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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with the Bangalore Studio/Gallery 1 Shanthi Road, a reputed atelier in Bangalore with simple, yet pleasant working and living spaces.

Since its inception in 2003, the gallery and residence at 1 Shanthi Road have evolved into a popular meeting point for national and international artists. 1 Shanthi Road offers a platform for several artists to create installations, performances and exhibitions. It provides space for local artists and a networking hub with international artists. It supports emerging artists from around the world, who want to realise their vision, whereby interaction, creative exchange and the experience with the local art community are integral elements.

CULTURE + COMMUNITY + CREATIVITY

1 Shanthi Road - Building © 1 Shanthi Road As is well known to its large circle of well-wishers, 1 Shanthi Road has acted as an eclectic and alternative art and social space for dialogue, discussions and creativity. Since its conception, 1 Shanthi Road has supported emerging artists who might otherwise have few opportunities for showcasing their work, as well as nurtured talks and shows by seasoned artists and scholars.

Shanthi Road Studio © 1 Shanthi Road 1 Shanthi Road’s inclusive and creative approaches have helped it become very rapidly a critical hub for visual culture not only in Bangalore but also within the country and outside, as evident from the several artists and scholars from the US, Australia, Europe as well as other South Asian countries who have used this Residency for creative symbiosis. In the process, 1 Shanthi Road has helped challenge and push the boundaries of visual art practice.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
"The art residencies at 1 Shanthi Road support international art exchanges that venture deeper into socio-cultural and emotionally-involved dialogues between the host, local art community and the artist-in-residence. We encourage collaboration, critique and conversation as the main building blocks that foster a relationship with us.  We are keen to work with artists who are able to react and work in local circumstances, through their intent in the wider field of visual arts. This season we are keen to with work with artists in the fields of book art, urban archiving and mapping, curatorial practice and photography."

- Suresh Jayaram

Please note:
1 Shanthi Road is the oldest bangaloREsidency and Suresh Jayaram is an experienced host who has helped several artists realise their projects.

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Abhinaya Taranga.
 
Abhinaya Taranga, a theatre school which is over 35 years old, is located in South Bangalore and has been an important part of the cultural scene in the City. It is a theatre school for working professionals from all walks of life.

Abhinaya Taranga - Building © Abhinaya Taranga The core activity of the school is theatre education. But the institution hopes to evolve into a space where ideas emerge and blossom, and creative exchange takes place. Abhinaya Taranga is looking to bring in influences from diverse collaborations so that its students can benefit from such exposure.  
 
Recent bangaloREsident@Abhinaya Taranga:
♦ Andi Otto


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts.

Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts is India’s premiere organisation working in the field of contemporary movement arts. Programmes include Education and Outreach, a Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media, Research and Documentation, the Attakkalari India Biennial and the Repertory Company. Established in 1992 and currently based in Bangalore, Attakkalari is headed by its Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy.

Aadhaarachakra 1 - Contemporary

Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media
This path-breaking project in the Indian contemporary dance scene started in September 2006, is led by eminent national and international artistes. After completing ten successful years of offering this as a full-time one-year certification course, Attakkalari launched the second year for this programme in September 2016. The curriculum of this second year emphasises vocational skills development and advanced training in various techniques focusing on performance, dance pedagogy, choreography, dance therapy, interdisciplinary studies, aesthetics, dance theory and arts management.

This strategic initiative aims to provide vocational training to young dance artistes from the South Asia region to help them launch as performers, choreographers and teachers in the national and international scene, and navigate the national and international performing arts scene.

Aadhaarachakra 2 - Contemporary

Building on Attakkalari's tremendous track record, the course is structured to provide overall fitness and body awareness, deeper insight into working with the concepts, principles and techniques of Indian physical and performance traditions as well as contemporary dance idioms, opportunities for research, working knowledge in stage technologies, tools for choreography and teaching.  The course will culminate in a public performance that involves stage technologies.

class @ Attakkalari © Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts








 
Profile of our next bangaloREsident: "In keeping with both institutes’ affinity for experimental quests that expand definitions of dance and art, we invite applications for an artist-in-residence. 
The artist, living and working in Germany, must be fluent in English. The resident would be responsible to train the students of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media programme in contemporary dance techniques and/or in ballet for contemporary dancers.
The artist will have the opportunity to share training and skill sets with the students. The artist is encouraged to share movement, give feedback, and evaluate the progress the students have made at the end of the residency. The programme has been designed to foster cultural exchange for the German participant and the local educational institute/community."

- Jayachandran Palazhy

Please note:
The bangaloREsident should be prepared to work with all levels of dancers/students. The best or most experienced are not always available. Also teaching assignments are part of this bangaloREsidency and these should be clarified directly with the host before the start of the residency.
 
Most recent bangaloREsident@Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts:
♦ Marje Hirvonen


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency  in collaboration with Blank Noise, a volunteer-led collective committed to addressing street harassment. 

Blank Noise is a community/public art project that seeks to confront street harassment, commonly known as eve teasing, in India. The project started out as a student project at the Srishti School of Art Design & Technology in Bangalore and has since spread to other cities in India, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Lucknow. It tackles the notion of shame and blame through campaigns such as "I Never Ask For It".

i never asked for it - blank noise © Blank Noise The bangaloREsidency with Blank Noise calls for artists with an interest in tackling sexual violence and building safe cities. In its current phase, Blank Noise will focus towards "I Never Ask For It". Most women across geographies remember what they wore when they experienced any form of sexual violence.

The campaign asks women to send that one garment as a witness, a testimonial and a rejection of blame; thereby building a mobile installation of garments saying there is no excuse for sexual violence. Artists from across disciplines, interested in building discourse around rejecting blame are encouraged to apply.

