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

Since its inception in 2003, the gallery and residence at 1Shanthiroad have evolved into a popular meeting point for national and international artists. 1Shanthiroad 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.


1 Shanthi Road - Building © 1 Shanthi Road As is well known to its large circle of well-wishers, 1Shanthiroad has acted as an eclectic and alternative art and social space for dialogue, discussions and creativity. Since its conception, 1Shanthiroad 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 1Shanthiroad’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, 1Shanthiroad has helped challenge and push the boundaries of visual art practice.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
"The art residencies at 1Shanthiroad 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

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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

Most recent bangaloREsidents@1Shanthiroad:

♦ Nadin Reschke
♦ Daliah Ziper
♦ Oliver Walker
♦ Ingo Gerken

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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.
The core activity of the school is theatre education. But the institution is also a space where ideas emerge and blossom, and creative exchanges take place. Abhinaya Taranga is looking to bring in influences from diverse collaborations so that its students can benefit from such exposure. 
Abhinaya Taranga is keen to collaborate with multi-disciplinary artists who are willing to work with students of theatre.
Abhinaya Taranga - Building © Abhinaya Taranga
Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.
Most recent bangaloREsident@Abhinaya Taranga:

♦ Verena Regensburger

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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, ICAM, Research and Documentation, TransMedia Technologies, the Attakkalari India Biennial and the Dance Company. Established in 1992 and currently based in Bangalore, Attakkalari is headed by its Artistic Director, Jayachandran Palazhy.

Aadhaarachakra 1 - Contemporary © Sudeep Bhattacharya 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 © Sudeep Bhattacharya 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: "The artist must be fluent in English. He/she/they would be working with local artists under our initiative ICAM.    

The Incubation Centre for the Arts and Media (ICAM), provides opportunities for artists to engage in transdisciplinary exploration involving dance and performing arts. Leveraging the fast-evolving ecology of creative entrepreneurship of Bangalore and the presence of an increasing number of arts practitioners from diverse backgrounds in the city, ICAM will help to forge creative collaborations and partnerships among artists and organisations. Working with Attakkalari’s national and international partners, ICAM strives to bring artists and resources under a collective umbrella to offer a safe, supportive and encouraging space to engage in creative experimentation leading to prototyping, production and performance of original performance works.

We will provide participants with active mentoring support and studio space during the development of their work and limited production and technical support for the performance outcome. The resulting work can also be showcased in Bangalore."

- Jayachandran Palazhy

Please note:
The bangaloREsident should be prepared to work with all levels of dancers/students.  Also teaching assignments are part of this bangaloREsidency and these should be clarified directly with the host before the start of the residency.
Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts:

♦ Lina Gómez

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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.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

Recent bangaloREsident@Blank Noise:

♦ Lino Heissenberg

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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 For the bangaloREsidency at Daily Dump we offer a unique platform for interested artists to explore these emerging realities involving earth, waste, art, science and human behaviour.
Status: Not open to applications this season.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Daily Dump:

♦ Marius Land

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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 Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology where she/he will be expected to take experimental film / video workshops, and also get involved with organising Experimenta - the International Festival of Moving Image Art. 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 Manipal 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.

Status: Not open to applications this season.   

Most recent bangaloREsident@Experimenta India:

♦ Bernd Lützeler

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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.

Apparently, 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 Hermann Gundert came and settled down in Tellichery in North Kerala. Gundert learned the local language Malayalam, translated the 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 set up in 2008, followed by a branch in Kochi in 2014. Whereas Trivandrum still remains a sleepy administrative capital of the State, Kochi presents itself as a vibrant city in the middle of Kerala, acclaimed for its natural beauty, economic centre stage and the Kochi Biennale.

Ever since its inception, the Goethe-Zentrum has not only been offering German language classes and examinations to thousands of students from Kerala, but it also provides an ideal platform for promoting programmes in the fields of culture, arts, science & technology, literature and politics. Through its language and cultural programmes, the Zentrum attracts a large number of students, researchers, writers, artists, scientists and others from different walks of life in Kerala.

Over the last thirteen years, the Goethe-Zentrum has significantly contributed to the promotion of Indo-German bilateral relations, particularly in the fields of language learning and cultural encounters. With such a strong track record in hand, the Goethe-Zentrum looks forward to welcoming the next batch of bangaloREsidency participants!

