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  • ENVISIONING ASIA’S OLD DELTAS IN THE AGE OF SATELLITES

    Studio21 presents
    ENVISIONING ASIA’S OLD DELTAS IN THE AGE OF SATELLITES
    by

    Victoria Marshall
    on her recent works

    Curated by
    Keyang Tang

    14 – 27 November, 2014

    Opening:
    Friday, 14 November, 2014
    6.00 pm
    Discussion:
    Saturday, 15 November, 2014
    5.30 pm – 7.00 pm
    An interactive discussion with the artist and the curator.

    Looking forward to your active participation.

    Manas Acharya(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Text :
    Where Alexander the Great anchored his fleet and where devastating tsunami left its marks …
    Where Empires came all the way down from plateaus to see the dreamy ocean fronts and where economies matured like crops in August …
    Where great rivers made their conflux and great civilizations made their conflict …
    Major Asian river deltas once represented a linear view of immense changing landscapes, where the relationship between untamed nature and daily humdrum never remained constant. As a recent phenomenon, the dramatic confrontation of water vistas is being gradually replaced by an unprecedented commonplace occurrence: steaming development zones, industrial parks, warehouses and highways substitute the treed gardens, verdant ponds, silk mills, rice paddies, granaries, docks, ghats and canals, making a new landscape of modern productivity. Theme parks, fulfillment centers of e-commerce and suburban shopping malls swap the direct contact with water for economic data, mass cultural commodities of “dreamlands” that are packed in the new built environment.

    This exhibition presents a contemporary landscape architect’s visions of great Asian river deltas. As the Indian and Chinese waterscape sets itself in immense contexts both geographical and historical, Victoria Marshall's project looks for meanings separately in practical and aesthetic aspects and works with different methodologies for thought-provoking outputs. The show will serve both as a graphic review of her research and as a mapping of her creative manipulation of factual information. Unlike other visual art works that are often either purely "representational" or "abstract," her prints can simultaneously be paintings, maps, photographs, graphic constructs, designs, and diagrams, among many other things. Her works will shed new light on those river systems that have wound their way on the Southern and Eastern Asian Subcontinent for centuries.

    Bio:
    Victoria Marshall is Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Parsons the New School for Design at the New School, New York. Marshall received her Masters of Landscape Architecture with a Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia. She recently completed an India China Institute 2010-2012 Fellowship based on the shared theme Social Innovation for Sustainable Environments. In 2010 she launched and directed the Urban Design BS Program at The New School, the first undergraduate urban design program in an art and design school in the United States. Her scholarly focus linking design, drawing and urban ecology is present in her teaching as well as TILL, a Newark based landscape architecture and urban design practice which she founded in 2002. Her current research explores the role of urban design theory and practice in the emerging field of urban ecology in India, China and East Coast USA. Marshall is currently working on a book titled Mega Delta, which is an inquiry into ecological urban design practice in two cities in India and China that are located in deltas: Kolkata in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta, and the Nanjing-Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo conurbation in the Yangtze Delta.

    Tang Keyang, a curator and architectural designer based in both New York and Beijing, receives his Doctor of Design degree from Harvard University. His studio is committed to making a unique blend of art and architectural designs that is multidisciplinary by its methodology and visionary by its goal. As a prolific critic and scholar, Tang has published extensively and involved himself in a variety of projects. For example in 2011 translated Rem Koolhaas’ Delirious New York into Chinese. He has been the curator of China Pavilion at the 12th Venice Architectural Biennale and of many other shows, including West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Shanghai Cement Plant & Oil Tank, and Bankside, Glories of Chinese Writing at the Palace Museum, Chinese Gardens for Living, a themed, fully contextual contemporary art exhibition which he curated and designed at the German State Art Collection. Tang now directs the interdisciplinary research program for art and architecture at the National Art Museum of China and teaches at Renmin University of China.

  • KOLKATA SHORTS II

    Studio21 presents
    KOLKATA SHORTS II
    screening of short films
    by

    Sumantra Roy
    Abhishek Talukder
    Joy Mukherjee
    Sourav Chatterjee
    Abhishek Sinha

    Co curated by Pradipta Bhattacharya and Sumantra Roy

    followed by an interactive discussion with the filmmakers

    27 September, 2014, 5.00 pm. - 7.00 p.m.

    Looking forward to your active participation.