The bangaloREsident will be expected to join hands and be part of the "Action Hero" community working on the campaign. "I Never Ask For It" will build over a period of two years and involves various aspects from film, performance, youtube videos, street actions, street interventions.

The artist will also be expected to make connections with organisations to enable parallel conversations/events in Germany and to create awareness for the project abroad.

Should you wish to address the issue of blame outside of the clothes installation building you are welcome to submit an independent proposal or work along the proposed format of the campaign.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Blank Noise:
♦ Lisa Heissenberg


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan runs a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with BORDA, a German NGO working with CDD Society their local partner in Bangalore.
 
Since its establishment in 1977, Bremer Overseas and Development Association (BORDA e.V.), has strengthened and supported people in need and their social structures in urban poor areas overseas (Asia, Africa and Latin America), in close cooperation with the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Department for Development Cooperation of Bremen.
 
BORDA © BORDA In India, the focus is on sustainable development of basic needs services. BORDA therefore consults from a local perspective and executes, in collaboration with its partner network CDD Society, projects aimed at poverty alleviation with a demand-oriented and civil society inclusive approach. Stakeholders of economy, governance and civil society from micro to macro level are empowered to plan, execute and operate environment friendly and small decentralised technical solutions as services in urban and peri-urban poor areas. The outcome of this approach is effective project implementation.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:

BORDA is looking for a photographer who is sincerely interested in creating awareness through artistic photos by exploring the topic of sanitation, and in particular wastewater in the Bangalore based projects.

BORDA - Project © BORDA The resident should engage with civil society and understand the widespread financial, cultural and health problems of poor wastewater management, since open defecation, inefficient canals and leaks, as well pollution of water bodies affect the lives of Bangaloreans. The resident will be required to understand the need for an appropriate sanitation infrastructure alongside social and capacity development components. The solutions and the impact associated with these interventions should be transposed in a creative manner, without stereotyping the poverty aspect, but rather presenting it as a phenomenon prevalent in major Indian cities.
  • Powerful visualisation of the lives of people across the sanitation value chain
  • Portrayal of the face of Bangalore from the sanitation perspective
  • Fulfilment of the need to document the “hidden” aspects of sanitation in an eye opener for urban Bangalore
  • Creation of awareness of the impact of sanitation projects -  currently a largely under-publicised topic. 
- Stanzin Tsephel & Lincy Paravanethu

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Working at Daily Dump Photo: Daily Dump The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Daily Dump, a Social Enterprise working at the intersection of design + innovation + human behaviour around urban waste.
 
Since its inception in 2006, the Brand Daily Dump has come to represent a fresh perspective around waste. Daily Dump pioneered the urban home composting movement in India and has been offering relevant design solutions for the last 10 years in urban India.

Team - Daily Dump Photo: Daily Dump It creates fun, engaging stories and products that help urban citizens incorporate changes in the way they think about, use, consume and dispose resources. What keeps Daily Dump excited, interested and busy is a constant search for ways in which the urban citizen can engage with the earth, with nature and with natural systems in their daily lives.

Counter - Daily Dump Photo: Daily Dump Daily Dump’s experience with compost over the years coupled with an inherent bias to systems thinking has led it to ask questions around soil, its degeneration and regeneration. How can various contrasting realities be juxtaposed and their underlying tensions be explored and utilised to find possible solutions? For instance, degraded soils, heavy use of chemical fertilisers, decreasing biomass for farmers in rural areas, increasing issues of waste management in cities and urban citizens generating compost.

Daily Dump's Office Photo: Daily Dump Through the Daily Dump Artist-in-Residency programme, Daily Dump offers a unique platform for interested artists to explore these emerging realities involving earth, waste, art, science and human behaviour.
The Artist will be able to stay with the founder in the green area of Indiranagar, which is close to many art spaces and the Goethe Institute. He / She will have an independent room and attached toilet with a key for access during her stay. Simple home cooked meals will be provided and there is a laundromat close by for laundry. Internet will be available.
 
Most recent bangaloREsident@Daily Dump:
♦ Francesco Petruccelli

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Experimenta India and Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology.

The resident will be hosted by Srishti where she/he will be expected to take experimental film / video workshops, and also get involved with organising Experimenta 2017, the International Festival of Moving Image Art (27th Nov.- 3rd Dec. 2017). Experimenta India will facilitate interactions and create networking opportunities for the resident with leading artists, filmmakers, curators, cultural organisations and academic institutions in Bangalore.

Experimenta India is an artist run platform that encourages uncompromising, fresh, compelling and critically urgent experimentation with the moving image in India.

Founded by filmmaker Shai Heredia in 2003, this groundbreaking platform has over the years played a significant role in countering the hegemony of the mainstream Indian film industry. Through nurturing an alternative community that reflects upon, and examines the different traces of Indian artists’ film and video, both historical and contemporary, we engage in a series of projects that bring together Indian and international film artists with similar creative and socio-political concerns. 

experimenta 2 © Experimenta Besides curating EXPERIMENTA, the critically acclaimed bi-annual festival, we also showcase Indian experimental film and video at international film festivals and art venues like the Tate Modern (London), the Berlinale (Berlin), Images Festival (Toronto), EXiS Festival (Seoul) amongst others.

While bringing Indian moving image art into international prominence, we have also hosted international artists’ residencies in Mumbai and Bangalore, curated regular screenings and conducted film art workshops across India. Ultimately as an alternative community we have played a significant role in evolving independent, new and radical discourse for film as an art practice in India.

