Monday, September 26, 2016

Thinking about aesthetics a lecture by Sundar Sarukkai

About the Talk: This talk will explore how and why we need to think about a concept called aesthetics. Rather than working with specific thinkers, we will explore how the concept of aesthetics arises and the kind of intellectual vocabulary one needs to understand it. So it will focus more on foundational themes that support the notion of aesthetics.
About the Speaker: Sundar Sarukkai is currently Professor of philosophy at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He was the Founding-Director of the Manipal Centre for Philosophy & Humanities, Manipal University, India from 2010-2015. He is the author of the following books: Translating the World: Science and Language, Philosophy of Symmetry, Indian Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, What is Science? and The Cracked Mirror: An Indian Debate on Experience and Theory (co-authored with Gopal Guru). He is an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Leonardo Book Series on science and art, published by MIT Press, the Series Editor for Science and Technology Studies, Routledge and the Chief Editor of the Springer Handbook of Logical Thought in India. Sarukkai is trained in physics and philosophy, and has a PhD from Purdue University, USA. His research interests include philosophy of science and mathematics, phenomenology and philosophy of language and art, drawing on both Indian and Western philosophical traditions. He has been a Homi Bhabha Fellow, Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla and PHISPC Associate Fellow.










Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Golden Ratio

a lecture by

Balan Nambiar

Independent Artist and Scholar, Bangalore


On Sunday 21 August 2016 at 6.30 pm
at 1.Shanthi Road Studio/ Gallery
Shanthinagar, Bangalore 560027


About the Talk:

Most people, particularly in the field of art and architecture, know the term "Golden Ratio", but rarely realise that it exists in myriad forms in nature. The golden ratio was found in ancient Greek architecture and arts of 440 BC. The Sanskrit text of "Sulbha Suthra" had mentioned, way back in 800 - 600 BC, various mathematic formulas and measurements related to Vedic Altars.

In the western world an Italian mathematician Fibonacci in the 13th century found the sequence of numbers known as Fibonacci numbers, which justify the golden ratio, 1:1.618. Renaissance artists used this proportion extensively. Further, Golden Ratio can be seen in the creative works of visual arts, architecture, music and cinema. The presentation will touch upon some of these references as well as the influence of Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers in the artist’s creative works.



About the Speaker:

Balan Nambiar is one of our rare scholar- artists. He is a painter, enamelist, sculptor, photographer, and a research scholar of the ritual performing arts of the west coast of south India. He has held numerous solo exhibitions of his garden sculptures and jewellery enamel paintings in India and abroad, exhibiting in the Venice Biennale and Bronzetto di Padova. His research papers and photographs have been presented at international conferences and published by prestigious institutions in Germany, Switzerland and Italy, apart from India. He has accumulated an enormous collection of slides and music from the ritual arts. He has received numerous awards such as the Karnataka Lait Kala Akademi Award, National Award, Nehru Fellowship and the Ravi Varma Puraskaram of Kerala.








Friday, August 12, 2016

LEFTOVERS

This show of leftovers is a tribute to the memory of the artists that passed through 1Shanthiroad and our diverging journeys recollected in the gallery. When an artist travels s/he is a cultural nomad and migrant. Artist residencies function as temporary studios or homes to these travelling artists. In these spaces one can find a choreography of consumption, excess, residue and possible renewal. Artists come with a baggage of fears and unpack them in this temporary space. Local materials blend with foreign products that the artists bring with them. These objects that are used and discarded function as an archive of leftovers of a time and context. These include art materials, medicines, clothes and cosmetics along with art works, drafts and experiments left behind in the studio. Often situations and artworks were fragile and though visibly disintegrating, artists had objected to discarding them resulting in negotiations in preserving, care-taking and reconstruction. Recontextualised in the context of this exhibition, these leftovers now stand rearranged waiting to move from this home to the next.








LEFTOVERS

This show of leftovers is a tribute to the memory of the artists that passed through 1Shanthiroad and our diverging journeys recollected in the gallery. When an artist travels s/he is a cultural nomad and migrant. Artist residencies function as temporary studios or homes to these travelling artists. In these spaces one can find a choreography of consumption, excess, residue and possible renewal. Artists come with a baggage of fears and unpack them in this temporary space. Local materials blend with foreign products that the artists bring with them. These objects that are used and discarded function as an archive of leftovers of a time and context. These include art materials, medicines, clothes and cosmetics along with art works, drafts and experiments left behind in the studio. Often situations and artworks were fragile and though visibly disintegrating, artists had objected to discarding them resulting in negotiations in preserving, care-taking and reconstruction. Recontextualised in the context of this exhibition, these leftovers now stand rearranged waiting to move from this home to the next.