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Sector 13

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Sector 13

Pierrick Mouton (France)

When legendary French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier designed the layout of Chandigarh, he never included Sector 13, because 13 is considered to be an unlucky number in European cultures. Furthermore, every sector of the city and their opposite sectors add up to 13 or its multiples. These superstitions, in the context of Chandigarh’s master plan are the starting point of a reflection on architecture and post-colonialism in this film. It traces the paths of sector 17, a commercial area in the centre of Chandigarh. The correspondence between Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret and Corbuiser also features in the film.

Pierrick Mouton is a Paris- based visual artist whose work examines multiple narrative models that bring to light the roles of the subject and the author. His engages with film, installation and sound. In the process of crafting documentaries, he conducts immersive research with different groups and communities.

His work has been exhibited at Salon de Montrouge (Paris), Villa Belleville (Paris), Institut Français (Chandigarh), Rencontres internationales (Paris – Berlin) etc. 

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Now I never go home on the old road

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Now I never go home on the old road


Danushka Marasinghe (Sri Lanka)

‘Video Landscape: Now I never go home on the old road‘,
2015 Single Channel Video, Looped, Color, Sound, 10 min

Now I never go home on the old road is a collaged sequence of the multiple journeys the artist made between Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo, his current place of residence, to Negombo, his hometown. The footage was shot over two years, and reflects the rapidly changing landscape of the country. This is indicative of the post-war phase, characterised by widespread urban development. Through the artist’s eyes we see how remnants of the violent war were concealed with concrete and tar, in the effort to fit into the generic mould of cityscapes found all over the world. These “unexceptional, repetitive testimonies of urbanity” evoke the jarring absence of “erstwhile topographies that evoked wartime memories”. As we are drawn into the narrative, we are led to wonder what these constructions are hiding beneath them, and to ask whether trauma and suffering can indeed be concealed by their conspicuous materiality.

Tête-à-tête with Danushka Marasinghe on

Histories of Violence:
Irony in Video Art

Nov 22, 2020 / 18h30

Danushka Marasinghe (Sri Lanka) in conversation with Bruno Duparc, Director, Alliance Française de Kotte. Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya, co-curator, Deconfine. The artist will shed light on contemporary media arts in Sri Lanka, and discuss the historical and societal influences on his work. The video of the conversation will be posted here (on the right) on Nov 22, 18h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Danushka Marasinghe is a Sri Lankan artist working primarily with video in expanded formats. He engages the moving image to reveal the entanglements between the lived environment, histories of violence, racism and surveillance culture. His animation and short films reveal a sense of poignancy and at times irony in their approach to darker recesses of the human condition. Marasinghe has taken part in a number of art events and exhibitions and is an active artist within the Sri Lankan art community with a strong interest to promote video and multidisciplinary art. He has participated in international art festivals such as Colombo Art Biennale in 2012, 2014 and 2016 (Colombo) and Portraits of Resistance (New Delhi), Serendipity Revealed (UK) among others.

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Inspace

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Inspace


Beatrice de Fays and Mathieu Constans (France)

“Inspace… In the ruins of the city world”

Inspace.ar is an exhibition of paintings weaving poetic narratives with augmented reality. The A.R. application implemented by the artist brings alive the stories within the paintings. By moving around the works with his mobile device (Android or iOS), the visitor discovers the spatial, narrative and sound dimensions. 

Each painting reveals the universe of a figure (a character or an entity): the granite rock, the Buddha, the dragonfly and so on. This universe consists of twelve paintings, twelve stories, twelve figures, all in search of their own truth. Inspace, a considerable achievement in the creative use of technology, opens up new and unusual possibilities for viewers to engage with paintings. 

Although the work is still in progress, the artist has generously contributed three paintings and their A.R. Representations to this exhibition. 

Note: The exhibition is produced by B2Fays Creation & Fil d’Ariane Association, with the support of the Alliance Française of Hyderabad and the Institut Français in India. Special thanks are offered to Bari Kumar (artist) who lent his voice to this series, and to Samuel Berthet (curator) who contributed to the project.