    Manas Acharya(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Years back, filmmaking wasn't exactly the next door neighbor greeting us with a warm smile. Thanks to the continuous digital advancements which made the aspiring filmmakers heave a sigh of relief and make quality films without any baggage! To top that, short films have crafted out their way most significantly. We can't state that all the short films that are being made reveal a sense of quality but the best part is that people nowadays, are daring to step into the making, without being tamed by the producers baritone. Most of the films are either self-produced or produced by friends or relatives. A new world of independent filmmaking has opened its easy-arms for the filmmakers, worldwide, to show their creations within affordable expenses.
    Pradipta Bhattacharya and Sumantra Roy, both have recived Diploma in Film and Video Editing from Roopkala Kendro, Kolkata. Now they are engaged full time in direction and editing short films, documentary and feature films.Pradipta has received the National award this year in best regional film section for his bengali feature film called Bakita Byaktigato. They have started this short film screening section to showcase some Bengali Short Films which will evoke some thoughts, discussions and debates as well.
    Selected films:

    In the notch of Blue -Sumantra Roy 19 min
    Ria - Abhishek Talukder 17 min
    Selfie - Joy Mukherjee 22 min
    Chura Lia - Sourav Chatterjee 23 min
    Ekta Jokes - Abhishek Sinha 30 min

  • Japanese Butoh dance solo by Syv Bruzeau

    S T U D I O 21
    in association with
    The Arshinagar project
    present

    They never cease…
    an evening of Traditional Japanese Butoh dance
    solo by
    Syv Bruzeau
    August 8, 2014 (Friday) from
    5:30 pm
    Looking forward to your active participation.
    Manas Acharya(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    They never cease…
    An exploration on wandering, on identity, continuity, fears and impermanence
    They …
    Travels- Creations- Roads- Memories- Voices of past and present-Movements ??

    Cease…

    Walking- Dancing- Breathing- Remembering- Dying ??

    Born in France, Syv Bruzeau went to Japan after university to explore Asia and its culture and never left this part of the world.
    Following her enthusiasm for travel and her curiosity to experience different cultures, she opened a few restaurants with a friend in South-East Asia. This passion for providing joy and bonding between people led her to ... movement healing!
    She discovered Butoh, a very unique and fascinating dance, while in Japan, and continuted to study it in the Himalayas, New York City and Japan. She practiced other movement-based and awareness techniques and is now sharing her experience through her own method, Oneness Flow, here in Singapore.
    Syv believes that movement can be self-healing, self-discovering and creative. She wants people to reconnect with themselves and with their true potential, to discover the infinite possibilities of expression, and the freedom and joy it can bring.

  • STUDIO21 cordially invites you to a screening of the documentary film

    Wasted...
    by
    Anirban Dutta
    on
    Saturday, July 12, 2014
    from 5:30 p.m

    The artists will be present at the venue after the screening for a discussion

    Looking forward to your active participation.
    Manas Acharya(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Wasted (52 min, doc, HDV 2012) -
    Inaugural film, Shahernama Film Festival’14, Mumbai
    Special Jury Award, John Abraham National Award, SIGNS’13
    *Bangladesh Short Film Festival, Dhaka’12
    *Astra Film Festival’13, Romania

