Wednesday, 31 December 2008

LUPE - the exhibition

A glimpse into the works of graphic novelists from Switzerland and India at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. [dated December 2008]

LUPE - a glimpse into the work of graphic novelists - 4 each from Switzerland and India - to be published jointly in German and English by Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Edition Moderne and Phantomville in 2009.

On view from 1 - 10 December 2008 at Central Court, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Curator: Sarnath Banerjee
Designer: Vishal K Dar
Supported by the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre.

Graphic Novelists: 
Andrea Caprez, Andreas Gefe, Ashish Padlekar, Christophe Badoux, Christoph Schuler, Kati Rickenbach, Orijit Sen, Samit Basu, Sekhar Mukherjee and Vishwajyoti Ghosh


Curator's note: LUPE

In the early spring of 2007, Pro Helvetia and Phantomville, conceived a project that involved creating a conversation between comic book artists living in Switzerland and India. In the following months a dialogue developed through words and pictures, often in the absence of one another. Five Swiss comics creators were invited to visit Delhi and an equal number of Indian practitioners were sent to Zurich. What followed were a dozen or so magnificently crafted graphic essays that gently threatened to break age-old cultural stereotypes and, in a few cases, even enhanced them.

These graphic novellas portray a strong sense of the times we live in and sometimes offer surprisingly deep insights into the contemporary urban lore of both countries. In many cases, the authors see things with the objectivity of an outsider, revealing aspects or layers of the culture-scape not perceived by the insiders. They also display an uncanny skill in understanding each other's local context and avoiding stating the obvious.

The eight panels here are images picked from the narratives that were developed by these artists. The stories will be compiled in a single volume that will be published by Phantomville early next year.

I would like to acknowledge Chandrika Grover Ralleigh and Anindya Roy who were involved in project conceptualising the project along with me and most of all, Pooja Varma, Sangeeta Rana and Mary Therese Kurkalang who co-ordinated it over nearly two years. Vishal Dar designed this exhibition with his characteristic lightness of touch and sophisticated vision.

Sarnath Banerjee
2008
Journal for Art, Sex and Mathematics

The Visual Arts Gallery and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council present the exhibition 'Journal for Art, Sex and Mathematics' [dated December 2008]

The Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, New Delhi present the exhibition Journal for Art, Sex and Mathematics a project by Barbara Ellmerer, Yves Netzhammer and Nils Röller

Preview on 1 Dec 2008 at 6:00 pm. Exhibition on 2 and 3 December 2008 at The Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily

Images and texts explore the special approach of art towards mathematics, natural science and sex/gender. The approach is itself interdisciplinary and takes form of digital dialog. Texts respond to images, which are themselves following other images or texts from natural sciences, literature and philosophy. Visual artists Barbara Ellmerer and writer Nils Röller are now contributing to the Journal from their residencies at New Delhis Sanksriti Kendra.

Prof. Dr. Nils Röller, ZHdK - Zurich University of the Arts, Department for Media Arts presents:

A lecture on ABC of Media Theory Wednesday 3 December at 4:00 pm Palm Court Conference Room, India Habitat Centre

A workshop on 'Time Machines' - Workshop on Media Arts Thursday 4 December from 10 am to 4:00 pm Palm Court Conference Room, India Habitat Centre The workshop explores the special situation of todays Media Arts in Switzerland.

Barbara Ellmerer is a swiss-austrian painter and drawer, educated at the Academy of Art and Design in Zürich and at theUniversity of Arts in Berlin. She has shown her work in museums and galleries in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the United States, Thailand and Peru. She is listed in encyclopedias like -ALLGEMEINES KÜNSTLERLEXIKON, The Visual Artists of all Times and all Nations, Vol. 33 Munich: K.G. SAUR; Lexikon Schweizerisches Institut für Kunstwissenschaften, SIK, www.sikart.ch Recent book: Blue Spanish Sky with a text by Dr. Ulli Seegers. Zürich: Niggli, www.ellmerer.com

Nils Röller is Professor for Media Theory at the Academy of Art in Zürich. He teaches and writes on the impact of modern technology on artistic production. Recent publications in English are : „Scientia Media - Simulation between different cultures of knowledge“; „Thinking with Instruments: The Example of Kant’s Compass”; „Tentative instruments - artistic methods and the crisis of linearity”. For details see: www.romanform.ch.

Yves Netzhammer is living and working in Zürich. His works are shown worldwide. Latest shows include: Furniture of Proportions, SFMOMA 2008, Subjectivation of Repetition, Venice Biennale 2007 and Kassel 2007. Publications are: Yves Netzhammer (1997): Was sich erzählen lässt wird verbessert werden, Verlag Ricco Bilger, Zürich.Yves Netzhammer (1999): Wenn man etwas gegen seine Eigenschaften benützt, muss man dafür einen anderen Namen finden, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen; Dietmar Dath und Anne Philippi (2002): Dornbracht Culture Projects: Statements IV: Yves Netzhammer, Opiate, Mouse on Mars, To Rococo Rot: Bd 4 , Dornbracht, Iserlohn.
Biel-Benaras-Bhubaneswar’ - a musical journey

A collaborative performance by Swiss musician Hans Koch and Odissi Dancer Rekha Tandon. [dated December 2008]

A collaborative performance by Swiss musician Hans Koch and Odissi Dancer Rekha Tandon.

Thursday 4 December 2008 at 7:00 pm at Shri Satya Sai Auditorium 8 Pragati Vihar, Lodhi Road, New Delhi In collaboration with the Delhi International Arts Festival

From Biel to Benaras, a journey from order to chaos, from the familiar to the unfamiliar: new thoughts, new ideas, even new dreams…
From Benaras to Bhubaneswar, a further journey, to explore what is unknown and yet shared, a meeting point… A new pulse, a new rhythm of life; perhaps a new way to Be.

Musician Hans Koch leaves behind his ordered urban life in Switzerland to experience the chaotic moods of Benaras, before venturing further east to Orissa. Here he meets Odissi dancer Rekha Tandon who shows him further facets of traditional and contemporary India...

Artists
Hans Koch Bass clarinet/Video
Rekha Tandon Dancer/Choreographer
Michael Weston Audio-visual design/Lighting

Audiovisuals
Singers Sela Bieri, Siba Prasad Rath
Narration Michael Weston, Rekha Tandon
Percussion Sura Maharana

Hans Koch
Hans Koch quit his career as a recognised classical clarinetist to become one of the most innovative improvising reed-players in Europe. He has been working with everyone from Cecil Taylor to Fred Frith since the eighties. As a composer he has shaped the sound of Koch-Schütz-Studer as well as worked for radio-plays and film. Since the nineties he has been working with electronics as an extension of the saxes/clarinets as well as with sampling/sequencing/Laptop. As a reed-player he is always working on his very own vocabulary and sound, which makes him a very unique voice on the actual scene.

Rekha Tandon
Rekha Tandon started her professional career in the arts in 1980 by performing Indian classical Odissi dance, which she has continued to do extensively in different parts of the world. Always pursuing academics simultaneously, she graduated with a BA in architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture in 1985, an MA in History of Art from the National Museum, New Delhi in 1995, and a PhD from Laban, London in Dance Studies in 2005.

Michael Weston
Michael Weston began his professional life in the pop world of London in the 1980’s, before moving on to writing music for both film and television. In India he has promoted and documented Orissan adivasi culture, particularly the music, as well as creating the music and soundscapes for the productions of Dance Routes.

Rekha Tandon and Michael Weston have worked together since 1997 when they founded Dance Routes as a forum for research and experimentation in Odissi. Their vision has been to make this Indian classical dance form more accessible to contemporary audiences worldwide, without compromising its traditional spiritual integrity. Choreographic works have included pieces created for both performance and film using multicultural literary and musical resources.

Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Arts Council facilitated a residency for Rekha Tandon at the Villa Straeuli at Winterthur, Switzerland in May and June 2008. An Odissi dancer, choreographer and scholar, Rekha’s mission is to conserve and present tradition with a contemporary aesthetic. Her innovative productions are created from research of the classical, folk and tribal performing arts of India.
ZOOM Jazz Quintet and ZOOM trio tour India

Lucas Niggli Zoom to tour India with Indian percussionist Karthik Mani and Sarah Büchi. [dated December 2008]

When Karthik S, a young and established percussionist from Bangalore, India met the immensely talented and well-known Swiss percussionist Lucas Niggli in Zurich in September 2007, the atmosphere reverberated with the sounds of percussion instruments that hailed from across continents. Keen to take their music to new and unexplored spaces after a very fruitful and productive collaboration, Lucas and Karthik will now play with other members of the ZOOM trio and Sarah Büchi (vocals) in front of a Bangalore and New Delhi audience.

The collaborative efforts of Lucas Niggli Zoom and Karthik Mani are a fruitful culmination of the residency and reiterate the objective of Pro Helvetia New Delhi to support artists seeking dialogue with other cultures in an effort to forge closer ties.

Lucas Niggli ZOOM featuring the trio Lucas Niggli, Philipp Schaufelberger (guitar) and Nils Wogram (trombone) will start their tour of India by playing at Gurgaon, a Delhi suburban town followed by playing at Blue Frog in Mumbai. The trio formation has played into the consciousness of a public interested in innovative jazz.

Lucas Niggli - drums, percussion
Karthik Mani (Karthik Subramanya), percussionist / drummer
Nils Wogram - trombone
Philipp Schaufelberger – guitar
Sarah Büchi, vocals

ZOOM Jazz Quintet Featuring Lucas Niggli, Karthik Mani, Sarah Büchi, Philipp Schaufelberger and Nils Wogram

Bangalore
Date: Thursday 4 December 2008 Venue: Alliance Françoise, Bangalore Time: 7:30pm

New Delhi
Date: Friday 5 December 2008 Venue: Sai Auditorium, New Delhi as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival Time: 7:00pm

Lucas Niggli ZOOM trio Featuring the trio Lucas Niggli, Philipp Schaufelberger and Nils Wogram
Gurgaon Date: Thursday 27 November 2008 Venue: Epicentre, Gurgaon Time: 7:30pm
Mumbai (cancelled) Date: Sunday 30 November 2008 Venue: Blue Frog, Mumbai
Stück mit Flügel - Anna Huber to perform in India

The Swiss dancer choreographer Anna Huber is scheduled to tour three Indian cities introducing her distinctive art form to audiences in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. [dated December 2008]

International audiences know Anna Huber for her inimitable and unique style of choreography. The dancer choreographer is scheduled to tour three Indian cities introducing her distinctive art form to audiences in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.

In a Stück mit Flügel, Anna Huber works for the first time with existing compositions and develops a sensitive weave of sound and movement in cooperation with the pianist, Susanne Huber. The performance oscillates between restlessness and stillness, between destabilization and the search for orientation. Being on one‘s way in different spaces of time. The fleeting nature of contemporary dance confronts the structured compositions of György Ligeti, György Kurtág and Franz Liszt and contrasts with the electronic.

New Delhi: Tuesday 2 December 2008 at 7:00 pm at Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg, New Delhi

Kolkata: Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 December 2008 at 6:30 pm at Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9 A Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata

Chennai: Thursday 11 December 2008 at 7:00 pm at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Shenstone Park, 13/ 1 Harrington Road, Chennai

concept/choreography/dance - Anna Huber
piano/musical concept - Susanne Huber
music - György Kurtág, György Ligeti, Franz Liszt
electronic music - Martin Schütz
light design - Thilo Reuther
costume - Inge Zysk props - Brezihouse Proz

Sunday, 30 November 2008


Shiva Nataraja - the cosmic dancer

An exhibition presented by Museum Rietberg featuring some hundred works of art from around the world.

Museum Rietburg presents Shiva Nataraja - the cosmic dancer, an exhibition that features some hundred works of art, selected from among the prized possessions of leading museums in Europe, North America and India as well as from the Museum's Rietberg's own collection.

Exhibition dates: 16 November 2008 to 1 March 2009

At the centre of the show are Southern Indian bronzes and stone sculptures from the Chola dynasty ( 9 - 13 century), as well as precious paintings and wooden sculptures created in later periods.
Parallel events:

Malavika Sarukkai, internationally acclaimed for her Bharat Natyam  dance style that is traditional as well as innovative, will perform at the onset of the exhibition.
The ‘Chartres’ composition' by Paul Giger

Pro Helvetia - the Swiss Arts Council presents a solo violin concert by Swiss musician and composer, Paul Giger in Chennai, Kolkata and Delhi. [dated November 2008]

“Music is an earthly reflection of spiritual worlds and realities.” - Paul Giger

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council presents a solo violin concert by Swiss musician and composer Paul Giger. The Chartres composition is a fascinating musical pilgrimage inspired by the secrets and magic of the Cathedral of Chartres.

Chennai: Wednesday 12 November 2008 At The Ballroom, Taj Connemara Time: 7:00 pm In partnership with The Hindu Music Festival

Kolkata: Friday 14 November 2008 At Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata Time: 6:30 pm In partnership with Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata and Spic Macay

Delhi: Wednesday 19 November 2008 At The Cathedral Church of the Redemption Time: 6:30 pm In partnership with The Cathedral Church of the Redemption, Delhi Music Society and Spic Macay

The 'Chartres' composition
Paul Giger’s fascinating musical pilgrimage has been inspired by the secrets and the magic of the Cathedral of Chartres where his work was the outcome of an intensive dialogue. The famous gothic Cathedral of Chartres in France stands as a symbol of the “spiritual development” of the human being. In seven stages the composition describes the pilgrim’s path through the Cathedral: from the crypt through the labyrinth and the crossing into the sanctum sanctorum.

This physical path, trodden by the faithful for centuries, symbolises the inner, spiritual transition from the earthbound individual to fulfilled spirituality. The musical material emerges from a diversity of traditions ranging from classical to jazz, from European to Asian sounds. Improvised passages alternate with composed passages. Virtuosity contrasted with the meditative immersion into the “key note” of the sanctuary.

The Chartres programme
Paul Giger tries to follow - in a spatial context - the “choreography” of the different movements together with the places in which they are played, as they exist in the Cathedral of Chartres: three parts in the crypt and three in the upper church, followed by silence.

Paul Giger – musician and composer
After finishing school in Switzerland Giger travelled to India. In India the vision of his life as a musician brought the decision of studying classical western music (under Professor Peter Mezger and Ulrich Lehmann) in which he graduated with degrees in teaching and as a soloist for the violin. From 1980 to 1983 Giger was concertmaster of the St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra. He has freelanced as a soloist since 1983 and has collaborated on projects with numerous musicians. Giger has released six CDs under the Munich ECM label. His repertoire of violin literature ranges from baroque to contemporary music and improvisation. Besides composing for the violin and violino d`amore, Paul Giger also composes choral, orchestral and chamber music.

For more information on Paul Giger visit: www.paul-giger.ch
The Promising Artist Award 2008

ART India, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council present the Promising Artist Award 2008. [dated November 2008]

ART India, and the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre with the support of Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council and Blue Potteries and Raymond Weil jointly present the fourth Promising Artist Award 2008

Open to suitably qualified Indian nationals working as painters, sculptors, installation artists and graphic artists, the aim of the Award is to encourage and support committed contemporary Indian artists.

The winner of The Promising Artist Award 2008 will be awarded: - a certificate of merit - a cash prize of INR 3,00,000/- - an opportunity to showcase their work at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Delhi and - an opportunity to avail a two month residency in Switzerland to commemorate 60 years of Indo-Swiss friendship.

For more details on the Award and the terms and conditions visit www.artindiamag.com

Friday, 31 October 2008

Gratis Diaries...

A theatre director, a multi-media artist and an artist-in-residence at Rote Fabrik, Amitesh Grover captures the different moods of his residency. [dated October 2008]

A theatre director, a multi-media artist and an artist-in-residence at Rote Fabrik, Amitesh Grover captures the different moods of his residency. Bridging the yawning gap between an overbearing traditional performance past and a nascent urban performing sensibility, Amitesh represents the new generation of Indian theatre artists in the best possible way.

Describing the residency as a truly international experience, Amitesh recounts engaging in inter-cultural discourses with art practitioners from around the globe. Collaborations, exchanges, dialogues are what the future holds for Amitesh as he is scheduled to be in Zurich until December 2008.

" I was greeted by a nippy Zurich summer on a lazy morning of 12th July. Making my way into the city before it had woken up, I was struck by how crisp it was. Welcome to Europe, I chuckled. I was escorted to my studio the same day, which nests within a stark, bold red brick building abandoned by a textile factory early last century. Titled Rote Fabrik (Red Factory), it is spattered by graffiti that, at first impression seems to be slovenly but playful - a respite from city’s exacting landscape – only to reveal to a careful eye how each animated corner carries a nifty anecdote about authority, religion, sex and just about everything else. A capacious double-pillared hall with two majestic windows opening onto Zurich lake, the first floor studio bearing my name on its door was divine for artistic indulgence.

I conducted two Open-Days soon after. Over 50 Artists – visual, sound and performing – and curators attended the evenings in which I showcased my past work. Intriguing interactions followed the presentation; one artist couldn’t help being beguiled by the ‘theatricality’ of contemporary Performance Art in India. Its what helps us young artists bridge the yawning gap between an overbearing traditional performance past and a nascent urban performing sensibility, I explained. She smiled.

Theatrespektakel began mid-august amidst great fervour. An over-arching festival embracing all performing arts (and not just theatre) boasted of stunning shows from Brazil, Indonesia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Germany, India and Switzerland. Being part of jury (and consequently, having free entry to all shows; half the article’s title should begin to make sense by now!) was less daunting than I imagined. We were a quadruple-nation cultural quintette – South Africa, Egypt, India, Switzerland (Swiss and French part; a miracle we emerged from our award discussions smiling!). It was heart-warming to discover how, despite our apparent differences, anxieties soon melted away as we candidly confessed what we loved and hated, often to my surprise, the same things in the same order! Perhaps goes to show how the language of art can render distances futile.

I also attended a Residents’ Meet at Villa Strauli, Winterthur. It proved to be a fabulous opportunity to meet other artists-in-residence in Switzerland from around the world. Rainer Duvell, sculptor and architect from Berlin, conducted a workshop on perception after which we visited the studios in the lovely villa, once home to Winterthur’s soap-manufacture giant!

Over the past weeks, I have met many talented artists for the work I wish to develop here. Laura Klaus (a dancer from Argentina), Cornelia Luethi (a dancer from Switzerland), Martin Wigger (sound artist from Switzerland), Stephan Komitsch (video artist from Germany) and Sophia Stepf (Dramaturg working in inter-cultural discourse from Germany) are few among others with whom I will be striking a collaboration in the coming weeks. We have ‘Present - Episode I’ planned for a show mid-October and ‘Absent – Episode II’ planned for a show late November in my studio." Amitesh Grover Lettenholzstrasse#2 Zurich Switzerland 8038

Artist: Amitesh Grover 
Art Form: Theatre
Theatre director and a multi-media artist, Amitesh is a visiting faculty member at the National School of Drama. A Charles Wallace scholar, he completed his postgraduation in Visual Language of Performance from the Wimbledon College of Art, University of Arts London.
Residency partner organisation: Rote Fabrik
Residency duration: 12 July - 12 Dec 2008

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Alice Boner Gallery, Benaras Hindu University

Showcasing the works and life of Alice Boner, a Swiss artist and scholar, the Alice Boner Gallery, Varanasi reopens to public. [dated September 2008]

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council cordially invites you to view the new Alice Boner Gallery, Kala Bhavan, Benaras Hindu University on Friday 26 September 2008 at 10:00am.

Alice Boner
Dr Alice Boner (1889-1981) a Swiss artist and scholar gravitated towards this great cultural and religious centre, and in 1935, she chose to settle here in a modest house on Assi Ghat, on the banks of the river Ganges. Her experiences of the city and its life, recorded in her diaries, reflect her journey in search of the ‘beyond’, a realm of artistic freedom, deeper experience and consciousness. Once in India, she turned to art studies and studied principles of Indian art and architecture. She came to be known as one of the outstanding scholars and interpreters of Indian sculpture and temple architecture. Her research led her - to not only the significant discovery of the principles of composition in Indian sculpture, but also to a search for the meaning of its content.

Her creative exploration of the “language of form” in Indian sculpture and temple architecture led Alice Boner to move from live practice to the interpretation of Indian art. Seeking confirmation of her own theoretical discoveries in the Sastras and comparing them with the extant monuments in all their dimensions, she combined the interpretive, visual method with the textual and traditional approach. Her understanding and research is reflected in the ‘Principles of Composition in Hindu sculpture’, which is her unique contribution to the study of Indian art. Alice Boner’s pioneering research on Indian art has been widely acclaimed throughout the world.

For her unique contribution to the understanding of Indian art, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, an Indian civilian award that is awarded to recognise distinguished service of a high order to the nation, in any field, by the President of India in 1974. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Zürich.

Alice Boner Foundation, Varanasi
The house of Alice Boner in Varanasi is supported by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. Writers, scholars, artists, dancers and musicians from India and abroad are invited for a creative stay and are provided a residency with basic, but comfortable facilities. This old and atmospheric house on the bank of the Ganga accommodates also the Alice Boner Institute with its library for research on Indian arts. Through its academic activities and exhibitions, the Institute furthers Alice Boner’s own research and also perpetuates her memory.
Centenaire - Alain Daniélou (1907 - 1994)

'Indian art and music: a critical survey of Alain Danielou's Contribution' [dated September 2008]

Alain Danielou India Committee and The Indian Music Society along with Pro Helvetia and a host of other partners present 'Indian art and music: a critical survey of Alain Danielou's Contribution'

24 - 26 September: Varanasi - Alice Boner Institute 
27 September: Delhi – India International Centre

Programme: An international seminar A Photo Exhibition Music Concerts Inauguration of the new Alice Boner Gallery Film Screenings
For programme details click here
Photo credit: Jacques Cloarec Copyrights Alain Danièlou Centre 

Alain Daniélou (1907-1994): scholar of Indian languages and religions, painter, dancer, musician, and photographer, linguist and musicologist, is the author of over forty books on Indian religion, music and culture translated in a dozen of languages. Daniélou lived in Santiniketan and participated in the educational programmes of Rabindranath Tagore, where he orchestrated the Indian national anthem and the national song. Daniélou studied Sanskrit and Hinduism with pandits in Varanasi and Indian classical music with Shivendranath Basu, he learnt to play the rudraveena. With Omkarnath Thakur he set up the Department of Musicology at Benares Hindu University.

From l954-56 he headed the Library at Adyar and from there moved to the Institut Français d’Indologie at Pondicherry. In the 1950s he recorded music all over the world which was published by UNESCO in their Atlas of World Music. Danielou was an honorary member of the International Music Council and founded the Institutes of Comparative Music in Berlin in 1963 and Venice in 1970. In 991 he was elected fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademy and Emeritus Professor by the Senate of Berlin. Daniélou was an Officer of the Légion d'Honneur, Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite, and Commander of Arts and Letters. In 1981, he received the Unesco/CIM prize for music, in 1987 the "Kathmandu" medal from Unesco.
Laurent Aubert to lecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Laurent Aubert, curator of the Geneva Ethnographic Museum to lecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University on his book. [dated September 2008]

Pro Helvetia New Delhi presents a lecture by Laurent Aubert on his book 'The Music of the Other - New Challenges for Ethnomusicology in a Global Age'

Venue: Commitee Room. Centre for the Study of Social Systems Jawaharlal Nehru University

Date: Monday 22nd September at 3 pm 

Lecture heading: 'The Music of the other - New challenges for Ethnomusicology in a Global Age'
The lecture is open to public

Laurent Aubert, doctor in anthropology, is curator at the Geneva Ethnographic Museum and director of the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie (Ethnomusicology Workshops), an institute dedicated to the dissemination of world music, founded in 1983.

