Kala ghoda Art Festival 2013

Visual Arts

Mumbai Dreams…..Art for Change

"Its the same with visual arts, you have some really cool, wonderful striking images that make you think and then again you have wonderful striking images that just take you away from the existing world for a second. And I like the latter a bit more" - Ville Valo

Visual Arts has the personality to play with all your senses and sensibilities. This year at Kala Ghoda Art festival let the Visual Art surprise, shock, entice and compel you.
The thematic for the 2013 festival is 'MUMBAI DREAMS … ART FOR CHANGE'.  Diverse group of artists’ find a space for their talents and thoughts to manifest a form at the festival through interactive installations and photography exhibits at Rampart Row, Parking Lot at Cross Maidan, CSMVC, David Sasoon Library, Max Mueller Bhavan Art Entrance and Artists' Centre

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Acknowledgements:
We sincerely thank Sukant Panigrahy, Shiresh Karale and Shovan Shah for their support and collaboration.

All programs listed on this website were correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

CULTURAL PLURALITY STATION

10am onwards at RAMPART ROW

Over the years Kalaghoda Festival has emerged as one of the most vibrant festivals, personifying Mumbai’s lively spirit. It creates a meeting point for artists and culture enthusiasts apart from a strong atmosphere of celebration. It also serves as an opportunity for young talented individuals who lack a platform to showcase their work.

Balwant Sheth School of Architecture of NMIMS University, Vile Parle, annually conducts a workshop to analyze organic and geometric patterns existing in nature and manifest them into architectural space. These concepts are materialized as life size installations.

The focus was to create installations which would become part of the street. The objective behind designing Street Furniture and a Canopy is to satisfy the basic needs of a city. The forms in turn wraps around the vision of a city and its people as a whole.

PROPOSED FURNITURE: Name of the installation: The Recycle

RICKSHAWALLAS

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

In today's world,the increasing rates of fuel is going to bring people back to its tradition of Pull Rickshaw.The resulting meter hike is making people of Mumbai difficult to travel by their once called cheapest & fastest means of travel "Rickshaw".Thus Mumbai will soon visualize 'Rickshawalas' shedding their meters and manually operating the Rickshaw by pulling it.

ENCROACHMENT OF GLOBALISATION

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

Today in flow of western culture, we all are neglecting our Indian culture.
With the help of this installation, we wants to let you know how we are much attracted towards western scenario.         In this the dhobighat rope,we use as sign of Indian culture. In the same way a big t-shirt which hangs on this rope represents the expansion of western culture. You can see the t-shirt is so big as compare to the Indian dresses which are thrown on ground.

That means in this globalization of western culture we own lowering the existence of our culture.

THE RECYCLE

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

Over the years Kalaghoda Festival has emerged as one of the most vibrant festivals, personifying Mumbai’s lively spirit. It creates a meeting point for artists and culture enthusiasts apart from a strong atmosphere of celebration. It also serves as an opportunity for young talented individuals who lack a platform to showcase their work.

Balwant Sheth School of Architecture of NMIMS University, Vile Parle, annually conducts a workshop to analyze organic and geometric patterns existing in nature and manifest them into architectural space. These concepts are materialized as life size installations.

The focus was to create installations which would become part of the street. The objective behind designing Street Furniture and a Canopy is to satisfy the basic needs of a city. The forms in turn wraps around the vision of a city and its people as a whole.

PROPOSED FURNITURE: Name of the installation: The Recycle

AGING DREAMS

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

The canopy responds to the festival manifesto of ‘Mumbai dreams: Art to Change’. Change is a potent word, but to ensure that the message was communicated clearly and not lost in abstraction, it was decided to root the canopy design and meaning to very local issues.  Since the chosen site was the trees that line Rampart Row, any change would emerge from and be driven by the trees themselves, which have been a feature of the street for nearly a century.  To this end, it was concluded that a ‘leaf-catcher’ would embody the idea of change and ‘local-ness’. The leaf-catcher is a device that would, over the period of the festival, channel, collect and showcase the leaves falling from the very trees from which it derives support. This serves to emphasize an everyday process of change that we often take for granted, and at the same time forcing one to slow down and notice a process of slow change in a rapidly changing city.

CHIMERA

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

INSTALLATION

DRIVE RESPONSIBLY

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

Driver’s negligence is the single most important factor for road accidents. Using mobile phone while driving is one of the most common acts of negligence and such behaviour needs to be stopped before it claims someone’s life. While driving, better disconnect your mobile phone and stay connected to life.

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BROKEN DOLL HOUSE

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

My art installation is called BROKEN DOLL HOUSE. It is my expression and depiction of the lives of GIRL CHILDREN in the Indian society that despite becoming progressive with the times has not been able to secure the respectability for the GIRL CHILD. The newspapers every morning bear a testimony to that sad fact. This is exactly what I try to bring out to sensitize, provoke and question…why a Broken Doll House?

>Construction:
>It will be an approximately 7 feet long, 4 feet broad and about 4 or five feet high display. The material used is corrugated boxes to create houses with collages as well painted sides. And of course some broken dolls.  Depending upon the setting, I would like to do the placement of my installation either in a linear or a round manner.

 

DHANDA

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

Mumbai is a culturally-rich and embracing milieu which makes this city "A city of dreams".Its ironic that the city which hardly sleeps is still called the city of dreams. Whether you are driving in your SUV on the sea link, or eating vada pav on the street, dreams continue to exist within.