Srishti:

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore is a visionary, experimental & curatorial institution of media arts & sciences that seeks to contextualise the latest art, craft & design ideas and practices in the emerging Indian context, producing creative innovations that help understand, communicate and resolve some of the contemporary questions, issues and concerns facing society and culture. Set up in 1996 by a not-for-profit educational trust, Srishti has been offering a range of art & design educational programmes at the undergraduate & postgraduate levels. Education remains its core activity, even as its organic growth has led it into diverse areas of research, curation and practice. Srishti embraces interdisciplinary as its mode of enquiry and creative action.

Most recent bangaloREseident@Experimenta India:
♦ Bernd Lützeler


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with the Forager Collective.

Forager Collective is a group of writers and artists interested in investigating into issues and ideas that are changing and shaping the politics, culture, physical geographies and socio-economic structures in the contemporary world.

The Collective also participates in experimental, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations with artists, writers, curators and other creative practitioners in both the digital and physical spaces.

Forager Collective Foto: The Forager © Murali Kumar k An ongoing project of the Collective is The Forager magazine, a quarterly online journal of food as a cultural practice and political issue.

The Forager magazine is a platform for multi-disciplinary food related inquiry. Food’s production, circulation and consumption vividly reflect who we are and how we live; for us, food – cooked and uncooked – is a medium for thinking about culture and identity, gender and politics, art, science and technology, among other facets of human experience and endeavour.

A journal of food as a cultural practice and political issue, The Forager invites readers to see the world through the prism of food.

We publish quarterly. Our content targets an international readership and encourages contributors to employ the tradition of narrative journalism to explore the role of food in history and contemporary life.  The Forager carries a wide range of writing formats/thematic perspectives and artworks that explore food’s many meanings and contexts.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
Forager Collective is looking for an artist and/or a writer whose practice includes interest in food politics who can work with The Forager magazine’s editorial team to structure the 8th issues of the magazine. We are looking to collaborate with the artist and/or writer to realize an event or bring out a publication on food related issues or possibly contribute an essay for The Forager magazine.

We will be able to help arrange accommodation in a neighbourhood close to where three of the Collective members live, and shared studio space in one of our members’ studios. At least two of the members of Forager Collective will meet with the artist/writer on a very regular basis to exchange ideas and work on the magazine and introduce the artist/writer to the city’s other creative practitioners.

Proficiency in English required.

Recent bangaloREsident@Forager Collective:  
♦ Kerstin Godschalk


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum
Trivandrum lies south of Bangalore, an hour away from Bangalore by plane and is therefore integrated into the bangaloREsidency in a slightly different manner.

About the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum:

No other Indian region has such a long and deep relationship with Germany like the southern state of Kerala. This relation dates back to the 19th Century, when the German missionary Herman Gundert came and settled down in Telichery in North Kerala. Gundert learned the local language Malayalam, translated Bible from English to Malayalam, compiled the first dictionary as well as the first grammar book and a newspaper in Malayalam in the year 1872.  

GZ - Trivandrum - entrance © Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum With this long tradition of strong cultural bonds, the Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum was inaugurated on Friday, the 28th of November 2008 by the then Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hon. Stefan Graf in the presence of the Goethe-Institut Director for Asia, Dr. Stefan Dreyer. Ever since the Goethe-Zentrum is the official representative of Germany, its language, culture, arts, science & technology, literature and politics in the capital city of Trivandrum. Through the language and cultural programs, the Zentrum attracts a huge number of students, researchers, writers, artists, scientists and others from different walks of life in Kerala. 

With more than 96% of literacy, the people of Kerala have warmly welcomed the arrival of the Goethe-Zentrum in Kerala, which is also one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world. 

Trivandrum is today the proud home of the Goethe-Zentrum and thanks to its ideal location near the University of Kerala, it has by now become the meeting point for German and Germany-lovers, with a single goal of promoting academic, cultural, political and economic relationships between Kerala and Germany.  

Most recent bangaloREsident@Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum:
♦ Nora Bibel

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.

The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) is a national education institution committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements.

Media Lab IIHS © IIHS The Media Lab at IIHS is a platform that engages with questions around the urban through multiple media practices. The Media Lab’s mandate is to build a culture of research, teaching and pedagogy inside and outside the classroom using digital audio-video. It also conducts short filmmaking courses that help explore the idea of the city through the digital video and still photography, and holds regular film screenings. The IIHS Media Lab is a space where creative expressions around the urban can be showcased, so that multiple ‘ways of seeing’ can lead to a newer and different understanding of the cities that we live in.

IIHS - Exhibition © IIHS Recent bangaloREsident@IIHS:
 ♦ Bettina Lockemann


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with the Indian Sonic Research Organisation (ISRO).

ISRO 1

The ISRO is a collective dedicated to the proliferation of creative music and experiments in sound. They are instrument builders and artists. Performances incorporate DIY and home-made instruments made with discarded electronics and other found objects.

On the rooftop © ISRO They also run a community music lab and record label which disseminates works by Asian composers, sound artists and musicians.

Most recent bangaloREsident@ISRO:
♦ Felix Deufel

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Infinite Souls Farm and Artists' Retreat, a 7-acre organic farm and rural artists retreat run by Kirtana Kumar (theatre artist) and Konarak Reddy (musician).

Infinite Souls 1 © Infinite Souls Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat lies in the shadow of the historic monolith, Savandurga, about 40 km from Bangalore.

Over the past 35 odd years Kirtana and Konarak have collaborated with and hosted artists from many different cultures and practices.

Born out of a dream of a larger space that would bridge the urban-rural divide and foster a spirit of community, openness and artistic enquiry Infinite Souls is a completely un-funded space that is sustained by the workshops, residencies and performances it hosts.

Malkhamb Camp @ Infinite Souls © Infinite Souls  Infinite Souls was inaugurated in 2007 with an International Theatre Residency facilitated by Josefina Baez of Ay Ombe Theatre, New York.