    * denotes film in competition

    SYNOPSIS

    The uniqueness of documentary filmmaking is possibly the ability to record the traces of events unfolding as the filmmaker walks across the perimeter of his subject. And that's because the reality, in its way of unfolding, never fails to mesmerize. And that's where this film was born. It came with tears, with the loss of a very close friend and colleague, with whom the film was conceived.
    Wasted looks at the concept of waste and recycle in India from an easterner’s gaze with a western vocabulary, in a media language that blooms through the unavoidable residue of the global network society.In the old agrarian system here in India nothing was believed to go for waste.None of the Indian vernacular languages have a word for waste. It came as a concept born with the industrial revolution, borne by the colonial history to an ancient agrarian culture.
    In a time when waste has become a currency of development, both technologically and socially, Wasted is a sort of personal accord vis-à-vis India and the mountain of waste it produces, as it marches ahead to be a global economic giant.
    Anirban Datta, Born in 1975, in Kolkata, started his career as a screenwriter before he joined Satyajit Ray Film & TV Institute (SRFTI), as a student of Direction & Screenplay Writing. His short documentary film Here is my nocturne (2004), part of SRFTI, was screened in major Indian film festivals. Tetris, his diploma film from SRFTI in 2006, was premiered in Cannes’06 as an official selection and traveled to other important international festivals. Chronicle of an Amnesiac, made for the Japanese public broadcaster NHK in 2007, been his first film after SRFTI, received prestigious Rajat Kamal -- Special Jury Award, 55th Indian National Film Awards for the year 2007. The film has also received prestigious John Abraham National Award for best documentary in SIGNS’07, Kerala, India. He has also served as a jury member, non-feature section, for Indian National Film Awards 2008. .in for motion is his second film tracing India’s recent growth after the economic liberalization and the information revolution vis-à-vis its effect on Indian populace. A co-production with Steps India and YLE Finland, the film received Jan Vrijman Fund and premiered in IDFA’08, Amsterdam. The film won prestigious Rajat Kamal Best film on environment, Indian National Film Awards 2009. .in for motion was screened in 54th Dok-Leipzig. Wasted, a 52 min documentary on waste and recycling is his most recent directorial work. He has also produced a two hour-long documentary called BOM a.k.a. One day ahead of democracy, directed by Amlan Datta, a co-production with NHK, Sandance documentary fund, Jan Vrijman. Bom also received Rajat Kamal, in National Film Awards 2011. He has taught as asst. professor, Direction Dept, for a year in Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. He is also working as a visual & installation artist with Performers Independent for for last couple of years and has collective shows with galleries such as Studio 21, a studio under CIMA Art Gallery, Kolkata. He has participated in a multi-discipline art collective for Khoj International Artists’ Association, and Vasudha Art Festival Bhubaneshwar in 2014.

  • Studio21 in association with Unbound Studio, is presenting
    a screening of video selection

    CONTINUUM...

    followed by
    interdisciplinary discussion on video art
    and its collaboratiive possibilities
    on

    16 & 17 May, 2014
    from 3 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.

    Join us for the discussion on 16th May from 5:30 PM - 7:00
    to share your views.

    Screening of ‘CONTINUUM...’ on 16th & 17th May 2014 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

    Participating Artists
    Aditi Kulkarni, Amol Patil, Baptist Coelho, Chinmoyi Patel, Monali Meher, Paramita Das,Prabhakar Pachpute, Sabrina Osbrone, Uma Ray, Vaibhav Shah

    Looking forward to your active participation.
    Manas Acharya(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    About the programme -
    Continuum..
    Running time: 49 mins.
    Continuum... is an exploratory set of works that tends to look at societal norms, vastly complemented by the rapidly developing urbanisation and consumerism from an estranged perspective. Questioning the nostalgia of the past, and the assault of an ambitious progress, one hopes to find some respite from an immense feeling of disorientation of sorts.
    In the last few years, conflicting situations the world over has led to growing anxiety, despair and from that condition - the proclivity to probe these circumstances. As in every third world country, the populace struggling with its post colonial dilemma, with its fervour to thrive, is posed with a similar state of disengagement from the delusions of “success stories” and examine closely the validity of a distant dream of the ideal.
    In these conditions the individual either resorts to creating a parallel world of his own - a refuge, in a child-like attempt to escape, from a world that is torn apart by its complexities; or to find solutions through countering the age long myths, consumerist notions and societal habits through their observations of their immediate surroundings.
    Unbound Studio in association with STUDIO21 presents a set of ten artists who explore the contradictions as faced by society today. What appears often as a repetitive and recurring imagery in their works only accentuates the troubles of the age that each of these artists portray. In their own words they depict the immediate situations which are explored through their videos. Looking at them, one can’t help but wonder if it’s always necessary to reach a solution. This endeavour remains open to dialogue, through continuous awareness, we can hope to begin addressing the complexities of the age. Perhaps it is good, sometimes, to ask questions that need not always be answered. Or as they say – the answers are often to be found in the questions asked.

