ICAD XI Carries the Spirit of “Publik” and Presents #KEMANG12730

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Stephanie Mamonto

ICAD XI sheds light through the theme of “Publik”. This indispensable element explores the connection between a work of art and the people who receive it.

In contrast to previous years, ICAD’s 11th annual exhibition doesn’t only take place at its main venue (grandkemang Hotel Jakarta) but also teams up with more than 50 venues and the curated brands at #KEMANG12730, in a celebration of design and art that is unique to and defined by South Jakarta.

In contrast to previous years, ICAD’s 11th annual exhibition is not only taking place at its main venue (grandkemang Hotel Jakarta) but also sees it teaming up with more than 50 venues and curated brands through #KEMANG12730, in a celebration of design and art that is unique to, and defined by, South Jakarta.

This year’s, ICAD XI sheds light on the theme of “Publik” as an indispensable element in art, sparking attention and discussion on how the connection between a work of art and its public can be interrelated. Believing in the importance of the public as a viewer, user, consumer, and trend-setter, ICAD XI is encouraging participating artists and designers to respond to the current times through speculative ideas of what might be relevant to the public post-pandemic. As creators, what possible futures can we imagine? What changes can we foresee taking place in our everyday lives, and how can art and design respond to it?

In addition to the special installation from B.J. Habibie and Irvan A. Noe'man, ICAD XI features an extensive selection of Indonesian and international designers, artists, architects, musicians, communities, and institutions, including Arahmaiani, Dea Widya, Festival Relics, Fluxcup, Irwan Ahmett, Komikazer/Reza Mustar, Aung Myat Htay (Myanmar), Bo Wang (China), Charles Lim (Singapore), Goran Despotoyski (Serbia), Mark Salvatus (The Philippines), Takashi Makino (Japan), and Nicolas Champeaux & Gilles Porte (France).

ICAD XI also presents more than 35 programs, such as film screenings, masterclasses, discussions, workshops, and online performances, held with local and international partner institutions, such as Superstudio Milan and London Design Biennale. The schedule for all programs can be accessed via the website at www.arturaicad.com.

Festival Director Edwin Nazir said, “ICAD has always been about creative collaboration since its first exhibition in 2009. In line with ICAD XI’s theme, “Publik”, we would like to amplify the public’s experience and be the celebration of design and contemporary art in Indonesia.”

As part of the support to celebrate #KEMANG12730' as a design and art hub with the ICAD XI “PUBLIK”, many exhibitions are also being held in venues all over Kemang, such as “Jiwaku Dimonopoli” Exhibition by Irawan Karseno at Hotel Monopoli, “Kemang Neighborhood” sketch exhibition, a collaboration between ‘Kemang RTRW' community and Gladys Teo Simpson, an Urban Sketcher domiciled in Kemang, and “New World Old Faces”, a solo exhibition from Wastuwidyawan, both at Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace. Last but not least, a collaborative exhibition, “Bersama”, from three creators who live in Kemang, and who have formed a pedestrian community space during the COVID-19 pandemic, which also happens to be at the same venue, creating a spatial representation of the face of Dia.Lo.Gue Artspace.