Renan Laru-an is a researcher, a curator and the founding director of Philippine-based DiscLab – Research and Criticism, a multidisciplinary platform and ‘virtual’ organisation for critical writing, theory, discursive activities and long-term research on Philippine contemporary art, visual and network culture. He is a member of the founding team of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network at the Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, where he leads the Public Engagement and Artistic Formation desk. . Recently, he co-curated the OK. Pangan [OK. Food], OK.Video Indonesia Media Arts Festival (2017).
He directs and (co-) curates the transregional project Herding Islands, Rats and the Anthropocene and the ongoing Lightning Studies, Centre for the Translation of Constraints, Conflicts, and Contaminations (CTCCCs). Recent exhibitions include From Bandung to Berlin: If all of the moons aligned, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (with Brigitta Isabella, 2016); Lightning Studies: CTCCCs presents PASÁ PASÂ, Lopez Museum & Library, Manila (2016) and lend me your softness, Los Angeles Times Media Center, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, US (2016).
As editor and writer, Laru-an edited An Autocorrected Journal of Printing Properties, Office of Culture and Design, Manila (2014) and co-authored From Bandung to Berlin (2014-) initiated by Brigitta Isabella. Ongoing engagements are anchored in two major nodes: theorising naiveté (Working with Naiveté, Before Criticality) within the discursive architecture of criticality, and studying “insufficient” and “subtracted” images at the juncture of development and integration projects. His lectures around these subjects have been hosted by tranzitdisplay Prague; OK Video Indonesia’s Media Arts Festival, Jakarta; Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich; Academy of Media Arts, Cologne; De La Salle University, Manila and University of the Philippines, Manila. His texts have been commissioned/published by Green Lantern Press, MOMUS, Temporary Art Review and open! Platform for Art, Culture, and the Public Domain.
He is one of the fellows of Akademie der Künste der Welt/ Köln in 2017 and a member of SYNAPSE, International Curators’ Network, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin since 2015. He was the recipient of the Encura Curatorial Research Grant from Hangar Barcelona and the Re-Directing: East Curatorial Residency, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. Early this year, Forecast – A Platform for Pioneering Ideas awarded him a grant to develop his project The Artist and the Social Dreamer at Haus der Kulturen der Welt under the mentorship of Hou Hanru.