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  • STUDIO21 cordially invites you to

    Azarak

    A musical journey
    by
    Alexandre Jurain & Sukanta Bose
    on

    Thursday, May 8, 2014
    from 5:30 p.m

    Looking forward to your active participation.
    Manas Acharya
(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Azarak :
    Azarak was born in India, from the meeting between Sukanta Bose, a singer with a classical background, and Alexandre Jurain, French musician who has come to Santiniketan to study Hindustani Classical music through the Esraj from Sri Abir Singh Khangura. The music played by Azarak is a composition by Alexandre, and next to the Esraj and the voice , the Didgeeridoo is also present. Azarak is the name of an imaginary river flowing in a land where we are invited for a journey, through the songs , in Azarakian language, of the tribes who live there…

  • Manuel Klappe

    STUDIO21 cordially invites you to an art talk and presentation

    by
    Manuel Klappe

    on
    Saturday, May 3, 2014
    from 5:30 p.m

    Looking forward to your active participation.
    Manas Acharya
(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Manuel Klappe (b 1983) is a self-employed art-historian and curator from Amsterdam. He is presently spending some time in Kolkata in a residency program. His focus is on research and organising large-scale exhibitions.


  • Chitpur Revisited II


    April 5, 2014
    5:30 pm,
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    A monthly presentation of 'Chitpur Local', which is a series of site-specific, community driven projects at Kolkata's historic Chitpur Road. The facilitating artists who are from diverse backgrounds like visual art, theatre, architecture, and graphic design will be sharing their work in progress.

    Each project explores the relevance of heritage an history in the lives of the local community today and the relationship of people to heritage spaces. Creating a collaborative network of local students, educators, printmakers, jatra producers, shop owners and community leaders the artists are experimenting with new ways to reactivate these heritage spaces.

    Paula Sengupta and Sanchayan Ghosh will facilitate the presentation and a roundtable discussion on the impact Chitpur's diverse forms popular art on it's communities. They will also share their perspectives on the relationship between these urban art forms and contemporary social art practices that are being explored through the Chitpur Local project.

    Your participation and feedback is warmly solicited!

    More about the project at http://www.hamdasti.com/blog.html

  • Lecture / Talk

    Photography

    13 March 2014, 6:30 pm
    Studio 21, Dover Terrace

    Alternative Photography Movement in India
    Session with Panneer Selvam Madhavan
    Executive Director of Goa Centre for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP)

    ----------------------------------------------

    14 March 2014, 6:30 pm
    Studio 21, Dover Terrace

    Wanted Series: Ethics in Photography

    Conversations on Photography is an interaction conceived and organised by Goa Centre for Alternative Photography (Goa-CAP) and Aksgar in collaboration with Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.

    For more information please visit : Alternative Photography / Wanted Series

    Manas Acharya (Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

  • STUDIO21 cordially invites you to
    a presentation cum discussion

    Chitpur Revisited
    Community and Space on Chitpur Road

    on
    Saturday , March 1, 2014
    from 5:30 p.m
    Looking forward to your active participation
    at
    STUDIO 21

    Looking forward to your active participation
    Manas Acharya (Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Chitpur Revisited
    5:30 pm, March 1, Studio 21 Gallery
    Presenting a range of site-specific, community driven projects at Kolkata's historic Chitpur Road. The facilitating artists who are from diverse backgrounds like visual art, theatre, architecture, and graphic design will be sharing their work in progress.

    Each project explores, the relevance of heritage and history, in the lives of the local community today and the relationship of people to heritage spaces. Creating a collaborative network of local students, educators, printmakers, jatra producers, shop owners and community leaders the artists are experimenting with new ways to reactivate these heritage spaces.

    Sharan Lal, an architect with extensive experience in conservation and urban regeneration, will facilitate the presentation and a roundtable discussion on the impact of historical urban spaces and typologies on communities across India.

    Your participation and feedback is warmly solicited!

    More about the project at
    blog: http://www.hamdasti.com/blog.html

  • STUDIO21 in association with
    Pi (Performers Independent)

    present

    Performance Art Evening
    as a part of
    Kolkata International Performance Art Festival(KIPAF),2014

    on
    24 & 25 Jan , 2014
    from 3 to 7 pm
    at
    STUDIO 21

    Looking forward to your active participation
    Manas Acharya (Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Note:
    Every Indian city has its specific expressive forms and activities interpretating the traditions and the mundane, in the process of modernization of urban space. The uniqueness of those specific forms has been in constant tussle with the newer and, more committed forms for quite some time now. Figuratively, the city of Kolkata today stands between an aspiration—to be a global city, and an imagination which revolts against the idea. Political discourses represent this moment of flux to make a case in favor of or against development. KIPAF see this ‘tussle’ as living proof that a political consciousness is present. Expressions of resistance are represented in the mundane as the city seeks to live up to another surge of global modernism. One of the sites for widely experiencing this rich content is Kolkata's street culture. It offers a platform to explore this political edge of the city, by delving into the everyday, and articulating through performances how the city symbolizes ways of resistance as well as negotiating identity—the very material condition of being human.

