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

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