Gudskul: Contemporary Art Collective and Ecosystem Studies (or, for short, Gudskul, which is pronounced like ‘good school’ in English) is a public learning space established by three Jakarta-based art collectives: Grafis Huru Hara, ruangrupa and Serrum. Since the early 2000s, all three have actively immersed themselves into the contemporary art realm by practising a collective and collaborative mode of working. They collectively formed Gudang Sarinah Ekosistem in 2015 to practise an expanded understanding of collective values such as equality, sharing, solidarity, friendship and togetherness. The collective transformed into Gudskul in 2018.
Founded in 2012, Grafis Huru Hara (GHH) is a group of Jakarta-based graphic artists who focus on explorative, experimental and educational methods of graphic arts as their main medium. GHH’s programmes include exhibitions, graphic art workshops and various publishing projects about graphic arts.
The contemporary art organisation ruangrupa was established in 2000 by a group of Jakarta-based artists. As a non-profit, ruangrupa supports the development of visual art, both in an urban context and across the culture in general, through exhibitions, festivals, art laboratories, workshops, research projects and the publication of books, magazines and online journals.
Serrum is a Jakarta-based art and pedagogy study group founded in 2006. The word ‘serrum’ comes from ‘share’ and ‘room’ and can be understood further as a ‘sharing room’. Serrum approaches pedagogical, sociocultural and urban issues with artistic and educational presentation techniques. Activities include art projects, exhibitions, workshops, creative discussions and propaganda. For media subjects, Serrum utilises video, murals, graphics, comics and installation art.
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