Can community be a viable alternative way of life, economy and desire?
A community is where certain commons are truly shared. Its advantage is in providing bounds that can be immediately and concretely felt by the individual and sensed by the state. But modern states and economies treat people as individual citizens and consumers: they call forth the modern idea of individual freedom, through a critique of the oppressive traditional communities.
Nowadays that ecological consciousness — of limited resources and other species– is rising, it brings about the awareness and necessity of bounds. Can it lead to real changes towards sustainability? This lecture will argue the emerging value of community in the context of urbanized environments, particularly in developing Southeast Asian countries.
* Entrance is free. English – Vietnamese translation will be provided.
Marco Kusumawijaya participates in ‘Encounter’, a lecture series which is part of a large artistic endeavour called ‘Conscious Realities’, initiated and organized by San Art in partnership with Prince Claus Fund.
Image caption: A community in Kajang, South Sulawesi, building a house together for one of its member.