Festival of Stories
Transparent Bin, in Cubbon Park, Bengaluru, India by Designer Natasha Sharma.
FESTIVAL OF STORIES
Exhibition / event design, Public art project
Art in Transit has held 8 editions of Festival of Stories between the year 2016-2018. It is housed in the Cubbon Park Metro Station, a station at the epicenter of the city and neighbor to another public space, the Cubbon Park, where it gets the name from. Festival of Stories is calendered to take place over the weekends, the time of highest footfall. The site has permanent works and during the festivals it attemts to go live generating dialogues about city and its people through creative interventions. The event includes curated artwalks, workshops, Sonic installation, live performances, spatial interventions, poetry, screenings and more.
Art in Transit, is a public art and pedagogy collective that aims at creating artistic interventions and practices by activating public spaces through multi-disciplinary approach. It involves collaborating with the state of Bangalore (BMRCL) and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, conducting city- related research projects, raising funds, collaborating with other cultural organisation, working with students and curating and facilitating engagement in transience sites through series of festivals.
My capacity: I have had a long relationship with Art in Transit starting as a student(2015) to an artist(2016) to now professionally (2017-18) as a Research assistant, co-ordinating, programming, designing, co-curating, managing the project and continuing my research and practice in public art/design. I have actively been part of Festival of Stories #1, #6, #7 and # 8 in the roles mentioned above.
Festival of Stories #7
Through workshops, performances, participatory activities both above and under ground of the Cubbon Park Metro station, we are invited colleges and, students to join with emerging and established practices around the city to engage in a public space. And through this announce for the future of the festival. This festival was an open studio with immersive events lined up weekly. The festival begins from December 1 and goes on till 17th with series of events happening through the course. Participate in walks and workshops; Meet and collaborate with emerging artists; Experience and participate in performances and sound-art events.
Events: 14 Performances, 7 art walks, 4 workshops, 4 interventions • 1178 participants •
Workshops: Shadow Architecture workshop with Threshold, Puncher Press Zine Factory II, Mapping the Park with Sensing Local, Cubbon Park Recipe Book
Performances: Reuse Reduce Retune – Thaalavattam ft Kalariyogi, Rhythm and Poetry – Kannada Rap , Kavigalu, DEBUT poetry performances, curated by Mouth of Word, ISRO, Masta Justy, Arjun Chandran, Shadow Liberation, Bats of Bangalore, by Till Wyler von Ball, Site Specific Contemporary Dance Performance, led by Hemabharathy and Attakkalari, Bharathnatyam Performance – led by Gayatri, Metro-Sapien by Hemant Sreekumar, Discopuppet, Interim Performance led by Anuja Ghoshalkar, Your story and mine by Shobha Raghavan
Interventions: Blind Conversations by Ink weaver, One Square Inch of Art, Installation by Varsha Bhide, What we have common with nature – Khailed Suman, 8-Minute Project by Natasha Sharma
Artwalks: Abhiyan Humane, Amitabh Kumar, Mamta Sagar – Vachana Walk, Pagal Kutta – Fictional walk, Raghu Wodyal – performance walk, Jeetin Rangher – Fictional walk, Rahul Maru
Festival of Stories #6
This Festival marked the annual calendar of Festivals that began in October last year. Since then there has been a festival every two months with the Cubbon Park Metro Station as both site and source. Marking this cycle of being in constant conversation with place, this festival we invite public participation in re-interpreting, re-purposing and re-imagining the metro station. Throughout its life in the metro station, the Art in Transit project has been one of accretion, erasure and residues where different sites have been constantly repurposed for Festival specific vision/ curation. For this festival we invite you to inquire and express – what is the Cubbon Park in the Metro and what is the Metro in Cubbon Park and how do we reflect on erasures and residues in order to host a larger conversation about the life of public art practice?
Events: Open calls, installation art, sonic events, student projects, workshops, poetry, walks, participatory art.
Artists: Aerate ft Smokey the Ghost, Mouth of Word, Adhishree Singh, Trisha Mehta, Ritika Pandey, Deadtheduck, PagalCanvas, Jhanvee Baruah, Yash Bhandari, Sai Krishnamulpuru, Sensing Local.
Site: Cubbon Park Metro Station, Bangalore India
Project lead: Amitabh Kumar and Arzu Mistry
Core team: Siddhanth Shetty, Yash Bhandari, Madhav Nair and myself.