Incorporating concepts from visual arts, architecture, vernacular crafts and cultural studies, Cultural Re-imaginations has attempted to challenge the traditional boundaries between art/architecture, artist/artisan, crafts/arts, public/private and inside/outside. The project has attempted to ‘create circumstances for unanticipated convergence of disciplines, ideas and people’ by becoming a platform for collaborative work between bamboo artisans, artists and boat-builders.
Indrani Baruah will share her ongoing cultural experiments in the public realm and the intuitive practice that has evolved over the years out of her interdisciplinary background. She will discuss the constantly evolving process, methodology and forms as manifested in her current experiments on the River Brahmaputra in Guwahati, Assam. Engaging with the ideas of ‘genius loci’ and placemaking in the context of the city, the river and the ‘collective cultural journey’, the three stages of the project Cultural Re-imaginations will be expanded upon.
In collaboration with the India Foundation for the Arts and the Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning.