Friday, 15 April 2016

Exhibition “Le Corbusier - Mastering the Image” travels to Bangalore
A presentation by the Embassy of Switzerland in India, on the occasion of the 50th death anniversary of Le Corbusier.

On the occasion of the 50th death anniversary of Le Corbusier, architect of international repute, the Embassy of Switzerland in India has organised a tour of an exhibition called "Le Corbusier - Mastering the Image". 

This exhibition, also an important part of the "Year of Swiss Innovation in India 2015-2016" was presented in Chandigarh, New Delhi and Ahmedabad last year. In 2016, the exhibition will travel to Mumbai and Bangalore. 

In Bangalore, the exhibition Le Corbusier - Mastering the image is presented in collaboration with the NGMA and swissnex India. It will open at NGMA on 7 April 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

Venue: NGMA Bangalore 
Date: Opening on 07 April 2016 at 7:00 pm 
Exhibition on view till 23 April 2016 
To attend the opening, register at 

This exhibition is not limited to the photographic representation of the achievements of Le Corbusier. Photography becomes both a tool for promoting or disseminating and a means of artistic and visual research. Specialists of the work of Le Corbusier and of photography have had different approaches to this little explored subject so far.

Le Corbusier (1887-1965) is one of the major figures of the twentieth century: his architectural practice and thought have profoundly influenced several generations of architects and urban planners, and his legacy still contributes in shaping contemporary environment.

A good many exhibitions have already been devoted to the multiple facets of Le Corbusier's work, but his relationship to photography, although it touches on many aspects of his varied career, is a theme that has so far received little attention. 

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

AK v/s Blackout
Thomas Heimann, Bruno Steiner and Simon Wunderlich from Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland will be visiting Mumbai this May for a talk and presentation.

Thomas Heimann, Bruno Steiner and Simon Wunderlich from Ausstellungsraum Klingental (A city-funded exhibition space run by local artists in Basel, Switzerland) will be in Mumbai on the invitation of Blackout curated by  Shazeb Arif S.

AK v/s Blackout 
Talk and presentation on 
How do creative communities work in diametrically-opposite worlds of India and Switzerland? 
Wednesday 4 May 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
at Space 118, 118 Wadibunder Road, Mazgaon, Mumbai - 400010
Directions to Space118 

Presentations by 
Thomas Heimann, Bruno Steiner and Simon Wunderlich representing their own artistic practices and Ausstellungsraum Klingental, a city-funded exhibition space run by local artists in Basel, Switzerland / 

Shazeb Arif S. representing The Blackout Festival, an urban subculture experiment that started in Mumbai in 2012 and opened its first international edition in Basel in 2015 

Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Blackout, Space 118 and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Welt-Klimakonferenz // World climate change conference
Swiss film Welt-Klimakonferenz (World climate change conference) by Rimini Protokoll to be screened at Fanatika Film Festival 2016

Pro Helvetia New Delhi and Fanatika Film Festival
present the screening of the Swiss film 

Welt-Klimakonferenz (World climate change conference) 
by Rimini Protokoll 

on 25 March 2016 at 5:00 pm at the Gujrat Vidyapith, Ahmedabad
Entry as per festival rules. 

About the film: 
At the beginning of December 2015, France's capital is host city for the next international climate conference. Representatives of 195 countries will meet here to risk the next step-towards a legally binding climate-protection agreement.

This mammoth-scale drama of diplomacy, aimed at protecting the world's atmosphere, lends itself to being arranged into individual acts and scenes playing out on main stages and secondary stages.There are preliminary discussions and background discussions, negotiations in individual working groups, with fine nuancing of verbal formulations. Parties will battle with one another, block and ignore one another, with each insisting on their own position. Alliances will be formed and power relationships will be adjusted (again).

Accordingly, after an opening ceremony the audience in the Hamburger Schauspielhaus theatre will leave their red upholstered seats; in sub-groups they will be "sworn in" regarding their respective negotiating tactics.

When the issue is that of revealing the "culprit" - in other words the causes of climate change - it is all about facts. By contrast, when developing options for action the matter at hand is ultimately values. Which risks should the world community take on? What cost is it prepared to accept to protect the population in areas menaced by droughts or floods? Is it more important to expand electricity networks for renewable energies than to preserve marvelous landscapes? These are all decisions based on political, economic, and indeed ethical issues.

From most environmental-protection activists' perspective, the most recent climate summit, Warsaw 2013, was anything but a triumph. It has been talked of as a "farce", a "fiasco".Agreement was only reached on minimum compromises. And one single word almost doomed the whole event to failure...
Honoured with honorable mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2015 in the category Hybrid Art
With: Rosemarie Benndorf, Satya Bhowmik, Schirin Fathi, Hartmut Graßl, Bernd Hezel, Marlene Klockmann, Boris Koch, Mojib Latif, Klaus Milke, Juliane Otto, Florian Rauser, Michael Sahm, Vera Schemann, Sebastian Sonntag, Ana Soliz L. de Stange, Freja Vambourg and others...

