Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Workshop by lighting designer Jonathan O’Hear at Attakkalari, Bangalore
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts has invited Swiss lighting designer Jonathan O'Hear to conduct diploma, repertory and community workshops.

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts has invited Swiss lighting designer Jonathan O'Hear to conduct diploma, repertory and community workshops. 

Date: 26 May - 6 June 2014 
Venue: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden, Behind Mandovi Motors, Bengaluru-560027 
Entry: Contact Vijay Saravanan C R, Production Executive / Light Designer, TransMedia Technologies, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, 24-04, 1st Cross, Wilson Garden, Bangalore 560 027 / +91 9840222315 

Synopsis: TransMedia Technologies, a division of Attakkalari, will be hosting Jonathan O'Hear, an internationally renowned lighting designer who is especially known for his work with light as an object of art and with unconventional ways of controlling light. Jonathan will be in Bangalore for two weeks, during which time he will be working closely with TransMedia's in-house Lighting Designers and Technicians to share his expertise and experience in the field of lighting design.

Over the weekend, Jonathan will also be conducting an Advanced workshop in lighting design which will be open to the public. The workshop is meant for lighting designers, choreographers, dancers, and anyone interested in studying light.This will be a workshop that deals with technology in lighting - both the technologies used in the past and developing and future technologies. In concordance with the multifaceted nature of light, the workshop will be a mix of theory, observation and sensing.

About the workshop: 
For the workshop for the Diploma students of Attakkalari, Jonathan will address the foundations for understanding the impact of light on humans as well as the technicalities of applying the theory in a real artistic project (not necessarily a performance).

As for the workshop for general public to be held on 31 May & 1 June 2014, Jonathan will talk about lighting technology and human interference. (Introduction, discussion about using technology in lighting: Past technology/future technology, some limits of technology, why use new technologies? etc.) He will also present case studies to showcase use of video as light, use of humans instead of robots and the use of other types of interfaces than a lighting desk. In concordance with the multifaceted nature of light, the workshop will be a mix of theory, observation and sensing.

About Jonathan O'Hear Jonathan O'Hear trained as a filmmaker in Vancouver in the late 80's where he acquired a taste for manipulating light, sound and video in various contexts. Born in the UK, he grew up in Switzerland and elsewhere leading a rather nomadic lifestyle until around 2007. Today he lives in Switzerland and works primarily as a lighting designer for performing arts. 2013 marked his first exhibition as a contemporary artist and his commitment to the Neopost Foofwa dance company as joint artistic and operations director with Foofwa d'Imobilité. His interests in light revolve around three main themes, light as an artistic medium, the use of new technologies submitted to human interference, and light emitting objects. His work is often tainted by the idea that human imperfection transcends technological limitations. His recent collaborations include choreographers Foofwa d'Imobilité, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Prisca Harsch and sculptor Martin Rautenstrauch.

Jonathan has conducted workshops on the use of light as an artistic medium, in the Netherlands, India, South Africa and Mozambique, with the support of Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council. He was invited to show his work by the Villa Bernasconi and the festival Antigel in Geneva.

Partner: Attakkalari Centre of Movements Arts, Bangalore
Announcing recipients of Studio Residencies 2015 / 2016

Pro Helvetia New Delhi announces the names of the artists who have been awarded Studio Residencies for 2015 / 2016.

 Pro Helvetia New Delhi announces the names of Indian and Swiss artists who have been selected by the jury to avail the Studio Residency it offers.

South Asian artists: 
Diya Naidu (dance) / India
Hetal Chudasama (visual arts) / India 
Megha Katyal (visual arts) / India 

Swiss artists: 
Corinne Maier (performing arts) 
Heike Fiedler (literature) 
Pascal Schwaighofer (visual arts) 

The applications received from the above artists were in concurrence with Pro Helvetia - Swiss Art Council's current mandate. The jury made its decision depending on the application's individual merit as well as on being able to find an appropriate host in Switzerland. Besides, preference is given to artists who are able to demonstrate the possibility of generating follow-up projects.

The selection in India was made by a jury comprising Girish Shahane, an art historian, curator and columnist; Mandeep Raikhy, choreographer and dancer; Surekha Anil Kumar, curator and artist; and Chandrika Grover Ralleigh, Head Pro Helvetia New Delhi.

The selection has been corroborated by Pro Helvetia's Specialist Departments in Zurich.

For more information on Residencies offered by Pro Helvetia click here
Mirjam Fischer to collaborate with Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

Mirjam Fischer, a freelance Swiss book publisher and writer was in India to research collaboration with Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014.

Mirjam Fischer was in India in May 2014 to meet Jitish Kallat, the curator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 to research potential collaboration with Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 dates: 12 December 2014 to 29 March 2015 

About Mirjam Fischer
A graduate from the University of Berne with a Master Degree in art history, Mirjam Fischer is a freelance book publisher. She has initiated, produced and realised among others a complex exhibition catalogue for the Kunstmuseum Bern, "The Weak Sex. Thematic Group Show of Contemporary Art," a monograph of Jean Tinguely's late work "Torpedo Institut" as well as the catalogue raisonné of Susi and Ueli Berger furniture design that will be published by Scheidegger & Spiess.

