4 Jun 2021

Street Art Celebrates Corona Warriors

Instead of imaginary faces, Hilldaari, a project supported by Nestlé India in collaboration with Delhi based artist Achintya and the Nainital Municipal council paints the real heroes behind the health and safety of the city. The project highlights the beauty of artistic expression in bringing awareness and change in social behaviour.


Street Art Celebrates Corona Warriors, Project Hilldaari, Art Scene India
Achintya Malviya, artist who made the 6 wall portraits
HILLDAARI is an initiative developing inclusive, contextualised and resilient models for solid and plastic waste management, in various tourist cities of the country. It is currently being implemented in Mussoorie, Nainital, Dalhousie, Ponda, Mahabaleshwar and Munnar by Stree Mukti Sanghatana, along with Recity Network Private Limited as the technical partner. This initiative has facilitated the diversion of 4668 metric tons of waste from landfills and is continuously working towards professionalizing 220 waste collectors and informal waste pickers through a multi-collaborative approach with municipal councils, citizens, contractors, waste workers and influencers.

In Nainital, the team identified 6 waste workers from lake cleaner, waste collector, informal waste picker and waste collection driver to provide them with much-deserved recognition for their contribution during the pandemic. The life-sized portraits, apart from adding beauty to the lake city also act as a reminder to the people in the area to do their bit, to not litter and respect the waste worker force.
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Artist Arun Sharma and Achintya Malviya behind their wall artwork on 3R of waste managment 
Artist and muralist, Achintya Malviya elaborates, “Making the portraits of waste workers was in itself a unique idea, to begin with. We generally find portraits of political figures, freedom fighters or someone famous, painted on the walls. But to paint a garbage truck driver, a waste picker, a door-to-door waste collector was an act of acknowledgement from our side”

Meha Lahiri, Co-founder, Recity Network explains, “In one of our initial interactions on the ground, Krishna Ji, a waste worker had beamingly remarked, "Koodey waaley toh aap ho, hum toh Safai waaley hai (You are the producers of waste. We are ambassadors of cleanliness)". 6 wall portraits across Nainital are an effort to acknowledge the same, and celebrate waste workers' contribution to the cities. In the COVID crisis, we are capacity building citizens to segregate their domestic biomedical waste like masks and gloves, and wrap it in paper before disposing of, as this waste can harm the waste workers. We have also ensured that waste workers receive vaccination, and are trained in COVID related SOPs, and are celebrated as COVID heroes. Krishna Ji's confident assertion has stayed with all of us and has given us a direction for the project.”
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portrait work under progress
In addition to the art component, which gives a face to waste workers, who have been out on the streets through the pandemic, Hilldaari also initiated a “No Contact IEC” program. The programme has reached out to over 30,000 residents across Mussoorie, Nainital, Dalhousie, Mahabaleshwar and Ponda through various digital mediums like WhatsApp, public announcements, Media coverage, tele-calling and radio shows. As part of this project, Waste Intelligence Technology has also been developed for monitoring end-to-end waste management to minimise human contact.

Bio-medical waste and its disposal has emerged as a significant health hazard during the pandemic. The awareness campaigns focus on ideal waste management behaviours such as- provide dignity to waste workers, no-littering, Source Segregation and Waste as a resource. At the same time, there are efforts to create a sense of belonging among the citizens towards their cities by visible change interventions and various place-making initiatives.

Some of the major initiatives in these areas include - Wall Arts around GVP areas (garbage vulnerable points), Wall portraits of waste workers, Art installations to show waste as a resource, and Installing upcycled infrastructure at public places like dust bins, pavements made up of upcycled plastics and playscape using upcycled materials.

All images provided by Recity Network

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27 Mar 2021

#arttrackwithnalini: Contextualizing Digital Art, Algorithms and NFTs

 

#arttrackwithnalini - 01 on 31st March 2021, 6 pm


Contextualizing Digital Art, Algorithms and NFTs

Speakers: Baiju Parthan, Harshit Agrawal and Shovin Bhattacharjee

Moderator: Nalini S Malaviya

Join us here WICCI Arts Leadership Council | Facebook on 31st March, 6 pm IST



#arttrackwithnalini - 01, Contextualizing Digital Art, Algorithms and NFTs
 

In the current context, it is important to have a conversation on the relevance and scope of digital art, algorithms and NFTs in the Indian and global scenario. This panel attempts to locate digital art production, the import, originality and criticality of the image with regards to current trends, technological interventions, digital ownership and environmental implications of blockchain technology, if any.

Join me as I kick start #arttrackwithnalini, a series of conversations, online for now and hopefully in person soon, with experts in the field.

