Friday, July 30, 2010

Artist Talk & Presentation by
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
Saturday, 31 July 2010, 5 pm
@1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery

Palakunnathu Matthew’s photographic work addresses the political, social, transformative issues stemming from her own experience of living between three cultures. These cultural “overlays” and shifts use a framework of visual juxtaposition and the construction of parallel realities, identities and histories.

Matthew’s work has been exhibited internationally, most notably at The RISD Museum, Providence; Newark Art Museum; 2009 Guangzhou Biennial of Photography, China; 2006 Noorderlicht Photo festival, Netherlands; and the 2005 Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal Photo Biennale in Canada.

In 2007, Matthew was the first of three artists to be awarded the MacColl Johnson Fellowship in Visual Arts. She has also received the John Gutmann Fellowship, the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Fellowship, and the American Institute of Indian Studies Creative Arts Fellowship. She was an artist-in-residence at the Yaddo and MacDowell Colonies. Her work can be found in the collections of the George Eastman House, Fogg Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Center for Creative Photography; Daimler Art Collection; and the RISD Museum among others. Her work has been featured in BLINK(Phaidon) and Self-Portraits (Susan Bright.)

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is Professor of Art (Photography) at the University of Rhode Island.
She is represented by Tasveer Art gallery, Bangalore.

a solo show of works
by Elena Periera
Artist in Residence.
@1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery

starting 26 juli 6 o'clock
1 of August
event 31 JUli (saturday) 6 o'clock onwards, party :) drinks, music, food life drawing, and more inspiring things!!!
regular timings
11-7 daily
Elena Periera, a young artist, fashion designer, with her first solo exhibition in Bangalore reflects upon many questions on fashion, art and artifacts.
She has created 6 artifacts that re-creates the 6 senses.

Her search started with different kurtas stitched in the city by different tailors, all embelished with different stories. She then photographed these on her friends in a village, before she cut the kurtas into pieces and framed them.
She explores the notion of the frame within a frame and responds to the art of fash-ion.
Dutch fashion designer Elena Pereira, works around topics like consumerism and ones ego and as an young artist, questions
What is original and explores on what is perception.


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Photo installation by Hari and Songs of Kabir by Shabnam

From Monterey to Malwa - a multi media photo installation by Hari Adivrekar
23, 24 July All Day

Songs of Kabir sung by Shabnam Virmani
Saturday 24 July 7~8 pm

Presentation - Kabir Project & Brainstorm about the next Mystic Music festival in Bangalore
Saturday 24 July 8~9 pm

@1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, Bangalore
#1, Shanthi road, Shanthi nagar, Bangalore- 560 027

We invite you this Saturday to view Hari's photos of musicians in performance... and for some singing... and ALSO to start a collective, collaborative process towards the next big mystic music & poetry festival in town - in which we'd like to bring our new folk singer friends from Kutch, Gujarat, and feature an amazing Sindhi Sufi poet - Shah Abdul Lateef Bhitai! Looking forward to seeing you there... INVITING participation by all volunteers, individuals, groups, institutions who were part of the Kabir Festival of 2009 and new ones who want to join us in the next event in 2011!
Shabnam Virmani
The Kabir Project, Srishti
1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Somberikatte @ 1Shanthiroad Re-Look Lecture by Shivaji K Panikkar

Somberikatte @ 1Shanthiroad
RE-LOOK: Lectures on Indian Art

Gay Disclosure and ‘Realism’:
A Critical Re-reading of Bhupen Khakhar

a lecture by
Prof. Shivaji K Panikkar
- Independant art-historian, Baroda
Saturday 17 July 2010, 6:30 pm,
@ 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery, Bangalore

Gay Disclosure and ‘Realism’: A Critical Re-reading of Bhupen Khakhar
Crucial changes happen in the paintings of Bhupen Khakhar in the mid-1980s; thematically and in visualizations. Epistemically this is an important shift, and the presentation will address as to how this shift-over in vocabulary is related to his coming out of closet. The presentation will try to understand ‘disclosure’ in relation to the elements of fantasy and myth, and the elements of bizarre, strange, outlandish, incongruous or the unusual in Khakhar’s paintings, which still holds the primary potential to shock. Within this context, the presentation will critically look at certain crucial texts written on the artist’s works, such as by Geeta Kapur and Ranjit Hoskote and the presentation would suggest the inherent structural homophobia in these reading. It is of significance the way Kapur reads the ‘Indian homosexual man’, which draw immediate comparison with heterosexual relations. Despite taking note of the potential transgressive shift in Khakhar’s art, Kapur and Hoskote try to naturalize Khakhar’s political significance and overlook the implication of these within the gay political activism in two different ways
- Shivaji K Panikkar

