Saturday, December 20, 2014

bangaloResidency 2014- Goethe Institut

Bangalore is abuzz with German residents who descend on the City in this expanded edition of the bangaloREsidency. 

Our Residency programme has been conceived as a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and various innovative and contemporary art/cultural spaces in Bangalore, with a view to offering German aspirants a space conducive to creative output and the opportunity to work with Indian artists/experts, in the challenging context of Asia's fastest-growing metropolis. The Residencies are designed to involve mutual exchange so that both the visiting Germans and the local community reap the benefit of fresh perspectives and expanding horizons. 

The project began with a single residency at 1 Shanthi Road, but has grown in popularity and scope and the nine much sought-after residences that are now on offer attract several hundred applications with each call. Our partner organisations range from art arenas and ateliers to theatres, festivals, NGOs and educational institutions. 

Uwe Jonas (2014)

The White Rabbit
The time I spent in Bangalore was very intense. The manifold offers of the Goethe-Institut, making possible a good insight into the cultural acitivites of Bangalore and India, and also my own research on the urban life contributed to a better understanding of the country. The diverse contacts to local institutions and artists led to a lively exchange about artistic interventions in the public space, which was intensified through lectures and other formats. A great interest in this art practice was shown, and not least through my intervention (the white rabbit) it came clear, that this format is by all means possible to realise also in the urban area of Bangalore. My main aim to get into conversation about artistic interventions, and to pick out their relevance and possibilities as a central theme, also to prove their realisability, was thus more than fulfilled.

Uwe JonasIn addition, it appeared that this stay was no one-way-road: Next to a general interest to keep on the discussion and to eventually also work further practically with students, the result is a cooperation between the 1 Shanti Road and my residency-programme in Berlin, theLichtenberg Studios. Also it marked the beginning of a new project in the framework of thebangaloREsidency, in cooperation with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation.

The White Rabbit

One of the Bangalore's biggest problems is the individual traffic, not only making the city noisy, but first of all creating a very polluted air through emissions, dispersed dust etc. To walk around outside quickly gives the feeling of being dirty. Everything that lays around seems old and worn out very soon. Trying to handle the ever growing traffic by building flyovers is not even solving the problem in the bud, but just worsens the air quality more and more.

Now the white rabbit comes into play: Per se a cute soft toy, big eyes, round shapes, the cuddly “small child pattern“, pure and pristine. The rabbit doesn't appear in Indian mythology, a sign for the moon and the colour white would be the mysterium in case of an elephant.

In its immense size of 4 meters lenght and a height of one meter, on first view this white rabbit resembles an elephant, or suggests an advertisment action of a nearby luxury mall.

HasenfluselThe passengers friendly adopted him, laughed, made jokes, and went to touch the rabbit and mostly also to take a photo with him. Because he was soft and nice to touch, made like a small soft toy fabric rabbit, and stuffed with soft material. One night, while passing the rabbit, it caught my eye that his ears were being placed above his eyes, as if he could sleep better that way. The next morning he looked at the world again and his ears were hanging down on his side.

This beautiful and pure state, pleasingly revealing itself to the eyes of the car drivers passing by, was of short duration though, because pretty soon the rabbit was covered with dust and emissions, his fur lost its shiny gloss and his color changed from white to grey. The dirtier the rabbit became, the more he showed his shape as a thrown away, disposed or lost soft toy – always resembling something sad. After two weeks parts of his fur were already black.

This melancholic moment, the loss of something that one had come to love with – I was searching for with this intervention.

A bomb assassination on Chirch Street in Bangalore on December 28th, killing a young Indian woman and seriously injuring another person, led to the rabbits' investigative examination, on search for possible bombs. The only remainings of the rabbit were a few white flakes out of his innards, as if they had been draped in memory of the rabbit.

bangaloREsident@1 Shanthi Road

Nora BibelNora Bibel was born in Munich in 1971 and has lived in Berlin since 1999. She travels often for her work, worldwide. She graduated in Photography from the University of Bielefeld and works as a freelance artist and photographer. She also teaches photography in Berlin, part-time, leads occasional international photography workshops and sometimes presents the results in combination with her own work.

