Dutch Art Institute / ArtEZ teams up with Srishti and CEMA in Bangalore, India

Dutch Art Institute / ArtEZ teams up with Srishti and CEMA in Bangalore, India

Dutch Art Institute (DAI)

March 3, 2011
Dutch Art Institute / ArtEZ teams up with Srishti and CEMA in Bangalore, India

Space the Final Frontier
Mission I: Indexing the Shadow Worlds of Bangalore
March 4-18, 2011



Upon arrival in the IT capital Bangalore, Space The Final Frontier commences, an expansive trans-spatial /trans-local investigation into the notion of ‘space’. Public space, political space, virtual space, mediated space / the space of media, territorial space, temporal space, inter-subjective space and even perhaps extra-terrestrial space, are departure points. Students, artists, curators, architects, cultural producers, sociologists, algorithm theorists, and urban geographers will embody the practices of collaboration and self-curation, which are central to this participation. Seminars, lectures and interactive events will include technological and aesthetic means of mapping, algorithm theory and reflections on the future of search.

Guests from abroad as well as local residents and students engage with the city’s inhabitants to further articulate these ‘spaces of flux’ through artistic projects using locative media. Simultaneously, we will be developing a meta-project, the ‘Shadow Search Platform’ (SSP) that collates information and data from the participants ‘psychogeographic’ exploration of the city into a database. This index will in turn be used as a platform in which to develop diverse types of search engines.

Space the Final Frontier will ultimately provide research on the nature of ‘search’ in the 21st century, looking critically at Google and Facebook as well as thinking about alternatives. How do we find what we seek and how do we know what we are looking for?

Final presentations will be held in and around Bangalore and at Chitra Kala Parishad on March 17, 2011.

Confirmed speakers: Prayas Abhinav, Renée Ridgway, Nishant Shah, Hans Varghese Mathews, Deepak Srinivasan, Vasanthi Das, Rustam Vania

If you would like to attend or participate in the events in Bangalore, please contact: Meena Vari [email protected]




The Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) is a lab for research into the hybridity of social roles and functions that art + design can perform. The lab was setup in 2007. It emerged out of a history of experimental media practice at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore.




Although accredited and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, and part of the acclaimed ArtEZ Institute of the Arts ( including Werkplaats Typografie , Dance Unlimited, ArtEZ Fashion Masters), the DAI offers a space for artistic research and experiment that exceeds the limits of conventional art education. Through affiliations with cutting edge curatorial platforms and research institutes the DAI seeks to create fleeting collectivities that operate as “interfaces” between art, education and the world. Collaborative projects with Manifesta, If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To be Part Of Your Revolution, n.e.w.s. (http://northeastwestsouth.net), Casco, the Van Abbemuseum, and international partners in cities worldwide play a crucial role in our curriculum.

The DAI is organized in an alternative structure: for one week per month (11 times per year), students, faculty and guests reside at the DAI in Arnhem, centrally located in the Netherlands and take part in a very intense program consisting of workshops , lecture presentations, performances, tutorials and project meetings, which lasts from early morning until late at night when discussions continue over inspired communal dinners.

Final deadline applications : June 15.



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