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With the Indonesia LAB, the six partners of the Frankfurt LAB – the Ensemble Modern, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule and Portikus, the Hessische Theaterakademie, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company – draw attention, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Indonesia, to one of the most dynamic contemporary art scenes in South-East Asia. Supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the KfW Stiftung, these prestigious cultural institutions have initiated artistic laboratories in the fields of music, dance, performance and visual arts – encouraging outstanding artists from Indonesia and Germany to collaborate.
For the last ten months, composers, musicians, dancers and visual artists from both countries have therefore entered into dialogue and developed projects together, which will premiere shortly before or during the Frankfurt Book Fair. Subsequently, some of the projects will also be presented in Indonesia as part of a “German Season” organised by the Goethe Institute, with support from the Federal Foreign Office.
In the Music LAB, Indonesian composers create new works for Frankfurt’s Ensemble Modern. The Choreographers’ LAB brings artists from Indonesia and Germany together in form of blind dates. While in the Art LAB, Ade Darmawan stages an installation at the Portikus about the Magic Centre publishing house just in time for the Book Fair, the ruangrupa collective and contact Gonzo conquer the city kicking and gambling. These new productions are complemented by inspiring dance pieces and performances by Indonesian artists and presented as part of the Performance LAB.
Indonesia LAB extends a warm welcome to all visitors encouraging them to participate in one-of-a-kind encounters, to discover various generations of exceptional artists from Indonesia and Germany and to develop new perspectives on the relationship between contemporary art and society in a globalised world.