Our Cities are above – they breathe, feed, excrete, see, smell, hear and witness. Caught between memories of its infancy and chants for its evolution- Bangalore and San Fransico break their silience and speak
The day long event included panel discussions, live music and exhibition of original artworks, as well as a chance to buy comic books from an impressive list of participants including Anpu Varkey, Sharan kumar, Subodhika Malhotra, Nived , Sumitro, Sruti Menon, Praveen yarramilli, Falah Faisal, Rahul Bhandare,, H.A.N.D. Collective, Roshan.k, Boopathy Srinivasan, BlueJackal, Pith Bull, Dhruvan Gautham, Pagal Canvas, Nethra, Bharath Murthy , Death the Duck, Vasvi Oza and Bangalore’s very own Appupen ,Rahil Mohsin, with a total of 35 + participants.
In India’s history of comics, never has there been a time like this, where creative practices, technology and entrepreneurial moves are in a constellation that allows for an independent comics scene to emerge. Not only in the content of comics, but also in the spirit of distribution and sales of the products. The first Bangalore Independent Comics Festival celebrates and invites peers to join ranks in solidarity for artists’ rights and direct market access. Through a free market and a series of events leading up to it- the initiative seeks to create a platform where diverse independent voices can come together and share the art, commerce and joy of making comics.
Through workshops, performances, participatory activities both above and under ground of the Cubbon Park Metro station, we are invited colleges and, students to join with emerging and established practices around the city to engage in a public space. And through this announce for the future of the festival. This festival was an open studio with immersive events lined up weekly. The festival begins from December 1 and goes on till 17th with series of events happening through the course. Participate in walks and workshops; Meet and collaborate with emerging artists; Experience and participate in performances and sound-art events.
Events: 14 Performances, 7 art walks, 4 workshops, 4 interventions • 1178 participants •
Workshops: Shadow Architecture workshop with Threshold, Puncher Press Zine Factory II, Mapping the Park with Sensing Local, Cubbon Park Recipe Book
Performances: Reuse Reduce Retune – Thaalavattam ft Kalariyogi, Rhythm and Poetry – Kannada Rap , Kavigalu, DEBUT poetry performances, curated by Mouth of Word, ISRO, Masta Justy, Arjun Chandran, Shadow Liberation, Bats of Bangalore, by Till Wyler von Ball, Site Specific Contemporary Dance Performance, led by Hemabharathy and Attakkalari, Bharathnatyam Performance – led by Gayatri, Metro-Sapien by Hemant Sreekumar, Discopuppet, Interim Performance led by Anuja Ghoshalkar, Your story and mine by Shobha Raghavan
Interventions: Blind Conversations by Ink weaver, One Square Inch of Art, Installation by Varsha Bhide, What we have common with nature – Khailed Suman, 8-Minute Project by Natasha Sharma
Artwalks: Abhiyan Humane, Amitabh Kumar, Mamta Sagar – Vachana Walk, Pagal Kutta – Fictional walk, Raghu Wodyal – performance walk, Jeetin Rangher – Fictional walk, Rahul Maru
This Festival marked the annual calendar of Festivals that began in October last year. Since then there has been a festival every two months with the Cubbon Park Metro Station as both site and source. Marking this cycle of being in constant conversation with place, this festival we invite public participation in re-interpreting, re-purposing and re-imagining the metro station.
Throughout its life in the metro station, the Art in Transit project has been one of accretion, erasure and residues where different sites have been constantly repurposed for Festival specific vision/ curation. For this festival we invite you to inquire and express – what is the Cubbon Park in the Metro and what is the Metro in Cubbon Park and how do we reflect on erasures and residues in order to host a larger conversation about the life of public art practice?
Events: Open calls, installation art, sonic events, student projects, workshops, poetry, walks, participatory art.
Artists: Aerate ft Smokey the Ghost, Mouth of Word, Adhishree Singh, Trisha Mehta, Ritika Pandey, Deadtheduck, PagalCanvas, Jhanvee Baruah, Yash Bhandari, Sai Krishnamulpuru, Sensing Local.
Festival of Stories 5 was designed as an exhibition of graduation projects by the final semester students of Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology (Batch of 2017)
Participating Students / artists
The 4th edition of the Art in Transit Festival of Stories presents PADA SANCHAARA – a word voyage. It emerged out of the need to understand this new spatial entity, the underground Cubbon Park station, that has taken root for the first time in the city of Bengaluru. A space that we only pass through, the shape of which is hard for our minds to grasp. Poetry and art create visual and metaphoric hinges upon which a commuter’s memory of the space can slowly develop, hence inviting it within the skin of the city. It includes a poetry event curated by Kannada poet Mamta Sagar where four poets, from four different aspects of Kannada poetic engagement were involved in writing a poem each on the Cubbon Park Metro Station. Poets H.S.Venkateshamurthy, Sumathi Rumi Harish, Chand Pasha and Mamta Sagar visited Cubbon Park Metro Station and experienced it as a space that accommodates, reflects, reacts and responds to people and their experiences. The festival also showcases artworks created by the students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, which include interactive installations and virtual reality experiences that explore synergies between art and science. Works in the form books, post cards and T-shirts are also available in a pop-up shop, created as an intimate space of reading within this dynamic transit space
The Festival of Stories 2016-17 brings different visions, histories and practices in dialogue with each other through a series of experiments and interventions in and around Cubbon Park. The Festival brings together artists, students and community organizations to share stories about place and time. Our ways of working through a series of Festivals has proved generative in building new collaborations, and using the arts to build a fluid relationship between pedagogy, research and art-practice within the city. A year-long period of these bi-monthly festivals allows us to curate robust art processes that can be shared with the public. The model encourages persistent dialogue and illuminates the processes of public art practice. This is the third in a series of seven festivals and includes a collaboration with the Neralu Tree Festival as well as works by artist Pooja Kaul, Yash Bhandari and the graduating students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. In this edition, the idea of ‘play’ has emerged as intent and process, where both the act and attitude of working in the metro station is playful. Counter to the repetitive, monotonous time and activity in the metro station, we create disruptions that bring pluralities within the experience of travel and to a city in transit.
The Neralu Tree Festival, Yash Bhandari, Tanya Singh, Antra Khurana, Mishaal Shetty, Prathmi Mehta, Ankita Kabra, Karthika Saktivel, Manu Sharma, Nandita Ratan, Madhav Nair, Saksham Verma, Richard Antony, Shayla Singh
During Festival of Stories #1 – 22-23 October 2016, Art in Transit collaborated with 75 city, national and international artists, and held events at the Cubbon Park Metro Station, Cubbon Park, Bal Bhavan, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Vishweshwaraya Technical Museum. From virtual reality interactions to mythological shadow puppetry; from 12th century Vachana poetry recitals to zine workshops and graffiti sessions; from food walks to story-collecting / storytelling booths, and of course large public murals; the festival brought artists, students and community organizations together to share stories about the city.
During Festival of Stories #1, Art in Transit collaborated with 75 city, national and international artists, and held events at the Cubbon Park Metro Station, Cubbon Park, Bal Bhavan, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Vishweshwaraya Technical Museum. From virtual reality interactions to mythological shadow puppetry; from 12th century Vachana poetry recitals to zine workshops and graffiti sessions; from food walks to story-collecting / storytelling booths, and of course large public murals; the festival brought artists, students and community organizations together to share stories about the city.