Imperial Pastoral: On constructions of rurality

Landings: a durational research project at the intersections of land history, geomorphology, rurality and corporeality, will launch with a colloquium event at Witte de With featuring a newly commissioned performance by artist Olof Olsson, as well as presentations by Anthropologist Rosalind Morris (Columbia University), Art Historian Brian Dudley Barrett and artist Filipa César. The event … Continue reading

The 5th India Art Fair and Parallel Events

(Art Agenda) INDIA ART FAIR, New Delhi February 1–3, 2013 Standing in front of Drawings on a Conversation (2012) at the Nature Morte booth in the midst of the 5th India Art Fair, one cannot help but relate its dense and chaotic weave to the general experience of art viewing in Delhi this week. Indeed, this work by … Continue reading

Metropolis M in Conversation with Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents 2012 – “INexactly THIS”

Metropolis M Features an Interview with Curators of “INexactly THIS” Kunstvlaai Festival of Independents 2012. Domeniek Ruyters: Kunstvlaai is changing into a Festival of Independents. Why? I thought Kunstvlaai was quite successful in terms of audience and participation. It had its own ‘Dutch’ character? Natasha Ginwala & Fleur van Muiswinkel: The Kunstvlaai certainly stands as … Continue reading

Museum As… A Fire in My Belly

Delivering Key Note: “Museum As… A Fire in My Belly” at 6th Museum Congress of The Netherlands Museums Association, 4th – 5th October 2012 Photo Credit: Fred Ernst [The Netherlands Museums Association]

INexactly THIS – Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents 2012

Kunstvlaai: Festival of Independents is a multi-disciplinary arts festival, which—ever since its inception in 1997—has been the largest non-commercial exhibition of Visual Arts in the Netherlands. The festival is a platform for independent art institutions, art schools and artist-led initiatives to present themselves through live arts, exhibitions, film screenings, archival presentations, lectures and workshops. On average … Continue reading

The Museum of Rhythm: A Constellation of Anomaly

The Museum of Rhythm: A Constellation of Anomaly The Greek terminology for a water clock, clepsydra literally means: “to steal water” or “water thief.” As the earliest time-keeping devices, water clocks in different parts of the world assumed contrasting forms yet measured time-flow with a perpetually leaking vessel. Be it an earthen bowl or the … Continue reading

The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012

“Are there not alternatives to memory and forgetting: periods where the past returns – and periods where the past effaces itself? Perhaps such an alternative would be the rhythm of history…”– Henri Lefebvre1 The imaginative potential of telling time may no longer lie in minor dissections of petrified chronicles, but in reconsidering the entirety of … Continue reading

In Conversation with Grant Watson

Natasha Ginwala: Let us begin by discussing your most recent exhibition: Social Fabric at Iniva, (London). How did this interest in textile history arise? Is it more than coincidence that the location of Iniva in East London was an epicenter of garment factories, textile markets and weavers’ riots in the 18th century?  Grant Watson: The concern … Continue reading

There Was A Country Where They Were All Thieves

4 May – 7 June 2012 What might it mean to be overexposed to a land? Such that one is like a glacial striation on bedrock- a pattern of selfness and crystal. The countryside is as much an imagined terrain as it is an assemblage of components: rock, crops, air, people and histories. Hence, the look … Continue reading