The online symposium, taking place over three days (May 28-30 2021), aims to gather the research, stories, and interdisciplinary perspectives behind the ‘Pollination’ project ‘Of Hunters and Gatherers’, curated by LIR and Kittima Chareeprasit in response to their working with artists Maryanto and Ruangsak Anuwatiwimon.
Over the last year, as the curators walked with the artists, along the erupting slopes of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta and the dwindling shores of the Lower Mekong between Thailand and Laos, they found themselves recalling specific artists, artworks, performances and social research that are as equally concerned with their local environmental degradation, due to realities of government oversight, colonial extraction and corporate greed. Exploring relatable scientific findings and ideas of ‘local embodied knowledge’ (folktales, mythologies, bedtime stories and local methods of ecological survival), the curators realized a need to listen from not only one side of a story, but a need to listen to more than ‘one site’ of a story. Thus, this symposium will gather brilliant minds living in from Indonesia and, Thailand , India, (artists, historians, filmmakers, curators, writers, social scientists and more) to share their work and opinions, expanding what it means to ‘hunt’ for our needs, taking the time to ‘gather’ differing perspectives in order to better guide a future forward. This online symposium will offer additional insight to the third edition of ‘Pollination’, offering textual and visual record of the artistic, curatorial and theoretical research undertaken.
This dedicated website is provided in three languages: English, Indonesian and Thai. Ranging from newly written contributions to republished existing texts; from exhibition documentation to video interview, this site aims to prompt alternate study of ‘local embodied knowledge’ and its relevance in re-thinking ecological sustainability. Featuring creative interdisciplinary contribution by LIR (Mira Asriningtyas & Dito Yuwono), Kittima Chareeprasit, Ruangsak Anuwatwimon, Maryanto, Prilla Tania, The Forest Curriculum, Adam Bobbette, Elizabeth D.Inandiak, Wut Chalanant , JJ Rizal, Tita Salina, Napak Serirak, Sutthirat Supaparinya. Edited by Zoe Butt and Lee Weng Choy. Designed by Rukpong Raimaturapong and Yonaz Kristy Sanjaya (Yogyakarta).