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Nov 8, 2016
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This is how art can bring boring public spaces to life

AIT at Peenya

As part of the collaboration with BMRCL, AIT ran a pilot at the Peenya Metro Station, where we engaged with the site in three six-month-long semesters, bringing together graduating students from Srishti to conceptualise and realise art and design projects at the station. The Peenya Project has seen over 50 prototypes, experiments and temporary interventions, and now stands as a series of 19 permanent artworks that range from light and playful to engaging and thought provoking comments on history, development, community, architecture, transit and urban life.

AIT at Peenya

As part of the collaboration with BMRCL, AIT ran a pilot at the Peenya Metro Station, where we engaged with the site in three six-month-long semesters, bringing together graduating students from Srishti to conceptualise and realise art and design projects at the station. The Peenya Project has seen over 50 prototypes, experiments and temporary interventions, and now stands as a series of 19 permanent artworks that range from light and playful to engaging and thought provoking comments on history, development, community, architecture, transit and urban life.

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Art In Transit is, at its root, an educational project giving students and practitioners an opportunity for a sustained engagement with the city of Bangalore. The project explores what the city was, is, and wants to be. The project facilitates conversations around the diverse perspectives of interface, experience, and visions of City. In this age of exchange, aspiration, connection, and belonging, what becomes of the specificity of place and the everyday story?

Two important factors frame our engagement with the new Metro and the city of Bangalore -

First, each station is very specific to its location. It exists within a community of people, very different from a flyover that just passes through. This locative nature is critical to the project.

Second, the metro is a symbol of a complex middle ground. The metro in Bangalore is complicit in environmental damage and the displacement of communities on one hand, and is an efficient public transport system on the other. The metro is a ripe contradiction in the city and it helps us engage with the idea of place through similar binaries such as value and impact, activism and gentrification, ephemeral and archival.

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About Us

Art in Transit is a project by the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Acknowledging the rapid pace of growth, movement, and development in Bangalore, Art in Transit facilitates a dialogue between people and the urban spaces they inhabit. These conversations stimulate a range of meaningful artistic interventions in spaces of transience. The project creates a platform for diverse voices in contemporary public art practice to converge within the rich urban context of Bangalore.

At present Art in Transit is realising a collaborative public art project between the sister-silicon-cities of Bangalore and San Francisco. This arts exchange links the Civic Center BART Station in San Francisco and the Cubbon Park Metro Station in Bangalore through event-based performance, art, design, and technological interventions.