A book project for Germany’s Federal Foreign Office led her to Vietnam in 2009 and sparked an intense period of travel and work in Asia. Her main focus there is the interplay and impact of social change and personal fates.

Nora Bibel work 1Her portraiture and book project Que Huong (“Home,” Kerber Verlag, 2011) — which has been shown in Hanoi by the German Embassy as well as in solo and group exhibitions at several locations in Germany — documents how the concept of “home” changed for Vietnamese who returned to their homeland after living for many years as immigrants abroad. What impact do major upheavals in an individual’s native or host country have on her or his personal circumstances? Staged footage from the protagonists’ immediate home environment was combined with short interviews in order to fathom this question. These are quiet, concentrated and precise images seemingly of everyday scenes yet in fact of staged moments quasi suspended in time, co-choreographed by the subjects.

Nora Bibel work 2In early 2014, Nora Bibel was in Myanmar with a grant from VG Bild-Kunst to realise her project “Myanmar’s Driving Force,” in which she examined the effects of the country’s recent radical socio-political change on groups of individuals who played an active part in bringing about that change. Staged photographs depict social activists faced with the frustrations of political deadlock. With partial funding from the Free Lens Foundation, she led two photography workshops on the topic of “Democracy.” The result was a group photo exhibition for the inauguration of the Goethe-Institut in Yangon, in which participants’ unmediated personal impressions complemented her “outsider’s” perspective.

Nora Bibel will next undertake a documentary project—a “bangaloREsidency”— in India, where shifting family structures mirror the rapid rate of social change. Diverse new lifestyles and social codes pose a growing challenge to traditional values and established roles and rites. Nora Bibel will address social change and gender issues in Bangalore by creating staged photographs in family contexts. She will also examine the tradition of family portraits in Asia and the position of women. Is India really as misogynist a society as the media here in Europe would have us believe?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Asialink Residency

Weaving with the community- Daniel explored "Madras Checks"patterns from his colonial heritage.He used an ancestral architectural motif of a "Jaali", perforated window seen in Islamic and colonial architecture to construct his composition.He also interacted with locals with a weaving workshop.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Meeting with Manida

 Meeting KG Subramanyan at NGMA Bangalore

Jitish Kallat and Suresh Jayaram in conversation with KG Subramanyan

Monday, October 27, 2014

ELEMENTS-Installation in Bamboo by Lenin CP

Lenin C.P. Self-taught designer.Born at Chembukadavu in Kerala. Studied up to 10th Standard in schools at Chembukadavu and Kottiyoor. Works as designer with 'Uravu', NGO based in Wayanad, Kerala.The show was opened by well known environmentalist Suresh Heblikar and architect Jaisim.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Partner a Master

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) in partnership with the Mumbai-based Art1st Foundation  brings to Bangalore an artist mentorship programme that enables secondary school students to engage with established artists in the city.
The Art1st Partner a Master: Artist Mentor Program, offers young artists an opportunity to interact and learn from the arts practice of established artists in their city. In Bangalore, young artists get a chance to work with Suresh Jayaram, Ravikumar Kashi, Surekha, C F John, Biju Joze, George Mathen and Suresh Kumar G.
As part of this programme students get the chance to directly engage with these contemporary artists in their studios through a series of workshops. We hope these workshops will offer the students a source of inspiration, and give them insight into the working processes of the artists they admire and possibly aspire to become. The idea of this initiative is to open up their thinking, nurture their imagination and encourage the expression of their creativity. This Program is ideal for any student who is a thinker as it gives students an opportunity to grow beyond their inhibitions and take an idea to the center-stage.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Collabration with Biennale Jogja X1 with 1Shanthroad

Dimas says,' I am 25,and a graduate from the ISI –Institute of Fine arts Indonesia,Yogyakarta.I am basically form the painting department but workis experimental and I have been exploring the idea of using paper and moulding as a creative process that has deeper conceptual meanings.It is more interactive and the process creates conversation across people and cultures.
My project is to embrace the diversity,I wish to create a relationship beyond differences.I want art to accept everyone,also have fun and sharing.I t makes me happy to connect with the others.The situation created is very different,which is like getting a facial or some other body treatment in a spa.It is very meditative for both.The process involes,small pieces of wet paper being laid out first and later with glued paper.

