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Presented by Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in association with Comet Media Foundation with the support of Bajaj Group Trusts and Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation
FIELDS OF VISION
Curated by Bharati Kapadia, Chandita Mukherjee and Anuj Daga.
VAICA is a public platform that looks closely at artful and critical engagements in video and moving images by Indian contemporary artists. It brings video practitioners of Indian origin from various backgrounds who have found themselves experimenting with the medium. This edition of the VAICA festival, FIELDS OF VISION, brings together 79 artists with 121 video works.
VAICA 2 will be presented online over 4 weeks from 20 November to 18 December, 2021. Accessible to everyone, free of cost, viewers will have access to sets of thematically categorised video works that they can watch at their own pace through simply logging onto the VAICA website (www.vaica.org). The videos will be replaced every week by a new set. Each week concludes with a public discussion featuring one or more of the artists, a cultural critic or commentator, conducted along with the co-curators.
Participating Artists 2021: Aakash Dubey . Abeer Khan . Abhishek Hazra . Aditi Kulkarni & Payal Arya . Amitesh Grover . Amol Patil . Amshu Chukki . Anjana Kothamachu . Ankit Ravani . Ankur Yadav . Anuradha Rudrapriya . Archana Hande . Ashok Meena . Ayan Biswas . Ayisha Abraham . Babu Eshwar Prasad . Baiju Parthan . Bharati Kapadia . Biswajit Das . C Chaithanya . Chinmoyi Patel . Devadeep Gupta . Dharmendra Prasad . Gaura Singh . Gayatri Kodikal . Gigi Scaria . Hansa Thapliyal . Hetal Chudasama . Jahangir Jani . Jaideep Mehrotra . Jyotee . Kartik Mishra . Karthik K G . Katyayini Gargi . Khandakar Ohida . Khushbu Patel . Kunatharaju Mrudula . Kush Badhwar . Manjot Kaur . Manmeet Devgun . Maya Krishna Rao . Monali Meher . Moonis Shah . Murari Jha . Neha Choksi . Parashar Naik . Parul Gupta . Pooja Iranna . Prabhakar Pachpute . Pranay Dutta . Praneet Soi . Prantik Basu . Pratul Dash . Ranbir Kaleka . Ranjini Krishnan . Rohan Chavan . Saba Hasan . Sabyasachi Bhattacharjee . Sajid Wajid Shaikh . Sandeep T K . Sanksriti Chattopadhyay . Sheba Chhachhi . Shreya Menon . Soghra Khurasani . Sohrab Hura . Sukanya Ghosh . Sumakshi Singh . Sunil Padwal . Surabhi Sharma . Surekha . Suresh B V . Swagata Bhattacharyya . Tallur L N . Tushar Waghela . Ushnish Mukhopadhyay . Veer Munshi . Vibha Galhotra . Vishal Kumaraswamy.
Opening Launch and Orientation with curators Bharati Kapadia, Chandita Mukherjee, Anuj Daga, advisor Tina Paul and Managing Trustee & Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Tasneem Zakaria Mehta on 20 Nov 2021, 7:00 pm.
The first set of videos under ‘Fields of Vision’ attempts to locate the cartographies of sensation – those that attempt to map the coordinates of experience, observation, perception and artistic production. In these mappings, moving images play between the polarities of science and fiction. They become vehicles of thought and speculation interweaving science with artifice – relocating the boundaries of awareness of the self and its surroundings. The moving images slow down time, make us pause, repeat and reconsider, or suspend us in a limbo towards opening new ways to sense the world. Through such awareness, one may begin to demarcate a space for expanded consciousness in mapping the self.
Sat, 27 Nov 2021   7:00 pm
Concluding panel discussion with artists Hansa Thapliyal and Gigi Scaria moderated by writer-researcher Najrin Islam.
‘Orbits of Desire’ brings together video works that explore subjects of gender, relationships and performances that are circumscribed by bodily acts. The body is the medium through which we make memories or express our inner desires. What fragments of time become worthy of preserving, to what extent does one stretch limits of performativity, how do we inhabit memory and what are our limits of retention? These are questions that the videos in this section address. In the artists’ hands, the videos become sites of retention and release and effectively preserve the archives of our temporal bodies. In orchestrating strategic encounters with time, they allow us to rediscover our desires.
Sat, 4 Dec 2021   7:00 pm
Concluding panel discussion with artists Moonis Ahmad and Tallur LN moderated by filmmaker Paromita Vohra.
This segment brings video experiments that explore environmental aspects, especially in the context of the growing awareness of irreversible change. Many of these signs remain unattended or even lost to viewers’ due to excessive immersion or inadvertent neglect. The virtual space today extends our awareness into the digital netherworld. Such conditions highlight instances of not only parallel realities but also the surreal, hyperreal or para-real. The pandemic inverted humanity’s sense of security by locking us within our homes and producing an irrational fear of the outside world. We found that absences and presences interchanged their roles in our existences. The videos here attempt to bring us to terms with a sense that the fields of reality that seem to be bound by a mythical horizon.
Sat, 11 Dec 2021   7:00 pm
Concluding panel discussion with artists Ranbir Kaleka and Pranay Dutta, moderated by curator Akanksha Rastogi.
Urban heterotopias make themselves apparent most vividly through the videoscapes in this set of works. These spaces create their own psycho-geographies within the shared domain of the city. Inevitably, the city is the most charged site for the performance of politics. It is the ground where multiple ideologies collide, intertwine, repel and dance with each other. What are some forms of co-habitation and contestation that take place within the city? The videos in the concluding session closely contemplate the urban condition as well as actions that consistently rework the landscapes of our everyday encounters. Can these revelations readdress our equation with the urban space, and alter our fields of vision?
Sat, 18 Dec 2021   7:00 pm
Concluding panel discussion with artists Sheba Chhachhi and Babu Eshwar Prasad, moderated by artist-educator Amitesh Grover.