Thursday, April 1, 2010





This series of lectures will present exciting new research being done in the areas of art history, recent art practice and visual anthropology in India, each for the first time in Bengaluru. Distinguished art historians and academics will be invited to give illustrated papers on their recent work and interests. There will be a lecture every month for a year, which will take place at the popular artist space 1Shanthi Road, situated in the heart of the city.

Somberikatte: Somberikatte is a Kannada word meaning idler’s platform- usually the platform around a large tree where people gather to gossip and exchange news. It is a fictional institution , sometimes a forum, sometimes a film production company or the name of a photo studio, used by the artist Pushpamala N. In 1998-99 soon after moving back to Bengaluru, she held a series of seminars in her studio with three eminent speakers presenting papers. The series was called The Idea of the Folk and explored the notions of the folk, as subaltern, common people, authentic people, the nation etc in the areas of film, art, architecture, environment, technology and law.

1Shanthi Road: 1Shanthiroad, Bengaluru, is an artist led initiative and has become an art space that nurtures creativity and cutting edge art practice. It has achieved a reputation of being open and welcoming to artists and has been a venue for dialogue, debate and a space that is an incubator for contemporary art experimentation that focuses on the process. The Studio/Gallery at 1.Shanthiroad provides space for slide lectures, small conferences, installations, performances, screenings and informal gatherings. We are administered by a not for profit trust VAC –Visual Art Collective. Since it’s inception in 2003 1Shanthi Road has grown to house artists from diverse countries in its residency programmes.

Pushpamala N and Suresh Jayaram