Derailments at F.I.R.E.I.N.C.A.I.R.O. (We Are The Time / Gerrit Rietveld Academie)

Derailments sets forth notions of misalignments as acoustic / political dissonance and the acts that happen ‘in between of’ / ‘despite of’ collisions, ruptures, mishaps. The Derailment hence, becomes a space of potentiality to perform matters of urgency; an embodied margin of error from which to subvert existing ‘defects’ in the systems we formulate / inhabit. An aural … Continue reading

Here Lies…A Misreckoned Empire

At the periphery of Kankaria Lake and the city zoo in Ahmedabad, traffic sounds drown out as one enters a patch of green which the occasional city guide or rickshaw wallah may refer to as the ‘Dutch gardens.’ A stray dog does a lazy yoga stretch and attempts to leap onto a rectangular tombstone dating … Continue reading

Film Screening + Discussion: Sisters! at Clark House Initiative

Film Screening: Sisters!  Petra Bauer  – Artist Stefano Bertacchini – Photography Rachel Dowle – Assistant Marius Dybwad Brandrud  – Editor   Rob van de Schootbrugge  – Sound Main cast: Southall Black Sisters Discussion:  Zehra Jumabhoy, Tejal Shah, Shaina Anand, and LABIA collective. Curated by Natasha Ginwala at Clark House Friday 13 January 2012 5.30pm – 8.00pm Sisters! is a collaboration between Petra Bauer and the Southall Black Sisters — … Continue reading

Book Review: Making Art Global (Part 1): The Third Havana Biennial 1989 by Rachel Weiss and other authors, Afterall Books, 2011

The Cuban film Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)[1] opens with a documentary sequence portraying a crowded street party at which a political killing takes place. We see a cluster of dancing figures and percussionists as gunshots resound. A body falls to the floor but is swiftly carried away by men in uniform – and the party … Continue reading

…Of conquest, resonance and falling: Notes on Some Left

Source: If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam On Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 July, at 22:20, If I Can’t Dance presents the performance Some Left by Sung Hwan Kim at Ruyschstraat 4-III in Amsterdam, with performers Matthew Infante and Jieun Rim, and with music by David Michael DiGregorio (aka dogr). After a full month of working, … Continue reading

on Afterall Online/ Geeta Kapur: On the Curatorial in India (Part 1) / Natasha Ginwala

On Afterall Online: Geeta Kapur is India’s foremost art critic, historian and curator; throughout the latter decades of the twentieth century, she has both shaped and documented the emergence of a contemporary art scene in the subcontinent. Her essays on art, film, cultural theory in the context of Third World perspectives and avant garde artistic … Continue reading

Fluiten in het Donker – A project by de Appel Curatorial Programme 2010/11

You whistle – and ask, am I alone in here? A whistle emanates from the gut, proceeding to circulate beyond the body, as an absent presence that is felt rather than seen. Whistling in the dark — a nonchalant gesture set within an anxious environment; to summon your courage in the face of projected danger. … Continue reading

Just launched: TAKE on Art Magazine — Issue #5 ‘CURATION’ co-edited by Vidya Shivadas & Natasha Ginwala

A recent panel discussion called The Trouble with Curating at ICA (London) (i) began with the chair (Andrew Renton) stating: ‘If you type curating in your Google search you will see that there is a bit too much curating going on in the world and there are a lot of things that are done in … Continue reading

White on White on White

Exhibition Review: ABSALON curated by Susanne Pfeffer 28. November 2010 to 20. February 2011 KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) From my apartment window the ‘memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe’ appears as a vast snow-covered rectilinear grid. When one stands within, the flatness of the top view gives way to a dense network … Continue reading

Feet of Clay – Taipei Biennial 2010

Published in TAKE on Art Magazine: Oeuvre (Issue 4, January 2011) (Excerpt) At some point during a public dialogue between Jacques Rancière and Oliver Davis at the ‘EYE Institute’ (Amsterdam), my mind traveled beyond the precincts of the snug auditorium, past the picnicking tourists in Vondelpark and hurtled all the way into the Taipei Fine … Continue reading