In Context: Public.Art.Ecology 2011
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 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 the worlds of art and science is creating a new niche of cultural experimentation. In both popular and scientific culture, the ascendancy of biology and its success in spreading knowledge and visual information about other species has stimulated attention. More recently, global warming and international ecological crises have urgently focused our attention on our relationship with other species.
The work of artists today have begun to reflect these larger social interests. By transcending disciplinary boundaries, this residency hopes to bridge the gap and break down the language barrier between art and science, addressed through a combination of artistic intervention, critical theorizing, and reflective practices, opening up a world of possibilities and creative ideas emerging from current developments in technology and scientific research.
“Can man live elsewhere than in air?” – Luce Irigray Air is the site of “smell, breath, wind, weather, air conditioning, air pollution, science, sound, oxygen, smoking–the tactility of the atmosphere.” It travels across all spatial scales– from the vastness of winds blowing across continents, to the regional particularities of pollutants, down to the intimate exchange it has with the…
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…
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…