Ongoing programmes:
Theatre Lab – an annual theatre programme by Kirtana for children
Guitar Gita – sharing of Konarak’s music practice through one-on-one classes and interactions.
Little Jasmine – a professional theatre-making unit that creates urban Indian plays through the exploration of issues such as gender, sexuality and identity and by integrating physical and vocal practices such as kalaripayattu and konokol with text.
Little Jasmine Films – for the making of documentary and experimental films.
Infinite Souls Summer Camps – residential music and theatre camps for children.
World Guitar Nights – an international guitar festival curated and hosted by Konarak. 

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
Infinite Souls is looking for a bangaloREsident who primarily wishes to work with theatre pedagogy for children.

- Kirtana Kumar

Project proposals should be specifically tailored for "rural life" and should take into account the distance from the City (approx. 2.5 hours travel time) and the local language of the inhabitants of the area - Kannada.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat:
♦ Kris Merken
♦ Julia Dina Hesse
♦ Kristopher Kempf


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Jaaga, an alternative art community.

Jaaga offers creative practitioners interested in engaging with the city of Bangalore a unique residency programme.

Jaaga DNA and Startup are a collaborative and co-working space of design, tech and social entrepreneurs, housed in a 650sq. m. penthouse in the heart of Bangalore with Bangalore’s most interesting independent professionals, designers and artists.

Jaaga DNA © Jaaga Jaaga chooses residents based on their work and demonstrated interest to connect and explore Bangalore in sincere collaboration with Jaaga. Jaaga is a window to the heart of Bangalore’s cultural, tech and activist circles and guide to our guests’ experience of our city. Residents are expected to honour the unique perspective and connections on offer with their contribution to ongoing DNA Projects. Residents are invited to offer talks or workshops during their time here to showcase their work to Bangalore’s cultural circles.

Previous Jaaga residents have been supported by Goethe-Institut, Swissnex, University of Michigan and Microsoft Research India, amongst other prestigious organisations.

Jaaga DNA © Jaaga If you are interested to be a bangaloREsident and consider yourself an expert looking to collaborate with Jaaga, to bring your unique perspective and expertise to this world in a way that is meaningful to both; if you are experienced in the areas of new-media art, design, social or environmental activism, have a keen desire to explore cutting-edge cross-overs within these areas, an innate ability to ‘roll with the punches’, a work proposal that interacts with our projects or space, you are ideal for this residency.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
Dear Future Resident, 
Hope your winter was warm and cosy despite the weather. Bangalore in September will be sunny and bright. Just right in fact to get going on a grand adventure with us.
Who are we? ILAKA.org is an arts collective based in Bangalore, initiated and supported by Jaaga DNA. 

We form a foundation to facilitate creatives interested in understanding and engaging with people and spaces impacted by large urban infrastructure projects in urban India.
We curate, commission and develop artistic projects in urban Bangalore that trigger our audiences’ imagination to work towards making the cities we would like to live in safe, clean and culturally vibrant. 
We think of ourselves as a learning group and invite  you as a peer - artist, academic or technologist - to collaborate and bring your innovative, researched, community engaged, experimental approaches to our project. 

We would like this residency to be a meaningful dialog between us and you. A time for us to learn from each other and create something of value through art and design practice in public space. 
Apply, tell us what you'd like to see happen in Bangalore's public spaces, and if it's something that we dig, you'll jump right in!
Warmly,

- Archana Prasad

Please note:
In the first 3 years of its nomadic and dynamic existence, Jaaga moved as many times and the accommodation option of the last bangaloREsidency is no longer on offer. Information about working environs and accommodation may change at short notice.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Jaaga:
♦ Felizitas Stilleke

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Jagriti Theatre.

About Jagriti 
In Sanskrit, the oldest and the origin of most Indian languages, “Jagriti” means “Awakening”. Jagriti is a performance and visual arts space in Whitefield, Bangalore. A 200-seat auditorium built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.

Jagriti - Theater © Goethe-Institut / MMB Artistic Vision
A small team of dedicated art makers, lead by its Artistic Director, Arundhati Raja, supports its performers and collaborates with national and international artists. Jagriti has a strong training and education arm with a vibrant Kids & Youth wing. Jagriti's resident theatre company works in the English Language as it is spoken and used in India. Using contemporary theatre as a base, traditional Indian theatre forms are often incorporated into productions, bringing together actors, musicians, singers, choreographers and dancers. Jagriti supports new writing for the stage in English - from script to stage. The artistic endeavour of the team is to ensure a long lasting relationship with its audience and so its community. 
 
Jagriti - Theater © Jagriti Jagriti Education & Training (JET)
The various drama education programmes Jagriti develops  and runs over the course of each year, is a small but significant step towards creating better performers, technicians, and more importantly, a knowledgeable theatre audience. Through collaborations with seasoned theatre practitioners and companies, the drama programmes are specially designed to provide a specialised, practical approach to various theatre techniques. 
 
Theatre Arts Programme (TAP)
This programme provides intensive training on the key performance techniques. The course consists of 5 modules (each one running for 10 sessions) which  focus on one crucial area of Performance.The modules cover Text, Stage Craft, Voice & Movement Techniques, Schools of Theatre and Light Design. Candidates are introduced to each technique and taught its variations and applications.
 
Trinity College London: Speech and Drama
Spanning five months, the Trinity course at Jagriti is not just geared for the assessment. We firmly believe that theatre can teach children to overcome inhibitions, to communicate with confidence, to speak clearly and understand body language – tools that will help and prepare them for the future, irrespective of what profession they choose.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
"Jagriti is looking for:
- theatremakers who can enhance the ongoing programmes of the theatre.
- a set designer who works with the latest technology in the field of projection and virtual sets
- a playwright, keen on developing their work while in residence and sharing the process with local actors"

- Arundhati Raja

Recent bangaloREsident@Jagriti:
♦ Paul Affeld

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Maraa.

