Speculations from the Field

By Rohini Devasher

Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, and co-curated by Himanshu Kadam

AUG 21, 2016 - NOV 27, 2016

Kamalnayan Bajaj Special Exhibitions Gallery

The artist's field explores terrestrial sites as well as deep space, deep time as the locus of both the human imagination and its extraordinary ambition. In the artist's rendering an inert object takes on a disturbingly sensual form. Her interest in recording and mapping the skies, sea forts, observatories and other such scientific centres and methodologies recall the early history of the Museum which was a similar site for such mappings. She has worked with the Museum collection to unpack its implications as a site of collection and a form of collective perception.

Rohini has worked with the Museum's rarely seen collection of natural history objects and artefacts, a remnant of the times when it was the erstwhile Government Central Museum with the emphasis on natural history and geology.


Devasher has trained as a painter and printmaker, and works in a variety of media including sound, video, prints and large site-specific drawings. Her current body of work is a collection of 'strange' terrains, constructed by observing, recording, fictionalizing, and re-imagining objects and spaces that exist at the interface between science, nature and culture, perception and production.

Workshop | Become an Astronomer for a Day!

26th NOV 2016,      10:30 am - 1 pm

Become a 19th century astronomer for a day and learn how to create simple tools such as a Planisphere to study the universe!
This workshop is inspired by our latest exhibition Speculations From The Field, that includes a collection of star charts!

Age Group: 7 - 14 years old

Terrarium Making Workshop

2nd OCT 2016,      11 am - 2 pm

All gardening and botany enthusiasts, join us for a Terrarium Making workshop at the Museum!
Terrariums unique, mini ecosystems that you can create small glass bowls and display in your homes. This workshop will guide the participants in the basics of creating such terrariums and how to maintain them. You will also be guided step-by-step through the process of creating your own terrarium that you can take back home!

The session will be conducted by a gardening expert Anusha Babbar. Anusha, a post-graduate diploma holder in horticulture, is the proprietor of Under the Tree. With over 15 years of experience, she is currently involved in organic landscaping, gardening & farming practices. Her aim is to create organic habitats within & outside of cities and help people find time for nature in their lives.

Workshop: Make Your Own Fossil!

1st Oct 2016,      10:30 am - 1 pm

Did you ever wonder what kind of things archaeologists dig up? Have a fascination for extinct animals who wandered the earth millions of years ago? Dream of becoming a Paleontologist?
Join us for this workshop and explore the Museum’s collection of rarely seen fossils currently on display as a part of our ongoing exhibition 'Speculations from the Field'. Learn how fossils unlock the mysteries of the past and have fun making your own fossil!

Psst, did you hear that we even have a fossilised shark tooth in the Museum?

Age Group: 6 - 14

Speculations from the Field: A Conversation

26th SEP 2016,      5:30 PM

Join us at the Museum for a conversation with artist Rohini Devasher, media practitioner, filmmaker and writer Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Honorary Director of the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mrs Tasneem Zakaria Mehta.
The conversation will focus on our current exhibition 'Speculation form the Field' by Rohini Devasher, curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and co-curated by Himanshu Kadam.

Movies at the Museum | Nostalgia for the Light

23rd SEP 2016,      5:30 PM

Chilean writer, producer, director Pablo Salvador Naranjo Golborne along with cinematographer Avijit Mukul Kishore and architect Rohan Shivkumar introduce and discuss the Chilean documentary 'Nostalgia for the Light' screened as part of the 18th edition of our Movies At The Museum programme.
The documentary covers the story of two separate quests in the Atacama Desert carried out by a group of astronomers and a group of archaeologists to uncover the past. Presented as part of our outreach for the ongoing exhibition Speculations From The Field by Rohini Devasher.

The screening was made possible by Atacama Production and Pyramide International 'Speculations from the Field' brings together recent work by the artist Rohini Devasher, whose practice explores art, science and fiction through fieldwork and research in astronomy.

Free Tours of Exhibition: Speculations from the Field

Join us every Saturday and Sunday for a free curatorial tour of our special ongoing exhibition 'Speculations From The Field'!
Speculations From The Field brings together recent works by Rohini Devasher whose practice explores art, science and fiction through fieldwork and research in astronomy.

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