Recently a digital piece, by Beeple sold as an NFT for 69 million dollars at Christie’s. This has created quite a buzz, understandably. It is after all the 3rd highest priced work by a living artist.

But what does it mean for the art world, especially in the Indian context.

So, let's talk about the relevance and scope of digital art, algorithms and NFTs with Baiju Parthan, Harshit Agrawal and Shovin Bhattacharjee, All 3 are extremely well known, inter-media artists who have been in the digital space and technology art for years, and who understand blockchain, cryptoart, artificial Intelligence and NFTs.

Some of the points we hope to cover are with regards to digital art production, what does originality and criticality of the image imply today, the role of technology then in the art making and distribution, what does digital ownership mean and are there any environmental implications of blockchain technology.

Let’s just start this conversation and see how much ground we can cover in this first session.

Join us here WICCI Arts Leadership Council | Facebook on 31st March, 6 pm IST

                                



Meet our panel

Speakers

Baiju Parthan on #arttrackwithnalini - 01, Contextualizing Digital Art, Algorithms and NFTs
Baiju Parthan is a Mumbai based inter-media artist, working simultaneously with traditional media of painting as well as new media and digital technology based installation art. He is one of the early exponents of new media art and mediatic-realism in the Indian contemporary art scene. His work explores worldviews and ideologies that are in collision and the resulting ontological fallout felt and lived by all of us.

His work in the digital realm consists mainly of explorations into the mutating boundary where the virtual and real bleed into each other. Through a range of computer generated virtual objects presented as video installations, large scale prints on metallic surfaces, and 3D lenticular prints, Parthan manages to present a critique on high technology and its impact on our life and experience of reality.

He has participated in several landmark exhibitions including, New Interventions in Indian Art, China Art Museum Shanghai & Gaungdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China 2015, INDIA!, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rio de Janeiro 2012, Indian Contemporary, Benedictine Museum, Fecamp, France, 2009, Beyond Globalization, Beijing, 2009, 101 Contemporary, Tokyo, 2008, International Live Art Festival Glasgow 2004, Kapital and Karma, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria 2002, and has shown at several important art fairs.

 

Harshit Agrawal on #arttrackwithnalini - 01, Contextualizing Digital Art, Algorithms and NFTs
Harshit Agrawal is an artist working with artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. He is India’s first artificial intelligence artist, being the only Indian artist among 7 international AI art pioneers in the world’s first A.I art show in a contemporary gallery (Gradient Descent at Nature Morte). In his practice, he uses machines and algorithms and often creates them as an essential part of his art process, embracing becoming the cyborg artist. Harshit’s work is part of the permanent exhibition at the largest computer science museum in the world, HNF museum in Germany. He has exhibited work at other premier museums, galleries and art festivals around the world, like the Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), Asia Culture Center (Gwangju Korea), CADAF Contemporary and Digital Art Fair, HIRESOLUTION Exhibition for New Year’s Ball Drop at Times Square (USA), Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil), among others. He has given several talks at the subject of A.I and Art, including 3 TEDx talks. His work has also been extensively covered in international media, including BBC, New York Times, Artnet, Artsy, STIR World. Harshit has carried out residencies at the Museum of Tomorrow (Brazil), Art Center Nabi (Korea) and X-Lab (Japan). He graduated from the MIT Media Lab and IIT Guwahati. Along with his art practice, he has authored several publications and patents about his work at the intersection of human computer interaction and creative expression. He currently lives and works out of Bangalore, India.
 
 

Shovin Bhattacharjee on #arttrackwithnalini - 01, Contextualizing Digital Art, Algorithms and NFTs
Shovin Bhattacharjee is an artist working with painting, sculpture, digital art, new media art and public art installation. A pioneering digital artist, he is India’s first artist entering into an NFT art auction.

Born and brought up in Shillong (Meghalaya), he received his BFA and MFA degree in fine arts from Assam University, Silchar, and a diploma in conservation techniques from NRLC, Lucknow in 2002. Shovin has held seven solo shows with the Indian Cultural Centre Seoul, South Korea, in collaboration with Indian Art Museum at Seoul, South Korea.

He has also participated in National and International Exhibitions like “Spirit of India” Embassy of India, Lisbon in association with Art Catto Gallery at Conrad Hotel, Algrave, Portugal; 1st Digital Art Biennial, Brazil; Guanlan International print Biennial, China, India-Korea Art Exchange exhibition at Korean Cultural Center, New Delhi; “HANJI FESTIVAL” exhibition at Korean Cultural Center, New Delhi. 13th Asian Art Biennale organized by The Bangladesh Shilpa kala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh; 6th 7th and 8th International print Biennale organized by Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; “Icon of Asia” International show at EM Art Gallery, Beijing, China; International print Biennale, Finland; Harmony Art shows organized by Harmony Art Foundation, Mumbai; All India Digital Art Exhibition, A.I.F.A.C.S., New Delhi; etc.