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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 Media Lab of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)

India’s urbanisation is the second largest rural to urban transition in human history. By 2050, at least 800 million Indians will live in cities and they will constitute more than half of India’s population. This is not just a demographic transition. Urbanisation is fundamentally changing India’s economy, society, politics as well as culture. In this context, the IIHS is committed to the equitable, sustainable and efficient transformation of Indian settlements. As a research and education institution, our role is to engage with these changing cultural scenarios along with the changing landscape of urban India.
Media Lab IIHS © IIHS The Media Lab at IIHS is a platform that engages with questions around the urban through multiple media practices. In a rapidly changing complex world, the Media Lab has created a space where the use of images and sound can be a way of understanding the urban milieu and create new forms of knowledge production.
The Media Lab views the audio-visual medium as a method for research. These films, images and sounds breathe life into facts and data in the form of stories. The Media Lab’s mandate is to build a culture of research, teaching and pedagogy inside and outside the classroom using digital audio-video. The Lab uses a range of approaches to fulfil its mission including short courses on filmmaking and photography, hosting an audio-visual repository on YouTube along with regular screenings and its flagship annual event - the Urban Lens Film Festival.
The IIHS Media Lab is a space where creative expressions on the urban, irrespective of the media form, can be showcased so that multiple ‘ways of seeing’ can lead to a newer and different understanding of the cities.

The Urban Lens Film Festival which will be in its 6th edition is a one of a kind film festival that focusses on cinema and the city. The idea behind the festival is to look at the different ways in which filmmakers/artists engage with the idea of the city through cinema. These fiction, non-fiction and animation films mirror a cinematic truth about cities, framing them beyond their skylines by teasing out individual/collective stories and experiences of people from around the world.
Profile of our next bangaloREsident: 
The Media Lab at IIHS is inviting applications from photographers, sound / audio-visual artists to use the city and its public spaces to find images, sounds and stories that can re-create the urban landscape of Bengaluru. The Media Lab encourages new forms of production and exhibition right from art, installation pieces, new media or the internet.
In addition to the audio-visual equipment and software available at the Media Lab, there is opportunity to refer to the resources of the IIHS library (journals, films, books and maps) to support the resident during their work process. Residents will have access to leading academics and practitioners at the IIHS who work on some of the most pivotal themes, challenges and solutions in the field of the urban.
The residency will culminate with an exhibition / talk about the work produced. There is also an opportunity to display the work in the gallery during the Urban Lens Film Festival. IIHS is a teaching-learning institution and hence the resident is also encouraged to conduct either a workshop or a masterclass at the end of the residency.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@IIHS:

♦ Raisa Galofre & Marvin Systermans

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with the Word Lab at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS).

The Word Lab at IIHS is a cultural hub in North Bengalore due to its continuous engagement with writers, illustrators, researchers, authors, editors and publishers to deliberate on and highlight works around urbanisation. At the core of our work, we look for stories about the world we live in for the people who live in it, and we look for creative ways of telling such stories while being grounded in research and practice.  
City Scripts @ IIHS © IIHS Profile of our first-ever bangaloREsident:
Through the residency, we would like for someone to explore how people experience Bangalore, particularly given Covid impacts. They could pick any demographic that they are comfortable to engage with. We would also like for them to compare their Covid experiences in their home city to current scenarios in Bangalore. The residents can have a background in any discipline, given that IIHS strongly believes in interdisciplinary work.m dates and themes. 

The resident is welcome to use the vast resources available at the IIHS public reference library. These include a variety of books, audio-visual material, maps, data libraries, and a host of journals. 

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration Indian Music Experience (IME), India’s only interactive music museum.

IME - instruments gallery © The Indian Music Experience IME is dedicated to increasing awareness about the diversity of Indian music, especially among young people. Spread over three floors, the museum houses interactives, audio-visual material, films, musical instruments and historical objects. It works towards increasing the understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Indian music, from the traditional to the contemporary through exhibits, performances and learning activities.

Besides the nine indoor galleries, IME’s sound garden is very popular. Its unique installations made from natural materials like stone and wood bring one closer to nature and ourselves. It provides a great stimulus for sensitive and creative minds.

IME - building © The Indian Music Experience We are looking for an artist who would be interested in any one of the following:

• Digital archive of Indian music – the material is varied and is a great source of inspiration. It includes images, audio-visual material, data about artefacts, books and numerous articles. The resident will be encouraged to create a collaborative project back in Germany.

• Create an expression (performing, visual, digital) based on the museum’s collection – for musicians who are looking to collaborate with their local counterparts or take inspiration from Indian music, IME offers the perfect platform. Our nine galleries, extensive research material and local music networks provide a conducive environment for experimentation. The resident will get an opportunity to perform with inhouse musicians and interact with the students at the IME’s learning centre.  