Challenges and hardships do not take away these dreams, it’s the people who quit when the going becomes tough.
The crowd in Mumbai is looking out for business opportunities in every aspect of their life, this business is termed as "dhanda" which means "intention or purpose", the purpose for living, every person walking by you is continuously in search of their purpose.

Dhanda is the depiction of the extremities people put themselves in, to earn their bread and butter.
The installation art comprises of high rise cityscapes as well as the shanties putting across the irony.The busy lifestyle of these people are brought to notice by using contemprorised warli art

MAGNIFYING GLASS

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

Individuals look up for Mumbai to accomplish their dreams. Mumbai is a city of dreams where everyone tries their luck.

Looking at the routine and stressful life of Mumbaikars, encouraged me to create this artwork. Magnifying glass is a strong material which I have used in my artwork and supports the theme. Everything in Mumbai is made very much obvious then it is political or social issues, ups & downs in personal or professional life, yet still Mumbai moves on.

Here I take a chance to take away the tensions of the individuals for a while by creating humorous and interactive artwork with magnifying glass, funny and enjoyable moments.

DEKHA ANDEKHA

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

Dekha Andekha (The Seen and The Unseen) was a year-long intervention that brought together emerging artists from Mumbai’s low-income settlements and established artists. As a framework around which artistic skills could develop, health in urban slums was discussed, with a particular focus on women’s wellbeing. Artworks that spoke to the discussions were created, curated and mounted in an exhibition in Dharavi, Mumbai's most well-known slum. The idea was to encourage health professionals, policymakers and Mumbai's citizens to experience Dharavi, and to ensure that slumdwellers - by whom and for whom the exhibition was developed - had an opportunity to engage with the artworks. Three media - photography, textile art and ceramics - coalesced in a site-specific installation called Ghar Pe/Ghari/At Home.

STAGED-TIME (A PARTICIPATORY PERFORMANCE)

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

REFLECTS ON THE PAST AND FUTURE,ON YESTERDAY AND TOMMOROW."STAGED-TIME" ENCIRCLES THE "NOW",THE ACTUAL MOMENT PERCHED BETWEEN THE EFORE AND AFTER IN A BROAD SENSE. "YESTERDAY" AND TOMMOROW" INCLUDE ALL THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN AND ALL THAT WILL COME.

WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

My work deals with private space in public places. In a city like Mumbai most of us live our lives with hardly any privacy. While traveling in trains and other public transport numerous women are touched everyday. I made this work to express my agitation. ‘When no one is looking’ is about an experience most women face regularly and this work deals with his or her trauma. In this way I feel we are affected not just physically but also emotionally. My work is to get a reaction and it is an interactive installation. People enter a dark passage without any knowledge of what is inside. The sudden hands out of the two walls that brush against them grazing their skin shock them.

FISH EYE

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

‘BOMBAY’ the dream city for many of was never like the way it is now. It was created by adjoining 7 different islands. The seven islands that came to constitute Mumbai were home to the communities of fishing colonies. The project Mumbai along with the construction of major roads and railways transformed Bombay into the major sea port on the
Arabian city.

Here threw this installation art I have tried showing the dreams of millions threw the blinking of the eye and the water in the eye represents the Arabian Sea as Arabian Sea has seen Mumbai transforming for ages. The boat here represents the communities of fishing colonies which came to constitute Mumbai as one. The black metal sphere in the centre of the eye as pupil represents the structure Mumbai is standing on and on top of that u see Mumbai itself running on wheels.

As a whole if u see, starting from the taking off of the plane to the boat and fish at the bottom represents the Mumbai transforming and the eye represents the dreams the people here see and achieve and life for every day.

THE HORROR TREE

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

The Hollow Tree
Create a tree (about 8-10 feet high) out of papier mache. From the outside: This tree is lush green and bursting with fruit, but has a hollow inside. Through this we intend to draw a parallel to victims of child sexual abuse (CSA) – that though they may seem absolutely normal and perfect from the outside, the trauma that they live with post CSA eats away into their very being.

We have about 3 or 4 peep-in windows located on the trunk. This could function like the bioscope shows we have at fairs... (this would engage the audience to have them press the lever to see a series of pictures.)

The messages dispersed will be educational – on lines of informing adults and children on keep children around them safe.

THE ELECTRIC FISH

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

INSTALLATION

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TIME TO CHANGE

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

THE CAR IS A SYMBOL OF A MUMBAI CONSTANTLY MOVING, RACING AND A CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS. A PAINTED CAR BY A CHILD ARTIST DREAMS OF A COLOURFUL, VIBRANT, ALIVE, ROCKING, MULTIFACETED CITY. HIGHS AND LOWS, HAPPINESS AND SORROWS, UPS AND DOWNS - THE CAR IN THE CITY IS A WITNESS TO THESE AND MANY MORE EMOTIONS. THE TUNES OF THE CITY SEEN FROM THE MIND'S EYE OF A YOUNG BOY REFLECT THE EVER CHANGING HUES OF OUR BELOVED CITY.

F.S.I (FLORAL SPACE INDEX)

10am Onwards at RAMPART ROW

Space, in Mumbai, is a luxury few can afford. With the dearth of open spaces and the never ending battle for floor space, our vision for Mumbai is to make the best of the space that we already have in plenty: Vertical Space. The floral art sculpture propagates the cause of vertical gardens, which we hope will soon become an essential part of the city's urbanscape. The sculpture comprises of natural vines, textured surfaces that are created by using natural materials, used beer bottles, and live plants.