Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ReLook Lecture: Territorial Realism by Ashish Rajadhyaksha

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

Territorial Realism "
a lecture by

Ashish Rajadhyaksha
- Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

Sunday 31 October 2010, 6.30 pm

@ 1 Shanthiroad studio/ gallery

Territorial Realism

This presentation inquires into a tradition of arts practice that

emerged in Mumbai through the 1970s and 80s, crucially in the visual a

rts but also including the cinema, theatre and music, when the arts

took on several additional responsibilities that we would usually

associate with human rights. The argument is primarily located around

Sudhir Patwardhan's paintings, juxtaposed with Vijay Tendulkar's

theatre, Namdeo Dhasal's poetry and independent films from the time,

alongside inquiries into the cultural actions linked to the 1982

textile workers' strike and the claim of the constitutional right of

the city's pavement dwellers to shelter.

Ashish Rajadhyaksha is Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of

Culture & Society, Bangalore. He is the co-author of the Encyclopaedia of In
dian Cinema (1994), and has recently published the book Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency (2009). He has also written extensively on art and was co-curator with Geeta Kapoor of Bombay/ Mumbai at the Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis show, Tate Modern, London (2001)

*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.


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.

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. Centrally located with an award winning design, it was initiated by Suresh Jayaram and is administered by a not-for-profit trust VAC – Visual Art Collective.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Critique, Genealogy and Reflective Action with VIVEK DHARESHWAR

Critique, Genealogy and Reflective Action with VIVEK DHARESHWAR

6 pm, Saturday 23 Oct 2010,
@1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery

Vivek Dhareshwar will set out a framework for understanding the trajectory of Marxism in India on the three terms of the title.
What kind of conceptualization did Marxism represent? and how to revisit that to achieve a reflective relationship to the present?
Vivek Dhareshwar is an independant scholar based in Bangalore.
STREET SCHOLARS seeks to initiate discussions that bring a certain kind of reflection to bear on our varied practices, our ways of engaging the world (artistic, political or academic). Street Scholars emerged from conversations between Indira Chowdhury, Vivek Dhareshwar and Lata Mani.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Launch of Mobile Artistic Platform - M.A.P

Maraa, in collaboration with Reloading Images (Berlin) is initiating a project titled Mobile Artistic Platform (M.A.P) @ 1Shanthi Road.

Date: Friday 15th Oct 2010; Time: 6 PM
Venue: 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery
#1, Shanthi road, Shanthi Nagar, Bangalore - 560 027

Both groups will make short presentations of their work and about the traveling residency, M.A.P, in South India.All of you are invited to join us in kick starting this journey.

About M.A.P

Maraa in collaboration with Reloading Images announces the launch of M.A.P, a trans-disciplinary travelling platform. As a part of M.A.P, 10 Asian and European artists, will move across South India between 18th October and 15th November. The artists will work and travel together in an attempt to investigate a series of issues concerning sustainable tourism, cross-cultural exchange, creative collaboration and notions of hospitality. This project is supported by the Arts Network Asia (ANA) and Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF).


Maraa means Tree in Kannada. Maraa is an arts and media collective in Bangalore. They apply the lens of arts and media to all their core areas of work. Their work in the arts looks at collaborative art practice, arts and culture in the public space, and arts as process. Maraa believes in an inter-disciplinary approach and trigger dialogues through pratise and pedagogy.

Reloading Images is an open network of artists, writers, curators, architects, filmmakers, designers, scholars and interdisciplinary cultural practitioners. Members of the network initiate and organize activities on a project-by-project basis, working together across various disciplines, formats and places. Their practice takes the form of process-oriented artistic research.

Review of Beate Engl's show by Marta Jakimowicz in Deccan Herald

Sound spaces

“Every sound alarms” by Beate Engle, the German resident at 1Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery (October 1 to 5), was another interesting exploration in multi-sensory experiences. The artist quite successfully tries to make evident, or rather felt, the intangible trajectories and dynamic dependence between sounds, words, three-dimensional objects, people, colours and lights in their spaces.

Impressions, meaning and sensations almost tactile for the involved viewer bear a mutual impact in it, while the present and the fleeting interact with the auras left behind by things past.

