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MA in Art Practices – 2018-19

  

Specialisation : Curatorial Practices - Film, Media and Visual Arts

"My models are those artists who strengthen the bonds between art, audience, and context. They tend to be interested in the narrative landscape, understanding place and history to include people, forming the grass roots of much interactive or 'new genre' public art." - Lucy R. Lippard, The Lure of the Local, 1997



View of artist Tania Candiani installation for the Srishti Outpost group exhibition at the Kochi-Muziris biennale (2017).


The specialisation in Curatorial Practice: Film, Media & Visual Arts is a two-year, full-time programme designed to develop professional and academic excellence in the field of curating and to encourage students to curate projects and create a national and international network of peers and collaborators for their work.

This specialisation is founded on the premise that there is no separation between practice and theory in curatorial work and that curators operate across a vast ecology of contexts and spaces, from the museum, to the commercial gallery, to the artist-led space, to the festival, to a lab, to new creative ventures. In today’s art world, the role of the curator often blends in with that of the artist, the publisher, the researcher, the archivist, and the creative entrepreneur. This programme responds to such interdisciplinarity by offering practice-led learning that combines the study of art history, aesthetics and exhibition histories with developing skills in critical writing and thinking, as well as project development and management. The students will explore the ethical, philosophical and political dimensions of current debates in contemporary art and culture, and will be encouraged to respond to the historical, political and cultural contexts of South Asia.

The programme adopts the methodology of fine art practice and supports the development of an independent practice and research. It will offer a combination of taught seminars and workshops, along with the production of curatorial projects developed individually or in groups. The workshops will cover subjects such as critical writing, reading, and hands-on skills in exhibition design and project management. The programme will also include talks and visits with professionals in the art and cultural sectors, and students will benefit from the connections they will establish with artists, curators, gallerists and creative entrepreneurs.



Masters students in conversation with Bose Krishnamachari, artist, curator and founder of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2017).


The students of Curatorial Practice will be creative, critical, inquisitive, and independent while being open to experimentation and collaboration. They will acquire the criticality, skills and flexibility to work in the ever-changing contexts of the contemporary art world and cultural production, and they will have a strong awareness and understanding of international and national socio-cultural and political discourses in the field. Students will be encouraged to also focus on a local sets of practices, to evolve a method and practice that learns from, transforms and contributes to the local scenario as much as the global. Here doing surveys, documenting, interviewing and archiving will become important tools to expand the definition of curatorial practice.

At the end of the 2-year programme the students will produce a final curatorial project and a research dissertation.

This is a unique programme as it is rooted in the interdisciplinary art, design and technology context of Srishti, and it will develop in collaboration with professionals, arts organisations and cultural platforms operating in the region and abroad.


Key Values in the Curriculum (AIMS)

Interdisciplinary
Experimentation
Strong socio-cultural and political awareness
Critical cultural production
Entrepreneurship
Collaboration


EXPERIMENTA 2017, The International Festival of Moving Image Art in India; organised in collaboration with Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.



EXPERIMENTA 2017, The International Festival of Moving Image Art in India; organised in collaboration with Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore.


Course Structure

  • Seminars: provide a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis through reading, writing, making and discussion.
  • Studios & Workshops: Immersive spaces and forums that foster critical making, experimenting, and research in a durational and intensive manner.
  • Practice: Independent projects, residencies and internships.
  • General Studies (Electives): Interdisciplinary modules encouraging cross-pollination across the arts and sciences. These can be selected from the ‘General Studies’ units or those offered by other Schools at Srishti.
  • Capstone Project or Dissertation: The Capstone is a culminating research project developed under the guidance of a mentor, which can take the form of a curatorial initiative accompanied by a 12,000 word critical/reflective document OR a 30,000 word dissertation.
  • Electives & General Studies: Engagement outside the disciplinary framework, that allows for extension, building connections and broadening world view through liberal arts modules. Click here to read more about the General Studies Program >>


Mode of Learning

The 2-year specialisation in Curatorial Practices offers a mode of learning that also caters for working professionals. Practitioners come for 2-week long onsite Intensives, each of which will be followed by 5-week fieldwork that can be incorporated into their existing professions. Fieldwork will be based on assignments and will be monitored by mentors, in person and remotely when needed. Non-practicing students will also be able to attend courses offered by other schools at Srishti, such as General Studies (Electives).

The Intensives will combine lecture-based sessions, seminars, workshops, group critiques, guest talks and site visits.


Capability acquired

  • ★ A comprehensive and critical understanding of contemporary discourses in the art, cultural and historical fields and their implications in the present world.
  • ★ A strong understanding of the artistic, cultural and social contexts for curatorial, artistic and creative practice in South Asia, South East Asia and from other parts of the world.
  • ★ Theoretical and practical skills that lead to an independent curatorial practice, related research and its dissemination.
  • ★ Methodologies and skills applicable to their own research and professional practice.
  • ★ Focus, self-direction, sustainability and experimentation applicable to their own practice.



The Unknown Cloud on its way to Bangalore (2017), an immersive artwork based on a smartphone app created by the artist duo Lundahl & Seitl; organised by the Critical Curation students and presented at the National Centre of Biological Sciences in collaboration with Accelerator at Stockholm University.



The Unknown Cloud on its way to Bangalore (2017), an immersive artwork based on a smartphone app created by the artist duo Lundahl & Seitl; organised by the Critical Curation students and presented at the National Centre of Biological Sciences in collaboration with Accelerator at Stockholm University.


Opportunities

  • ★ Curating art exhibitions and exhibitions programmes for museums and galleries, festivals (e.g., performance arts, new media, film&video, sound art&music), and independent curatorial projects.
  • ★ Initiating creative ventures in the arts and cultural sector
  • ★ Publishing and writing (e.g. art, grant, creative and academic writing)
  • ★ Arts management and Project development.
  • ★ Research and advanced study


Enquiries

For further information, kindly email Marialaura Ghidini at marialaura@srishti.ac.in



Disciplinary Intersections

The disciplines that inform this program are:


Research and Collaboration



SET.RESET (2017), an exhibition on “cinema, archives and creative labour” curated and produced by Srishti postgraduate students; organised in collaboration with Aradhana Seth’s House of Inquiry, Saligao, Goa.



SET.RESET (2017), an exhibition on “cinema, archives and creative labour” curated and produced by Srishti postgraduate students; organised in collaboration with Aradhana Seth’s House of Inquiry, Saligao, Goa.

 


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