Besides field research, particularly in India, he also works on questions related to music and migration. He is the Secretary General of Archives internationales de musique populaire (Int. Archives of Folk Music, AIMP) and editor of its CD collection, founder of Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie (formerly Cahiers de musiques traditionnelles, since 1988), and author of many articles and CDs, as well as several books, including Les feux de la déesse (2004) et Musiques migrantes (2005) and The Music of the Other (2007).
Lecture presentations in India by Freitag brothers

Lecture/presentations by Markus and Daniel Freitag on 'some waste, a sewing machine and one idea’ - how FREITAG became a worldwide known brand. [dated September 2008]

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council presents lecture/presentations by Markus and Daniel Freitag on ‘some waste, a sewing machine and one idea’ - how FREITAG became a worldwide known brand.

At Max Mueller Bhavan/ Goethe-Institut, Bangalore Date: Saturday, 6 September 2008 Time: 4: 00 pm Open to public

At Srishti School of Art Design & Technology, Bangalore Date: 8, 9 & 10 September 2008 Time: 10:00 am For Design students only

At National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi Date: Friday, 12 September 2008 Time: 10:30 am For Design students only

Freitag – the international brand
It was 1993 when Markus and Daniel Freitag, both brothers and graphic designers, were in need of a bag. Zurich locals ride bicycles and they get rained on a lot. So the Freitag Brothers wanted a functional, tough, and water-resistant bag to carry their designs. Inspired by the colourful traffic on the highway extension in front of their apartment, they sewed together a messenger bag from an old truck tarp, took seat belts for straps and used a spare bicycle inner tube to keep the edges from fraying. Quite unintentionally, the brothers landed a hit. Today FREITAG products are sold and copied all around the globe. Since the original messenger, Markus and Daniel have put out more than 40 different products, with more in the pipeline and even more up their sleeves. Nevertheless, FREITAG products are still produced in Switzerland, next to that same highway extension.

In the presentation Markus and Daniel Freitag will present the company history and point out the success-factors, how they managed to grow a "student-project" into a "known" Brand.

Facts & figures about FREITAG 
Headquarter: FREITAG lab. ag / Maag works, Zurich, Switzerland 
Founding year: 1993 
Founders & Owners: Markus and Daniel Freitag 
Workforce: about 60 employees in Zurich, Davos, and Hamburg 
No. of shops: 3 own flagship-stores (Hamburg, Davos, Zurich), over 350 point of sales worldwide Material use: 200 tons of truck tarps = line of trucks 50 km long; 75,000 bicycle inner tubes; 25,000 seatbelts No. of models: over 40 items For more information on Freitag visit: www.freitag.ch

The presentation is being held within the context of the ongoing exhibition CRISS + CROSS design from Switzerland 1860 – 2007 Curated by Ariana Pradal, Köbi Gantenbein & Roland Eberle Exhibition on view from 6 - 20 September 2008 10:30 am - 6:30 pm (Mon - Sat) 10:30 am - 5:00 pm (Sun)

Venue: Goethe-Institut Bangalore /Max Mueller Bhavan The CRISS + CROSS exhibition and the Freitag lectures in Bangalore and Delhi are supported by: Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Arts Council Goethe-Institut Bangalore, Max Mueller Bhavan, BangaloreSrishti School of Art, Design and Technology Bangalore National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi
Tree trunks and fly-overs

A photographic intervention by Swiss artist Rahel Hegnauer who was in Bangalore on a residency programme. [dated September 2008]

Rahel Hegnauer, a visual artist from Zurich was in Bangalore on the artist-in-residence programme. As a culmination of her residency, Rahel put together an exhibition titled 'tree trunks and fly-overs - a photographic intervention.'

Rahel has studied at the Department of Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Following which, Rahel did her postgraduate studies in Art in Public Sphere (Master of Art) in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Extract from the report: 
The trees are victims of the ever fast growing, developing town. It is as if they have been taken over by the attributes of a busy city. They lie as dead bodies along the construction sites of the fly-overs with their roots exposed to the air. The fate of the trees is one visual example among many others to prove how an alien element - the fly-over, can disconnect or interrupt a homogenous system (the daily life in a communal area).

The photographic exhibition was followed by talks by: A N Yelappa Reddy, conservationist and environmentalist Sursh Jayaram, art critic and art historian H S Sudhira, Directorate of Urban Land Transport, Government of Karnataka

Important links:
Bangaluru Artist Residency One (bar1)
Rahel Hegnauer

Sunday, 31 August 2008

Alice Boner and the Arts of India Trust – Residency

The Alice Boner and the Arts of India Trust offers Swiss literary scholars and practising artists a place to reside and work in Varanasi, India. [dated August 2008]

Pro Helvetia New Delhi in collaboration with The Alice Boner and the Arts of India Trust offers Swiss literary scholars and practising artists a place to reside and work in Varanasi, India.

Dr Alice Boner (1889-1981) a Swiss artist and scholar settled in Varanasi, India in 1936 and came to be known as one of the outstanding scholars and interpreters of Indian sculpture and temple architecture. Inspired by the surroundings, Alice Boner chose to live in an old house on Assi Ghat, on the banks of the river Ganges in Varanasi. Once in India, she turned to art studies and studied principles of Indian art and architecture. Her research led her - to not only the significant discovery of the principles of composition in Indian sculpture, but also to a search for the meaning of its content.