• Interpret the collection in multiple ways for a wider audience – the huge collection provides ample ways for music educators, artists and theatre practitioners to interpret the collection in exciting, engaging and creative ways. The resident could interact with school groups and museum visitors to develop new interpretations.  

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with the Indian Sonic Research Organisation (ISRO).


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.

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@ISRO:

♦ STRWÜÜ (Lukas Fütterer & Jo Wanneng)

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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 lies in the shadow of the historic monolith, Savandurga, about 40 km from Bangalore.

Infinite Souls 1 © Infinite Souls 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.

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
Malkhamb Camp @ Infinite Souls © Infinite Souls 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 an artist who works in the field of music, film-making or theatre.

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat:

♦ Kris Merken

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

Jaaga builds collaborative communities to address urban issues through researched arts and design practices in collaboration with public and private, grassroots organisations.
Jaaga is a collaborative co-working community of design, tech and social entrepreneurs. Our co-working space is housed in a 650 sq. m. penthouse in the heart of Bangalore with the city’s most interesting independent techies and designers. Since its inception in 2009, Jaaga has followed an organic framework to encourage meaningful collaborations between individuals working within the fields of art, technology and activism.

BF-Neerinusiru © Jaaga Jaaga has incubated BeFantastic.in, a platform that brings together transdisciplinary practices of art and technology with a commitment to envision an open and optimistic vision for the future. BeFantastic emerged from the city’s first TechArt festival titled Bengaluru Fantastic which took place at the heart of the city in December 2017 spread over 3 days. The festival had over 30 pieces of tech-art, in addition to music and dance  performances, workshops, talks, panels & screenings. From this first edition, BeFantastic has sought to align the  engagements with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and this is a commitment that has persisted through subsequent activities.

BFT-showcase poster © BeFantastic BeFantastic facilitates creative interactions for the digital era through their annual online Fellowship programmes. Working specifically at various intersections of art and technology, they have sought to bring together a global community of TechArt enthusiasts through creative and critical engagements through BeFantastic Pivot (2020) and BeFantastic Together (2021). Following the curatorial direction of ‘Techart for Climate Action’, they are organising this year’s flagship Fellowship in 2022, titled BeFantastic Within and BeFantastic Beyond. All these engagements are geared towards a public TechArt festival that is to be organised physically across Bengaluru in 2023 titled Future Fantastic. Also do explore their AI-based chatbots titled Radbots.

Future Fantastic is envisioned as an AI+Art festival that brings together cutting-edge art practices and discourses within this expanded field to Bangalore. Guided by the ethos of climate justice and Jaaga’s dedication to working in public spaces, it hopes to create a space for dialogue around the various dimensions of the ongoing climate emergency through interventions mediated by the leading practitioners in various relevant fields. Towards this end, BeFantastic Within has been conceptualised as a Fellowship marrying the worlds of performance and AI, and BeFantastic Beyond is to revolve around visual art practices that incorporates various emerging technologies. You can explore their more recent activities through the newsletter archive.

Profile of the next bangaloREsident:
Jaaga’s BeFantastic chooses residents based on their work and demonstrated interest to connect and explore cities through participatory creative practice that intersects art, technology and activism. Their team provides a window into the heart of Bangalore’s cultural, tech and activist circles and will guide their guests’ experience of the city through a nuanced and informed lens. Residents are expected to honour the unique perspective and connections on offer with their own work and fresh perspectives, and are invited to hold work collaboratively with selected artists from Bangalore.

BF & Natya-Stem © Jaaga If you are a bangaloREsident@Jaaga, you will also be given the opportunity to contribute to Future Fantastic in 2023, alongside key figures working in the fields of AI, TechArt and climate action from around the world. BeFantastic is particularly interested in artists, choreographers, creative directors, creative technologists, filmmakers who are interested in tech, coding, and creating interactive online digital art for performances, or tech-art installations, with a special interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Please note:
We no longer have a dedicated residency space in the city center. Information about accommodation may change at short notice. Our Living Building is nomadic and has moved 6 times in the last ten years.

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Jaaga:  

♦ Walter Solon

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

Jagriti - Theater © Goethe-Institut / MMB Artistic Vision
Since Jagriti Theatre opened in January 2011, it has always sought to create and sustain performance art practice in the city. It has always supported emerging talent in Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. It has supported young artists in the city, providing professional spaces to showcase talent. It has provided sustainable work opportunities for artists, arts managers and theatre educators.