Tête-à-tête with Beatrice de Fays and Mathieu Constans on a work in progress

InSpace: Storytelling with A.R. and Painting
Nov 29, 2020 / 17h30

Beatrice de Fays (France) in conversation with Samuel Berthet, Director, Alliance Francaise, Hyderabad. Moderated by Khayal, co-curator, Deconfine. The artist will discuss InSpace, her series in progress, combining painting with augmented reality. The video of the conversation will be posted here (on the right) on Nov 29, 17h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Artists

Béatrice de Fays is a French-Belgian artist. She develops her creations using different media: paintings, installations… Her creation, between pictorial universe and digital space, questions this tipping point between concrete space and poetic experience.

Mathieu Constans is a French digital artist and musician. He studied electroacoustics in 1997, and performing arts since 1995. He works at the intersection of consciousness and sensitivity, concept and experience.

Guillaume Evrard is a French research and development engineer, and information systems architect. He implements new technologies in artistic creation.

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Metabolism

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Metabolism


Pierre-Jean Giloux (France)

Metabolism is the first part of Pierre-Jean Giloux’s four-film series titled ‘Invisible Cities’. Metabolism refers to an urban architectural movement that took place in Japan in the 1960s. The pioneers of this movement viewed urban planning as an organic process, designing buildings in the image of living things: molecules, cells, DNA etc. The artist juxtaposes digitally rendered visuals based on their sketches of what they envisioned as the future with footage from contemporary Tokyo, thus expanding the boundaries of time and space. This twelve-minute film, a meditative contemplation on utopian imagination, overlaps of reality and fiction, and the convergence of biological and material configurations, uses anachronism as a powerful tool to ask questions about the nature of our past and the possibilities for our future. 

Note: Musical score composed by Lionel Marchetti.

Tête-à-tête with Pierre-Jean Giloux on (in French)

Metabolism
Nov 10, 2020 / 17h30

Pierre Jean Giloux (France), in conversation with Eva Martin, Director, Alliance Française, Trivandrum. Giloux will discuss his work based on the Metabolism movement in Japan in the 60s, at the intersections of the biological, material, virtual and real worlds. He will also talk about his ongoing project in India.The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 10, 17h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Pierre Jean Giloux is a French artist positioned at the convergence of several practices- sound, video and image, with which he creates graphic interventions that challenge conventional perceptions of reality and generate “reconstructed worlds”. His films are presented as immersive installations, where the spectator is invited to roam inside multi-devices screens. The borders between computer generated images and real images become blurred and give free rein to the observes to invent their own stories. His films have been exhibited widely, including at Fort Kochi, MAAT Lisbon, MOCA Hiroshima, Kyoto Art Center etc.

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Petites Planetes

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Petites Planetes


Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon
Explore their works spread out across the globe

Petites Planètes is an ongoing project comprising films, music recordings, cinema performances, immersive installations, and photographic artworks. An independent production company created by French artists Priscilla Telmon and Vincent Moon, Collection Petites Planètes’ aim is to explore the boundaries between cinema, music, and expanded forms of modern rituals. Their vision moves between the realms of documentary creation, ethnographic research, and filmic experimentation.

In exploring the poetry at heart of personal and collective rituals, they have undertaken filming and expeditions to every continent to collaborate with hundreds of communities around the world.

Shahi Qawwals of Ajmer


2020, World Premiere
Film available from 07.11 to 20.11

The film was a world premiere, and was available for viewing for only two weeks during the festival

“Tajalli” is a fascinating and sonorous dive into the sacred and mesmerizing world of the sanctuary of the Sufi Saint Garib Nawaz in Ajmer, in the deserts of Rajasthan. The film traces the footsteps of the families of local Qawwals, who sing every day for passing pilgrims and the many spirits of the place. Telmon and Moon’s camera invites viewers into this extraordinary panorama, searching for possible miracles and conjuring new imaginations of faith and belief. 

