Monday, September 27, 2010

Beate Engl: "every sound alarms"

Beate Engl

"every sound alarms"

Opening Friday, Oct 1, 2010 6:30 pm onwards

Short Lecture at
7:00 pm

Performance with students from CKP 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm

Open Until Oct 5, 10:30pm to 7pm
@ 1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery
#1, Shanthi Road, Shanthinagar, Bangalore - 560 027

Every sound alarms
In the framework of a residency supported by Goethe Institut Bangalore the German artist Beate Engl is staying and working at 1.Shanthi Road Studio / Residency for six weeks. On October 1st her works will be presented to the public in a solo show“every sound alarms

Beate Engl’s approach towards sculpture and installation is conceptual and based on audio and text. For her expanded sculptural process the analysis of the site, in which the sculpture is installed, with its formal, social and political conditions is of great importance. Spaces are systems with certain rules and correlations. The analysis of these circumstances is necessary for her artistic practice and she develops her works along this process.

The focus for her residency in Bangalore is the exploration of sound and its meaning, a rich field of research in a globalized city with a noisescape that differs strongly from the artist’s home city and offers her inspiring insights into the local culture.

As part of the residency Beate Engl gave a workshop on “art and audio” at the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and involved the students in a collaborative work that will be performed at the opening.

Participating Students
from the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath:

Aditi Kowshik, Anand Kumar, Anish Joseph, Deepak (Sachin) D.L., Manju M. Das, Navya A., Padhma Priya S., Pratibha Nambiar, Soujanya Shivanna, Vahid Karimpour, Venkatesh K. N., Yamini Pallem
Beate Engl (*1973, Regen, Germany) studied Fine Art / Sculpture at Munich Art Academy, Bauhaus University Weimar and the School of the Arts Institute Chicago. Besides teaching, working as a curator or in collaboration with artists and art historians ("Galerie Goldankauf” 1999-2001; "The Domain of the Great Bear” at kunstraum munich 2006/2007) her artistic practice developed towards site-specific installations with a focus on text and audio ("Betaversion 2.0”, Hall 14 / Federkiel Foundation, Leipzig, 2004; "Und die weiße Zelle schwebt weiter...” ["And the white cube keeps floating…”], Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2005; "Mad as hell", Ortstermine Munich, 2006). Her critical approach towards public space and globalized art market is also expressed in her publications: In "Space is a place. Handbuch und Standortrecherche”, 2005 [Handbook and site research], she ironically claims outer space as a possible site for the expanded art world and in “The blob – nothing can stop it!“, 2008 she pictures a horror scenario of a sculptural mass that got beyond control.

The artist lives and works in Munich / Germany

Monday, September 20, 2010

Photography Workshop By Arjun Swaminathan @1Shanthiroad Sept 25th and 26th 2010

Photography Workshop :

The program is about how to use your camera once you have understood the basics of it. What do I photograph? How do I build a theme or a story? How should I approach the subject?

Of course, I’ll speak about some basics about the camera and what it does, but the focus of the workshop will be towards the points mentioned below.

# Learning to see

# Develop a personal style of vision

# Genres of photography

# Tell stories of people and their cultures

# To photograph landscape and to explore the unseen landscape

# To develop a documentary project

# How to use your images to create a social awareness

# How to become familiar with the history and social context of the people

I will be having slide shows of different genres, photographers and a documentary film show as well to help participants better understand the process of image making and in order to view the natural world with fresh eyes.

This workshop is of two days. We will have a photo walk to identify and photograph potential themes for projects. The participants will be given assignments based on their subject interest, like for example, photo journalistic assignment, and after each shoot there will be a group critique and the entire class will have to participate in speaking about each other’s works.

I will be giving out handouts on various topics which one can read up for reference for the next day or future shoots. The cost for the entire program will be Rs 3500/- per participant.

- Arjun Swaminathan

Dates: September 25th and 26th 2010

The workshop is @ 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery,

#1, Shanthiroad, Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore- 560027

For enrolling please e-mail to

1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery

Monday, September 6, 2010

Relook 6 : lecture by Christopher Pinney

Somberikatte @1 Shanthiroad


RE-LOOK: Lectures on Indian Art

The Look of History: the power of the Aesthetic

a lecture by Christopher Pinney

- Anthropologist and Art Historian, London

Monday 13 September 2010, 6.30 pm

@ 1 Shanthiroad studio/ gallery

1 Shanthiroad, Shanthinagar, Bangalore - 560 027

The Look of History: the Power of the Aesthetic

William Blake angrily scribbled ‘Empire follows art, and not vice versa’ in his copy of Reynolds Discourses on Art. This insight prefigures recent texts by Lyotard and Rancière. This talk sketches a history – up to the present – of the power of the aesthetic in India via indigo, Birsa Munda, B. R. Ambedkar, the India Shining campaign of 2004, and contemporary Dalit shamanism in Madhya Pradesh.

Christopher Pinney, anthropologist and art historian, is widely recognised as an authority on the popular art and visual culture of South Asia. He is the author of several influential books including Camera Indica: The Social Life of Indian Photographs and Photos of the Gods: Printed Image and Political Struggle in India. His most recent book is The Coming of Photography in India (British Library, 2008). Photography and Anthropology is forthcoming from Reaktion. Christopher Pinney teaches at University College London.


*RE-LOOK - Lectures on Indian Art

This series of lectures will present exciting new research being done in the areas of art history, 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, which will take place at the popular artist space 1. Shanthi 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.

*1.Shanthiroad: The Studio/Gallery at 1.Shanthiroad, Bangalore, is an independent artist run space for art residencies, slide lectures, small conferences, installations, performances, screenings and informal gatherings. It was initiated by Suresh Jayaram and is administered by a not-for-profit trust VAC –Visual Art Collective.

1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery