Students of If I Can't Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution's course ACTION UNITES, WORDS DIVIDE are spending ten days at Tanakita Camping Ground in Sukabumi, Indonesia with their artist-tutor Jon Mikel Euba and If I Can’t Dance curator Susan Gibb. Located 100 kilometers from Jakarta on the edge of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, the camp and its surrounding rainforest will provide the backdrop for an intensive workshop.
At Tanakita the group will commence collective exercises with Euba that are based around texts he has produced through a methodology of writing, which he has been pursuing over the past five years to think through modes and methods of art production. On 29 November 2015 the group will return to Jakarta and deliver a presentation about their activities as part of Maju Kena Mundur Kena (MKMK), an initiative of the Jakarta Biennale and Institut ruangrupa, to examine the inherent educational potential in the model of a (visual art) biennale.
The participating students are: Astarti Athanasiadou, Giulia Crispiani, Kristinn Guðmundsson, Maike Hemmers, Martha Jager, Hannah Kindler, Dimitra Kondylatou, Malcolm Kratz, larose, Jammie Nicholas, Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos, Mathilde Sauzet, Joy M. Smith, and Melissa Tun Tun.
The trip to Indonesia is part of If I Can’t Dance’s yearlong course at the Dutch Art Institute in the frame of its Roaming Academy, and is conceived by artist Jon Mikel Euba and coordinated by If I Can’t Dance curator Susan Gibb. The trip is part of a larger initiative of the Dutch Art Institute that will see its office, tutorial team and students across the COOP and Roaming Academy courses, How To Do Things With Theory seminars, and The Kitchen/ Not The Restaurant gatherings, temporarily relocate to Java during the first weeks of the Jakarta Biennale in November 2015.