For over a decade, the team behind Indonesian Contemporary Art & Design (ICAD), consisting of established architects and designers under the Indonesian Design+Art Foundation (Yayasan Design+Art Indonesia), has devoted their expertise by creating a platform meant to bridge art, design with other disciplines ranging from fashion, film, hospitality, F&B and more. In a concentrated effort to achieve this, ICAD has established its name by offering curated exhibitions and programs highlighting cutting-edge creations and innovations of our times. Their annual events, taking place in Jakarta’s happening lifestyle neighborhood Kemang, have featured prominent artists, designers, and cross-discipline creators from across the globe. ICAD has also partnered with prestigious international platforms such as Milan SuperDesign Show, La Biennale di Venezia, and London Design Biennale, in curating and showcasing Indonesian art and design to the world.

When COVID-19 forced the world into limiting our activities from home, almost everything moved online. We were adjusting and soon, there were more terms accompanied with “from home”; working from home, school from home, yoga from home, etc. But what about exhibitions? Although the pandemic has hit the world this past year, we have seen the art and design communities stand together through thick and thin. As the organizers were no longer able to welcome guests onto their physical sites, industries across the board were moving to virtual/online exhibitions. We have learned and found new ways to survive and thrive. We adapt. We change.

In contrast to previous years, ICAD’s 11th annual exhibition will not only take place at its main venue (grandkemang Hotel Jakarta) but also team up with venues and the curated brands at KEMANG12730, in a celebration of design and art that is unique to and defined by South Jakarta. Programmed to run from the 21st October to 28th November 2021, it not only involves exhibition in its conventional sense but also a range of public activities to attend, both physically and virtually. As an attempt to amplify the experience, ICAD XI also expands its connection through dynamic partnerships with local and international cultural institutions, press, and various lifestyle-related businesses. The exhibitions themselves will be concentrated into several categories which are In Focus (Invited prominent artists and designers from Indonesia), Guest Artists (Invited International artists and designers), Next Gen (Invited young and emerging talents), and Open Submission.

This year ICAD XI sheds light on the theme “Publik” as an indispensable element to art, sparking attention and discussion on how the connection between a work of art and its public can be interrelated. Believing in the importance of the public as a viewer, user, consumer, and trend-setter, ICAD XI encourages participating artists and designers to respond to the current times through speculative ideas of what might be relevant to the public post-pandemic. As creators, what possible futures can we imagine? What changes can we foresee taking place in our everyday lives and how can art and design respond to it?

In addition to the special installation from B.J. Habibie and Irvan A. Noe’man, ICAD XI features an extensive selection of Indonesian and international designers, artists, architects, musicians, communities, and institutions, including:

Aditya Fahrizal Hafiz (Indonesia)
Adrianto Sinaga (Indonesia)
Arahmaiani (Indonesia)
Arum Tresnaningtyas (Indonesia)
Awan Simatupang (Indonesia)
Budi Pradono (Indonesia)
Budi Santoso (Indonesia)
Bujangan Urban (Indonesia)
Cakradara Andiani (Indonesia)
Dea Widya (Indonesia)
Eddi Prabandono (Indonesia)
Eldwin Pradipta (Indonesia)
Festival Relics (Indonesia)
Fluxcup (Indonesia)
Forum Sudut Pandang (Indonesia)
Gubuak Kopi (Indonesia)
Handoko Hendroyono (Indonesia)
Hestu Setu Legi (Indonesia)
Festival Relics (Bagus Pandega, Randy
Danistha, Nara Anindyaguna, Coune)
Patrick Hartono (Indonesia)*
Irwan Ahmett (Indonesia)
Jatiwangi Art Factory (Indonesia)
Jumaldi Alfi (Indonesia)
Komikazer/Reza Mustar (Indonesia)
Naomi Samara (Indonesia)
Nina Nuradiati (Indonesia)
Nindityo Adipurnomo (Indonesia)
Panji Wisesa (Indonesia)
Ridwan Kamil (Indonesia)
Sheila Rooswitha Putri (Indonesia)
Taba Sanchabakhtiar (Indonesia)
Vendy Methodos (Indonesia)
Aung Myat Htay (Myanmar)
Bo Wang (Cina)
Charles Lim (Singapore)
Goran Despotoyski (Serbia)
Mark Salvatus (The Philippines)
Takashi Makino (Japan)
Nicolas Champeaux
& Gilles Porte (Perancis)*

*Additional appearance (in collaboration with IFI)

ICAD XI will also present more than 35 programs, such as film screenings, masterclasses, discussions, workshops, and online performances held with local and international partner institutions. All of these programs are aimed at sharing insights and inspiration, free of charge. Here are some programs that will take place in the ICAD XI show:

● Roundtable (online) hosted with Superstudio, Milan. In this discussion, several speakers will discuss the development of art and design in Indonesia and Italy: Gisella Borioli (Founder and CEO, Superstudio Group), Diana Nazir (Founder and Director, ICAD), Fulvia Ramogida (Chairman of Relations, Superstudio Group), Christopher Tanihaha (Indonesian Designer in Milan)

● Roundtable (Online) hosted with the London Design Biennale (LDB), London. In this discussion, representatives of the LDB, as well as the Indonesian Pavilion at LDB, will be discussing Indonesia’s involvement in this prestigious international event: Victoria Broackes (Director, LDB), Dea Widya (Artist, Indonesian Pavilion at LDB), Joshua Simanjuntak (Jury, Pavilion Indonesia in LDB).

● The discussion (Online) which will be held with the Institut Francais d’Indonesie (IFI), brought together Indonesian and French designers (Amaury Poudray, Alvin T, Francis Surjaseputra, etc.) with topics related to the development and future of design.

Diana Nazir, Steering Committee, said “The pandemic has had a profound impact on how people live their lives. We are faced with challenges and forced to adapt and change. How we work, communicate, make choices, and seek information has been transformed, in large part by our willingness to adopt new digital tools and services. In the future, COVID-19 won’t diminish the value of in-person exhibitions; It will only improve our creativity.”

Edwin Nazir, Festival Director, said “ICAD has always been about creative collaboration since its first exhibition in 2009. This year we are expanding our partner venues located in an area that has long been known as a design and art area in South Jakarta, namely Kemang. The exhibition and several public programs will be running both physically and virtually. In line with ICAD XI’s theme, “Public”, we would like to amplify the public experience and be the celebration of design and contemporary art in Indonesia.”