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Travel grant: Dresden-Bangalore

In collaboration with the C. Rockefeller Center and Zentralwerk, the German city Dresden has announced a travel grant. 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 an integral part of the bangaloREsidency, where approximately 10 artists from Germany will be working simultaneously in cooperation with one of the 30 partner organisations in Bangalore. In exchange, one artist from Bangalore will be in residence at the C. Rockefeller Center in Dresden in 2021.

  • residency for six to eight weeks in Bangalore/India (probable dats 12.09 - 07.11.2021)
  • artistic focus: media art, performance, sound 
  • bangaloREsidency partner 2021: Walkin Studios 
  • 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. 2,000 per day (approx. 22.60 EUR, paid out in cash on-site)
  • the accommodation is not suitable for artists with school-going children 
  • the selected candidate must arrange for his/her own foreign health insurance and the recommended vaccinations 
  • 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, kultur-denkmalschutz@dresden.de, for further information please call: (03 51) 4 88 89 33.

Application deadline: Thursday, January 21, 2021, 23.59 CET


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 by mid-February 2021.

Note: Whether the residency will actually take place as planned depends on the mandated travel/health regulations in autumn 2021.

bangaloresidency hosts

bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Please note:
1Shanthiroad is the oldest bangaloREsidency and Suresh Jayaram is an experienced host who has helped several 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.
Most recent bangaloREsident@Abhinaya Taranga:

♦ Verena Regensburger

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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 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.
Status: Application process for 2020 is complete. Dates for 2021 tba.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts:

♦ Lina Gómez

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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 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Recent bangaloREsident@Blank Noise:

♦ Lino Heissenberg

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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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Recent bangaloREsident@BORDA:

♦ Julia Knop

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Working at Daily Dump Photo: Daily Dump bangaloREsidency new logo 2017 © Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Daily Dump:

♦ Marius Land

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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 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 - 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 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: Currently not taking applications. Please check back for updates.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Experimenta India:

♦ Bernd Lützeler

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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 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.  

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Goethe-Zentrum Trivandrum:

♦ Nora Bibel

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

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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsident@IIHS:

♦ Raisa Galofre & Marvin Systermans
♦ Bettina Lockemann

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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 Word Lab at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS).

The Word Lab at IIHS is soon becoming a cultural hub in North Bengaluru 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. 
The Word Lab has been hosting City Scripts - an urban writings festival and a flagship annual IIHS event, since 2016. Artists, photographers, planners, poets, authors, bloggers and more have been part of panels, hosted masterclasses and workshops, and performed on themes that cut across the urban milieu. City Scripts creates a space for multiple genres of writing such as children’s literature, news and media, research, oral folk narratives, fiction and nonfiction, sci-fi and tech-related themes, and much more, to come together. 
City Scripts @ IIHS © IIHS In addition to City Scripts, the Word Lab collaborates with authors, illustrators, and others in monthly Public Texts sessions, as well as with the Sangam House writers-in-residence, who have held reading sessions of their works. 
Profile of our next bangaloREsident:
How do people experience Bangalore? How do you experience it as someone non-native to the city?  
The residency is expected to culminate in a creative output that involves text. This could include a collection of short stories, essays, public pieces; a children’s book; script of a play; or an anthology of sorts, among other forms. Based on relevance to the theme of City Scripts 2021, the resident may have the opportunity to share their output at the festival. 
The resident is welcome to use the vast resources available at the IIHS public reference library. These include books, reference material, audio-visual material and journals. IIHS believes in co-learning across disciplines and hence the resident is encouraged to conduct a workshop or masterclass or some learning session at the end of the residency.

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

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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 a resident 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

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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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@ISRO:

♦ STRWÜÜ (Lukas Fütterer & Jo Wanneng)
♦ Felix Deufel

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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 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.

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Infinite Souls Farm and Artists Retreat:

♦ Kris Merken
♦ Julia Dina Hesse
♦ Kristopher Kempf

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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 Jaaga. Jaaga builds collaborative communities to address urban issues through researched arts and design in collaboration with public and private, grassroots organizations.
Jaaga DNA © Jaaga
Jaaga is a collaborative co-working community of design, tech and social entrepreneurs. Our co-working space is housed in a 650sq. m. penthouse in the heart of Bangalore with the city’s most interesting independent techies and designers. We have a studio-gallery in the north of Bangalore, in one of Bangalore’s oldest neighborhoods - Malleswaram. We also offer residential support at our alternative Jaaga Living Building outpost located at the Guruskool farm in Nelamangala, where residential learners leverage online resources to augment their self-motivated learning. Previous Jaaga residents have been supported by Goethe-Institut, Swissnex, University of Michigan and Microsoft Research India, amongst other prestigious organiszations.

Profile of the next bangaloREsident:
Jaaga chooses residents based on their work and demonstrated interest to connect and explore cities through participatory creative practice that intersects art, activism and tech. Our team provide a window to the heart of Bangalore’s cultural, tech and activist circles and guide our guests’ experience of our 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 talks, workshops or exhibitions during their time here to showcase their work and share their learning with Bangalore’s creatives.

Jaaga DNA © Jaaga We are particularly interested in artists who code, hack and create interactive online digital art or tech-art installations. Our latest projects explore AI based chatbots (Eg. www.dara.network). The Singularity has held our fascination over the last decade.