As we re-examine the idea of performance and live engagement in a post-pandemic world, Jagriti will continue to work towards creating space for artistic collaboration, community engagement through the arts and interdisciplinary arts education opportunities. With a commitment to embrace a more diverse, culturally impactful and inclusive construct of Art and Performance.
Jagriti - Theater © Jagriti Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
"Jagriti is looking to collaborate with artists who have an interest in creating site-specific work imagining the various spaces and architecture of Jagriti Theatre.

We are keenly interested in collaborating and creating work with Performance Artists with an interest in multi-disciplinary performance design, integrating cultural practice with performance, challenging performance language through innovations in design (sound, lighting, body mapping).

We are also interested in collaborations and continued conversations with artists and academics who are challenging existing notions of art practice with respect to gender and the experience of creating work as women in the arts."

- Arundhati Raja

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Maraa:

♦ Carlos Andrés Rico

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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.

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsident@MOD:

♦ Laura Fiorio

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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 LOGO © 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. Artists-in-Residence are free to work with any lab or group on campus. The campus is situated in a lush environment that provides steady support for its residents.
In particular, the Archives at NCBS seeks engagement with Artists-in-Residence. The Archives at NCBS is a public centre for the history of contemporary biology in India and it opened in February 2019. It has three main objectives going forward: 
  • continuing to build up archives as spaces to strengthen the commons
  • a focus on education through archival material and
  • to build a broader consortium of archives with a discovery layer for the public to find, describe and share archival material and stories.
Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.
Most recent bangaloREsident@NCBS:

♦ Sebastian Marokko Walter

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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 both unfettered expression and change.

The Kampni is an amalgamation of two pioneering institutions - one of India’s first academies - The Natya Institute of Kathak and  Choreography and Bangalore’s first Indian contemporary dance company - the STEM (Space. Time. Energy. Movement) Dance Kampni headed by Choreographer, Artpreneur and Educator, Madhu Nataraj. 

Natya & STEM_1 © STEM Dance Kampni The Kampni believes that Dance does not exist in isolation and Collaboration is its leitmotif. The Kampni houses 3 core verticals - 1. Training and Education Division, featuring:
*India’s only dedicated institute for the study of Choreography
*Hybrid Skill diplomas in Choreography and in Kathak (Foundation and Intermediate)
*Proficiency courses and community training in Kathak and Indian Contemporary Dance
2. Performing Unit that has toured more than 36 countries with a unique movement vocabulary and distinct repertoire

Natya & STEM_6 © STEM Dance Kampni 3. Outreach projects in the areas of empowerment, creativity, healing, inclusivity and transformation. To mention a few:
- Shiksha - Dance in education projects
- MovEd - Movement arts for children in rural areas and urban slums
- Creativity Unplugged - Creativity & wellness workshops,
- Sankalan - Research, digitising, archiving and dance documentation

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
Our Kampni is a fecund ground for limitless, creative possibilities.

Bangalore is a city where tradition and modernity both collide and merge. Our space resonates this ethos in many ways.

In the past, we have had residents ranging from avant-garde photo artistes / filmmakers to dance therapists and movement analysts.

Natya & STEM_4 © STEM Dance Kampni At this point we are specifically looking for artists and designers from the realms of AI/VR/AR for an interdisciplinary workshop and performance commission in liaison with our long-time collaborators from JAAGA (also a bangaloreREsidency host).

Our bangaloREsident will get an opportunity to interact and work with diverse communities and travel with the Kampni on projects and performances. Not to mention copious amounts of South Indian filter coffee!"

- Madhu Nataraj

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.
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 Biennale Foundation with the generous support of Malabar Escapes. Kochi lies south of Bangalore, an hour away from Bangalore by plane and is therefore integrated into the bangaloREsidency in a slightly different manner.

Pepper House Logo © Kochi-Muziris Biennale 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:
All bangaloREsidents@Pepper House had a wonderful experience in Kochi and their works were displayed in the Pepper House Residency Exhibition, a collateral event at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. 