For her unique contribution to the understanding of Indian art, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, an Indian civilian award that is awarded to recognise distinguished service of a high order to the nation, in any field, by the President of India in 1974. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Zürich.

The Alice Boner and the Arts of India Trust was set up with a view to support the study of fundamental principles in Indian art and establish fellowships for writers, artists and scholars who wish to live and work in Varanasi for a length of time. The Trust has maintained the house, as it was when Alice Boner lived there. Her own living quarters from where she could watch the sunrise and the river Ganges remain untouched. Residents staying at the house can also see Alice Boner’s paintings, which to this day adorn the walls of the house.

The Residency
Each residency will be for a period of four to eight weeks and will cover the costs of international flights, visa and insurance and also a per diem for the duration of stay. The Alice Boner and the Arts of India Trust will provide accommodation and also take care of the hospitality costs for the duration of the residency. Swiss writers and artists who are looking to work in India are encouraged to apply for this residency at least 3 months before they wish to take up residency to Pro Helvetia New Delhi.

Alice Boner House B1/ 159 Assi Ghat Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Tel: +91 542 2311360

Saturday, 9 August 2008

CRISS + CROSS design from Switzerland 1860 – 2007

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council invites you to a Swiss design exhibition in Ahmedabad and Bangalore. [ dated August 2008]

CRISS + CROSS has been curated by Ariana Pradal, Köbi Gantenbein & Roland Eberle

Ahmedabad
Partner: National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
Venue: National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad 380 007 Opening on Tuesday, 5 August 2008 at 5 pm Date: 6 - 14, August 2008 Time: 10am to 7pm (daily)

Bangalore
Partners: Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology & Goethe-Institut Bangalore
Venue: Goethe-Institut Bangalore, Max Mueller Bhavan Opening on Friday, 5 September 2008 at 6:30 pm Exhibition on view from 6 - 20 September 2008 10:30 am - 6:30 pm (Mon - Sat) 10:30 am - 5:00 pm (Sun)

The exhibition is made up of seven parts:

small + beautiful 
Switzerland is a small country and its engineers are masters of miniaturisation. The focus of miniature design has shifted hugely to now include apparatus such as hearing aids, pacemakers, digital cameras and computer mice etc. The objects are small, even tiny, and technically and aesthetically outstanding. A range of these tiny objects owe their distinctive appearance to Swiss designers.

the tiny helpers
Our arms, hands, legs and eyes are useful, but limited. The designer has constructed a range of implements and tools that enable us to clip and cut, dig and plough, scrape and stir. For use in homes, offices, kitchens and gardens.

up to the mountains
Featuring the tourist industry’s mountain railways, cable-cars, tunnels, chalets, hotels, posters, sports equipment, hats and gloves, all of which naturally has to be given an appealing design.

the longsellers
Swiss design goes back a long way: Toblerone, the Swiss army knife, the Swiss map, furniture by Willy Guhl, Le Corbusier or USM Haller.

hip + young
There is hard and fast competition among designers to create imaginative variations for apparatus, jewellery, clothes, books, food products, machines and everyday equipment. Many small studios design and produce goods and brands specifically for small, but dynamic sections, giving rise to a delightful range of colours and shapes.

a visual statement
In 1958, the designers Richard Paul Lohse, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Hans Neuburg and Carlo Vivarelli founded the magazine New Graphic Design, which quickly became internationally famous. These authors regarded graphic art as communication and no longer as applied painting. Thus they laid the foundation for corporate design, which quickly spread internationally. What began as New Graphics mutated into Swiss Style and later into International Style. A slide show presents about 300 recent works of graphic designers from various fields.

library
Switzerland has a long tradition as a book-printing nation. Books that boast not only about stimulating and intelligent content, but also so beautifully designed and are in demand across nations.

CRISS + CROSS is supported by: 
Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Arts Council 
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad 
Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology , Bangalore 
Goethe-Institut Bangalore, Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore

The exhibitions in India are part of the jubilee celebrations commemorating 60 years of Indo- Swiss friendship. For more information click here.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

Translation House Looren

Translation House Looren offers translators from all over the world a place to reside and work for a number of weeks. [dated July 2008]

Translation House Looren in Wernetshausen, Switzerland offers translators the opportunity to carry out projects in a picturesque, rural setting. The offer is open to translators from all over the world.

Translation House sees itself primarily as a location for concentrated work. In addition, a program of events is intended to advance the profession of literary translation. At Looren, translators can fully devote themselves to their task and at the same time have professional exchanges with other translators.

Pro Helvetia New Delhi invites translators from South Asia to apply for a residency at the Translation House Looren. In order to be considered for a residency you must be a literary translator with at least one substantial published work.

For more information on the Artist-in-Residence programme and the application form click here.
For more information: Translation House Looren

Monday, 30 June 2008

Teatro Dimitri Clown Workshops at Kattaikkuttu

Katja Groll, Stefania Mariani and Dominik Huber from Teatro Dimitri conducted workshops on clowning, acrobatics and mime for the students of Kattaikuttu. [dated June 2008]

Kattaikkuttu or Terukkuttu is a popular theatre of the northern parts of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. A theatre of ritual and entertainment, Kattaikkuttu remains closely tied in with the social, economic, religious and communicative domains of contemporary village life.

The Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam was founded by the Kattaikkuttu Sangam to preserve and enhance the scope of the Kattaikkuttu theatre tradition and safeguard the artistic and economic position of its future exponents.

Workshops are organised at regular intervals in addition to those learned in the regular Kattaikkuttu Training. They offer the students the possibility to familiarize themselves with other art forms and to acquire skills that will enhance their artistic professionalism.

Katja Groll, Stefania Mariani and Dominik Huber from Teatro Dimitri conducted workshops on clowning, acrobatics and mime for the students of Kattaikuttu Gurukulam in Kanchipuram.

