2017 ~ Sunday January 15 in Arnhem: ROAMING ASSEMBLY#10 ~ Infrastructural Rifts: Souls and Soils of Disaster Developmentalism ~ curated by Rachel O’Reilly and farid rakun

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You are warmly invited to join us at our Planetary Campus in Arnhem on Sunday, January 15, 2017 for a timely public symposium with an extraordinary speaker line-up (some of the distinguished guests making a rare appearance in the Dutch context), convened and to be moderated by  

Rachel O'Reilly 

(poet, critic, independent curator, researcher and one of DAI's four core theory tutors) and

farid rakun 

(artist, writer, instigator, editor, educator and researcher for the artists’ initiative ruangrupa (curator SONSBEEK 2016))

Infrastructural Rifts:

Souls and Soils of Disaster Developmentalism

Psychomaterial economies of belief, labour, subsistence and investment surrounding large scale infrastructural developments of the present.

This symposium picks up on confrontations presently playing out on Jakarta's streets. Commonly being oversimplified as a clash between 'status quo developmentalism', and ‘populist fundamentalism’, we intend to complicate the tension in order to address contemporary conditions of infrastructure, governance, planning, and socio-ecological/geological entanglement in Indonesia, as a way of pointing to global trends and conditions.

Read the full introduction (including suggestions for background reading) by Rachel O'Reilly and farid rakun


Rika Febriyani

(writer and scholar)

AbdouMaliq Simone

(urbanist, presently Research Professor at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Visiting Professor of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town).

Saras Dewi

(lecturer, singer, poet, journalist, activist, presently teaching Philosophy of Literature, Ecological Philosophy and Eastern Philosophy at the University of Indonesia)

* Cargonauts (Anna Lascari and Ilias Marmaras)

(produced through an international artist-academic research process Cargonauts is an online computer game developed from engaged effectual academic study with labour activists of the ports of Piraeus, Greece).

* Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen / The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations

Maarten Bakker and Katrin McGauran

(SOMO is a critical, independent, not-for-profit knowledge centre on multinationals).



Gabriëlle Schleijpen - Welcome


Rachel O’Reilly – Co-curator’s Introduction


farid rakun - Doublethink-/sink-ing Jakarta

An introduction on how to exercise Orwellian doublethinking towards Jakarta, farid will focus on his own and his family members’ stories and biographies to consider how, contrary to presently popular narrations, Islam-based populism and growth-oriented developmentalism could go hand in hand, be two sides of the same coin, sinking Jakarta further both literally and figuratively.



AbdouMaliq Simone – ‘The Inoperable: On compressing infrastructure and everyday urban life

How do people residing in districts largely constructed by themselves now deal with dispossession and the disentanglement of long-honed collective operations? How do residents of the residual urban cores of Jakarta, and many other cities of the Southern latitudes deal with the conundrums involved in attempts to update these operations in the midst of multiple forms of urban intervention, some of which are replete with opacities of uncertain potential and effect? Even if the more opaque interventions seem inoperable, never concretely realized, they nevertheless generate unanticipated impacts and frictions. Even the massive volume of projects and infrastructure that is realized sometimes ends up instigating futures far from that which was promised. The presentation considers what might be taking place at the tension-filled, disruptive interfaces between varying logics and forces of spatial transformation and updated operations of autogestion.





Rika Febriyani – ‘Finding ways in a chaotic field

A study of a classic case: spatial conflict between formal authority and informal organization, taking the examples of Jembatan Lima market and a subsidized housing complex in Kalibata, Jakarta. The presentation aims to explore how conflict becomes a source of energy for daily economic operations outside of largely abandoned city regulations.


3.50 pm

Maarten Bakker and Katrin McGauran (SOMO, Centre for Research on Multinational Organizations) ‘Monitoring Corporate-State Developments in an Era of Deregulation

Presenting recent case studies of Dutch company involvement in Indonesia and the South (inc. large scale port developments), SOMO will put into perspective the ideological move 'From Aid to Trade' in recent Dutch development policy, and the strategic and organizational challenges of multinationals monitoring within latest regimes of privative, post-regulatory governance.


4.30 pm


4.50 pm

Saras Dewi ‘An Examination of Benoa Bay (Case Study), Further Phenomenological Approaches to Social-Ecological Crises in Bali

How do the Balinese conduct their resistance against non-sustainable hypertourism infrastructure? Through a phenomenological investigation we can pierce into the Balinese concept of Tri Hita Karana, three subtle relationship between human, nature and god. The fight against the reclamation of Benoa Bay utilizes contemporary interpretations of artistic expressions that revive mythologies of the sacred, and transform these into various artistic bodies of works - literature, paintings, music, dance and others. Art for the Balinese is embedded in culture and rituals; in the case of advocating for Benoa Bay, art is instrumental to raise awareness and to organize mass movements.


5.30 pm

Cargonauts, Anna Lascari and Ilias, ‘Gaming Port Infrastructure from Below

Cargonauts is a unique computer game conceived by a research collaboration of artists and theorists as part of Logistical Worlds. The game captures port struggles from the logisticized labour point of view, in the context of the expansion and privatization of the largest Greek container port of Piraeus (near Athens). Following Brett Neilson's talk 'From Warehouse to Data Centre: Poetics and Infrastructures of Political Form' for DAI Roaming Academy in Jakarta, 2015, Anna and Ilias present Cargonauts as research practice and aesthetic tactics of navigating and worlding infrastructure from below.


6.10 pm

Recap of the day / final Q&A. 

6.30 pm



*Sunday January 15, 2017 from 13:30 till 18:30

*Location: Rozet, Kortestraat 16, Arnhem.

(at 5 minutes walking distance from Arnhem's central train station and 2 minutes from the DAI's home-base at Kortestraat 27).  

*Free admission to all, no reservations needed for the symposium.

*After the event, around 19:00, a communal dinner (prepared by our amazing vegan chef Mari Pitkänen and her team) will be served at the DAI's cantina, Kortestraat 27.

If you wish to join us for this dinner you will need to make a reservation. Please contact n.doulos@artez.nl (closing date January 12). Costs for members of the public: € 10 for food & wine. 


is a recurring public symposium scheduled to take place once a month, functioning as it were as the DAI-week's 'centerfold' event. This state-of-the-art speculative and hybrid program explores specific themes and topics of contemporary relevance to the thinking of art in the world today. It is considered a key part of the DAI's (version of the) Planetary Campus - an affective community where caring for the earth goes along with the generous sharing of art and research, where complexity can be embraced and intellectual intra-actions are fostered, aiming to endow our praxes, wherever they are operational.

Although closely interlinked with the DAI's academic program, Roaming Assembly editions are not conceived as plain extensions of the regular DAI classes and seminars, but rather envisioned as sovereign happenings, designed to mobilize our bodies, our intelligences.

Framework Roaming Assembly: Gabriëlle Schleijpen

Co-ordination Roaming Assembly: Nikos Doulos

Documentation: Silvia Ulloa; see our VIDEO ARCHIVE

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