CPA Talk｜Nyantrik: the Only Way Out is In
Dec 28, 2019 Saturday 15:00 - 17:00
1F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
KUNCI experiments with methods in producing and sharing knowledge through the acts of studying together at the intersections between affective, manual and intellectual labor. Since its founding in 1999 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, KUNCI has been continuously transforming its structure, ways, and medium of working.
Initially formed as a cultural studies study group, at present KUNCI’s practices emphasize the act of collectivizing study, by way of making-space, discussion, library, research, publishing, press, and school-organizing.
KUNCI traverses and connects institutional, disciplinary and local boundaries. KUNCI’S membership is based on friendship and informality, as well as self-organized and collaborative principles.
As part of the spirit of producing and sharing knowledge through the acts of studying together, KUNCI devises the School of Improper Education (SoIE) at the end of 2016. The school is founded upon the ethical foundations and desires of realizing knowledge into tooling, through developing socially-engaged artistic experimentations, embodied learning/unlearning, emphasis on micropolitics and commoning. To this end, we seek different forms of collaboration and trans-local networks that aspire towards the expansion of radical imaginations through horizontality and self-organization. In terms of format, the school is aimed at investigating notions of study, as a path to imagine different ways of organizing education outside of the dominant models. As a school that is designed to problematize the concept of school, “SoIE” will be functioned as a platform for living research in which KUNCI will try and test various formats of study that exist across different spatiotemporality.
For the initial year, models developed by Jacotot Method, Turba (or going into grassroots, popularized by Lembaga Kebudajaan Rakjat), “nyantrik” (study with a master in Javanese context) and Taman Siswa (a vernacular model of horizontal education) will be presented as objects of speculation. As entering the second year of the School, “nyantrik” that we can be roughly translated into “an act of serving a master”, become the main method that KUNCI wants to dissect. This idea of practice that appropriated from Javanese old-tradition actually is a way to learning some specific skills that reached by giving an aide to a master and at the same time studies to be a disciple. “Laku” (or the act of self-discipline) and “rasa” (that have a counterpart in Indian arts concept) are two core ideas that we tried to dissect as KUNCI’s school always starts from the question: what does an improper education mean?... Read More
Rifki AP was part of the Kunci Study Forum & Collective’s team for the School of Improper Education (SOIE). SOIE was KUNCI’s main program since 2016 designed to problematize the concept of school. SoIE has functioned as a platform for living research in which KUNCI experiments with various formats of study that exist in different localities and across histories.
As an independent researcher, he focuses on investigating how the mind works when embedded in a specific cultural context. Discourse on decision making, affect and politics, also agrarian studies is another area that he tried to explore more. Now, he put his energy on doing research based on the cultural-historical psychology. An approach that builds by Lev Vygotsky that tries to juggle intertwine ideas between psychology, history, and culture.
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