Negotiating Routes:Ecologies Of The Byways 2014
The Negotiating Routes – Ecologies of the Byways invited creative practitioners to propose site-specific and interdisciplinary projects in response to the National Highway Development Program (NHDP) which had put land acquisition on fast track and was taking legal and police action against non-performing contractors and displaced villagers and tribals alike. The projects combined research and art, while addressing the visible and invisible transformations taking place in their immediate environments. Negotiating Routes encouraged archiving of local knowledge and mythologies about various ecologies whilst also facilitating a collaborative dialogue between the artist and the local community.
About this edition
The fifth edition of the Negotiating Routes: Ecologies of the Byways project brought forth a series of projects and proposals from across the country that looked at ecology, society, and community. The projects investigated these topics from landscapes as diverse as the mountains of Uttarakhand and the lake regions of Odisha to the forests of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the plains of central India. The projects included investigation into traditional and modern methods of storytelling, empirical scientific research based installations, peri-urban artists’ residencies, and more.
NR 16: Jyoti Ranjan Jena
The Messenger Sail – an art project protecting the biodiversity of Chilika Lake, Odisha
NR 17: Manasi Karthik
An project documenting the history of the adivasis in H.D Kotte district, Mysuru.
NR 18: Sanyukta Sharma
Bungalow Ki Kandi Hygroscope project, Uttarakhand.
NR 19: Shweta Bhattad
Project Gram Eco Sanitation – Paradsinga, Madhya Pradesh.
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The second edition of the Negotiating Routes: Ecologies of the Byways project brought forth a range of creative interventions looking at issues of ecology, society, and community. The selected projects investigated and navigated these topics from the diverse regions of rural Bengal, the mountains of Badrinath, the suburbs of Bengaluru, etc. Negotiating Routes was initiated by Varsha Nair and co-curated by…
The Negotiating Routes project invited artists, artists groups or professionals to propose site-specific projects that have an inter-disciplinary approach that combines research and art creation by artists and local communities, addressing the visible and invisible transformations currently taking place in their immediate environments. The project will encourage archiving of local knowledge and mythologies about various ecologies like the flora, fauna,…
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