Tête-à-tête with Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon on

Ethnographic Explorations and the Digital Commons
Nov 7, 2020 / 18.30 IST

Vincent Moon (France), in conversation with Thomas Simoes, Director of Alliance Francaise, Bhopal and Khayal, co-curator. Moon will discuss his craft, his project Petites Planetes and their film, Tajalli: Shahi Qawwals of Ajmer. Moon will talk about being an artist in the internet era, and reflect on the philosophy behind making his work freely accessible to all. The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 7, 18.30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Priscilla Telmon & Vincent Moon are a collaborating multidisciplinary artist duo working as independent filmmakers and sound-explorers. Together they produce ethnographic experimental films and music recordings, that are based on material collected from their numerous travels.

Moon is a filmmaker for over twenty years, he has been traveling around the globe in search of sounds, from stadium rock music to rare shamanic rituals. Most of his work is under a creative common license, he is very much an artist of the internet era. He is one half of the artistic duo Petites Planètes, with Priscilla Telmon. She dedicated herself to long trips combining history and adventure, paying homage to the wisdom tradition and mystery of the cultures she visited. Her passion for the exploration of ancient cultures led Telmon to direct films and documentaries, to write books and articles and to collaborate with tv channels, radios and museums.

www.petitesplanetes.earth 

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Aadhar

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Aadhar


Bidhata KC (Nepal)

Aadhar explores human dependency on technology, reflecting on the way technology has altered behaviours and lifestyles. The artist observes her father’s shaking hands holding his cell – phone, switching from one app to another, facing a constant stream of videos and messages from social media. Even though he is struggling, he holds on to this device, which has now become an intimate part of his life. The artist questions why the “noise of technology” is such a normal part of contemporary life, and whether it serves as a convenient distraction from the silence and loneliness inside each of us. She highlights human fragility in a world saturated with technology– our dependence on it, and its undeniable hold over our senses. As this cacophony of information, opinions and entertainment invades our personal spaces, the lines blur and we are left to contend with its impact on our minds and bodies.

Tête-à-tête with Bidhata KC on

Human dependency on Technology
Nov 28, 2020 / 18h30

Bidhata KC (Nepal) in conversation with Anne-Laure Petit, Director, Alliance Francaise Kathmandu. Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya, co-curator, Deconfine. The artist will reflect on her foray into the media arts, in the context of contemporary arts in Nepal. She will talk about ‘Aadhar’, her first experimental video piece, and reflect on her creative process. The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 28, 18h30. The same will be projected live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Bidhata KC is a Kathmandu based artist whose primary mediums are painting, printmaking and installations. She reflects on human relationships, social identities and everyday objects in her work. Recently, she has ventured into the media arts, creating experimental video work and interactive installations. Bidhata has showcased her works across Asia and Europe, such as at the International Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition and Workshop, India Art Fair, National Museum, Dhaka etc.

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Char Bagh

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Char Bagh


Faisal Anwar (Pakistan/Canada)

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Installation view on the facade of the Aga Khan Museum Toronto, Nuit Blanche 2016 , Photo credit: Salina Kassam

The term ‘charbagh’ refers to the Persian/Islamic-style quadrilateral garden divided by walkways or flowing water into four smaller parts with axial paths intersecting at the garden’s centre. This highly structured geometrical scheme is a powerful metaphor for the organization and domestication of the landscape and a symbol of socio-political territorialisation.

Using the internet, open network data and patterned geometry, Charbagh is an ever-evolving, dynamic digital garden that grows over time with incoming streams of large public data. The project examines today’s socio-political realities – questioning changing human behaviours, and the ways we access and interpret information; how data generated in social media documents our modern history and blurs the line between facts and fiction.

For this festival, the data is collected from different cities and time zones through thematically curated hashtags via Instagram. 

“The idea of creating a digital garden using social media and big data furthers Faisal’s ongoing interest in re-imagining nature and organic forms in light of technology” – Zulfikar Hirji, Curator, Writer, Associate Professor York University Toronto. 

Charbagh is much more than just an architectural form or a participatory art – it is a symbol of coexistence and sustainable living for contemporary times.

How to Participate?