This unique exchange between the Teatro Dimitri performers and the students of Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam was supported by Pro Helvetia - The Swiss Arts Council
Rama and Sita – The Ramayana in Indian Painting

Museum Rietberg Zürich presents an exhibition of the works of Indian painters, inspired by the Ramayana’s narrative power. [ dated June 2008]

Venue: Museum Rietberg Zürich Date: 29 June to 28 September 2008

The Ramayana, one of India’s great epics, tells of the deeds of the divine crown prince Rama, exiled with his wife Sita in the wake of a palace intrigue. The heroic poem, written in 24,000 Sanskrit couplets, remains to this day South Asia’s most popular literary work.

The thoughtful design of the exhibition at Museum Rietberg Zürich invites viewers to enter the world of the Ramayana and visit the epic’s key sites. As if they were characters in the story, visitors follow the action through all seven books and experience for themselves how Rama’s beloved wife Sita is ravished by demons. Rama wins her back, with the help of the monkey Hanuman at the head of an army of woodland creatures, and returns to his birthplace, where he enjoys a long and just reign.

The Indian painters, inspired by the Ramayana’s narrative power and wealth of detail, created a comprehensive series of illustrations of all of the poem’s episodes. The small-format, exceptionally valuable pieces testify to a wide range of traditions and stylistic developments in Indian painting. Of note as well is the artists’ great familiarity with the epic, visible in their precise visualization of the text. Among the most splendid works on view at the exhibition are four folios belonging to a Persian translation of the Ramayana prepared during the reign of Akbar, Mogul emperor from 1556 to 1605. The work, created for the emperor’s mother by the most respected painters of the time, is an excellent example of the fusion of the Persian and Indian artistic traditions.

Curators: Jorrit Britschgi, Eberhard Fischer
Architect: Martin Sollberger

Parallel events A traditional shadow-puppet show from southern India will enliven the first week of “Rama and Sita”. Led by S. A. Krishnaiah and B. Veeranna, the puppeteers and musicians will enact an episode from the Ramayana twice daily.

From 16 to 19 September, Kapila Venu will perform classical Sanskrit theatre and dance in the Museum Rietberg. Accompanied by two percussionists, she will enact three episodes from the Ramayana.

Saturday, 31 May 2008

Prayers and poems... by Rekha Tandon

Rekha Tandon, a classical Odissi dancer performed a dance inspired by the rituals of Indian temple dancers at Villa Straeuli, Winterthur. [dated May 2008]

In commemoration of the 60 Years Jubilee celebration of the Indo - Swiss Friendship Treaty, artist-in-residence Rekha Tandon performed at Villa Straeuli on May 17, at 2030 hrs at the 'TanzOrtamGleis'. An Odissi dancer, choreographer and scholar, Dr Tandon's mission is to conserve, present and embody tradition, with a contemporary aesthetic. Her innovative productions are created from research of the classical, folk and tribal performing arts.

Venue: TanzOrtamGleis, Untere Vogelsangstrasse 2, 8400 Winterthur Partner Organisation: Villa Straeuli at Winterthur

Audience Feedback:

Franz Probst, President Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce; Senior Partner Probst Attorneys-at-law Rekha Tandon successfully merges traditional Odissi dance with new elements. The dance performance was outstanding and gave valuable insight into Odissi dancing. Combined with the visual projections, the evening offered a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with the efforts of Rekha to expand the possibilities and the reach of traditional Indian dancing.

Ana Tajouiti, president ‘tanzinwinterthur’
With extraordinary precision and an impressing stage presence, Rekha Tandon showed at the TanzOrtamGleis impressions of her dance works. She was able to mix in a very sensible way, elements of the western culture by video sequences, music and text with Indian dance art. Rekha was able to impress the audience by her courageous effort to bridge the gap between the two diverse cultures.

Evelyn Klöti, Dance Critic
Seeing Rekha Tandon dancing and hearing her speaking about her art (and her work) is of equal value. She has to tell a lot. Whether in a graceful movement of the hands, a glance, a stamp, a word - it is direct and precise. The evening "meet the artist" in Winterthur was a very inspiring meeting with classical Indian dance and mythology and with a great dancer and researcher.

Christian Huggenberg, Journalist
Rekha is an extraordinary dance performer. Never before have I seen such a performance on stage. She is a performer full of rhythm and power, elegance and spiritual wisdom. Her dance art expresses the spirit of Indian culture and history in a unique and wonderful new way.

Media coverage in Switzerland

Article by Evelyn Kloti (PDF) 16 May 2008 in Der Landbote, a Swiss Daily

Event Listing (PDF) 16 May 2008 in Der Landbote, a Swiss Daily
My Big Fat Zurich Residency

Jeet Thayil, an Indian performance poet, writer and musician, writes about his residency and experiences in Zurich. [ dated May 2008]

May 2008
I arrived on the 26th of March to a snowstorm. It was hard to believe it would soon be spring. In fact, in the space of a month or so, it was summer. As a former resident of New York and New Delhi, I treat extreme weather as a fact of life. I felt pretty much at home.

On March 31, I met with Pro Helvetia and Edward Rushton, the composer. By then, Edward and I had decided on the story for our chamber opera, a retelling of the Ramayana from the point of view of Sita. I finished the first scene in two weeks and gave it to Edward, who started working on the music. We’ll go back and forth, making it a genuine collaboration.

I’ve also been working on the novel I’ve been shaping for the past four years. I wrote a hundred pages in Zurich and will soon have a first draft done. And the city? I like it that you can’t get lost here, walk far enough and you’ll come to a familiar square or street. I am moved that there is a law against renting basements because the Swiss have decided that a space without air and light is not fit for human habitation; and that a certain percentage of all public projects must go to art. I like it that there are drinking fountains everywhere and the water is safe. I like it that people ask me for directions and though I have little or no Swiss-German, I’m usually able to oblige.

I feel pretty much at home.

