Brief CV
Born in Sultan Kudarat (Mindanao), Renan Laru-an is a curator and critic working across different available knowledge sites in/for the Philippines. After studying psychology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, he founded DiscLab | Research and Criticism, a multidisciplinary platform and ‘virtual’ organization for critical writing, theory, discursive activities, and long-term research on Philippine contemporary art and visual and network culture. As executive director of DiscLab, he co-curated the research-oriented, multi-platform First Lucban Assembly: PAMUMUHUNAN (Waiting for a capital) (organized by Project Space Pilipinas) and initiated the flagship program Waiting Sheds Cooperative Study and Research Program, recently awarded with two-year grant from Arts Collaboratory; and as a nonaffiliated curator, he directs and co-curates the transregional project Herding Islands, Rats and the Anthropocene. He is the editor of An Auto-corrected Journal of Printing Properties (published by Office of Culture and Design) and co-author of From Bandung to Berlin: A Social Fiction with Brigitta Isabella. He has presented projects and lectures at De La Salle University, the University of the Philippines, Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, Osage Art Foundation, OK. Video Indonesia’s Media Arts Festival, Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He is an alumnus of the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course and a member of SYNAPSE – The International Curators’ Network. Recently, he was the recipient of 2016 Encura Curatorial Research Grant at Hangar Barcelona, materializing the project Lightning Studies: Centre for the Translation with Constraints, Conflicts, and will be a Re-Directing: East curator-in-residence at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw in the frame of "The Making of Collective Agencies." He is part of the ongoing two-year CuratorsLAB organized by The Städelschule / Portikus Frankfurt, Institut Teknologi Bandung, and Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia. Ongoing engagements include a preliminary theorization of naivete (Working with Naivete, Before Criticality) through curatorial and writing projects, such as Potential-performance: Short histories of foreclosure commissioned by Green Lantern Press (Chicago).