Of Other Places


CURATED BY Serendipity Arts Foundation in collaboration with Zain Masud & Godrej Culture Lab India

Panelists/Presenters Devin Hentz, Katerina Chuchalina, Adrian Ellis, Cesar Garcia, Jing Liu, Parmesh Shahani, Veer Munshi, Himanshu S, Subasri Krishnan, Nisha Nair-Gupta

16 - 17 DEC
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Old GIM, Ribander


Curated By Serendipity Arts Foundation in collaboration with Zain Masud & Godrej Culture Lab India

The staggering growth of periodic/permanent, independent and area-based art interventions, in the form of festivals, biennales, sites and community experiments raises various points of enquiry. We take site to extend beyond the physical and architectonic environment, to networks of power, the performance of boundaries and belonging, the incursion of capital, and trajectories of difference and diaspora. The site is expanded from a singular physical space to include liminal, suspended places, nomadic lives and 'elsewheres', evoking the function of memory and narrative in shaping the experience of a place.
Through a two-day series of panel discussions, we hope to engage in an exciting conversation around the following questions: What is the relationship between the intervention and its geographic and cultural location––what relations are shared with the selected sites, its ecology and the histories and anxieties of its contemporary moment? Do these interventions produce meaningful interlocutions in the prevailing urban fabric––what is the mandate and from where does it emanate?
How does the growth of such interventions beyond the metropolises, into spaces of confict––active and residual––challenge the dominant 'exhibition' complex? Does this proliferation challenge the hegemony of the West in shaping the public discourse on art, or do these reassert institutionalised modes of engagement? Are there affinities and variances in these multi-city iterations––do they share transnational kinship or are autonomous?

In collaboration with Zain Masud
Session 1 | Notes from the Ground: Art and Emplacement
The first session is devoted to understanding what is implied by 'placemaking' and 'site' in the arthistorical discourse of the global South. If 'place' is constituted by lived experience, and is constitutive of selfhood, how do people narrate their history and identity through art? Can art projects, situated in sites of conflict, historical struggles and oppression, grapple with contested histories, migratory pasts and the contemporaneous regulatory frameworks that shape these sites? What do 'grassroots' art projects establish, for the site and the wider region of its location? How do they relate to and transform existing social and economic structures? How do they contend with the phenomenology of residing in simultaneous spatial felds of past(s), present(s) and future(s)? 
Session 2 | Rule by Aesthetics: Whose History is it Anyway? 
Engaging with global art interventions of varying temporal limits––sporadic, intermittent, permanent––this panel will explore how city-based art and heritage projects, in the form of events in urban commons, art districts and public art projects, relate to structures of governmentality, socioeconomic stratifcations and spatial segmentation. By enquiring into the emergence of 'art zones' and 'districts'––the panel seeks to address a series of concerns: What is the social location of these 'sites'? Are they constituted within or are in relation to the city? Whose history are these sites addressing and who can access them? How do such projects situate their practice and build legitimacy? Who are the stakeholders involved in these projects? Arts-led interventions open possibilities of diversity in representation and the opportunity of building a discursive public, yet these can be exclusive, marginalising and non-participatory. The session hopes to engender consideration on the purpose and audience of such sites. 
Curated by Parmesh Shahani, Godrej India Culture Lab 
This session is devoted to exploring the evolution and shifts in how the 'urban' is defned, perceived and experienced in India. Amidst the changing social fabric of Indian cities, creative place-making presents new ways of constructing identities and fostering a sense of community and new avenues of 'being' are unfolded. Engaging with distinct projects, ranging from a travelling biennale to a flm festival that seeks to craft the idea of the city, the session will interrogate the 'other' Indias which fall beyond the mainstream.


December 16 and 17, 2019
2 Days | 3 Sessions and a Film Screening
Venue: Old Goa Institute of Management, Panjim


Monday | December 16, 2019
In collaboration with Zain Masud

2:00 pm: Introduction 

2:30 - 4:15 pm: Session 1 | Notes from the Ground: Art and Emplacement

Moderated by Fiammetta Rocco, Senior Editor, The Economist


Devin Hentz, Curator of Special Projects, RAW Material Academy

Katerina Chuchalina, Chief Curator, V – A – C Foundation

4:15 - 4:30 pm: Break

4:30 - 6:15 pm: Session 2 | Rule by Aesthetics: Whose History is it Anyway?

Moderated by Adrian Ellis, Founder, AEA Consulting and Global Cultural Districts Network


Cesar Garcia, Director and Chief Curator of The Mistake Room, Los Angeles

Jing Liu, Principal Architect, SO-IL

Tuesday | December 17, 2019

Curated by Parmesh Shahani, Godrej India Culture Lab

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Session 3 | Re-imagining Other Indias

Moderated by Parmesh Shahani, Head, Godrej India Culture Lab  


Veer Munshi, Artist and Curator, Srinagar Biennale

Subasri Krishnan, Lead – Media Lab, Indian Institute Of Human Settlements

Nisha Nair-Gupta, Founder And Curator, The People Place Project

*All sessions are preceded by a project presentation. 

4:00 - 4:30 pm: Break

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Film screenings followed by a presentation by Himanshu S, Dharavi Art Room, Mumbai

5:30 pm: Closing Remarks


Disclaimer : The views and opinions expressed in any performance, artwork or installation do not reflect the official policy or position of the institution.


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