Saturday, 30 November 2013

Gipin Varghese presents 'Four works about Resistance'

Gipin Varghese, winner of the FICA Emerging Artist Award 2012 presents his works in Switzerland.

Hochschule fur Design & Kunst, Luzern invites you to
the opening of Indian artist-in-residence Gipin Varghese's exhibition

Four works about Resistance

on Thursday 21 November at 1800 hrs.
On view from 22 November to 25 November 2013.
Venue: Erfrischungsraum / Rössligasse 12/ HSLU, Luzern

Gipin Varghese was awarded the FICA Emerging Artist Award 2012.
Pro Helvetia New Delhi is pleased to collaborate with FICA.
The Emerging Artist Award 2012 includes a twelve-week residency in Switzerland. 

Artist's statement
Today in India, we frequently discuss the conflict between large establishments and indigenous people, and the related issues of land acquisition, mining, water, nuclear energy etc. Policy making is often one-sided and neglects the ecology of the region, farming systems, cultural practices and rituals. In most of the cases people lose faith in the elected government and move towards anti-national gestures. These are the gestures of unsatisfied humans. And the protests are the physical and theatrical development of their traditional environmental knowledge build up from experience and direct observations.

I have been studying them (the protestors) for a long time, and have made plenty of drawings; found some gestures and body languages which represent the spirit of the struggle; and repeated them in my works. The works are connected with particular space and people like anti-nuclear fights - Kudankulam Tamil Nadu, Mithi Virdi; Mining issues - Niyamgiri Hills Orissa, Khandwa - Jal Satyagraha against increase in water level of Indira Sagar Dam...

Gipin Varghese
Luzern, Switzerland
Sound Reasons 2013

Presenting Swiss musicians, Andy Guhl, Jasch and Eisentanz at Sound Reasons 2013, a sound art, contemporary Jazz and electronic music festival.

Sound Reasons 2013 - a festival for sound art, contemporary Jazz and electronic music.

With concerts, workshops and installations taking place across various venues, the main focus of Sound reasons this year will be on live performances and jazz-electronic music crossover. The line up consists of diFfuSed beats, Salomé Voegelin, Jaga Jazzist, Andy Guhl, Grischa Lichtenberger, Yashas Shetty, Jasch, edGeCut, da Saz, Rapoon (Robin Storey), Masta Justy, Hemant Sreekumar and Eisentanz. More artists will be added to this list in the near future.

16 November 2013: Performance & installation at the Embassy of Switzerland / Delhi 
17 November 2013: Performance at Bandra Base / Mumbai [TBC]
20 November 2013: Performance at Alliance Frances de Delhi / Delhi at 7:00 pm  
22 November 2013: Performance at Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan / Delhi at 7:00 pm
23 November 2013: Performance at Humming Tree  / Bangalore at 7:00 pm
05 December 2013: Performance at Blue Frog / Delhi 
07 December 2013: Performance at Blue Frog / Mumbai 

18 November 2013: Workshop at GATI Dance Forum / Delhi 
21 November 2013: Workshop at KHOJ / Delhi

Studio Session
19 November 2013: At Peninsular Studios / Delhi

Who/ When/ Where
For details on who is playing when click here.

Entry: For updated information on the concerts and workshops visit
While some events are open to public, others would require prior registration. 
Contact for more detailed information and GATI  for workshop related questions.

A follow-up of the creative efforts from the 2012 edition will be a collaborative presentation by the Swiss artist Jasch (Jan Schacher) and dancers based in Delhi. Jasch works in the field of electronic and improvised music, performance art, jazz and contemporary music. His main focus is on works combining digital sound and images, abstract graphics and digital video, electro-acoustic music and mixed-media projects. This performance, on 20 November 2013 at Alliance Francaise de Delhi is facilitated by Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council in collaboration with Gati Dance Forum. Also scheduled are workshops by Andy Guhl and a presentation/ talk by Salomé Voegelin on 18 and 19 November at Gati Dance Forum, Khirki. Sound Reasons seeks to overcome the dominance of functional interpretations, while maintaining an open access to technology and production.

The festival is being presented in collaboration with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council, Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Concerts Norway, Blue Frog, Alliance Francaise de Delhi and GATI Dance Forum.

NOTE: Please refer to the Sound Reasons website for the updated schedule. 
Constructing the Future

A symposium on architecture, design and engineering organised in the framework of the 'Year of Swiss Architecture, Design and Engineering in India 2013-2014'.

Constructing the future: Symposium on architecture, design, and engineering 

Date: 13, 14 and 15 November 2013
Time: 0930 hrs-1700 hrs 
Venue: C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Road, New Delhi

The symposium will feature presentations and discussions with subject matter experts from Switzerland and India including Andrea Deplazes, Alfredo Brillembourg, Emanuel Christ, Meret Ernst, Hubertus Adam, Ariel Huber, Ashok B. Lall, Yatin Pandya, Matias Echanove, Rahul Srivastava, Zeenat Niazi. Designers and engineers, among whom Indian engineer Mahendra Raj, will also be part of the conversations. Topics will be ranging from urbanization in megacities, low cost housing, sustainable construction, energy efficient buildings, collective identity through design, to a new deontology for planning and building cities. The symposium is aimed at increasing exchanges and collaborations between Switzerland and India as well as pushing the reflections in these fields further. Participation is open to architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, builders, artists, scholars, students and the general audience as well.

To view the complete programme click here.

This symposium is a part of the larger initiative 'Year of Swiss architecture, design and engineering in India 2013-14.'

Entry free. Pre-registration required. To register write to