To participate, please use your Instagram account, select any #tag from the list below and respond to the corresponding question with your picture/post/#tag. Once the project is live, click on the link above to experience CharBaghLive. Experience the growth of CharBagh with other participants. Engage further by changing title colours by clicking individual tiles.

#CharbaghTechnology: What is the role of technology in your life? What devices do you use most frequently, and what kind of impact (positive or negative) do they have on your life?

 #CharbaghHeritage: What does heritage mean to you? Is it rooted in your family history or the culture of your community? Do you have your own personal idea of heritage?

#CharbaghCommunity: What community do you belong to and identify with? Your ethnic/linguistic community? Your community of friends?

#CharbaghNature: How would you visualise your connection with nature? How does nature affect your psychological state and/or creative instincts? What do you do to preserve nature?

Thanks for taking part in the artwork CharBagh!

Tête-à-tête with Faisal Anwar on

Interactive Art in the age of technology
Nov 28, 2020 / 17h30

The artist will discuss his artistic process, focusing on data driven art and the ethical use of social media. He will also discuss the possibilities for creating dynamic interactive art on digital platforms. The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 28, 17h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Faisal Anwar is an interactive new media artist/producer from Pakistan, living and working in Canada. His practice explores socio-political spaces, which intrigues the mind and emotion by multiple layers of participatory experiences. His projects often bring together art, culture and technology in an odd configuration to explore our perceptions towards private versus public spaces, surveillance and social interactivity in modern urban cultures. He has showcased his work across the globe, including exhibitions at Canvas Gallery, KHOJ, Harborfront Center, Aga Khan Museum Toronto, Nuit-Blanche Toronto, Karachi Biennial etc. 
Follow the Artist on: Website: http://faisalanwar.ca/ and Instagram: faisalanwarstudio

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Special Feature

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Special Feature


Palash Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh)

Special Features generates metaphors for the body’s collision with the endless stream of media in contemporary society: the “news, views and ideology in the guise of knowledge.” Commenting on the frequently duplicitous nature of today’s mass media, it visualises the collision as distinct physical encounters that induce visceral reactions in both performer and viewer. These physical encounters, performed by the artist, are filmed and showcased on three separate channels. He centres his performance on a Bengali newspaper, whose text he tries to erase with a blade, soak in water, and hammer with nails, as if to conduct a “post mortem” of a single event reported in the paper, in the hope of eliciting some truth. This work, originally a physical installation within a gallery space, has been specially adapted for this exhibition.

Original Installation

Tête-à-tête with Palash Bhattacharjee on

The Body in Space:
Video and Performance Art

Nov 22, 2020 / 17h30

Palash Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh) in conversation with Nadia Samdani (Vice-president of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Co-founder and President of Samdani Art Foundation, and Co-founder and Director of Dhaka Art Summit) and Selvam Thorez, Director, Alliance Francaise, Chittagong. Moderated by Proiti Seal Acharya, co-curator, Deconfine. The artist will talk about his creative journey in the context of contemporary media arts in Bangladesh, focusing especially on his resistance to mass media as an ideological tool. The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 22, 17h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Palash Bhattacharjee is a Chattogram based artist who creates photo-video installations, site-specific interventions, and performances. He is also interested in working with sound. His works often involve a combination of all these forms. Palash, through his works, explores the body’s relationship with space and time. He has exhibited his works across Bangladesh and the world, including exhibitions at Dhaka Art Summit, Bengal Shilpalay, Fiva Festival Internacional de videoarte, the 15th Asian Art Biennale and so on.

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Water Exchanges

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Water Exchanges


Parvathi Nayar (India)

Water Exchanges opens with a dialogue between various drawings of water by the artist. On one level the viewers are asked to consider the preciousness of a single drop of water, and then move on to ripples, rivers and ocean waves. These drawings reference water as Nature, as a stakeholder in the environment in her own right. 

In the next part of Water Exchanges water is regarded as a resource with an integral role in human life. The personal is the political – the microcosms of daily strivings to get potable water to drink, and clean water for all our other activities are seen as iterations of larger worldwide concerns about the ownership of water on state, national and international scales can be observed. 