Status: Not open to applications this season.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Pepper House:

♦ Flo Maak
♦ Juliane Tübke

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a  bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Play Practice. Play Practice is an artist residency programme, started in 2014 as a project from Bangalore Dance Collective, a non-profit organisation initiated by Abhilash Ningappa and various artists/collaborators working together with a firm belief in contemporary performing and movement art projects.

play practice_bangaloREsidency host 1 © play practice Play Practice organises every year Apprenticeship programs, Residencies for artists to create their own works. Additionally Play Practice organises workshops by teachers from various movement art disciplines as well as martial arts, Indian classical and folk dance, focused mainly for movement researchers.

play practice_bangaloREsidency host 2 © play practice Profile of our next bangaloREsident: We would like to invite Interdisciplinary movement and performing artists to live and create in a quiet artistic space run by artists from India. We are away from the city and the artists work in a peaceful space for in-depth concentration on research and the creative process, in bangalore's refreshing sunny weather.The resident artist will have a private room in a shared apartment and access to dance studios with wooden sprung floors. Play Practice Artists Residency is primarily a working space for diverse movement artists with the need to go deeper into their work and practice, as well as offering a presentation at the end of the residency. It is an experience of collaborative living and creation, and the resident will have the opportunity of artistic exchange as well as access to inside information about the dance scene in Bangalore.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

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

In August 1971, a group of young engineers interested in cinema came together to launch the Suchitra Film Society in Bangalore. The 1970s in Karnataka saw a surge in activities relating all aspects of art, culture and language. This period is seen as the new wave in literature, journalism, theatre and cinema.

suchitra 1 © Suchitra Film Society Suchitra’s interest in cinema and its connection with the culture of Bangalore led it to expand its engagement with the arts, theatre, music, literature and languages. Having completed 50 successful years, Suchitra Film Society has built a reputation for being an important centre for film appreciation, performing arts and literature.

Inaugurating the Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy at the site on January 8, 1980, Bharat Ratna, Special Oscar Award winner and India's greatest auteur of cinema, Satyajit Ray, 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.

Over the years, Suchitra Film Society campus has become a hub for the structural and critical discourse on different aspects of Filmmaking and Film Appreciation, by regularly organizing Indian & International film festivals, Seminars, Workshops, Master classes & interactions with the filmmakers, for the benefit of the budding filmmaking practitioners, discerning audiences and students. Through these film culture events, Suchitra Film Society aims at nurturing as well as enhancing the knowledge and understanding of the film art forms aesthetic, thematic & cinematic values, along with exploring the historical milestones, features and trends in contemporary filmmaking amongst the new generation screenwriters, filmmakers, artists and film buffs. Bangalore has also been recognised as an important centre for International film culture in keeping with Karnataka’s glorious heritage and the State’s achievements in the fields of literature, fine arts, and cinema. For this, film art and cultural organisation Suchitra Film Society's contribution is highly noteworthy.

The Suchitra Culture
• open for all
• global, but local
• academic and artistic, but accessible to the community
• professional, but not commercial
• public interest vision
• independent, but responsible
• liberal, but curated

Programmed activities at Suchitra Film Society relating to
• Cinema
• Theatre
• Literature
• Music & Performing Arts

Profile of our next bangaloREsident: 

suchitra theater © Suchitra Film Society • Focus on Filmmaking practice, film appreciation & film academics
• Exploring per year 300+ film producing Kannada Film Industry by visiting shoot locations and interacting with the filmmakers, film artists, Cinematographers and technicians
• Visiting and interacting with the reputed Kannada film industry's studios including Hombale films, KRG Studios, Paramvah Studios, Pushkar Films, Rishab Shetty Films, Media House Films, Balaji Digi Studio, UNIFI media, Anand Audio, Aakash Audio & Lahari Audio - film pre & postproduction studios, as well as Multiplex and single screen Cinema’s film projection technology spaces
• Train selected 15-20, young filmmakers & filmmaking students on screenwriting, new aspects of contemporary filmmaking, Cinematography, Sound design & postproduction technology through a rigorous workshop
• Designing & supervising the collaborative short term filmmaking activities for the Graduation students for Suchitra Film Society`s outreach activities partners - Centre for Visual and Performing Arts, RV University, St. Joseph's Institute of Communication & Media Studies (SJICMS), Filmmaking Students of Jnanabharathi Bangalore University Campus & for the Mass communication PG students of NMKRV College for women, Bangalore
• Visiting and interacting with the content creators and crew of the TV Channels (both infotainment & live news channels) studios / stations, as well as visiting Bangalore based Government and private Radio Broadcasting centers
• Be a part of a Kannada feature film project
• Be part of theatre & performing art project happening in the city
• Be part of the programming team for the Suchitra Film Society’s Oct.-Dec. 2022 film screenings & cultural events planning
• Research the historical milestones of film art in Karnataka/India
• Film art images installation in the city
• Participate in the important film, theatre, literature, folklore, performing arts and cultural activities happening across Bangalore.

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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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., 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's productions. Over 2,50,000 children, of which 40% are from underprivileged circumstances, have explored the magical world of theatre through the AHA! project.

