The two day think tank, on the 10th and 11th July, 2009 will establish a basis for a contextual understanding of the role mobile cultural spaces can play in Indian cities. It will also give us a clearer idea of the actual uses and projects that will happen in the DOT and make the design assimilation exercise more concrete and rooted. The output of the workshop will be a short documentary. A preview of the Spirited Caravans: re-imagining Bangalore’s outdoors exhibition will also be on view for the think-tank participants. A public opening of the exhibition is on the 12th of July at 4:00 p.m.
Day 1: Mobile cultural spaces: perspectives, potentials and contexts
> Ten to fifteen artists, designers, thinkers, leaders and multi-disciplinary workers will briefly present their varied perspectives on the context and potential for mobile cultural spaces in Bangalore. An exhibition featuring numerous design proposals for a compact mobile cultural space for Bangalore will be opened at 6:00 p.m.
Day 2: Children & the City: the need, some possible ecosystems and potential uses.
> Ten to fifteen practitioners, educators, philosophers and other working with or for children in Bangalore from different vantage points will articulate how they would like to use a mobile cultural space in Bangalore. These articulations will be absorbed in the design assimilation process before the DOT is made and gifted to its potential users for their projects.
Detailed Schedule: http://cityspinning.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/schedule2.pdf
Venue: Protospace Bangalore, No. 6 MR Garden, 2nd cross KEB Layout, Sanjay Nagar, Bangalore 560094. Link to a map.
Background: Spirited Caravans was initiated as a process to determine how the existing infrastructure in the city could be used in parasitic and symbiotic ways for a decentralized cultural program which is in the midst of where people live, work and play and responds to them in a more direct way. As part of this process a mobile cultural space called the DOT is being designed.
The last few years has seen many efforts in Bangalore to expand the kinds of spaces cultural workers have available to them. We’ve seen the emergence of residency spaces (Bar1, 1shantiroad), artist-run galleries (Samuha), projects in the public spaces of Bangalore (numerous) and to say that there’s been interest among many groups (art, activist, community media…) to seek out alternative spaces which can play an active discursive, expressive and social role will not be a tall claim.
About DOT: The DOT is a mobile cultural space to be used for a diverse set of curated artistic and cultural projects proposed by the community of creative-practitioners and amateurs in Bangalore. It is conceived to be a compact (8’ X 15’) space which can allow small groups (10-15 people) to work on their projects. “Children and the city” will be the broad theme of the proposals selected for happening in the DOT in 2009. The theme will comprise of a series of sub-themes that relate children to urban farming, art education, theatre, craft, astronomy and night sky exploration and urban design. Uses for the DOT will be curated on their responses to these themes and other novel ideas.
Think Tank collaborators and supporters: The Mobility & Culture Think Tank 09 is being jointly organized by CitySpinning, MapBee, Qessencedesigns, Openspace India and Protospace Bangalore.
CitySpinning (initiator) is a series of interventions which propose different configurations and arrangements for social spaces in our cities. In the past interventions designed have dealt with urban farming, alternative cultural spaces, micro-climate research, food crisis, community spaces for street children and other areas. [you are here!]
MapBee in a new initiative, focused to help envision and facilitate the making of mobile architectural forms (including temporary, dismantleable & kinetic structures) suited to a specific cultural or social purpose, through use of relevant design and technology. > Website: http://mapbee.tumblr.com.
Q is working on a novel platform for the design and development of progressive educational toys for children.
Open Space India is an independent, interactive and creative public space where civil society organizations and public-spirited citizens can interact, debate and initiate action on social justice and development issues. > Website: http://openspaceindia.org/
Protospace Bangalore [http://protost.ation.in] is a “shared working space” for independent creative practitioners in the city. The idea is to bring diverse creative individuals under one roof, who in the midst of pursuing their creative goals, can also have a chance to share, and collaborate with each other. This is the first event being organized at the venue, and reflects its emerging curatorial programme.