Directing: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
Set management: Dominic Huber
Dramatisation: Imanuel Schipper / Jörg Bochow
Scientific consultation: Florian Rauser 

More about the film 
About Rimini Protokoll:

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Studio Residencies - Call for applications!
Pro Helvetia announces call for applications for three-month studio residencies in 2017. Application deadline - 1 March 2016.

Pro HelvetiaIn collaboration with its liaison offices, Pro Helvetia supports residencies in India, China and South Africa.

Swiss artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event organisers, mediators) in the areas of the visual arts, music, literature, design and interactive media, theatre and dance are eligible to apply. At the same time, Pro Helvetia facilitates residencies in Switzerland for artists and cultural practitioners from the above-mentioned regions.

1. Studio residency 2017
A studio residency (3 months) in, India, China, Southern Africa or, conversely in Switzerland, gives artists the chance to gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment. The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and cooperations. In addition to a place to work and accommodation, Pro Helvetia will provide specific coaching. The Swiss Arts Council covers the cost of travel, insurances and per diem expenses. Applicants may apply three times in total for a Pro Helvetia studio residency.

1.1 Selection criteria- convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond regional level - context-related motivation- adequate foreign language skills A maximum of four applications can be considered per region.

1.2 Applications Applications must be submitted by 1 March 2016 via Applications must be written in English.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sabine Himmelsbach, Director of House of Electronic Arts Basel to visit India
Sabine Himmelsbach to talk at CeC 2016 in Shillong and at Experimenter Kolkata and Shrishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore.

Sabine Himmelsbach, Director of HeK, will be in India to deliver a talk at CeC 2016 in Shillong and at Experimenter Kolkata and Shrishti School of Art and Design, Bangalore.

Kolkata  | 24 February 2016 
at Experimenter Kolkata
Entry open to all

Shillong | 26 - 28 February 2016 
On the occasion of the tenth edition of Carnival of e-Creativity 
at NEHU (North Eastern Hill University) |Meghalaya Department of Arts & Culture, Shillong

Bangalore | 3 May 2016
at Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology
Entry open to all

Data Cultures. Artistic Practise in a Data-driven Society
Examples from the program at HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel) 
The presentation will focus on works from the field of media arts that reflect life in a world increasingly controlled by data and that raise questions on the societal, political, cultural and social effects brought about by a data driven society. Works shown and discussed are devoted to the potentials offered by the use of the media technology to design sustainable and livable digital and material conditions. Artists raise questions about the importance and position of the individual within our technologically linked society and offer alternatives to a standardized data world. They show new possibilities and opportunities to design our own networks and help us to shape the future of our data society.

Specific strategies explored by artists shown in the presentation include DIY, hacking, sampling, immersive and technologically innovative environments, and the use of algorithms for a generative development of visual material. Examples will come from exhibitions from Himmelsbach's curatorial practice at the HeK (House of Electronic Arts Basel). 

Partners: The Academy of Electronic Arts, Experimenter Kolkata and Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Friday, 8 April 2016

Gregory Stauffer presents 'Walking' in Delhi and Dhaka
Walking is a solo performance by Swiss performer and choreographer Gregory Stauffer.

Date/ venue 
Delhi: 30 March 2016 
as part of Expressions, International Contemporary Dance Festival 2016
Venue: Shri Ram Centre Delhi at 7:00 pm
Entry open to all.
For passes register at 
Or contact Revathy at +91- 9811031527/

Dhaka: 2 & 3 April 2016 
Venue: Goethe-Institut Dhaka / Dhaka

Swiss performer and choreographer Gregory Stauffer is educated in fine arts and physical theatre. In 2009, he started the company "le cabinet des curiosités" which explored and created mainly site-specific performances. He will present "Walking", a solo performance, in March 2016 in Delhi and Dhaka. He is part of the international artist collective Authentic Boys. 

"I walk for 60 minutes, with a drum, with a flute, but mainly with my sole body evolving and changing in this gesture born from the loss of balance and the fall. This performance is a tribute to the ground that supports our changing verticalities and supports our dreams and ambitions. A focus on the height of the foot upon the ground that one treads and the trace that is emerging in our journey towards death. Wandering as a way of being in the world where the landscape, the mind and body are connected to each other to form a musical chord, in the words of Rebecca Solnit."
Gregory Stauffer 

Choreography and performance: Gregory Stauffer
Dramaturgy: Marius Schaffter 
Sound: Ariel Garcia 
Lights: Antoine Frammery 
Set and costume design: Jérôme Stünzi & Gregory Stauffer 
Photography: Chloé Tun Tun 
Administration and distribution: Tutu Production
Production: Le cabinet des curiosités 
Co-production Théâtre de l'Usine, Genève & Reso

Supports Pro Helvetia, Reso - Swiss dance network, Ville de Genève, République and Canton de Genève, Loterie Romande, Nestlé pour l'Art 

Partners: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Embassy of Switzerland in Bangladesh and Goethe-Institut Dhaka, Teamwork Arts Pvt Ltd and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council. 
Photo credit: Chloé Tun Tun 

Gregory Stauffer's Walking