Profile of our next bangaloREsident
“We are looking for a theatre practitioner who will engage with our local community of practitioners, artists and directors by sharing her/his/their process, and performance-making techniques of contemporary German theatre. This can be in the form of a mutually-designed workshop by the practitioner and Ranga Shankara. The resident should be able to communicate in English. The residency will culminate in a sharing/presentation with our audience in the form of a short performance and conversations.”

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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.

Kamshet art fest - Sandbox © Sudhanva Deshpande Sandbox Collective was founded, and is led by Nimi Ravindran and Shiva Pathak, who have worked extensively in theatre, in various capacities as both artists, curators and administrators for over 20 years. In the eight years of its existence Sandbox Collective has completed over 750 performances across the country and internationally.

museum of memories - Eduardo © Lars Meese An organisation led by artists, Sandbox was born of a collective dream of creating a more culturally vibrant landscape for our cities. We have created and produced shows as well as worked with artists and cultural institutions globally to present theatre, music, dance and visual arts both in traditional as well as alternative spaces. Sandbox Collective has also curated numerous arts exchanges and arts and performance festivals across India. 

Felix Ott @ MMB © Richa Bhavanam We have collaborated and partnered with internationally acclaimed companies like Rimini Protokoll, Compagnie Nicole Seiler, Trickster-p and Cie Gilles Jobin among others. We have also produced and presented works from India globally.
As an organisation led by feminists our area of special focus is gender and gender equality, and the right to freedom of speech and expression. 

Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
"Our ideal resident is an artist whose core values align with our own. An artist who would like to collaborate towards creating/facilitating a work to be showcased at Gender Bender 2022. They could be performers, visual artists, writers or interdisciplinary artists working in any medium. 

Gender Bender is an annual multi-arts festival that celebrates questions and fresh perspectives of gender, and is a  joint project of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and Sandbox Collective." 

- Nimi Ravindran & Shiva Pathak

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Sandbox Collective:

♦ The Agency (Magdalena Emmerig & Yana Thönnes)

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with
Sangam House. Sangam House hosts writers from across the world and India for three months each winter. The Sangam House residency program is designed to give writers the time and space that they need to work, as well as ensure a safe and supportive environment for them. We host up to five writers each month.

Typically, half our writers are Indian, working in English and other Indian languages and the other half come to us from other countries – Korea, Australia, the US, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Zimbabwe are some of the nationalities that have been represented at Sangam House.

Sangam House © The Jamun While much of our day is dedicated to solitary work, we tend to eat dinner together each night. Sangam House believes in the fostering of a peer community amongst its residents through free-wheeling conversations and informal readings. We also create opportunities for our writers to meet local writers and interact with literary groups and communities in the city.

We are currently located in a large, airy house in a quiet, leafy suburb of Bangalore, at the Jamun

Profile for our first bangaloREsident:
Poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists, non-fiction writers, screen writers, you are all welcome.
*Residency period: October 16 - November 28, 2022*

Application process for 2022 is complete.

For more information or queries, write to  arshia.sangam@gmail.com
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 a range of opportunities - individual sessions, classes, workshops, rehearsal space, performances, discussions - across the genres of somatic art, dance, theatre, film, music and literature. 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.

Rorschach touch_1_July17 Photo: Ankit Banerjee © Shoonya Shoonya is home to Citizens of Stage Co Lab, a collective of independent dancers who strive to share movement and dance with working professionals, students, artists, sportspeople, homemakers, and the community at large. Based out of the state-of-the-art studios at Shoonya, it offers classes, workshops, and performances that combine technical skill, somatic awareness, and creativity. Ranging from mid-career artists to more recent entrants to the field, it is bound by the belief that "minds evolve when bodies dance."
The collective has been working with artists from different spaces to create work which is culturally significant and interventionist but which is also viable and accessible to the community (with the aim of getting more people interested in contemporary dance).

At Shoonya, we place equal importance on the artistic process, the journey, as we do on the final product, the destination. The former can take the shape of work-in-progress showings, research projects and exploration, 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.
Rorschach touch_2_July17 Photo: Ankit Banerjee © Shoonya Profile of our bangaloREsident:

