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In Context: Public.Art.Ecology 2010
KHOJ’s InContext:public.art.ecology program was initiated to create public dialogue around ecological issues through artistic projects and interventions; over two years through its InContext residencies, KHOJ has narrowed its focus to projects and interventions dealing with food.
About this edition
The first In Context: public.art.ecology residency commenced at the beginning of March 2010. The participating artists’ (from India, Germany, Japan and the USA) projects focussed on interventions in the public sphere. The curatorial intent underlying the residency was rooted in the desire to highlight the dialogic aspect of the artists’ thematics and interventions.
Projects ranged from mapping weather patterns and the effects of climate change on local communities, to an interactive video sculpture examining the signification of trees in the context of road zones, designing a tableaux that would interact with people through questions around conservation, building a natural biological water purification system, and one final project that traced the paths of people and their constitutive objects from Chandni Chowk to Gurgaon.
Live Weather at KHOJ was part of a global weather network developed by Andrea Polli & Chuck Varga called Hello Weather.
Artists talks were held at 5 pm on the 12th, 19th, 26th of March at the FICA Reading Room.
The Open Day of the residency was scheduled on the 8th of April 2010.
Curatorial Intensive South Asia 2023
The fifth edition of Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2023 returns with tutors Latika Gupta, curator based in Delhi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta from Raqs Media Collective. The Phase I of the Intensive is a combination of talks, seminars and workshops that look at histories of exhibition-making, institutions and their limitations. Emerging discussions incorporate a wide range of curatorial frameworks and…
Functioning as a unique residency model that closely curates artists at the start of their professional careers, the Peers residency is populated with artists’ visits and interactions, studio visits and curated exhibition walk-throughs, for the residents to have a gamut of art-related experiences and exposure. The Peers residency ends with an Open Day, where resident artists show their works in…
In Context: Public.Art.Ecology 2007
KHOJ hosted this International Residency in an attempt to explore the relationship between Ecology and Art in public spaces in the city of Delhi. Delhi is a bustling metropolis which has undergone vast developmental changes, these shifts have changed the historical and ecological map of the city in the last century. This project delved into how the environment is as…
In Context: Public.Art.Ecology 2011
Curatorial Note: The In Context: Public.Art.Ecology residency will investigate and explore sites of science pursued through its diverse projects, all within the broader framework of ecology and science rooted in cultural and philosophical contexts of today. These range from creating living ecosystems for insects, an organic grass photosynthesis photograph, an interactive bird habitat, an insect-attracting eco-habitat, etc. The convergence of…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities A Staged Hearing
Conceived by Khoj International Artists’ Association and Zuleikha Chaudhari, in collaboration with lawyer Harish Mehla; ‘In the matter Re: Rights of Nature’ is a staged hearing which foregrounds the Rights of Nature as an expansion of the Right to Life as enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. Following on from an earlier project, Landscape As Evidence: Artist As Witness which was…
28th Parallel North – An Expeditionary Weather Station
Formed in response to the climate emergency, the World Weather Network is a constellation of weather stations set up by 28 arts agencies around the world and an invitation to look, listen, learn, and act. For Khoj’s Weather Station, artists and researchers Shahana Rajani and Zahra Malkani, Atul Bhalla, Mithu Sen and Raqs Media Collective are undertaking walks and treks…
Body As Barometer – Live Arts Workshop 2022
For the Delhi leg of the Live Arts Workshop, Khoj wishes to locate the body as central to the making of live arts, and thus simultaneously locate the quality of liveness that emanates from the body. In this framework, the body emerges as an ever-sensing tool, interacting with atmospheres, architectures, materials, technologies, interfaces and communities, mediating affect. The body becomes…
Khoj Live 2012
From the first International Workshop in 1997, to KHOJ LIVE 2008 (a six-day Live Art festival) and most recently through a series of international residencies devoted to performance and time-based practices, KHOJ has consistently engaged with the genre of Live Art. In an attempt to further explore the possibilities of the genre, specifically within the context of contemporary cultural production in India, KHOJ Live 2012 showcased thirteen…
Khoj Live 2008
As part of our 10-year celebrations, KHOJ curated the first ever International Performance Art Festival in New Delhi, celebrating KHOJ’s consistent engagement with the genre of live art practices. Live Art is an umbrella term encompassing a range of performance, performative and time-based practices that are unrestricted by art form boundaries. The Festival ran a dynamic six-day programme of events,…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities Cafe Classroom
As an arts space, Khoj is constantly grappling with modes of knowledges across disciplines. Our curatorial approach strongly emphasises learning as praxis, accepting our role as trying to forge together new entry points into the thematics that interest us. Over the course of researching Does the Blue Sky Lie?, we realised the need to relearn what we know about the…
Khoj x TBA21 on St_age The Aerosol Chronicles Capture Omlojan
The Aerosol Chronicles Capture Omlojan is a six-part sequential exploration with sound, voice, and moving images. Conceptualized in the wake of auto-generated toxicities that swarm in the air, this artwork attempts to spend some time with the question of being in common with ‘our’ atmosphere. It is also an exploration in not forgetting that there exist radically different ways of…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities Exhibition
The Does the Blue Sky Lie? exhibition brings together works by Abhishek Hazra, Architecture for Dialogue + Salil Parekh, Hanna Husberg, Thukral and Tagra, Pradip Saha, Saraab (Shahana Rajani, Omer Wasim), and Sharbendu De. Engaging with questions of being in “common” with our atmosphere, the works delve into the effects of extractive infrastructures on landscapes, the hubris of technocratic solutions…
Khoj x TBA21 on St_age Safarnama
A sound piece tracing the textures and toxicities of air. Invoking the presence of jinns to explore the textures and toxicities of air, Safarnama (2020) activates natural and sacred worlds to pay attention to the intimacy of toxic colonialisms. Borrowing its name from and referencing the history of travel literature produced in the Islamic world, Safarnama traces the journey of…
Does The Blue Sky Lie?: Testimonies of Air’s Toxicities air expo 22
Come BREATHE with us Come LIVE with us Come ADOPT a piece of the sky with us Come PLAY with us Come IMAGINE a future with us Masks. Air Purifiers. Anti-Smog Guns. Smog Towers. Wearable Ion Generating Purifiers. Techno-scientific innovations are seen as the most desirable solutions for toxic airs by a neoliberal society. The first episode of Does the…