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Festival of Stories by Art in Transit.

October 17, 2016

Festival of Stories
by Art in Transit

festival-of-stories-by-art-in-transit-at-bangaloreArt in Transit is a project created with Srishti’s collaboration with BMRCL, the Metro authorities, over the last two years.

Festival of Stories is a series of events facilitated by Art in Transit, Bangalore. It is the coming together of a diverse range of artists, artist collectives and transit and government partners, to celebrate the past, present and future of Bangalore.

After a year-long artistic intervention at Peenya Metro Station, Art in Transit (AIT) has moved on to the underground Cubbon Park Metro Station. Over the next two years AIT brings to the city of Bangalore an exciting display of artwork, events and performances.

The organizers bring to you the Festival of Stories where different visions, histories and practices come in dialogue with each other to produce a series of spectacles with Cubbon Park as its epicenter. From virtual reality interactions to mythological shadow puppetry from a 12th century Vachana performance; zine workshops and graffiti sessions, food walks, and story-collecting and storytelling booths, and of course large public murals! The Festival of Stories brings artists, students and community organizations together to share stories about place and time.

A giant mural, a patchwork quilt of stories, an unexpected zine, a pop-up virtual reality experience, woven together with multiple memories, impulses, and fantasies. All asking, “What’s your story?”

Such interventions, in the obvious nature of public-art create a shift in the visual nature of the space, but also play a significant role at the experiential nature for those who engage with it, either consciously or subconsciously. Art in Transit’s intention is to help open up more public spaces for participation by city organizations, students, and emerging artists adding to the fluid vibrancy that art can play in a city’s every day.

The spirit of this festival is to open up an opportunity for artists across various disciplines to interact with each other and create multiple experiences for commuters and residents of the city. “Sristhi always views partnerships with artists and arts organizations as a great opportunity for our students. In addition, artists and students intersecting with the city allows rich conversation on contemporary public art practice.” – Geetha Narayanan, Founder Director of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

Mr. Vasanth Rao of BMRCL said: “The best part of working on this is the metro staff have become patrons. They have contributed and appreciated the process. It has made the people working here friendlier to the commuters, enriched their knowledge of art, their knowledge of conversations with people.”

This year, through the Festival of Stories, AIT is building on diverse partnerships and collaborations with artist groups and institutions. It aims to bring together like-minded partners as well as those that differ philosophically. It is our intention to promote diversity of thought and action in the city where ideas, forms and interventions can be in active role with Bangalore’s past present and future. We see this as the beginning of meaningful and valuable conversation that could influence the city’s engagement with the arts.

Art in Transit is a public-art project facilitated by Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, with the aim to create meaningful artistic interventions and discourse in spaces of transience. The project is rooted in the city of Bangalore, a complex quilt of people, places and community identities that are experiencing growth, movement and development at a rapid pace. It is an opportunity for students and artists to work in public spaces, engage with their audience, learn from the environment they work in, and let place feedback into their creative processes.

Quotes from Partners and Students:
Akshat Nauriyal, Co-Founder and Content Director of St+art India Foundation said, “Bangalore’s openness to public art presents a great opportunity to explore the use of street art to generate conversation around locally relevant stories. Through our projects which will be immersed in local context, we hope to engage with people in more direct manner, making them initiators as well as a part of a dialogue about their city, while also making their public spaces more interactive and playful.”

Shail Suneja, Artist and Srishti Graduate said, “ The process of working at the Peenya Metro Station was completely different from the environment of the classroom. As artists, we create or design and prototype, but in the public space, the concept nature of that piece changes when interacting with the public. How we assume the public will interact and how they finally interact could be very different from each other, and we have to be accepting of that shift.”

Aishwarya Kumar, whose piece will soon be up at the Cubbon Park Metro Station shares that her project “stems from the idea of social amnesia, and I’m trying to map a networked history to remind the audience of that. This opportunity allowed me to engage with the audience in a way initial research did not allow.”

Partners and Collaborators:
Transit and City Partners, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, Bal Bhavan Society, Bangalore, Department of Horticulture, Department of Information, Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology, Tourism Department of Karnataka, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.

Institution Partners
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Herman Miller, US Consulate, Chennai, 3M India, HiGrid Imaging Soultion Pvt Ltd,

Art Partners
Bangalore Storytelling Society, CEMA, Centre for Public History, Design Earth, FlippAR, Native Place, Science Gallery, Shadow Liberation, St+Art India Foundation, VR Collective, 1 Shanthi Road, Individual Artists and Artist Collectives of Bangalore.

The first festival of this series will take place on 22 – 23 October 2016
Cubbon Park Metro Station,
Cubbon Park, Bal Bhavan Society,
Venkatappa Art Gallery
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bangalore.
Images shown here are from Art in Transit Intervention, Peenya Metro Station

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