If you are interested to be a bangaloREsident@Jaaga and practice in the cusp of tech-art, design, social or environmental activism, and have an innate ability to ‘roll with the punches’, you are ideal for this residency. Conversations, projects and works coming out of the bangaloREsidency might be invited to be part of the Bengaluru Fantastic - our tech art in public space biennial (www.BeFantastic.in).

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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Jaaga:  

♦ Walter Solon

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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 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

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Recent bangaloREsident@Jagriti:

♦ Paul Affeld

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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 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 © 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 - logo © 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Maraa:

♦ Carlos Andrés Rico

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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 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.
Most recent bangaloREsident@MOD:

♦ Laura Fiorio

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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 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.

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.
NCBS LOGO © NCBS 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.
For more details, visit the website http://archives.ncbs.res.in or contact archives@ncbs.res.in
Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.
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 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 our next 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

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.
Recent bangaloREsident@Natya & STEM Dance Kampni:

♦ Katerina Valdivia Bruch

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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 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.

About the Kochi-Muziris Biennale: 

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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Pepper House:

♦ Flo Maak
♦ Juliane Tübke
♦ Lisa Premke
♦ Anton Kats

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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 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

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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 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

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

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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 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.

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsident@Ranga Shankara:

♦ Urs Dietrich

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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 Sandbox Collective, a creative services organisation that curates, creates, produces and tours performances and arts encounters.
It acts as a catalyst facilitating meaningful collaborations nationally and internationally between artists, cultural agencies and arts spaces creating an explosion of innovative art.

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 the five years of its existence Sandbox Collective has completed over 600 performances across the country and internationally. An organisation led by artists, Sandbox has worked towards creating a more culturally vibrant landscape for our cities. It has  created and produced shows as well as worked with artists and cultural institutions globally to present theatre, music, dance and visual art  both in traditional as well as alternative spaces. Sandbox Collective has also curated numerous arts encounters and performance festivals across India.

The organisation was born as a collective dream of  more culturally vibrant cities and the need for artists  to work together as a community.  

museum of memories - Eduardo © Lars Meese Our ongoing programs include producing and touring shows both in India and internationally. We have collaborated and partnered with internationally acclaimed companies like Rimini Protokoll, Compagnie Nicole Seiler and Giles Jobin Company among others. We have also produced and presented works from India globally.

Our commitment to take theatre (and art) out of the auditoria into people's living rooms, offices, terraces, bedrooms and other equally obscure spaces has seen us perform hundreds of shows in alternative spaces including a forest in rural Assam. We continue to curate arts programs like The Sandbox Salon, features performances, talks and artistic discussions in alternative spaces. 
We have also created a dedicated arts in education program that  performs for children and young adults and facilitates workshops in schools. Our performance for young children - How Cow Now Cow has completed over 110 shows across India.
Our Arts Co-Lab includes collaborations on curated projects with artists from across the world on new, innovative and cutting edge projects. Our most recent collaborator being Eduardo Conceição on the Museum of Memories
Among the festivals we curate is the Kamshet Arts Festival - an all night festival under the stars celebrating theatre, music, dance and visual arts in a rural setting near Kamshet in Maharashtra, and Gender Bender: An annual Gender-based festival conceptualized, curated and organised by Sandbox Collective that includes Gender-based talks, seminars, workshops, performances and artistic disruptions. Gender Bender is also a showcase for grantees who have been awarded a grant to create a new work based on their ideas

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

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Sandbox Collective:

♦ The Agency (Magdalena Emmerig & Yana Thönnes)
♦ Benjamin Brix

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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 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsident@ Shoonya: 

♦ Annelie Andre

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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 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 campus © 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 - logo © Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology 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 1 © PAHAL 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

Most recent bangaloREsidents@Srishti:

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

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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 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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

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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.

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

Status: Dates for 2022 to be announced.
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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. 

Artist Residency
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: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

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

Walkin Studios is a non white cube space space for multi disciplinary art, a space to pursue uninhibited creation and experimentation. Setup in 2015 to fulfil the need for an alternative to white cube galleries, the project space was an outcome of a collective need to focus creative energies towards organic production of art.
The project space is strictly run by artists exploring the possibilities of contemporary production and engagement through residencies, discourses, workshops and open studios. Over the last year we have been fostering a small community of New Media Artists (Artists employing technology as a creative tool) by providing them a space to experiment, hosted workshops with other artists and creative technologists and held exhibitions to show their works.

Walkin Studios spectra © Walkin Studios Walkin Studios is looking for artists who have a practice in experimental media art. We are looking for creative practice that involves technology at its crux and is open to collaboration with practitioners from different mediums.

Technology as we know it is evolving at an exponentially rapid pace, often defined by experts – making us passive consumers. Thus we don't really know the real possibilities. We sign agreements with digital applications everyday without having a clue about the ramifications. This gap between understanding technology and its social implications is growing.
We would like to explore this dichotomy; to create immersive art that will critique and explore the possibilities of technology. We encourage the artist to delve deeper into their own practice and use the circumstances as context to build their work. Living and working will happen under one roof, the act of making becomes a part of everyday life. 
Outcomes of this project will displayed at an open studio exhibiting at the end of the residency. The prerequisite is to conduct a workshop (half-day to 2 days), to impart skill/thoughts and engage with the local community.
Status: Dates for 2022 tba.

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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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