Integrative Seminar

07.11.2016

Gallery Day!

This week the students and I visited TARQ at Colaba, to view their new show entitled, Canticle. For more on the show please have a look at http://www.tarq.in…

Canticle is an attempt to merge the gap between ‘Art’ and ‘Craft’, Boshudhara Mukherjee has developed a unique technique: while she paints the canvas using acrylic and oil she also weaves the canvas, transforming its very nature as a carrier of paint. The canvas is the protagonist of Boshudhara’s art practice, going beyond its usual purview: it becomes a space: the painted canvas is cut and woven, sometimes more than once, creating and recreating the patterns, distorting them to create new, unexpected forms.

Boshudhara draws inspiration from a pool of varied and eclectic sources: the delicate lines of a miniature painting, abstract expressionism, geometric patterns of neo-plasticism, repetitive patterns of architectural screens, as well as her grandmother’s sarees. This mixture of influences of form and technique give Boshudhara’s work a deep, layered meaning that calls to be unravelled, explored and found. She uses a variety of media in her works, most of these common materials of everyday use: plastic, paper, tapes, and cloth. These are either layered onto the canvas or stripped and woven into the work. The objective is to recycle the material, to re-contextualize it, strip it of old connotations and render a new meaning.

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Integrative Seminar

On Memory and Reminiscence

“We must first form a true conception of these objects of memory, a point on which mistakes are often made. Now to remember the future is not possible, but this is an object of opinion or expectation (and indeed there might be actually a science of expectation, like that of divination, in which some believe); nor is there memory of the present, but only sense perception…But memory relates to the past…”

Read more on this here:

http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/memory.html

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Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Oral Traditions: The Problems of Literacy

This weeks discussions looked at the ideas of literacy and its impact on oral traditions and histories. Drawing from Walter J Ong’s seminal work Orality and Literacy, we discussed the nature of language. By employing language as the tool of communication, the questions that we raise become central to our argument on the nature of oral traditions. In the absence of a written document, how do oral cultures encounter and engage with material? The process of recall and remembering is tied to our ability to create visual material as keys that unlock the box that once belonged to Pandora.

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