Maraa is a public charitable trust registered in Bangalore since 2008. Maraa works on issues relating to community media - most notably community radio.  Activities involve research, policy advocacy and capacity building.

maraa - logo © Maraa Maraa also facilitates art in public spaces in Bangalore City. Since 2008, public parks, malls, unused and vacant buildings have been used to showcase a variety of art across the city - including theatre, graphic illustration, contemporary movement, independent music, sound installation, poetry and storytelling.
Maraa is also involved in various local campaigns - for example, eviction of slum dwellers and street vendors, malnutrition of children and violence against women and sexual minorities.

More details on all these aspects are available on the website or on enquiry.

Maraa © Maraa Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
Maraa is currently working on setting up a community radio station in Bangalore. The due process will take up to 18 months, before we go on air. Meanwhile, we intend to produce shows that will podcast on the web. These programmes are expected to be of relevance to residents of Bangalore. Programmes would be in English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and other languages depending on demand. We would like to have a resident who has the necessary technical (programming and online) skills to enable the publishing of audio programmes on the web. These could be either done through streaming and/or programming. Good knowledge of sound editing, recording and music would also be highly appreciated.

- Ekta Mittal

Most recent bangaloREsidentin@Maraa:
♦ Gabi Schaffner


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with MOD Institute.

MOD Institute is an interdisciplinary urban action and research institute based in Berlin and Bangalore. It was founded in 2010 to link the scientific gap between the Western and Southern dichotomy of urban planning discourses and to identify application-oriented solutions. MOD’s work focuses on the question of urbanity in all its forms and its representation from the intellectual debate, cultural connotation up to the visualisation of contemporary transformation processes into the urban fabric. The scale of neighbourhood plays an important role in our work – as an anchor for addressing urban design as a practice for everyone.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:​

MOD © MOD Institute MOD is currently working on setting up a City Laboratory at its premises in Cobalt BLR, Church Street, Bangalore and is looking for a resident who can investigate the idea of the document as a mode of engagement. Artists are invited to engage with the city of Bangalore as the documented city using, but not restricted to, ways of mapping and visualising the city. The invitation is to read, investigate and take stock of the city as a body under surgery. The call is open to artists, scholars, photographers, filmmakers and experts across civic society to propose and engage with innovative methods to archive the city as a condition.

At the end of the residency an exhibition or open house will mark the move of MOD Institute to its new premises.

The resident will work in close collaboration with the MOD team and work out of Cobalt BLR.

- Naresh Narasimhan

Please note:
Before applying, the proposed project/concept of art in the public space and how it will fit into the urban situation in Bangalore should be clarified.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@MOD:
♦ Rachel Lee
♦ Miriam Jakobs / Gerhard Schick


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Namma Metro (Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited).

Namma Metro © BMRCL The objective is to make creative use of the available space in the Namma Metro stations, enhancing the travelling experience and bringing art closer to the commuter.

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS).

NCBS is a centre for research and teaching in frontier areas of biology in India. Situated in Bangalore, research at NCBS covers a diverse set of subjects in areas of modern biology ranging in scope from atomic to population level studies.

NCBS © NCBS The campus encourages scientific and cultural interactions by hosting events such as lectures, workshops and exhibitions periodically, thus enhancing the exchange of ideas and knowledge between scholars involved with the programme and the community at large. The NCBS Artist-in-Residency Programme is an extension of this effort. The campus is situated in a lush environment that provides steady support for its residents.
 
Most recent bangaloREsident@NCBS:
♦ Sebastian Marokko Walter


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Natya STEM Dance Kampni, which inhabits the public domain with the belief that dance is a potent medium of change.

Bangalore is regarded as one of India’s most creative dance hubs. A pioneer in the Indian dance realm, Dr. Maya Rao brought Kathak to Karnataka with the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography (est. 1964 in New Delhi) while the STEM Dance Kampni founded by her daughter Madhu Nataraj in 1995 is Bangalore’s first Indian Contemporary dance company. As an amalgamation of the two institutions, NSDK has created a unique dance vocabulary where tradition and modernity co-exist. As bangaloREsidents are often interested in both classical and modern forms, we are particularly happy that our host and partner is deeply involved in both these idioms.

Natya - stem © Natya & Stem Kampni The Kampni has three core units:

A Training and Education Division that comprises multiple facets.
  • India’s only college to offer a degree course in choreography (Bangalore University)
  • Professional training in Kathak and Indian Contemporary Dance to over 140 students
  • Initiating a comprehensive 18-month Diploma in Choreography from August 2016
  • A 4-month intensive ‘Immersion Course’ for dance students.    
                      
A Performing Unit that has toured more than 36 countries with a distinct repertoire
 
Outreach - Both the Training Wing and Performing Unit are actively involved in inhabiting the public domain through the medium of dance.
  • Shiksha - Dance in Education,
  • Aseem Kala Yatra - promoting dance as a career for youth in rural areas,
  • Creativity Unplugged - Creativity & wellness workshops,
  • Sankalan - Archiving and dance documentation and
  • Sahaja - Dance accessibility to various communities are just few of the many initiatives taken up by the Kampni.
Profile of ournext bangaloREsident:

Natya - stem © Natya & Stem Kampni “Namaskar!
Our Kampni space - literally & metaphorically - is a fertile ground for creative possibilities.
Our bangaloREsident needs to be open to experimenting with both traditional practices and contemporary interpretations.
In the past, we have had residents ranging from avant-garde photo artistes/ filmmakers to dance therapists and movement analysts.As we are in the process of launching a new diploma programme, we invite dance educators and pedagogy experts who can inspire our students and faculty with their kinaesthetic approach to teaching dance. Specialisation in contemporary dance technique, mime, lighting design or dance theatre would be an added requisite

For the Performing Unit, we are looking for visual artistes with experience in interdisciplinary projects involving the performing arts. Our bangaloREsident will get an opportunity to travel with the Kampni on study tours or performances within India.          

