Art in Transit is a public art and pedagogic initiative facilitated by the Srishti Institute of Art,Design and Technology Bangalore, in collaboration with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation and city based artists and arts organizations. The project is lead by Arzu Mistry and Amitabh Kumar.

Art in Transit seeks to develop a sense of belonging and interaction with the city of Bangalore as a vibrant, creative and inclusive space. Recognizing the rapid pace of growth, movement, and development in the metropolis of Bangalore, Art in Transit uses art, design and technology to stimulate dialogue between people and the urban spaces that they inhabit. This discourse manifests a range of meaningful, pertinent and pervasive artistic interventions in spaces of transience.

How do cities in the throws of rapid change, make meaning of their past, present and future? Can art and design facilitate this process for a city in transience?

In this age of exchange, aspiration, connection, and belonging, what becomes of the specificity of place and the everyday story? What is the imprint bequeathed to the City amidst the concurrent reflection of its past, the retention of its present and the renewal of its future?

Within this ephemeral and transitory endeavor, there are two fundamental overriding factors that frame our engagement with the Metro transit system and the city of Bangalore:

First, each station is distinct and specific to its location. It exists within a community of people, and its presence permeates the contextual vicinity, unlike a flyover that merely passes through. This locative nature is paramount 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 yet is an effective and efficient public transportation system on the other. The metro is a ripe contradiction within the city and offers an opportunity for exploration of place beyond similar binaries such as value and impact, activism and gentrification, and ephemeral and archiva

Since 2014, Art in Transit has become a dynamic platform for diverse voices in contemporary public art practice to converge within the rich and resonant urban context of Bangalore city. The project seeks to further collaborations with artists in other cities in transition – shaped by the forces of technology, migration, gentrification, urbanization and the rapid pace of change. Art in Transit is currently working on a contemporary art exchange with its sister-silicon-city, San Francisco.

 

People

Arzu Mistry

Team lead

Arzu is an educator, ecologist, visual artist, and dancer. She maintains a high level of dedication and enthusiasm for the arts and ecology as mediums for pedagogy, advocacy, transformation, and intervention. Her practice centers on connecting educators, youth and families with place through interdisciplinary education using memory, story, play and art making through community art/ecology projects, livelihoods training, teacher professional development and educational research and practice.

Amitabh Kumar

Team lead

Trained as a painter, Amitabh has explored numerous forms of graphic art, from graphic design and typography, to comics and graphic novels, to illustration and mural-making. Having worked across the spectrum from content creation to curation, he has participated in several exhibitions and art fairs. It is this engagement with contemporary art that made him aware of the lacuna between art and culture, and he began to address this gap by working in public spaces, primarily in the form of murals and print media

Aastha Chauhan

Project Facilitator

Aastha Chauhan specialised in sculpture both for her B.F.A, completed at the Government College of Art in Chandigarh, and her M.F.A. at New Delhi College of Art. She is interested in socially engaged art and collaborative practices. Aastha’s practise is rooted in the urban village of Khirkee in Delhi where she has worked for a decade on projects ranging from an independent zero budget street art festival to projects focusing on urban design and redevelopment.

Zenab Bastawala

Faculty
Zenab is a designer in form of a visualiser, calligrapher, type designer, and educator. She is an acclaimed nationally and internationally trained designer who can work on different cultural and modern platforms. Her expertise falls in conducting workshops, type talks, editorial design, custom made type, and hand lettering projects. Her creative roots are derived from an illustrative background which she acquired during her study/practice of commercial art

Sai Mulpuru

Faculty

Siddhanth Shetty

Research Assistant

Siddhanth is an alumni of the Art In Transit Project. He is a film-maker and makes videos for the project. He is primarily interested in works that are actively participative in nature.

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Yash Bhandari

Research Assistant

Formally trained in Sculpture, Yash likes to continuously challenge thought by switching practices and working with different networks.

Natasha Sharma

Research Assistant
Natasha Sharma is a designer and artist based in India. Inclined towards exploring multiple mediums and materials, her practice revolves around creating public space interventions, installation art and spatial design.Through her works she aims to cultivate a dialogue between the place and its public. By employing behavioural design as key to her research, she finds ways of demonstrating familiar subjects in alternative forms, that arouses curiosity or demands a pause.

Past Faculty

Agnishika Chowdhary
Samir Parker
Shivani Shesadri
Abhiyan Humane

Past Research Assistants

Ruchika Nambiar
Reuben Samson
Aditya Bharadwaj
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Arunima Bose
Gaurav Singh
Manu Sharma
Madhav Nair
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