Although new to India, she reacted to its reality, spirit and history in a sensitive manner, sometimes calmly focussed and sometimes exciting. Whereas her “Showdown” photographs translated a stirring, rhythmic brightness into an evocation of riotous, festive noises, the “Fair Trade” wall of quoted sentences conjured a movement of human aspirations and “Community Disco” dynamically integrated traffic lights with flashing colour lamps and popular music. Especially good was “Liberty Tree” using post-Independence newsreel sound and image projected over and through an old-fashioned, ornamental memento stand.

Effective too was the series of photographs which playfully and warmly captured monuments of historical personalities finding a prosaic yet charming relationship with current life.

by Marta Jakimowicz
in Art Review , Deccan Herald, Wed 13 Oct 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

BFS@1Shanthi: Film Screenings and lectures: Italian Films

Bangalore Film Society @ 1 Shanthiroad


Lectures and Film screenings

Italian Films

@1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery

Saturday 9th Oct 2010, 6pm

6pm - 6.30pm: introduction by Roberto Cavallini

6-30pm - 8pm: screening of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 'Hawks and Sparrows' (1966).

8pm - 8.30: final comments and discussion

Synopsis THE HAWKS AND THE SPARROWS, a wild comic fable, stars the beloved stone faced clown Toto as an Italian everyman, and Ninetto Davoli as his good natured but empty headed son. Pasolini uses a comic crow, which philosophizes amusingly and pointedly about the passing scene, as a counterpoint to the performers, representing humanity, as they progress down the road of life. Pasolini presents a tragic fable which shows two delightful innocents caught, like many Italians, between the Church and Marxism.

Roberto Cavalli is an Italian, London-based scholar, writer and cultural organizer. After a Master in Contemporary art theory at the Humanities Dept. of Cà Foscari, University of Venice, since 2005 Roberto has been a PhD candidate in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, under the supervision of Dr Jean-Paul Martinon. His research interests include the works of Jacques Derrida, Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot and the films and poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini. He has held teaching positions in the Dept. of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, in the Dept. of Humanities at The City and Guilds London Art School and he worked for three years as docent for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.

Roberto is also the coordinator of InC, a research group in continental philosophy, based at the Graduate School, Goldsmiths. In 2005 he founded BiS with Daniele Rugo, an artistic group for research and visual practice; since then he has curated and authored several projects around issues of migration, social patterns and communities. Some of his projects have taken place in Venice (A+A Gallery), Bologna (Errars), Castello (Spain, Waste Art Biennial), Damascus, New York (The Rider Project), Istanbul (The Apartment Project) and Tangiers. He curated a two-years project about migration titled ‘Leaving room’, a touring exhibition that in March 2009 took place at the Cinemateque de Tanger (Morocco), funded by Roberto Cimetta Foundation and Graduate School, Goldsmiths.

He is also founder, editor-in-chief and author of ‘Eclisse’, books series on cinema and film-making, for ‘Abeditore’, a publishing house based in Milan, Italy.

He is member of Reloading Images network and Executive Producer for Reloading Images India project 2010.

1.Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery

Friday, October 1, 2010

Beate Engl Residency: In Other Words - Collaborative Show

In other words
Opening: Oct. 3, 2010, 3 pm to 7 pm
Select Book House
71 Brigade Road Cross
Oct. 3 through 5, 2010
11:30am to 6:30pm

Beate Engl: I like to work site-specific and in response to a given situation, what made me really appreciate Navin’s idea of showing audio works at Select II. It became a very inspiring collaboration, each of us using sound in a very different way. In my artistic work audio and text are the basis for sculptural settings. My installation "power tower" is placed in the section of the bookshop with encyclopedias and indian history books. In a playful yet critical approach I reflect the correlation between representation of history and power.

Navin Thomas: To begin with, I would like to say that I was quite excited to have met two other people working with alternative sound and with the idea of engaging in a work at the select book house space, my audio work continues to be about electro acoustic ecology, I will be presenting two works, one called "the golden finch" and another site specific work called "rhyme of the ancient mariner". I hope this show encourages more people to present their work at the select book store, Mr Murthy and Sanjay have been really helpful and encouraging over the years, I would like this space to continue to serve this city for a long time to come...

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay: "Audible absence" is a site-specific acoustic space, created from recordings of speech, breathing and poetry readings of my father who passed away a couple of year's ago. The work intends to juxtapose personal with public, in an attempt to investigate auditory memory and transcendence.