Natya - stem 3 © Natya & Stem Kampni                                                  
It would be our pleasure to host an expert in archiving and digitising, as our Institute houses over 1700 books, hundreds of archival photographs & journals as well as commissioned music recordings from the 1950s to date in its comprehensive library. Collaboration is our signature spirit and this 50-year-old institute is known to nurture its relationship and goodwill with its partners on a long term basis.”

- Madhu Nataraj

Most recent bangaloREsident@Natya & STEM Dance Kampni:
  ♦ Katerina Valdivia Bruch

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Pepper House Residency, an ongoing artist residency project and part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, run by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale Foundation. Kochi lies south of Bangalore, an hour away from Bangalore by plane and is therefore integrated into the bangaloREsidency in a slightly different manner.

The project calls for artists who are working with photography.

About the Kochi-Muziris Biennale: 

pepper house kochi © Pepper House The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is India’s first biennial festival of contemporary art, held every two years in the historic port city of Kochi and surrounding Islands. Pepper House Residency, that runs between the biennial Festivals, aims to attract both local and international artists, practitioners, scholars and researchers to work together and share information in areas such as art, architecture, urbanism and related research fields.

Please note:
The four most recent bangaloREsidents@Pepper House had a wonderful experience in Kochi and their works are displayed in the Pepper House Residency Exhibition, a collateral event at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. 

Most recent bangaloREsident@Pepper House:
♦ Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Purvankara Suchitra Cinema and cultural Academy.

The Origins 
In August 1971, a group of young engineers interested in cinema got together to launch Suchitra Film Society. The 1970s in Karnataka saw a surge of critical and creative exploration of the arts, imagined and conceived in the Kannada language, with an explosion of new literature, new journalism, new theatre and new cinema.

suchitra 1 © Suchitra Film Society Suchitra’s interest in cinema and its vital connection with the Bangalore renaissance led it to expand its engagement with the arts to theatre, music, movement arts, literature and languages. Suchitra Film Society is all set to build on its reputation as an important centre of cinema appreciation, arts, media and culture and realise its full potential as a cine academy and cultural centre with an international school of moving image media, a professional theatre and a centre of interpretation of cinema, performing arts, language, literature and media.

The New Vision
Inaugurating the Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy at the site on 8th January 1980, Bharat Ratna, Special Oscar Award winner and India's greatest auteur of cinema, Satyajit Ray, had said: "We need art theatres to find an outlet for good films. This is happening here, in Bangalore, for the first time (in India)." Moving forward, Suchitra continues to keep in mind the founding vision: to not only expose the audience to fine cinema and engage them in appreciation of it, but also to enable the makers of cinema and other moving-image media to improve their craft and expression.

suchitra building © Suchitra Film Society The Suchitra Culture 
• Open
• Global, but local
• Academic and artistic, but accessible to the community
• Professional, but not commercial
• Private, but public
• Independent, but responsible
• Liberal, but curated

Activities at Suchitra 
• Cinema
• Theatre
• Literature

Profile of our next bangaloREsident: 

suchitra theater © Suchitra Film Society • Curate film festivals
• Participate in the Bengaluru International Film Festival (www.biffes.in) or other established Festivals
• Educate young film makers on new aspects of film making and technology
• Implement progressive improvements and expand activities of the Society
• Be a part of a Kannada film project
• Be part of a short film produced by young film makers
• Be part of a theatre project
• Research the history of cinema in Karnataka/India
• Cinema archiving – digitalisation of Kannada films
• Cinema art installation in the City

- Anand Varadaraj

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Ranga Shankara.

Ranga Shankara a world class theatre facility is located in the South of Bangalore. It is the most affordable theatre space in India today. Born from a dream envisioned by actor-director Shankar Nag, the theatre is a celebration of artistic excellence. Theatre actor, Arundhati Nag, worked tirelessly for 10 years with the support of selfless contributions made by hundreds of donors to make his dream a reality.

ranga shankara © Ranga Shankara Ranga Shankara is dedicated to showcasing theatrical performances from India and abroad, to producing and commissioning new and innovative theatre forms and productions, and facilitating outreach programmes to build audiences for theatre and to impart theatre skills. Although there is no repertory, relentless theatre happens every day at Ranga Shankara; which has become a space for the community to come together through participation, dialogue and celebration of the spirit of the arts, thereby making the space their own. With a thrust stage that has a floor area of 1750 sq ft., with four green rooms and the very best of sound, lighting, and technical facilities and capacity of 320, Ranga Shankara has hosted varied forms of theatre right from classical theatre to musicals and experimental theatre, in English and all South Indian and several other regional languages.

ranga shankara - theater © Ranga Shankara Workshops at Ranga Shankara are driven by the idea of enhancing the skills of the theatre community and ensuring that we engender trained and skilled theatre practitioners of all aspects of theatre. Ranga Shankara actively seeks out participants, contacting local theatre troupes and often subsidising registration costs for their members. We look for partners when we conduct our skills workshops so that we can make the best Indian and international faculty available to our participants. In the past, we have partnered with National School of Drama, Schnawwl Theatre, Mannheim, Grips Theatre, and the Goethe-Institut to conduct workshops on lighting and stage design, acting, and scripting.