I use very simple material like paper and glue.I start by knowing the person who allows me to use their body to be moulded.It creates an opertunity for conversation.It take about 10 minutes to create a mask.Some times I also cast hands and legs for a composition'
I am also here in 1.Shanthiroad studio as an artis tin residence,as part of the Interviewing the Equator-the

Biennale Jogja XI, which takes place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, will work its way around the equator, a zone designated as the area between the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23°27′ north) and the Tropic of Capricorn (latitude 23°27′ south).  Biennale Jogja will look further towards the future, open up new perspectives and develop confrontations that engage convention and the establishment by examining similar situations all over the world. The discourse of contemporary art has become very dynamic, but we still notice that the dichotomy of center and periphery remains very strong. There is the need to identify new opportunities and seek out more valuable meaning in a biennale event..The discourse of contemporary art has become very dynamic, but we still notice that the dichotomy of center and periphery remains very strong. There is the need to identify new opportunities and seek out more valuable meaning in a biennale event.

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Something and the Nothing by Clava

Clava is an artist from Sweden who lives and works in Berlin, Germany.Apart from being an artist he works as part of an association to start up and run free galleries and studios in the city.His art has been showcased in three countries with great variation in material and form. The latest project made with acrylic on canvas is a further exploration of his abstract painting.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Drawings from Loss by Sajeev Visweswaran

Sajeev Visweswaran is a visual artist who uses his drawing skill to record the reality around him. His minimal outlines capture the essence and character of everyday objects,intimate portraits of his family,desolate interiors and verdant landscapes. With this ability he gathers memory and loss as a leitmotif, and adds metaphorical touches to his drawings. 

Sajeev's drawings are attempts to gather and preserve the missing pieces of personal and political history that are lost or forgotten. He revisits the recent past of Gujarat, to gather memories of people,incidents and other fragments of violence that have been erased to usher in "change". He draws from loss.

The artist was part of a month long residency supported by 1.Shanthiroad Studio. 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

FORMULA by Vineesh V Amin

 Vineesh V Amin holds a Degree in Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA), 2013, specialising in Sculpture from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore.

This show is part of a series @ 1.Shanthiroad Studio that supports young talent. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Film Screening I Churukumara a Film by Sandeep Kumar

Storyline- In a flat within an urban apartment complex an old man is preparing to step out for his daily walk. His grandson insists that he accompanies his grandfather despite his mother’s reluctance to send him out. The boy eventually manages to slip out with his grandfather. What follows is a surprise to both. The grandfather gets engrossed in a bookshop and the grandson, a restless child, ventures into a bustling market and loses his way.

The grandson is anxious and the grandfather paranoid. Each searches for the other in his own fashion, and they eventualy re-unite. The experience of losing a loved one, the various repercussions and the joy of re-uniting – this forms the emotional path of the film.

On finding one another, the grandfather and the child get into an argument as to who really was lost, and and who was out looking.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Two Letter Poem ~ OK by Jivan Frenster I Opens Thursday May 29 2014

Overwhelmed by a society characterized by helpfulness and carelessness, worship and disrespect, beauty and tragedy, artist Jivan Frenster decided to examine the ambivalence of the reality he encountered.  In dealing with a world full of contradictions, you are forced to practice acceptance, which in a negative sense may lead to insensibility and indifference. 

Attempting to create a contemporary portrait of Indian society, Jivan is investigating this complex interrelationship in an assemblage that oscillates between celebration and critique, which will be presented in his final show titled ' A two letter poem ~ O   K'.

Jivan's residency is supported by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Magic and Loss by Ragini Bhow | Opens Friday May 16th 2014

Ragini Bhow's work addresses the nature of seeing, illusion, and the human perception of reality. By altering the familiar into the unfamiliar, she is able to traverse an ambiguous space that raises questions on what it means to view nature from the identity of a terrestrial. Her practice explores material relationships that develop from aesthetic observation, visceral exchange, and conversation. Through juxtapositions of man-made elements with the found organic, such as wood and neon light, she transforms the mundane into sacred artifacts that face an alternate dimension.

Ragini completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with an academic background in Biology. She has been a current resident for 3 months at 1.Shanthiroad.