Prof. Shivaji K Panikkar had been the Head, Department of Art History and Aesthetics, M.S. University of Baroda. His research and publications are in the areas of pre-modern and modern Indian art. His books include Saptamatrka Worship and Sculpture: An Iconological Interpretation of Conflicts and Resolution in the ‘Storied’ Brahmanical Icons (1997), Twentieth Century Indian Sculpture: Last Two Decades (edited) (2000), Towards A New Art History: Studies in Indian Art (co-edited) (2003), Art of Ancient India: Contextualizing Social Relations (co-edited) (2004), Art of Medieval India: Contextualizing Social Relations (co-edited) (2005), and several exhibition catalogues. Currently he is engaged in editing the books, Art and Activism: Articulating Resistance and Elites and the Popular: Interfaces of India’s Art History. He has coordinated six national conferences around the theme of ‘New Art History’ from 2000 to 2007 in the Dept. of Art History and Aesthetics (MSU Vadodara) and one international conference on Archiving and Art (Feb. 2009). He is one of the Project Directors of the five traveling workshops on the theme Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice which is an initiative of India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Bangalore, and funded by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Apart from research on queer cultural practices, currently he is also engaged in setting up an institution named ARQ: Archive, Research and Queer Cultural Practice.

* This is the fourth in the Re-Look: Lectures on Indian art series.
Somberikatte is an initiative by Pushpamala N.

Saturday, July 10, 2010 @ 1Shanthiroad

Call for participation.
From Archive to Application.
Presented by

Friday, 16th July, 6:30 PM
Open House and Presentation
@ 1 Shanti Road Studio/gallery

Followed by a weekend workshop
17th and 18th July 2010.
Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore has been running as an online archive of digital video with text annotations for over two years. During this period, the focus has been on gathering materials, annotating densely, and building an archive. At present, has over 400 hours of footage, in over 600 "events". Almost all of this is fully transcribed and often mapped to physical locations. Essays have been written over video, and narratives created across different clips in the archive. The focus has been on pulling material into

What are ways to start thinking about pulling material out of From the onset, has had an API (documented at, a programming interface that allows you to pull video out, perform searches, seek to exact time-codes in any video, fetch transcript and map data, and display all this however you please. It also has a PGPL, the General Public License ( that allows for the reappearance and reuse of the material for non-commercial, research and pedagogic use. Through the experience of running the archive, there have been various imaginations of multiple, layered, time-based annotations over video: pedagogical tools for learning and discussion; presentation tools that juxtapose text and video in new ways, essays and other writing formats enabled by rich and context-specific media; and relinking and mashing up the material in ways we haven't thought of yet.

At the workshop, we hope to explore some of these imaginations for video on the web, and video's new qualities as a result of online practices. We invite video-makers, writers, coders and other enthusiasts to participate. (Considering the term "application" in the broadest possible way), we invite participants to bring in/or work on their own content (video material, texts or software), combine it with existing materials and tools in and develop innovative ways of working with these. The mix of technical and non-tech participation is here a plus, not a minus.

Video-makers could bring in their own footage, clips from popular or unpopular cinema, science or lab videos, ads or news, artworks or documentary films. The idea is to reflect on these different forms of video, using the vast annotation and remix possibilities offered by software. Writers could engage with video critically or creatively, by theorising or contextualising footage, writing over images, creating collective textual narratives or weaving fiction and/or poetry around moving images. Coders could devise new ways in which video and text can speak to each other, and to an online audience. Participants could also create pedagogical units around a particular issue, create a multimedia lecture using, or map their city through video, text and code.

The workshop will open with a presentation at 1 Shanti Road, on the 16th of July, to be followed by two days of workshop at the Centre for Internet and Society. There will be individual sessions on all three streams (video, text, code) as well as discussions around how people working in them can collaborate with each other. By end of day 1, we hope to have interesting content and application projects that could be developed through the night and following day. Planning ahead will help, so let's begin. Videomakers, artists, writers, researchers and coders, write to us with your project ideas and a confirmation of your participation at

Some reading around
10 Theses on the Archive:'s current newsletter:
How to use guide: API :