The World is Our Household!



‘The World is Our Household!’ (TWIOH) is a 6-month, multidisciplinary programme aiming to share and learn situated knowledges about living in solidarity with our communities and environments. TWIOH brings together artists, cultural practitioners, “adat” (indigenous) and community activists from across the Indonesian archipelago, to share their work, struggles and contexts with each other and the public, with the aim of seeding a translocal solidarity network. The heart of TWIOH is this website, which hosts video interviews with communities across Indonesia; a podcast series reflecting on ecological issues and practices of resistance from various contexts; newly commissioned writings; Fellowship for artists, farmers, activists and other practitioners; and a multi-site Forum broadcast live via digital radio.

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‘The World is Our Household!’ (TWIOH) is developed in partnership with Bumi Pemuda Rahayu, Rujak Center for Urban Studies and SAM Fund for Art and Ecology. TWIOH is generously supported by Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development and Goethe-Institut, Marinus Plantema Foundation, Arts Collaboratory, Arts Council England and Goethe-Institut Indonesien.

Our project ‘The World is Our Household!’ borrows its title from an interview with Maria Mies (see link below), in which she speaks about ‘Ecofeminism’ (1993), the seminal book Mies co-wrote with Vandana Shiva. When discussing the idea of subsistence, Mies shares this story:

“I learned what subsistence means—not only for the individual but for the whole world—when I was invited to a conference which was organized by the Association of Catholic Rural Women. I was supposed to speak about subsistence. I was a bit at a loss. What should I tell rural women about subsistence? When I entered the conference hall I saw that the women had put all kinds of fruits and vegetables on the platform: cabbage, potatoes, carrots, apples, pears and some flowers too. And above these fruits of their labor of a whole year they had hung up a banner with the theme of the conference: ‘The World is Our Household!‘ What more could I say about subsistence now! If all people on earth, women and men, would take care of this world as their own household the world would be a different, a better place.” *

As a collective platform bringing together groups from different parts of Indonesia and the world who are working on social and ecological justice, this banner captured the spirit of our aim with TWIOH: sowing the seeds for a translocal solidarity network.

* Joris Leverink, “Ecofeminism. A talk about hard work and great joy”, ‘Roar Magazine’, 22 May 2014. Available via