The final sequence of Water Exchanges celebrates the aesthetic pleasures of water, in a ballet of ice and steam. But the historical imperative comes into play here too – in the melting ice that the artist films in her kitchen are the echoes of melting glaciers in the vast if shrinking polar regions of the world.

i: Channels of Reciprocity
Drawings: Parvathi Nayar | Editor: Khayal

ii: Interlinked Systems
Script & Camera: Parvathi Nayar | Performers: Tanvi Patel, Nayantara Nayar | 
Venue: Alliance Française of Madras | Lighting Designer: Gowtham | Editor: Hariharan

 iii: An Ocean in Every Kitchen
“Freeze/Boil” Extract from the video An Ocean in Every Kitchen | Camera & concept : Parvathi Nayar | Editor: Jai | Sound: PostBox

 With thanks to Bruno Plasse, Dinesha Gajendra, Madhavan Palanisamy

Tête-à-tête with Parvathi Nayar on

Making of Water Exchanges.
Nov 27, 2020 / 17h30

Parvathi Nayar (India) in conversation with Bruno Plasse, Director, Alliance Francaise, Chennai. Moderated by Khayal, co-curator, Deconfine. The artist will discuss the crisis that informed her artwork ‘Water Exchanges’ and shed light on the process of adapting it for the online exhibition. The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 27, 17h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Parvathi Nayar is a Chennai based artist, best known for her videos and complex drawing practices. She also engages with sculpture, painting and photography. Her black-and-white graphite drawings are multifaceted works that look at the internal/intimate spaces within our bodies, and the external/public spaces in which we live, often through the prism of science and technology. Her works have been exhibited around the globe, including exhibitions at  Kochi Muziris Biennale, the Singapore Art Museum, CP Biennale Jakarta, Jai He Museum at Mumbai Airport, Galleries Francoise Livinec, India Art Fair, Art Singapore etc.

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Mom, I’m Safe

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Mom I’m Safe


Amay Kataria (India)

momimsafe.live ran as an active live-stream of the artist’s home studio space in Chicago from March to August 2020, where he spent most of his time during the pandemic. The livestream was accompanied by an interactive virtual printer, which would print messages sent by site visitors in real-time. A compilation of extracts from these messages have also been published on (covid-19) Antidote, a limited-edition artist book. Created with the goal of being “visually and physically accessible” to loved ones, momimsafe evokes new ways to facilitate human relationships in the virtual realm. It addresses the pain of distance and separation created by the pandemic, and imagines technological gestures that might recreate the warmth of physical proximity. At a time when digital tools are often used to create division, momimsafe charts a different course, generating empathy and affection through the same devices.

Note: The video used as a background below is on loop and is an archived version.

Tête-à-tête with Amay Kataria on

Searching for Empathy
on Digital Platforms
Nov 21, 2020 / 17h30

Amay Kataria (India), in conversation with the co-curator, Khayal, will discuss his practice, situated at a convergence of physical and digital materiality, deconstructs temporality and considers new models of human empathy by repurposing existing technologies. The video of the conversation will be posted here on Nov 21, 17h30. The same will be streamed live on Facebook accounts of Alliance Française in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Workshop with Amay Kataria on

Fourth Dimension
28-29th Nov/ 6 hours

Our lived experience is primarily event based – a phenomenon that occurs within the bounds of space and time. We perceive the space around us in a three dimensional way, which is visualized using length, width, and depth. With Amay Kataria, using AR tools, 7 participants deconstructed the visual and spatial properties of a tesseract; an object from the fourth dimensional space into three dimensional space. Here is the video documentation.

Amay Kataria is a Chicago based artist, deriving interests from philosophy, history of control, and cybernetic theory. His art practice is a platform to think, elaborate on ideas, experiment, play and meditate on externalizing the internal affairs of his body’s interaction with our society. His creative acts create a bridge between the biotic (human) and abiotic (machine) in an attempt to pause and pay attention to the aesthetic possibilities of systems. His works have been showcased around the world, including at Art Center Nabi, Ars Electronica, TIFA etc.