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RIDING ROCINANTE: FROM BOMBAY TO SHANGHAI

23rd 
 |  | 6:30 pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

Riding Rocinante was a performative art project undertaken by the artist, Tushar Joag in 2010. A journey through Sardar Sarovar and the Three Gorges, the artist embarked upon on a motorcycle that he named ‘Rocinante’, after Don Quixote’s horse. He left Bombay on the August 23, 2010 and reached Shanghai on October 14, 2010.

 

MIDNIGHT DREAMS: THE TRAGEDY OF A LONE REVOLUTIONARY

27th 
 |  | 6:30 pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

Anita Dube breaks a silence of twenty years to talk about the figure of K P Krishnakumar (1959- 1989): charismatic person, brilliant artist, and leader of the Indian Radical Painters and Sculptors Association. His meteoric career and premature death makes him the stuff of legend within contemporary art history. In an hour long paper, using a structure of quotation and commentary, a surreal method of allowing the mind to excavate buried material as if from the unconscious, she attempts to look at the "still life" from as many different angles and points of view as possible,working towards a process that can help break down myths to reveal the concrete.

 

SOLICITED PERSPECTIVES

21st 
 | 6:30 pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

Solicited Perspectives is a project that aims to nurture emerging curators. The selected applicants were chosen on the basis of careful ranking by a panel of eminent personalities: Amrita Jhaveri, Girish Shahane, Harsh Goenka, Shaheen Merali and Swapan Seth worked with Anupa Mehta to arrive at the four finalists. The young cura...tors were offered the working space with logistical support at The Loft at Lower Parel to present their curatorial projects, bringing in multiple perspectives of the city, urbanism, collision of traditional and contemporary narratives and representations of the natural world.

 

FLOW/CUT: THE FLUID CITY

15th 
 | 6:30 pm | Studio X, Kitab Mahal

The Fluid City originated out of the desire to examine the connections between public art and urban spaces. Co-produced by the Mohile Parikh Center and ArtOxygen, it is a project that investigates the complexities and contradictions generated by the role water plays in Mumbai.

 

STUDIO IN RAJASTHAN

7th 
 |  | 6:30 pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

Studio in Rajasthan is a project that the artist, Waswo X. Waswo has worked for nearly five years, producing a body of work that consists primarily of hand-painted digital studio portraiture and autobiographical miniature paintings. Waswo has worked with a small team of other artists, models and assistants and sometimes compares his role to a fi...lm director who oversees the labour of his team and reserves final artistic judgement. The photo hand-colourist Rajesh Soni and the miniaturist R. Vijay are two artists who work together with Waswo and have been given consistent recognition for their contributions to the project, and even sign the finished work. Rajesh Soni and R. Vijay will join Waswo in a presentation of their joint efforts, discussing the nature of their work, what separates a collaborator from a technical assistant, questions of authorship and intellectual property rights, and the give and take in the bringing of vague concepts to the status of finished art objects.

 

THE POETICS OF COLOUR: NATVAR BHAVSAR (A PAINTER'S JOURNEY)

4th 
 |  | 6:00pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

The 60-minute documentary The Poetics of Color: Natvar Bhavsar (A Painter’s Journey) chronicles the life and work of the noted Indian painter. The film follows Bhavsar as he journeys to New York City, the very nerve centre of the art world, in the 1960s. An immigrant in a new city, Bhavsar settles into a loft in SoHo, falls in love and comes of age as an artist. Viewers glimpse Bhavsar’s meditative studio where the artist works like a Tibetan mandala painter, showering clouds of dry pigment on massive canvases on the floor.

 

THE RISE OF CONCEPTUAL POETICS: AESTHETICS WITHIN IDEOLOGICAL CONSTRAINS

12th 
 |  | 6:30 pm | The Guild, Mumbai

Often aesthetic invention is given a secondary consideration within the current heightened discourse offered in exhibition-making, curatorship and collections. It is to the melodramatic effects that attracts arts increasing clientele and within which much of art and its speculative energy flourishes. The talk will look at these aspects related to the exhibition curated by Shaheen Merali, regarding Iran: the apparent acquiescence of conceptual poetics.

 

SWISS EXPERIMENTAL FILMS 1962 - 1974

7th 
 |  | 6:00 pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

Swiss Experimental Films is a curated package of films illustrating the history of new cinema that emerged in the 1960s in Switzerland. The "Neuer Schweizer Film" (New Swiss Cinema) became internationally renowned and till today the Swiss film industry refers to the ‘film wonder’ of this era. Not much has been written or discussed on the undercurrents of this new cinema that decisively determined the split from the old filmic traditions and made the wonder possible in the first place. In 2005-2006 Reservoirfilm, a Zurich based collective of curators for experimental cinema, started investigating into the history of Swiss experimental film movements and found a wealth of forgotten avant garde material that has been restored and screened for the public. In the Mumbai chapter, the curated screenings will coincide with conversations between the film curators Fred Truniger and Thomas Schärer and the film critic, Meenakshi Shedde.

 

SWISS EXPERIMENTAL FILMS 1962 - 1974

6th 
 |  | 6:00 pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

Swiss Experimental Films is a curated package of films illustrating the history of new cinema that emerged in the 1960s in Switzerland. The "Neuer Schweizer Film" (New Swiss Cinema) became internationally renowned and till today the Swiss film industry refers to the ‘film wonder’ of this era. Not much has been written or discussed on the undercurrents of this new cinema that decisively determined the split from the old filmic traditions and made the wonder possible in the first place. In 2005-2006 Reservoirfilm, a Zurich based collective of curators for experimental cinema, started investigating into the history of Swiss experimental film movements and found a wealth of forgotten avant garde material that has been restored and screened for the public. In the Mumbai chapter, the curated screenings will coincide with conversations between the film curators Fred Truniger and Thomas Schärer and the film critic, Meenakshi Shedde.

 

SWISS EXPERIMENTAL FILMS 1962 - 1974

5th 
 |  | 6:00 pm | Little Theatre, NCPA

Swiss Experimental Films is a curated package of films illustrating the history of new cinema that emerged in the 1960s in Switzerland. The "Neuer Schweizer Film" (New Swiss Cinema) became internationally renowned and till today the Swiss film industry refers to the ‘film wonder’ of this era. Not much has been written or discussed on the undercurrents of this new cinema that decisively determined the split from the old filmic traditions and made the wonder possible in the first place. In 2005-2006 Reservoirfilm, a Zurich based collective of curators for experimental cinema, started investigating into the history of Swiss experimental film movements and found a wealth of forgotten avant garde material that has been restored and screened for the public. In the Mumbai chapter, the curated screenings will coincide with conversations between the film curators Fred Truniger and Thomas Schärer and the film critic, Meenakshi Shedde.

 
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