AHA!  is an expression of wonder, excitement and fulfillment that has no language barriers. That’s what we call our children’s theatre programme because those are all the emotions that theatre brings to us, whether as an audience or as performers.

aha - ranga shankara © Ranga Shankara AHA! is Ranga Shankara’s most ambitious programme to date and brings theatre in all its aspects to younger people. A sustained programme that reaches out to over 1500 children from all backgrounds every month, AHA! believes in giving children the theatre that they want, with their concerns, their hopes and ambitions. From the time of its inception in 2006, AHA! has resulted in 6 International Theatre for Children Festivals, 7 seasons of Summer workshops and 7 children productions. Over 2,50,000 children, of which 40% are from underprivileged circumstances, have explored the magical world of theatre through the AHA! project.

Most recent bangaloREsident@@Ranga Shankara:
♦ Urs Dietrich

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Sandbox Collective, a creative services organisation that creates, curates, produces and tours performances. It acts as a catalyst facilitating meaningful collaborations nationally and internationally between artists, cultural agencies and arts spaces creating an explosion of innovative artist.

Kamshet art fest - Sandbox © Sudhanva Deshpande Sandbox Collective is led by Nimi Ravindran and Shiva Pathak who have worked extensively in the theatre, in various capacities as both artists and administrators for over 15 years. In its three years of existence Sandbox Collective has completed over 450 performances across the country and internationally. An organisation led by artists, they have created and produced their own shows as well as worked with artists and cultural institutions globally to present theatre, music and dance in both traditional as well as alternative spaces. Sandbox Collective has also curated several arts and performances festivals across the country.
 
Sandbox Collective was born out of a collective dream of a more culturally vibrant city and the need for artists and arts administrators to work together as a community.  

museum of memories - Eduardo © Lars Meese • Ongoing programmes: Producing shows - international shows that were performed in India, like Remote Bangalore (with Rimini-Protokoll, Berlin), K2 (with Compagnie Nicole Seiler, Zurich)  
  and Quantum (Gilles Jobin Company, Switzerland) as well as Indian shows that have performed globally like Koogu (in Kenya) and Piya Behrupiya (in Chile).
Home Theatre – takes theatre (and art) out of the auditorium and into people's living rooms, offices, terraces, kitchens, bedrooms.
Theatre Arts Programme (TAP) – an arts in education programme for young audiences includes workshops, performances and an ongoing cultural exchange for children and young people.
Art Co-Lab – includes collaborations with various artists from across the world on new and funky artistic projects, curated and executed by Sandbox Collective. Most recently the Museum of Memories in collaboration with bangaloREsident Eduardo Conceição.
Art Camps – a series of arts related workshops and camps for children, youngsters and adults.


Felix Ott @ MMB © Richa Bhavanam Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
Sandbox Collective is looking for an artist with experience in the performance arts field who will spend up to two months working with local performers/artists to engage in re-imagining alternative spaces for performances/installations and carnivals.  Proficiency in English is a must. The ideal candidate will work as part of our Art Co-Lab, and will  have experience having created/devised work in public spaces.

- Nimi Ravindran & Shiva Pathak

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Sandbox Collective:
♦ Eduardo da Conceição
♦ Laura Klatt


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan runs a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Shoonya Centre for Art and Somatic Practices.

Shoonya is a multi-arts centre that was set up in 2014 with the aim of facilitating a deeper engagement with oneself and the world around us through the mediums of art and somatic practices. We offer artists, practitioners and the community, that experience through a range of activities - individual sessions, classes, workshops, rehearsals, performances, discussions - across the genres of dance, theatre, film, music, literature and visual art.

bodywork - Shoonya Photo: Rakesh Ayilliath We seek to further the growth of the arts and somatic practices, increase community participation and ownership in these areas and enable interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaborations. Our constant intention and effort is directed towards making Shoonya a nurturing, vibrant space for anyone who engages with us. 
 
Bhima @ Shoonya Photo: Dipankar Panth bangaloREsidency@Shoonya
 
At Shoonya, we place equal importance on the artistic process (the journey, if you may) as we do on the final product (the destination). The former can take the shape of work-in-progress showings, teaching, discussions and open studios while the latter is usually a performance/exhibition. Both are openly shared with other artists and practitioners, as well as the larger community, to give an insight into what practicing an art form involves and the immense value in engaging with such practice for all.


Profile of our bangaloREsident:
We are looking to host a performance artist from the field of movement, dance or theatre - or practice that uses a mix of any or all of these. We will provide you with studio space and performance/exhibition space to realise your project. Besides these, there are also the intangibles - access to our programmes across genres, interaction with other visiting artists, patrons and members of the larger community who visit the space, and a sizeable database of artists (who have worked or are currently working with us) you could tap into to realise a project that is in the interest of both you and Shoonya.

Alternatively, we are also open to hosting an artist interested in documenting the many interesting and niche somatic practices and artistic work that happens here. If you work in mediums like photography, video, digital communication and/or writing, you can lend your artistic vision to our programming, physical space, communication or digital presence. Engagement with artists and practitioners, as well as resources from us, will add to comprehensive, authentic documentation. You could follow the day-to-day activities that take place here, document/feature a specific project/practice in isolation or find your own narrative of the space and exhibit that - we will be thrilled to assist through it all.As part of the residency, whether performance or documentation based, we ask for some of your time and skills to give back to the space and the community that we've created - and which you'll experiences over the course of your association with us. You could help us with contributing to our programmes, operations, communication, and/or design. You could teach, take a workshop or find a significant visual/performance means to share your artistic process with our community - to keep them engaged and inspired. 
 
You're a part of the Shoonya family, already. We look forward to meeting you soon and can hardly wait for this association to start.