    Performers independent (Pi) is an artists' collective, experimenting and exploring the traditional, modernist and contemporary spaces in the cultural model.

    The Kolkata International Performance Art festival was initiated in 2012 to annually open up the city of Kolkata to diverse traditions of performance and interventions. The festival aims to be a platform for dialogue between site, art, politics and culture. KIPAF acknowledges the nascent nature of Performance Art in India, and will always play a role in the pedagogy of performance art.

    As a part of this festival Studio 21 is happy to share its unique multi disciplinary space for this initiative.

    For details please visit
    blog: http://kipaf.blogspot.in
    facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kipaf

  • STUDIO21 cordially invites you to an artist demonstration cum presentation
    by
    3D chalk artist
    Tracy Lee Stum
    on
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    12 Noon - 4 PM : 3D street art demonstration
    5 PM: Artist presentation
    Looking forward to your active participation.
    Manas Acharya(Curator-Coordinator)
    Studio 21
    17L, Dover Terrace ,Kolkata 700 019, Tel:2486 6735,
    e-mail : studio21.gallery@gmail.com
    website: www.studio21kolkata.com

    Tracy Lee Stum
    Tracy Lee Stum is an internationally recognized American chalk artist and streetpainter who specializes in spectacular, interactive 3d chalk art street paintings. A visionary and master in the chalk art world, Tracy’s mind-blowing 3D images continue to ‘wow’, inspire and amaze viewers around the globe!
    Born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Tracy began drawing as soon as she could hold a crayon in her hand. She studied privately as a child and completed a 4 year Bachelor’s degree program at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She continued her studies in naturalism at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.
    Tracy began street painting in 1998 and is considered by Madonnari peers, festival directors and viewers among the finest street painters today. Tracy has participated as an invited featured artist in many festivals and events in the US and internationally where her paintings have won numerous awards & accolades – she currently holds a Guinness World Record for the largest street painting by an individual, which was set in 2006. Tracy’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ‘3D Street Art’, by Birgit Krols, Tectum Publishing, 2010.
    Best known for her astounding 3D anamorphic and interactive street paintings, Tracy is actively creating commissioned works in chalk for leaders in the advertising, events, corporate and educational sectors worldwide. Experienced at multi-city campaigns for clients such as Cadillac, SoBe and Dos Equis, her services also offer new media applications incorporating animation and Augmented Reality (4D). In 2011 Tracy presented 3D Street Paimting at TEDX San Diego, discussing her personal journey into the art form as well as showcasing an original street painting. You can see video of her presentation at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi6V4SgVAew A second TEDx Foggy Bottom event is scheduled for February 2014. Tracy also offers consulting services as seen Honda’s 2013 CRV advertising campaign ‘The Impossible Made Possible’ commercial, which showcased a variety of 3d illusions including large format street painting. The level of excellence, quality and mastery in her work distinguish Tracy as an obvious choice for any successful marketing or communications campaign.
    Tracy is also a leader in organizing large scale public arts projects worldwide, with extensive knowledge in project management and planning to international team building. Tracy has consulted in developing street painting festivals in China, Mexico, India, Russia and throughout the US. She completed a streetpainting tour of Tajikistan in 2012, and throughout India in both 2012 & 2009, sponsored by the US State Department / Consulate General, creating exhibition 3D street paintings and teaching workshops at distinguished universities and art colleges in those countries. In 2013 she curated the first annual DO/AC 3d Chalk Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance, which showcased 14 of the world’s best international 3d street art & chalk artists. She also presented 3d street painting Master Classes at the 2013 Youth Biennale in Almaty, Kazakhstan, sponsored by the UNESCO Club Kazakhstan, providing instruction to over 200 students. In conjunction with supporting arts non-profits, Tracy’s services also provide hands on workshops and demonstrations in an effort to promote street painting awareness and education globally.