Cooperative Art Strategies and Participation Potentials in the Public Space
The Citizen Art Days (CAD) is developed by the Berlin-based artist team »Parallel World«, consisting of Stefan Krüskemper (GER), María Linares(COL) and Kertin Polzin(GER), who design new forms of participation for and in society. To create a common public space, CADs focus on the creative potential of citizens, activists, designer and artists.
»To shape innovative formats of participation is not only a local but also a global challenge« - Ai Weiwei
The public space is the place where interaction, social communication and democracy take place. An increasing interest of citizens worldwide to participate in community processes can be observed. But it is accompanied by a limited repertoire of participation’s forms, a lack of understanding between involved actors, an increasing isolation of living environments and the drifting apart of different living conditions. The Citizen Art Days are based on the conviction that art projects, which are realized by citizens, artists and urban actors together, are an appropriate approach to counteract those negative developments.
The first edition of the CADs took place in February, 2012 at the Free Museum Berlin and 2013 at the Markthalle Neun in Berlin Kreuzberg as well as in the public space. In cooperation with the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, ’Parallel World’ will host another edition of Citizen Art Days in Bangalore at the Rangoli Art Centre, M.G. Road. Together with three groups of students from Bangalore led by ‘Parallel World’ artists and interested citizens, CADs explored the public sphere by means of artistic strategies picking out three different fields as central themes: Economy, Togetherness and Sustainability.
Through multiple projects, CADs will address social issues like women safety and empowerment, working realities in the community like understanding food economics, place of Autorickshaws in Public transportation system, simplicity of creating recycled products, understanding lives of the visually impaired and understanding the problems faced in Bangalore through its citizens. These projects are strategically designed to be open in nature so as to facilitate participation of the local people and create a dialogue amongst them.
Field of subject: Economy - The Art of Collaborative Work
It seems that nothing is integrated so solidly into our lives than how we are working and nothing else is at the same time subject to a radical change caused by the global economy. This change concerns the individual with his values and his practice as well as the society with her rules and her tools of production. Within the seminar we will explore the situation and the change of the working realities in Bangalore with a group of students.
Field of Subject: Togetherness - Let’s find it out ... together!
Togetherness is one of the main aspects in our life. As human beings we are social beings belonging to one (mostly in local terms) or many communities and sharing our lives with others. The very idea of community comes into being because people develop themselves in exchange with each other. Some how it continues being a challenge to establish peace and harmony in every corner of the society and community problems seem to take the place of the natural exchange will. Seminar about the problems faced by women and the cliché of unequal positions for women in the society. Which problems do women really face?
Field of of Subject: Sustainability - In Community with Plants
In the last decades the well-beloved Image of Bangalore as a Garden City got more and more lost and Bangalore has been rated among the top polluted megacities in the world. The Flow of people from rural areas into the city implies also the presence of people in the city with a farmer background. The seminar ‚In Community with Plants’ wants to integrate the idle capacity of knowledge about plants and gardening of people in the design of workshops which enables us to deal conscientiously with our natural heritage. Quality of life and social identification with the city are determined by opportunities for the citizens to appropriate public spaces.
‘Parallel World’ in collaboration with Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, invited to be part of this leg of Citizen Art Days taking place at the Rangoli Art Center, M.G. Road (near metro station) on the 5th and 6th of December. Specific contents and local nexuses as well as references to political questions create a concrete programmatic given by the context.
With projects by: Shrujana Niranjani Shridhar, Shradha Goenka , Sheona Joy Daniel, Ritobroto Sinha Chattopadhyay, Pranav C Raman, Samrudhii Prashant Palshetkar, Achala B Athreya, Madhul Blossom Singh, Anusha Sharma, Aditi Goyal, Suraj Kiran Baadkar, Arushi Arun Sethi, Meghna Saha, Taarika Ravi John, Musharraf Shahid Shaikh, Vivek Sajjan Sangwan, Anushka Rajesh Menon, Devika Ashok Shah, Gaurav Patil, Ishita Sharma, Shreya Bhatia, Lakshmi M R, Thanik Jaganath, Pramod Pai, Monika Shrivastava, Rachana Vinay Haldikar, Kopal Joshy, Shail Suneja, Shoumik Biswas
Date: 5th and 6th December 2013
Time: 11 am - 7 pm
Venue: Rangoli Art Center, MG Road (Near Metro station)