Discussion / Workshop Dictionary of Nonsense

Dictionary of Nonsense © Krishnapriya C P & Narendran

Tue, 24.03.2020 -
Sat, 28.03.2020

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata

A project by Krishnapriya C P and Narendran

The Dictionary of Nonsense is a project attempting to occupy time to think through the idea of ‘nonsense’. As an exercise each alphabet of the word NONSENSE will be expanded with a word that acts as the trigger for further exploring the idea of sense and nonsense. These eight words have been carefully selected to present direct, hidden meanings and as points of departure. The engagement to the word will sometimes be a direct response to the meaning, sometimes a counter reaction and sometimes attempting to make absurd connections. The attempt will rest on investigating how we get offended, our lack of tolerance for each other and to find new ways to reconnect our lives by breaking into the idea of freedom through exhibiting and engaging with nonsense, as an idea, explored linguistically, socially, politically and visually in a playful manner, to invoke humour and contemplation within the everyday.

The project will include a series of workshops and open discussions culminating into showcasing of the newly found words through creative installation.

All are welcome for the open discussions but workshop participation will be by registration only. Please write to cpkrishnapriya@gmail.com  to register yourself by 10 March 2020.

The project will be opened on Tuesday, 24 March 2020 at 6:30 pm with the artists introducing the project followed by an evening of stand-up comedy.

Krishnapriya C P and Narendran are practicing visual artists, educators, cultural producers based in Chennai. They both completed their Masters from the Govt. College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Their works are multidisciplinary in nature; they use painting, drawings, texts and digital mediums to engage with their concerns. They work as a collective and also as individual artist, deeply interested in history and the ways in which it plays out in the present. They are interested in complexities of the present and the socio-political circumstances of the globe. They have done numerous art exhibitions and cultural events in the city to create a collective sharing space for discussions. They facilitate artists’ residencies in their studio residence. Krishnapriya was one of curators of the two editions of the Students’ Biennale, Kochi (2016-17 and 2018-19). She and Narendran were resident artists at University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2017 and the summer 2019, supported by the South Asia Centre, Upenn.