Furthermore, Mirjam extensively researched for graphic material for the artist book by Haris Epaminonda "Chapters I-XXX" that was published in conjunction with her exhibition at Kunsthaus Zürich in 2013. Simultaneously, she was in charge of the one day symposium "Rules & Schools" in Leipzig, Germany, that took place on the occasion of The Leipzig Book Fair, where Switzerland was the guest of honour in 2014. Lectures and talks illuminated questions about the historical relevance and timeliness of rules in Swiss book design. As a producer of books she had to accommodate the specific requirements of a particular book genre. In her role as a publisher, Mirjam had to address many questions such as - Can the artist's book be used as a platform of art and promote an artistic practice, must an exhibition catalogue or a short guide to the exhibition meet mainly service-oriented requirements?

(Photo credit: Veronique Hoegger)
Partner: Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 - 
Mandeep Raikhy presents Inhabited Geometry at STEPS in Switzerland

INHABITED GEOMETRY at Dance Festival STEPS scheduled to take place from 24 April to 17 May 2014.

Indian Choreographer Mandeep Raikhy of GATI Dance Forum India, has been invited to Switzerland along with his group of dancers to present INHABITED GEOMETRY at the DANCE FESTIVAL STEPS scheduled to take place from 24 April to 17 May 2014.

The multimedia work Inhabited Geometry uses transient imagery to present space as an unattainable dream, and seduces audiences with its rapid fusion of Indian Bharata Natyam and contemporary dance.

In a black and white space, the delicate and clearly defined contours of six dancers engender rapidly flowing movements to create a highly elaborate universe. In Inhabited Geometry, choreographer Mandeep Raikhy generates spaces that evoke both home and homeland, but which also make room for individuality, friction and conflict. German media artist Chris Ziegler compresses and layers the choreography using cinematic spaces, allowing the dancers to merge with the transient imagery and make one thing very clear: on the overpopulated Indian subcontinent, sufficient living space is a rare commodity.

While at home with the traditional Indian dance Bharata Natyam and the martial art Kalaripayattu, Mandeep Raikhy and his dancers are also very much in tune with contemporary European dance.

"Many dancers in India are trying to achieve this organic combination of Bharatanatyam and western forms of contemporary dance, but not every one of them is able to achieve the 'organic-ness' of it the way Mandeep and his dancers have." DANCECRITIQUE ANON

choreography Mandeep Raikhy | 
music Ish Shehrawat + diFfuSed beats (Sound Reasons) | 
multimedia design Chris Ziegler | 
dancers 6 | 
length 60 min. without an interval 

Mandeep Raikhy was a dancer at the Shabana Jeyasign Dance Company in London between 2005 and 2009. He has been managing director of the Gati Dance Forums in Delhi since 2009. As a choreographer, he's interested in fusing India's traditional dance styles with contemporary dance. His first full-length work,Inhabited Geometry, was a success in India in 2010/11. Raikhy holds a BA from the Laban Dance Centre in London.

After studying architecture and media art, Chris Ziegler focused his efforts on the interaction between video, dance and performance. As a freelance media artist, he designed multimedia and interactive dance workshops for the Goethe Institute in the Ukraine, Singapore and Japan and worked for William Forsythe's ballet company in Frankfurt (1999-2004). He was made an associate artist in 1993 and has worked as an assistant lecturer at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe since 2001.

25.04. ZürichTheaterhaus Gessnerallee, 20:00 discussion 
27.04. MoutierSalle de Chantemerle, 19:00 discussion, 20:15
30.04. Le Lignon - VernierSalle des Fêtes de Lignon, 20:00 introduction
03.05. BernDampfzentrale Bern, 20:00 introduction, 19:00
04.05. OltenKulturzentrum Schützi Olten, 20:30 introduction, 20:15
06.05. SteckbornPhoenix Theater 81, 20:15 discussion

For more information visit

Architecture Biennale in Venice
Under the title of «A stroll through a fun palace», Hans Ulrich Obrist will present a multi-faceted project at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Pavilion of Switzerland at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition -la Biennale di Venezia 

Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price - A stroll through a fun palace

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist

In collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron, Atelier Bow-Wow, Lorenza Baroncelli, StefanoBoeri, Eleanor Bron, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Dan Graham, Dorothea vonHantelmann, Samantha Hardingham, Koo Jeong-a, Philippe Parreno, Asad Raza, Tino Sehgal,Mirko Zardini, and others

Opening: Friday 6 June 2014, 5.30 pm
Exhibition: 7 June to 23 November 2014

Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price - A stroll through a fun palace is a multi-facetedproject by Hans Ulrich Obrist to be presented by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia at theSwiss Pavilion in the Giardini from 7 June to 23 November 2014.

In a digital time of unlimited access to information, where everyone can be an architect, acurator, an intellectual thinker, Hans Ulrich Obrist's Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price - Astroll through a fun palace revisits the recent past of architecture through retrospectivesof Lucius Burckhardt (1925-2003) and Cedric Price (1934-2003), reflecting on its future inthe 21st century.'We often invent the future with elements from the past. Lucius Burckhardt (1925-2003)and Cedric Price (1934-2003) were two great visionaries whose work resonates andinspires new generations in the 21st century.

At the core of both their work is a practice of drawing. At the centre of the project will be the archives of drawings of Cedric andLucius, of which different aspects will be revealed throughout the Biennale. 'A strollthrough a fun palace' in collaboration with architects and artists will present a laboratorywhere the ideas of Cedric and Lucius can be toolboxes to invent the future.'(Hans Ulrich Obrist, February 2014)

For more information click here.