We are looking to host a performance artist or choreographer from the field of movement, dance or theatre - or practice that uses a mix of any or all of these.
  • You will have the chance to engage with the movement artists and choreographers of our collective and draw on them for your research work or develop a piece on them. The collective consists of independent choreographers who have worked extensively, in international collaborations, under large companies and made their own individual work (through the collective, you will also get access to a whole community of movement and performance artists in the city).
  • We will provide you with studio space and performance/exhibition space to realise your project.
  • You will also get to attend their classes (in movement) at a subsidised fee.
  • You will also get access to our programmes across genres, interaction with other artists, patrons and members of the larger community who visit the space. 
Alternatively, we are also open to hosting an artist interested in authentically documenting the confluence of ideas, somatic practices and artistic work we are container, witness and home to. 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.
  • You will have access to all our programmes (which range from dance classes, somatic or healing-based workshops and performances over weekends), the space of course, the collective, visiting artists and the team.
  • And through the former, the larger surrounding environment and community.
  • 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.
  • You could also document the activities of the collective specifically (a group of entrepreneurial dancers creating contemporary work and systems for sustainable arts practice in the Indian context). 
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.
Status: Not open to applications this season.

Most recent bangaloREsident@ Shoonya: 

♦ Annelie Andre

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Srishti Manipal 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 Manipal 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, Contemporary Art Practice, Curatorial Practice, Public Art and Pedagogy, 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). For more information on Srishti available at www.srishti.ac.in.

Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Srishti:

♦ Lauryn Mannigel
♦ Freya Hattenberger & Peter Simon
♦ Lukas Matthaei & Nika Pfeifer 

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

Led by the artistic vision of Sankar Venkateswaran, Theatre Roots & Wings, since its Theatre Roots & Wings Logo © Theatre Roots & Wings Logo inception in 2007, creates  works in collaboration with a wide range of artists from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and is committed to the spirit of experimentation in theatre  and dance. 

Its intention is to create new contexts that allow the re-imagining of theatre, its relation to community, nature, culture, humanity, identity, and the individual’s relationships with the wider society.

The company is based in Kerala and has its own studio space.

Sahyande Theatre © Sankar Venkateswaran Status: Not open to applications this season.

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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 (YCF).

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 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

Status: Not open to applications this season.
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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Visthar, a secular Civil Society Institution committed to social justice and peace.

Visthar campus 3 © Visthar Founded in 1989, Visthar is located in a serene six-acre campus away from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore city. Visthar has a rich history of involvement in transformative education and in community-based advocacy. The Eco Sanctuary on the campus serves as a site for biodiversity conservation and environmental education.

Spanning three decades, Visthar has branched into three bodies: an international learning institution (VIDS), a community engagement institution (Bandhavi), and a Conference and Retreat Centre (VCRC). VIDS and VCRC are located in the Eco Sanctuary at Bangalore, and Bandhavi in Koppal (North Karnataka). All three institutions are autonomous with independent governance structures.

Visthar Institute of Development Studies (VIDS)
VIDS (erstwhile Visthar Academy of Justice and Peace), is an international learning institution committed to equity, diversity and sustainability. The Institute subscribes to an ecocentric paradigm of development rooted in values and practice of social justice. Our approach to learning and research is collaborative and transdisciplinary.
The Institute operates through three centres: Centre for Counter Culture and Communication, Centre for Gender and Diversity and Centre for Environment Sustainability.

Visthar 2 reflection © Visthar Affiliations, Accreditations and Partnerships:
VIDS is affiliated to the Kannada University (Hampi) and the Bangalore (North) University (State University). Our courses are accredited by the Xavier Institute of Social Service in Ranchi. We have also sustained partnerships with three Liberal Arts Colleges in the US: Gustavus Adolphus College and Concordia College in Minnesota and Davidson College in North Carolina.

Srujana - Recycled Paper Unit
As a mark of our commitment to sustainable measures, the campus houses a paper recycling unit that recycles tonnes of paper annually and fashions it into handmade paper products. 

The campus lends itself to artists and writers as a residency and a range of learners on sustainable ways of living. We welcome artists to reside at the Visthar Conference and Retreat Centre situated in the Eco Sanctuary, Bangalore. During their time here, residents are welcome to get involved in the creative processes at Srujana, the Organic Farms and Manoranjitham Nursery. A visit and interaction with the children at Bandhavi, Koppal would be as beneficial for the artist as it would be for the students in widening their world-view.  
While at Visthar, the artist would have opportunities to conduct arts (visual/performance) workshops for children/youth from marginalised communities in Bangalore and/or Koppal (North Karnataka). The Eco Sanctuary would be ideal for visual artists who can contribute towards eco-arts. This would involve design and creation with recycled paper and papier mache as well as recycling/upcycling of different kinds of materials - plastic bottles, pens, wires, wood, metal, cloth etc.

We also invite landscape artists who can design natural spaces based on an idea/theme that promotes environmental sustainability, and photographers who could capture the beauty of nature and human-nature connections.

Status: Not open to applications this season.

