[Urbanstudy] [Interlude 2017] Call for Participation

Shreyas Srivatsa learn.srivatsa at gmail.com
Fri Nov 10 15:07:25 CST 2017

Hello all,

We at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology are happy to announce Interlude 2017, a four week open studio for Postgraduate and final year Undergraduate students. Please find the posters attached.

About Interlude

‘INTERLUDE’ or the in-between is an experimental space at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, for pause, or self-reflection. It is a platform for critiquing and busting memes of today or of the times to come. The vision is to create a space that lies in the intersection between academic learning and a ‘design-free’ zone, where postgraduate students from Srishti and other institutions come together and critically engage in the act of ‘meme-busting’.

In its second edition this year, we have three Open Studios, each exploring a particular theme. The students have a choice to enroll in any one of the studio and choose a particular provocation that the studio offers. The students then, over a period of four weeks work in interdisciplinary teams to actively construct their response to the chosen provocation.

The construction will be shaped by a mentoring space where experts/artists/activists/scholars from diverse fields will share their insights, experiences and positions in varied forms, such as talks, walks, discussions, open debates, workshops, hackathons, and other formats of their choice. The student teams are encouraged to engage in these wide-ranging activities to conceive their response-building process and take informed positions of their own.

The three studios are,

Open Studio 01: Culture of Resilience: Resilience of Culture
South Asia offers a vast diversity of cultural landscapes that have evolved innumerable responses to the ways in which societies can inhabit places that challenge human ingenuity. All kinds of answers have been found to sustain life in the face of the vagaries of nature, migration and urbanisation. In turn, these conditions have encouraged the development of a bewildering diversity of ways of life, language and cultural forms. In this place-based studio on ‘Culture of Resilience’ you will engage with interdisciplinary ideas and concepts of resilience and examine them through the socio-cultural landscape of Bidar, a fort city in Northern Karnataka.

Open Studio 02: Contesting Heritage
India is a land of great variety of heritage sites and many socio-cultural in uences have worked over several centuries to form these wide-ranging cultural landscapes. While some practices of conservation predates the colonial era, others have been initiated only during the last few decades. One of the reasons for this delay could be that most of these practices are borrowed or adapted from elsewhere. But perhaps a more benign explanation is that heritage in India was sustained by local indigenous practices and outside management was not necessary.

What led to these new practices? How was heritage interpreted before it was subjected to conservation, alteration or demolition? Who decides, what is best for heritage?

Heritage in India today faces a more complex situation than ever before. Education and practice are in a ux because the context, for heritage interpretation and intervention, is constantly under transformation. The socio-political and economic changes in India have impacted the state of heritage management. Indian heritage has at times been a subject of collective decision and at others driven by individual choices.

We envision that this studio ‘Contesting Heritage’ will be an open platform for critical reflections on the tangible, the intangible and the natural heritage of India. This approach would help expand or redefine creative practices in the fields of heritage and urban design. This studio is also a part of the collaborative between the UNESCO Chair at Srishti and ICOMOS India.

Open Studio 03: Sustain by Design
The 2015 UN General Assembly adopted a set of 17 interlinked Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a continuation of the global sustainability agenda previously enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals. Spanning the next 15 years, up to 2030, these goals aim to guide disruptive development agenda, including growing global urbanisation, while respecting human and environmental factors like social justice, economic equity, environmental security which would provide a holistic approach for a sustainable future.

Though the SDGs have been framed after a long process of participation by various stakeholder groups, including Governments, responsibility to realize the Goals are with countries that are member states to the UN. For India, it is imperative to contextualize the SDGs to build a dialogue with national/regional/local goals, aspirations and strategies in order to effectively achieve the set targets. This studio will focus on the role of art and design in critically evaluating the SDGs, innovating with implementation strategies and reimagining them for the Indian context.

Modes of Participation

Participate completely offline: You will work on the provocation you have chosen in your own time and place, mentored by a faculty member from your institute. You will submit your response for curation and presentation at the conference, according to the date set by the respective open studio. You will participate in the culminating conference and present your work.

Participate in some mentoring sessions: You can attend some of the mentoring sessions organized by the studio of your choice, if it suits your calendar. You will have to bear all the expenses for travel and stay on your own. The other activities remain the same as mode 1.

Key Dates

• Call for Participation: 31 October, 2017
• Registration of Teams: 14 November, 2017
• Open Studios: 20 November – 13 December, 2017
• Culminating Conference: 14, 15, 16 December, 2017

Useful Links
Registration Form (No Registration cost) : https://goo.gl/forms/q2PVg71y9MCFpszI2
For detailed information about the studios, provocative propositions and schedule visit: https://srishtipginterlude.wordpress.com/

For any further inquiries about Interlude 2017, please write to:  naveen at srishti.ac.in, deepta at srishti.ac.in

Please share this call for participation widely within your networks, postgraduate or final year undergraduate students and faculty members. Last date for registration is 14th November 2017.

Thank you
Shreyas Srivatsa

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