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Coriolis Effect: Migration, Memory and the Current Moment

Coriolis Effect

The Indian Ocean World


Call for Applications: International Residency Program Ed. III

18th September – 31st October, 2017*

Application Deadline: 15th July, 2017


To apply, please submit the following to

  • Updated CV (No more than 2 pages)
  • Images / Links of recent and relevant works
  • Project Proposal / Statement of Interest (1 – 2 Pages)

Applications are open for Artists-in-residence and Critic/ Writer-in-residence


Khoj invites applications from artists and cultural practitioners for the third edition of an international residency, as part of the ongoing Coriolis Effect Project. This project seeks to activate the social, economic and cultural relationship and historical exchange which has existed across the Indian Ocean World. Coriolis Effect will not only use the present context of 21st century migrations, but equally refer to various moments of exchange through history; from the recent past of the Non-Aligned movements in the 20th century, to the cultural relationship shared exchanged by the various territories of the region from the 1st century AD onwards.

This project was grown out of a response to the negations and spaces of encounter visible in Khoj’s neighborhood of Khirkee Village; a dense urban- village environment in New Delhi that is home to a stream of immigrants from within the Indian Subcontinent, as well as from nations across the Global South. People move here seeking education, access to healthcare, opportunities for employment, political asylum or simply a new beginning. Arrival is often accompanied by tension and experiences of discrimination based on race and social difference. This moment is not exceptional to the experience of entering Khirkee as an outsider, but is indicative of a greater universal encounter.


Migration, Memory and the Current Moment.

Over the past few years at Khoj, we have been deeply contemplating Migration – the voluntary or involuntarily movement of peoples from one place to another. Globally, we have borne witness to the forced displacement of thousands of people from their homelands, and locally we have first hand experienced the trauma of re-location. We are caught in a paradoxical moment in which we witness growing religious extremism and intolerance towards difference, while simultaneously experiencing an abandonment of traditional definitions of community and inherent culture.  We are also extremely interested in the formation of memory – both individual and collective, the lived and the told. We invite artists to look back at the past and comprehend the present. What happens to your identity when you lose your place of belonging? What are memories of home and place that you carry with you? How does the collective memory inform a sense of belonging?

In light of these global phenomenons, the 2017 Coriolis Effect will focus on Migration, Memory and the current moment.

This application is open to practitioners from all fields including the visual and performing arts, music, literature, anthropology and the social sciences. Through this project, we are also interested in the topics of trade & labour flow, language & musicscapes, informal communities, asylums and voyages in the context of the Indian Ocean world.


For information on the 2015 and 2016 edition of Coriolis Effect, please click here:




Residency Details

Selected applicants will receive a production budget, daily living allowance, studio space and accommodation at Khoj, as well as curatorial and administrative support to realize proposed projects. Khoj supports national and international travel for selected applicants where possible. International applicants are encouraged to seek support for travel where possible.

* Final residency dates are subject to change. Selected applications will be informed of the residency dates after the selection process has been completed.