Shovin’s work is part of the permanent collection at the Indian Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea, CICA museum, South Korea; Lalit kala Akademi, New Delhi; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Manipur Museum, Meghalaya State museum. Indian Cultural Centre, Seoul, South Korea; Art Catto, Portugal; He currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.


Moderator

Nalini Malaviya on #arttrackwithnalini - 01, Contextualizing Digital Art, Algorithms and NFTs
Nalini S Malaviya is a Bangalore based art consultant, curator and writer. She curates contemporary art exhibitions, working with visual artists from across the country and offers curatorial and advisory services to individuals and corporate. She has been writing for the media since 2003, and has been an art columnist for Bangalore Mirror and has contributed to Financial Times (Delhi and Bangalore) and Times of India, Deccan Herald, several art magazines and artist books. She has written and presented papers for the Karnataka Lalithkala Academy Journal and several of her prefatory essays have been published as part of artist catalogues.

Some of her curatorial projects include ‘Convergence,’ an online exhibition as part of an art and media collective, ‘Bend’ an exhibition of sculptures, ‘Parallax of Visual Memories’, ‘Reimagining: (Un)Reality and Space’, 'Irreverent Gene' and ‘Polynomials of Relevance’.

Nalini is the Founder/Publisher of 'Art Scene India' www.artsceneindia.com, a popular blog cum Ezine featuring art news, events and articles on art, and is a resource center for artists and connoisseurs. Currently, she has a fortnightly art column for Sunday Herald, and is Member, Advisory Committee, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore. She is also the Karnataka President for Arts Leadership Council, Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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11 Feb 2021

artPRESENT Augments Virtual Art Viewing


Interview: Niranjan Ingale, talks about artPRESENT, a dynamic digital platform for virtual art viewing


There has been a perceptible shift in the functioning of the art market, where much of the activity has migrated to digital platforms with online exhibitions, viewing rooms and essentially technology integrated systems to augment presentation and viewing of art. There has been a spurt in tech companies entering the art space to offer backend support and solutions to enhance user experience. In this context, Art Scene India chats with Niranjan Ingale, director of Tap Sense Technology, a recent entrant to the Indian art market. Ingale is a partner with Anton Bakker, a US based contemporary artist, specializing in sculpture, and the duo completed a pilot project with the HVAF last year, and have been part of several initiatives that enrich online user interface, supported by technology.

Niranjan Ingale, Director, Tapsense Technology, for Art Scene India
Niranjan Ingale, Director, Tap Sense Technology

Why did you start with artPRESENT? Tell us about your background?

I used to work in the C-store industry in the US, where we implemented cutting edge technologies and also tracked all consumer transactions. Analyzing the transaction data, it was easy to take data driven decisions about developing and defining campaigns. Recently, I was introduced to the art market in the US and observed that most of the art world was working in brick and mortar, and no data was gathered about collectors’ interests. I realized by implementing cutting edge technologies to augment presentation of artworks, one could drive data focused decisions with regards to promotional activities. Data driven decisions are critical in defining campaigns and measuring their impact and can become a vital tool to support economic efficiency.

Image courtesy; Rene Melchor, Art Consultant
Image courtesy; Rene Melchor, Art Consultant

Due to the pandemic, the art world began looking for online options to present and sell art. This is where our product artPRESENT came into the picture. artPRESENT is all about providing the art buying and selling experience and is not limited to 3D viewing. It offers enhanced features such as creating a dynamic digital document to present an entire collection of artworks, which can also be dynamically updated. In addition, the augmented reality option allows you to virtually position and present the artworks in a collector’s home.


Do you think this is a temporary phase and we will go back to physical spaces once the COVID situation is under control?

I feel the art world has changed for a lifetime, and even though the world, in general, will get back to normal, hybrid models will dominate, and presenting and selling artworks online will be the new trend. It will continue to evolve with enhanced features, consumer usability and data backed decisions to mobilize the art market.

For instance, if a collector visits a physical space such as a gallery or an art fair to explore artworks, they can carry the digital catalog back home and virtually place artworks in the rooms to experience it in augmented reality. And, each artwork in a physical space can have a QR code attached to it, where scanning a QR code can provide more details in different forms.


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What is the scope, apart from online 3D viewing? What are the special features & differentiators?

