New School Panel — ReForming India, Artistic Collectives Bend International Art Practices

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Date/Time: 16/04/2007 12:00 am

ReForming India, Artistic Collectives Bend International Art Practices
Monday, April 16, 2007, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The New School, Wollman Hall
66 West 12th Street, 5th floor New York City
Admission: $8, free for all students, as well as New School faculty,
staff and alumni with valid ID
Jaishri Abichandani, artist and curator, founder of South AsianWomen’s Creative Collective (SAWCC)
Madhusree Dutta, filmmaker
Vyjayanthi Rao, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, The New School
Moderator: Nina Moentmann, curator and critic, Hamburg
Respondent: Arjun Appadurai, John Dewey Distinguished Professor in the Social Sciences, The New School
India’s economic boom has dazzled investors and captivated the world.
But beyond the gleam of computer industries lie corruption,
environmental waste, and an elite that struggles with the socialist
legacy. What are the challenges and opportunities for cultural projects
in a climate of economic expectations and sociopolitical contradictions?
What relevance does the public domain have within the cultural discourse
and artistic practice in this area of the world?
The panel discussion examines various forms of artist-driven,
interdisciplinary collectives in India that have developed as antidotes
to the few official contemporary art institutions, which are largely
inaccessible to young artists and thus a dysfunctional part of the
public sphere. Facing a lack of institutional infrastructure, these
collectives have given rise to participatory and interdisciplinary
platforms that have spread from India throughout the world, involving
artists, curators, researchers, activists or new media workers. In the
absence of local funding, the collectives are assuming a
quasi-institutional status that often extends their activities
internationally, either for fundraising, research or artistic purposes.
The results are institutions that feed internationally, in order to
navigate the conditions on the ground, in a disembodied form of the
public sphere. Among the subjects these institutions tackle are urban
development (PUKAR or crit in Mumbai, Sarai in Delhi), artistic
workshops and residencies (Khoj in Delhi), local socio-political
developments (Open Circle in Mumbai) or the societal role of new media
(also Sarai/Raqs). This event is presented on occasion of the
Vera List Center’s program cycle on *The Public Domain.*
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