- Thommen Ollapally 

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. The project calls for artists and artist-researchers who are working with emerging art practices which includes experimental, hybrid, tangible media, computational arts, digital, socially engaged practices, performance as well as expanded & experimental cinema.

srishti - logo © Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology The Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology is an innovative, explorative and curatorial institute of media, arts and applied sciences. Srishti offers art and design education at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Its objective is to gather the latest art, craft, design ideas and practices from around the world to contextualise them within the emerging Indian environment. It aims to understand, communicate and address issues and concerns facing society and culture from a sustainable perspective. Srishti nurtures enquiry and creative action to capture the complex, dynamic richness of everyday reality.

srishti 1 © PAHAL Srishti’s Artist-in-Residence and Research Associate Programmes have attracted both local and global artists, teachers, practitioners, scholars and researchers to interact and share knowledge in all emerging cross-disciplinary areas such as art-science, business-design and technology-research. Over the years through its Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), Srishti has been supporting and collaborating with artists and artist researchers who aim to explore new artistic practices through engagement in Srishti and Bangalore City.

The center aims to be a platform for experimentation encouraging trans and inter-disciplinary work that integrates diverse media, modalities and technologies. It provides a platform to critically examine the relationship between art, technology and society.

CEMA has worked on collaborative artistic projects in the areas of pure science, technology, tactical media, gender issues, tissue culture, synthetic biology, light, sound arts and sonification, cosmology etc. The Center aims to bring together practitioners from a wide variety of fields to create work, share ideas, and converse across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Srishti was set up in 1996 by Ujwal Trust (a not-for-profit educational trust). Education remains its core activity, even as its organic growth has led it into diverse areas of research, curation and practice. Over the years, Srishti has forged collaborations with a wide range of local and international institutions through faculty and student exchange, artist residencies, interventions, studio/lab, joint research and courses, symposia and workshops. These ensure a constant stream of creative practitioners working in new and emerging artistic practices, new medium, research areas and products. This is being done with the intention to constantly keep innovating and changing while responding to the current needs and opportunities as they emerge around us.

srishti campus © Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology Current programmes include Independent Media, Experimental Media Arts, Design in Education, 3-D Design, Visual Communication, Textiles and Surfaces Design, Animation and Visual Effects, Toy Design and Interactivity - all built on a critical Liberal Arts and Humanities base. The interest in new media, experimental and hybrid media led to the setting up of the Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) in 2007. Other centres set up around specific research interests are - Center for Education, Research, Training and Development (CERTAD), Center for Public History (CPH) and Srishti Innovation Labs (SLabs).

Most recent bangaloREsident@Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology:
♦ Thomas Heidtmann


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Tasveer.

Tasveer is committed to the art of photography and photography as art. Dedicated to promoting and showcasing contemporary photography, Tasveer has created a network of galleries between Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.

tasveer art gallery © Tasveer Since Tasveer’s inaugural show in October 2006, over 100 exhibitions have been held throughout India, and the gallery has also participated in a variety of exhibitions abroad. Tasveer now represents over 25 photographers, as well as maintains an evolving digital archive of photographic images through the website and at its head office in Bangalore.

Alongside the gallery’s own publication programme, which produces detailed catalogues and texts on all exhibitions, Tasveer also works in association with Seagull Books, India’s leading arts publisher.

Tasveer’s exhibition programme includes work by up-and-coming, established and international photographers but the gallery also showcases vintage and modern prints by some of the past masters of the medium.  Creative excellence and originality are the only criteria determining the selection of exhibits.

Tasveer is owned by Abhishek Poddar, one of India's most important art collectors and curated by Nathaniel Gaskell.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Tasveer:
♦ Chris Becher


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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency for artists, educationists, pedagogues, researchers and socio-cultural theoreticians/practitioners, in collaboration with the Yuva Chintana Foundation.

The organisation is looking for residents who will be sensitive to the work environment and contribute to a social dialogue for change. The resident will be housed in the heart of Bangalore as a guest of the Managing Trustee, who has, for the past five years, also directed the highly-acclaimed Goethe-sponsored Culture & Development project Kali-Kalisu, conceived and executed by India Foundation for the Arts.

ycf 1 © Yuva Chintana Foundation Yuva Chintana Foundation (YCF) is a group of committed individuals who believe in finding ways and creating the right interplay of events to make things happen. YCF values social relations and emphasises the role of cooperation to bring about transformative changes in Education, Empowerment & Employment, and Arts & Culture. Thus seeking to create a more cohesive society with trust, openness, honesty, cooperativeness, tolerance, and respect – and also celebrating the spirit of youth.

Bangalore Metro (Namma Metro or Our Metro in Kannada) resonated with a very few in its initial years. Right from inception there were protests, ranging from the lack of public consultation, the decision to run up a huge debt rather than focus on efficient planning and management of the already existing public transport in the city to the deliberate, drastic and threatening change to the landscape of the Garden City. Notwithstanding, Namma Metro rolled on.
 
ycf - metro © ​Anupama Prakash Today, as the metro lines continue to be drawn in different parts of the city, it has not just changed the landscape of the city but also added layers to the history of the city. One being the prominent line from M.G. Road to Baiyyappanahalli. Many artistic interventions have been promoted at the M.G. Road end with Rangoli Metro Art Centre. The other end of the same line is Baiyyappanahalli, which is today a new and important entry point into Bangalore for both Southern and Eastern lines.
 
YCF has been invited by BMRCL to choose a site underneath this line, have an artist respond to a space and create a meaningful public installation that would magnify civic dialogue in its locale.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
"YCF invites residents for specifically for this project with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) under its 'Arts & Culture' initiative. YCF aims at a tangible visually strong and enduring outcome in a public space, between the Metro pillars, over a stretch of approximately one km. The artist should aim at an engaging civic dialogue with a certain aesthetic, involving the local community. Keeping in mind that the project shuld address not just commuters, but also pedestrians, who will have the space and time to indulge in art watching. Please send in a statement of interest and an artist portfolio of executed public installations."

- Anupama Prakash

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