I feel that presenting an artwork is all about creating a holistic engaged experience, and online viewing needs to make that impact. For instance, text, audio and video descriptions, which present a complete story around each artwork, makes it interesting and engaging for collectors to understand the art in its entirety. Zoom and pan capabilities help to see each corner of the artwork in detail. Adding different color frames to the artwork allows one to see the various options. Positioning the artwork in a virtual gallery room gives a sense of size and space. Sharing artworks and collection URLs on social media or embedding it in existing websites or distributing QR code offer variable options and make them shareable widely. Analysis of collector’s action data through the distributed URLs offers specific data for future use. Also, using artPRESENT, the social media posts can be enhanced. All of these features differentiate us from other players in the market.


Please comment on the size of the global market and Indian art.

The global art market is immense and full of opportunities for Indian art to be presented at the global level. Gathering data about interest in specific types of artworks from different demographics is very crucial to promoting artworks in the right locations.

Therefore informed promotions along with data analytics and reports can optimize promotional events and improve efficacy of presenting art online.


To know more, check out https://ar-view.com/  

Readers can directly signup for a free trial on https://ar-view.com/account/checkout/1 or contact at support@tapsensetech.com

Sign up for a free trial and use promotional code ARTSCENE  for a 10% discount when you upgrade to a paid subscription 


All images & video provided by Niranjan Ingale

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20 Jan 2021

apexart International Open Call 2021-22


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An opening reception audience enjoying apexart’s brochures at Beauty Salons and the Beast, an apexart International Open Call exhibition in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 2015.


Apply to our International Open Call Feb. 1 - Mar. 1, 2021

Accepting proposals: February 1 - March 1, 2021


apexart will accept proposals for its International Open Call from February 1 - March 1, 2021. Four winning proposals will become apexart exhibitions presented in their selected locations around the world as part of our 2021-22 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of location or past experience, are invited to submit a proposal online.

The submission process

Proposals of up to 500 words should describe focused, idea-driven, original group exhibitions, and the country and city in which they are to take place. No biographical information, CVs, links, or images will be accepted, and proposals must be submitted in English. Jurors rate anonymous submissions based on the idea only. See examples of winning proposals here.

The selection process

Rather than convene a 5-person NYC panel to review hundreds of ideas, apexart’s crowd-sourced voting system invites hundreds of international jurors to review proposals on their own schedule. The crowd-sourced jury is composed of more than 400 individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and international locations—including students from 20 participating university classes—who will jury the proposals. Proposals are anonymous and randomized to make sure each submission receives the same consideration. apexart staff does not influence the results of the jury in any way.

The results

The four winning proposals will each receive an exhibition budget of up to $11,000; have an exhibition brochure printed and mailed to over six thousand international recipients; advertising in major and local outlets; and will be part of apexart’s 2021-2022 exhibition season. Working closely with the apexart team, curators will realize their original ideas into apexart exhibitions. Exhibition curators are challenged, encouraged, and required to work within the funding provided to transform their winning proposals into small, focused, noteworthy exhibitions. 

To submit an exhibition proposal, visit https://apexart.org/opencalls.html between February 1 and March 1, 2021.



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21 Sept 2020

apexart’s NYC Open Call Invites Exhibition Proposals in October

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apexart’s NYC Open Call Invites Exhibition Proposals in October


apexart is accepting exhibition proposals for its NYC Open Call from October 1-31, 2020. The four winning proposals will become apexart exhibitions presented at apexart’s NYC space as part of its 2021-22 exhibition season. Curators, artists, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of experience level or location, are invited to submit a proposal online.

Four winning proposals will each receive an exhibition budget of up to $10,000, staff support, and be part of the next apexart exhibition season.

Submission Process

Proposals should describe focused, idea-driven, original group exhibitions. No biographical information, CVs, links, or images will be accepted. Submissions cannot exceed 500 words and must be submitted in English. Jurors rate proposals based on the idea and concept. See examples at https://apexart.org/opencallwinners.php

Selection Process

Rather than convene a small panel to review hundreds of ideas, apexart’s crowd-sourced voting system involves hundreds of jurors to review proposals. An international jury composed of 400+ individuals from a wide variety of professional backgrounds—including students at over a dozen international universities—will jury the proposals. Proposals are juried anonymously and randomized to make sure each submission receives the same consideration. apexart staff does not influence or affect the results of the jury in any way.

Results

The four highest-ranked proposals each receive an exhibition budget of up to $10,000 and complete production support. Working closely with the apexart team, curators will realize their original ideas into apexart exhibitions. Exhibition curators are expected, encouraged and challenged to work within the funding provided to transform their winning proposals into small, focused, noteworthy exhibitions.

To submit an exhibition proposal and learn more, visit apexart.org/opencalls.html between October 1-31, 2020.