Arzu Mistry at Tedx

How often have we contemplated the role of art in our lives? To what extent does it influence our perspectives? Educator and artist Arzu Mistry focuses on questions like these to plant fundamental ideas in our minds – the exploration of art as an alternative form of learning, the role it plays in building sustainable inclusive communities, and the relationship we have with it. 

Amitabh Kumar at W.I.P. Session 4 hosted by Design Fabric, Mumbai 

Spearheading a public art project, one of the first things that Amitabh talks about is the relevance of space and the art — that art in Delhi is not similar to art than can be produced in Bangalore or in Mumbai.

Science Gallery funded projects for Festival of Stories 7

Gender & Access works through the course of Art in Transit 

To Scratch the Surface

For 11 days between 16-26 April 2017, we invited 11 graphic artists working in public spaces of Bangalore to the Venkatappa Art Gallery and got them to not only recreate the process of making their artworks, but also animate their art of looking at the city. The artists were given 24 blocks of variable dimensions and were given a singular brief – to recreate their sense of the city and the mark they make on it. Across 11 days we had 11 artists, one city. Bangalore.


Music: Swear by Moby courtesy of Abhijeet Rao, Akbar A, Akshay Mittal, Amitabh Kumar, Anand Shenoy, Anpu Varkey, Antra Khurana, Arzu Mistry, Baadal Nanjundaswamy, Bhuvana Vasanth, deadtheduck, Devika, Diiya Pinto, Goutam, Hrishitonoy Dutta, George Mathen, Krishna, Osheen Gupta, Nandita Ratan, Paramesh Waran, Poornima Sukumar, Saksham Verma, Selvaraj Daniel, Shail Suneja, Shilo Shiv Suleman, Shree Vyas, Tanya Singh, Ullas Hydoor, Vanika Khanna, Vijay Kumar, Yash Bhandari, Yenumalai, Eco Echo placeArts youth collective. Friends and Hosts : VAG FORUM, Suresh Samuha, Surekha Sharada, Alaka Rau, Paramesh Jolad, Raghu A Wodeyar, Abhinav Raj, Navin Kumar Kushwah, Pushpamala Narasingarao, Meera Gyanchand

Festival of Stories 1 | 21-22nd October, 2016

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.

Festival of Stories 2 | 21-22nd December, 2016

After the first edition of Festival of Stories in October, this December, Art in Transit, at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in partnership with BMRCL and brings forth a blend of such stories and tales. We are excited to host international artists as part of Bangalore’s sister -city relationship with San Francisco. Artists Robin Lasser and G Craig Hobbs from Migratory Cultures fuse cutting edge technology with art and civic life. Migration stories from both the United States and India will be presented publically in Bangalore, offering an imaginative vision for our shared global commons and differences around the topic of migration in the 21st century. Simon Hanukai, Jonathan Camuzeaux and Nikki Holck of Kaimera Productions, share DATAPRINT that invites audiences to examine the impact of their online fingerprint and question the ethics of data mining through an immersive, installation-type performance that blends theater, music, dance and multimedia. Akash Halankar and Soumyadip Ghosh – The Story Of Space have opened up a dialogue on the concept of Home/Homeland as a space. It seeks to investigate and map the diversity of the city experience and to engender fresh conversations through the construction of a series of artworks that allow various public spheres in the metropolis to interact. We welcome you to the second edition of Festival of Stories on 21 – 22 December 2016, at Cubbon Park Metro Station, to come experience stories of home, belonging and migration through the journeys our artists take you aboard! Festival of Stories, December 2016 is supported by Srishti-Interim, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai and Herman Miller Cares.

Festival of Stories 3 | 18th February, 2017

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.

Festival of Stories 4 | 22-23rd April, 2017

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

Festival of Stories 5 | 18th-20th July 2017

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

Tanya Singh, Antra Khurana, Mishaal Shetty, Prathmi Mehta, Ankita Kabra, Karthika Saktivel, Manu Sharma, Nandita Ratan, Madhav Nair, Saksham Verma, Richard Antony, Shayla Singh

Festival of Stories 6 | 20-22 October, 2017

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?