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The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan offers a bangaloREsidency in collaboration with Walkin Studios, an innovative project space.

Walkin Studios is a non-profit artist studios and residency space in Bangalore, India that supports the development of multidisciplinary artistic practices, cultural exchanges and practical thinking. Moved by an interest in exploring the complexities of the present and the relationship between people and their environment, Walkin Studios promotes co-creation, collaboration and experimentation.

Walkin Studios was initiated in 2015 to fulfil the need for an alternative to white cube gallery spaces and tradition practices. At the time, Bangalore was consumed with traditional gallery practice that did not have scope for broader visions of art. The project space was an outcome of our need to focus creative energies towards experimental production, display and distribution of art. Through the years there have been rotating artists that helped shape the organisations aims in relevance to local and global discourses of contemporary art.

Walkin Studios spectra © Walkin Studios In August 2019, as our 5th anniversary we registered officially. We programmed with a new outlook on contemporary art practices: the new vision was to focus on new media (and related interdisciplinary practices) that would encompass the local and global contexts. Our renewed vision for 2019 to 2024 has been disrupted by the pandemic, but the questions still remain relevant: what does today's art practice look like? What new methods of production and thought processes are being established?

For the bangaloREsidency 2022 we are inviting proposals for projects that create aesthetics, narratives and discourses on “Public Domain” and “Public Space”.
Due to the pandemic, the way we see public space has changed, it has transformed into a space we fear, has become even more regulated (the world's strictest lockdown was in India). This is true for the real world, but also the internet. We feel it is imperative to create a discourse and methods of re-establishing our relationship with public spaces.

What happens in public space is unpredictable, be it a public park, or a privately owned mall, or online such as Instagram or tik-tok. These spaces, where there are diverse people with multiple possible situations, are where new knowledge and experience is formed. We wish to see these grey areas re-establish what public domain and public space mean.
The output of the residency can be a performance, intervention or installation that is in a hybrid format of being online and physically oriented. The work will be documented and displayed on www.publicdomain.garden
Status: Application process for 2022 is complete.

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Dresden, the State Capital of Saxony in Germany, jointly with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and in collaboration with the C. Rockefeller Center and Zentralwerk, Dresden announces a travel grant for an artist residency. The aim of this artist-in-residence programme is to get to know the art scene in the Indian metropolis of Bangalore and to exchange ideas and impulses. The travel grant is embedded in the bangaloREsidency, where around10 artists from Germany will be working simultaneously in collaboration with one of 30 partner organisations in Bangalore. In exchange, one artist from Bangalore will be in residence at Zentralwerk in Dresden.

  • residency for six to eight weeks in Bangalore/India (16.10. - 17.12.2022, min. 4 weeks compulsory)
  • artistic focus: all fields of fine arts
  • partner organisation in 2022: 1Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery 
  • free accommodation in a guest apartment 
  • travel/visa allowance of 1,000 EUR
  • lump sum for production costs in consultation with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore of up to 2,000 EUR
  • cost of living of Rs. 2,900 per day (approx. 34 EUR, paid out in cash on-site)
  • the accommodation is suitable to bring children. Childcare must be organised on your own.
  • the selected candidate must arrange for his/her own foreign health insurance and the recommended vaccinations 
  • it is recommended to get in touch with the Indian artist who will be a guest at the Zentralwerk in 2022.
  • degree in the arts
  • living in Dresden
Brief biography, letter of motivation with proof of residence, project description (max. 1-2 A4 pages), artistic portfolio as PDF ( additionally a DVD may be sent), no originals should be submitted.

Submit to:
Office for Culture and Monument Protection, Mr. Martin Chidiac, Königstraße 15, 01097 Dresden
For further information please call: (03 51) 4 88 89 33.

Application deadline is, Monday February 28, 2022.

A jury consisting of representatives of the awarding bodies and artists from Dresden will review the applications and select the artist. The result is expected to be announced in mid-March 2022. Whether the residency (grant) will actually take place as planned depends on the prevailing mandated Covid-19 related travel regulations. 

For more information and residency reports click on: Dresden/Travel grants visual artists and bangaloREsidency.

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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 © 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

Status: akzeptiert derzeit keine Bewerbungen.

Recent bangaloREsident@BORDA:

♦ Julia Knop

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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.

Status: Currently not accepting applications.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Forager Collective:

♦ Kerstin Godschalk

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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.

Status: Currently not accepting applications.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Namma Metro:
♦ Kathrin Delhougne

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bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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.
Status: Currently not accepting applications.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Tasveer:
♦ Chris Becher

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