art comes to Delhi
Delhi, July 29 (IANS) After learning to appreciate works of
modern and contemporary masters like Raja Ravi Varma, M.F.
Husain and Subodh Gupta, the capital is now opening up to
new artistic formats.
Delhi-based art gallery has announced a unique reach-out scheme
titled "Video Wednesday" as part of its mass awareness
programme to acquaint common people with cutting-edge new
media art. A part of the reach-out programme will be shown
July 30 at Gallery Espace.
by art critic and curator Johny M.L., "Video Wednesdays"
will feature four leading contemporary Indian video artists
on the last Wednesday of every month.
first "Video Wednesday" episode will acquaint art
lovers to video art by Tushar Jog, Ranbir Kaleka, Vishal Dar
and Gigi Scaria.
art relies on moving pictures and video or audio data. Artists
feel it should not be confused with television or experimental
art started in the 1960s and took off in the 1970s. It is
widely practised across the world.
art is of two varieties - single channel and installation.
Single channel works resemble conventional television. A video
is screened, projected or shown as a single image.
involve either an ambience, several video clips presented
separately or a combination of traditional sculpture and video
footages. Installation is the common form of video art.
are several galleries in India that showcase video art as
a part of general shows. But I wanted a single gallery to
devote a day to video art every month. It is the only way
to break the ice between people and the new media art,"
said "Video Wednesday" curator Johny M.L.
to the curator, India is still sceptical about video art.
Renu Modi, director of Gallery Espace: "Video art is
comparatively new in our scene and it is our mission to take
it to the people. The international art market is looking
to India for new and cutting-edge art and many contemporary
Indian artists have been dabbling in new media art for the
last few years.
apart from exhibitions, no concerted effort has been made
by any gallery to showcase exclusive video projects.”
artists, who feature in the instalments of the “Video Wednesday”,
are slightly different from conventional artist. Tushar Jog's
works are an inquiry into the artistic formation of the "artistic
self" in a politically charged society.
Ranbir Kaleka, a new media artist, started off his career
as a painter and then moved to conceptual compositions in
which the videos play a pivotal role.
Dar is a designer and an artist, who has trained in video
art in US.
Scaria, a young Delhi-based artist, who has gained international
acclamation for his video works, deal with social and cultural
interactions of people in a changing society.
weaves personal history with the general history of the nation
using ordinary people and historical figures as protagonists.
49-minute single channel video sound clip, "Raise your
hands those who have touched him", attempts to trace
the impact of assassination of Mahatma Gandhi witnessed by
the city of Delhi in an artistic frame.
second "Video Wednesday" featuring Rohini Daveshwar,
Sharmila Samanth, Koumudi Patil and Hemali Bhuta will be on