ARCOLABS was established in 2014 as the Center for Art and Community Management within Surya University in Indonesia. Its mission is to enhance creativity and innovation through a variety of practice-based programs including visual art exhibitions, community development projects, hands-on workshops, student research and other academic and non-academic events. Since 2016, ARCOLABS has operated independently of the university.
ARCOLABS strives to achieve three distinct objectives: APPRECIATING, SHARING, AND EMPOWERING which ultimately bridge and actively engage various communities. By providing an innovative and multicultural environment, it also promotes both interdisciplinary interaction and international exchange between artists, theorists, practitioners and scholars.
From 2014 to 2015, ARCOLABS operated SPACE: Gallery Pasar in Santa Market, one of the traditional markets in South Jakarta. As the only contemporary art gallery in the market, SPACE focused on contributing to art experience in everyday life and to the revitalization of the market through art exhibitions and community development projects.
After a year of the activities in the market gallery, SPACE moved to its new location, and renamed as SPACE: Gallery + Workshop which was operated for 2 years until 2017. There the gallery was constantly developing programs through collaborations with local art communities and curators to support young artists with experimental practices.
Jeong-ok Jeon is a Jakarta-based Korean curator who is actively engaging in Southeast Asian contemporary art, especially working on providing international exposures for regional artists in and outside of Indonesia. With interests in new media and interactive art, she has curated several science and technology based art exhibitions. She has gained an MFA fromSavannah College of Art and Design in the US and a BFA from Ewha Womans University in Korea. Now Jeon serves as the director at ARCOLABS and a full-time lecturer at Jakarta State University.
Evelyn Huang is an Indonesian curator and lecturer who pursues knowledge as a never ending path for her life. Evelyn graduated from her MFA in Creative Entrepreneurship Jakarta Institute of Arts after she obtained her Bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design, University of Pelita Harapan and Master degree in Cultural Studies, University of Indonesia. She curates annual media art exhibitions and international exchange exhibitions for ARCOLABS.
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Nin Djani is an Indonesian curator and writer with a passion in literature, history, and pop culture which become significant influences in her artistic curatorial practice. She holds an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from Leiden University and a BA in Media Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. Nin is independently active in various inter-disciplinary creative projects and she is part of Suar Artspace, ARCOLABS and Atreyu Moniaga Project.