, Yogyakarta

The photo exhibition “Stories Left Untold”, curated by Budi N.D. Dharmawan, pictures forgotten and repressed memories from past periods in German and Indonesian history via a very personal quest for truth by two young photographers.

25 years after the reunification of Germany, the German part of this exhibition tells the story of former political prisoners of the German Democratic Republic (the former East Germany) who spent parts of their lives in detention at the infamous Hohenschönhausen prison in East Berlin - among them the father of Nora Scheidler. The photographer spent two years on the research for this compilation and was probably the last one to picture the original state of the second and third floor at Hohenschönhausen, before they were renovated and included in the public museum at the ground and first floor.

The Indonesian part of the exhibition documents the life story of Boentardjo Amaroen Kartowinoto – 50 years after his death. Only after Suhartos fall in 1998 photographer Rangga Purbaya, learned that his grandfather died in the massacres following the coup d’état in 1965. A fact that before was concealed by his family.

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The Climate Art Festival

The Climate Art Festival – an intercultural environmental art project –

1 Oct - 23 Nov 2013 in Jogjakarta, organised by Jogja InterKultur


The Climate Art Festival wants to transfer the German-Indonesian cooperation concerning climate change issues from a political-scientific level to a cultural level. Art, music and performance are media, which are able to reach a broader public and to communicate the subject with people without special expertise on the topic. Workshops initiate concrete projects that could be continued after the festival and give examples for others in a sustainable way. The target is to show that even small communities can actively act against climate change and environmental destruction: by using alternative energies, collective waste management or the re-design of public spaces. Regarding the necessary knowledge transfer, intercultural understanding and social networking play a crucial role in this matter.

Read the Interview from culture360

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