Jeet Thayil
Zurich

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Emerging Trends in Landscape Architecture

Swiss Landscape Architects, Prof Günther Vogt, Andy Schönhoizer and Olivier Lasserre to participate in a conference in Chandigarh. [dated November 2008]

Saakaar Foundation Chandigarh has invited Swiss Landscape Architects, Prof Günther Vogt, Andy Schönhoizer and Olivier Lasserre to participate in an international conference on 'Emerging Trends in Landscape Architecture'.

Date: Sunday 9 November 2008 Venue: Government Museum and Art Gallery Time: 10:00 am to 2:30 pm

Mr Salman Khurshid, Former Minister of State for External Affairs and senior Congress leader has consented to be the chief guest.

Presentations by Swiss architects:
'European Landscape Architecture' - by Prof Günther Vogt
'Urban Transformation Processes' - by Andy Schönhoizer
'Landscape Structure as Pattern for the Project' - by Olivier Lasserre

This conference is being organised by Saakar Foundation in partnership with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, UNESCO, Chandigarh Tourism, Archi Design Perspective and Foundation for Architectural & Environmental Awareness.

Wednesday, 30 April 2008

DanzLenz, the video dance festival

As part of the World Dance Day celebrations, Kri Foundation and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council present DanzLenz, a video dance festival. [ dated April 2008]

DanzLenz, the video dance festival, is a pioneering international effort of the Kri Foundation. Video dance has certain distinct characteristics, which define it, and make it different from the regular understanding of both film and dance. It takes its strength from both, but is an expression of a new genre of art. Video dance is not tied to music, rhythms and juxtaposes the rhythms of the film process, with the rhythms of dance movement projected and located in decontextualised settings.

As part of the three day World Dance Day celebrations, Kri Foundation in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council will present a two day Festival of video dance

Date: Sunday 27 April & Tuesday 29 April 2008 Time: 7:00 pm Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre ( Entry from Gate 3) Seating on first come first served basis

Films to be screened on 27 & 29 April are: 
1) Mini Golf Duration – 9:02 mins Director – Kamal Musale Dance Company – Cie Philippe Saire from the compilation Cartographies

2) Les Arches Duration –7:51 mins Director – Philippe Saire Dance Company – Cie Philippe Saire from the compilation Cartographies

3) Twist Duration – 11:10 mins Director – Alexia Walther Choreography – Foofwa d’Imobilitè

4) Durée Déterminée Duration – 19:24 mins Director – Frèdèric Lombard (Cie 7273) Artistic Collaboration - Jennifer Bonn, Nicolas Cantillon, Cie7273, Laurence Yadi

5) Luj Godog? Duration – 28:06 mins Conceptualisation – Foofwa d’Imobilite and Nicolas Wagnières Choreography – Foofwa d’Imobilite

6) uno-duo Duration – 03:11 mins Director – Nicole Seiler Dance Company – Cie Nicole Seiler

7) hülle -fülle Duration – 00:58 mins Director – Nicole Seiler Dance Company – Cie Nicole Seiler

8) devant - avant Duration – 03:30 mins Director – Nicole Seiler Dance Company – Cie Nicole Seiler

9) plug-play Duration –1:53 mins Director – Nicole Seiler Dance Company – Cie Nicole Seiler

10) One in a million Duration – 09:15 mins Director – Nicole Seiler Dance Company – Cie Nicole Seiler

Monday, 31 March 2008

'Chandigarh: An Approach'

A photographic exhibition by Maja Weyermann on the architecture of Chandigarh and the work of Le Corbusier. [dated March 2008]

Maja Weyermann's preoccupation with Chandigarh urged her to visit the city. Her photographic work that Le Corbusier's city inspired explores how a foreign culture is understood beyond the cliche and the stereotype. The work portrays a perception of space very much her own, but what she also attempts to do is to understand how specific cultural practice can influence these interpretations. Time, light and perspective also determine these renderings drawing the onlooker into spaces that one sees, perhaps for the first time.

Maja Weyermann's photographs on the architecture of Chandigarh and the work of Le Corbusier will be exhibited in Chandigarh and New Delhi as per the schedule below:

Chandigarh:
Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University, Chandigarh Exhibition Opening on Monday, 17 March 2008 at 6:00 pm. Exhibition on view from 17 - 28 March 2008 from 10am to 5pm

New Delhi
Venue: Art Gallery, India International Centre Annexe, Lodi Estate New Delhi Exhibition Opening on Friday, 4 April 2008 at 6:30 pm. Exhibition on view from 5 to 11 April 2008 from 11am to 7pm

Partners: Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Panjab University, Chandigarh India International Centre, New Delhi
Da Motus! to perform in India

DA MOTUS!, a contemporary dance performance company from Switzerland will perform in Chandigarh, Delhi and Jaipur. [dated March 2008]

DA MOTUS! (da!=give, offer! / motus=movement) was founded in 1987 by Antonio Bühler and Brigitte Meuwly and has performed at various International Festivals and cultural events in more than 100 cities across 30 countries.

Da Motus cannot be defined as theatre, neither as dance, nor as any conventional form of body art. They are different and constantly surprise their audiences. Their performances are eclectic and stand out for their vivid creativity and are known for their constant search of artistic renewal, enriched by a subtle ability to play with the circumstances, on stage as well as out-door.

The performance in India is called en vie ... en ville (French for ‘in life…in a city’) and has touches of fancy and poetry bringing colour into the grey urban space while sending out inevitable warnings.

Chandigarh: Sunday 23 March 2008 at the Sukhna Lake Promenade, Chandigarh at 6:00pm Partner: Chandigarh Tourism and STEPS

New Delhi: Wednesday 26 March 2008 at Gallery Espace, Ne Friends Colony at 6:00pm Partner: Khoj Live 08, Khoj International Artists’ Association, Gallery Espace

Jaipur: Saturday 29 March 2008 at Amber Village at 6:00pm Sunday 30 March 2008 at Gaurav Towers at 6:00pm Partner: Jaipur Virasat Foundation , Rajasthan Tourism, Rajasthan Day Celebrations

DA MOTUS! is supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs Canton Fribourg and Pro Helvetia – the Swiss Arts Council.

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