Saturday, July 16, 2011

Prayas Abhinav’s unconventional curatorial project at The Guild, Mumbai

The “sidereal time” along with its voice may transform into anything that it seeks – with tools like desire, recklessness and confusion towards this. Space then will be persuaded to take on many other contours, and will dream with the things it contains. The reason why perhaps time cannot be cast in any permanent mold – but for nostalgia, for some time!

We witness fracturing of our experience; into the time that that we sell to earn our keep and also the time we don’t. All is work time, what’s the “sidereal”? ‘If all time is eternally present, All time is unredeemable,’ - Buirnt Norton, T.S. Eliot

‘On The Sidereal’ is an unconventional project that takes place at Mumbai’s Guild Art Gallery from 18 to 26 July, 2011. The public exhibit will be on view from July 27 until August 28. Among the participating artists are Eelco Wagenaar, Amitabh Pandey, Asim Waqif, Kiran Subbaiah, Tahireh Lal and Prayas Abhinav who has also curated the project.

Prayas Abhinav is based in Bangalore.He has honed his art skills at the Center for Experimental Media Arts as part of the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology in Bangalore. Having taught at the Srishti School, he has also been a researcher at s (CEMA), apart from being a faculty at Dutch Art Institute and Center for Environmental Planning and Technology. He has received fellowships from Sarai/ CSDS (2005), Center for Media Studies (2006), and Openspace India (2009).

His projects have been presented at Exit Art, New York (2010); Periferry, Guwahati (2010); Futuresonic, Manchester (2009); Wintercamp, Amsterdam (2009); 48c: Public Art Ecology (2008); Urban Climate Camp, ISEA (2008); Khoj (2008); Sensory Urbanism, Glasgow (2008); The Paris Accord (2006); and First Monday, Chicago (2006) among others. He has also taken part in the exhibitions like ‘Continuum Transfunctioner’, exhibit320 in New Delhi (2010); ‘Contested Space - Incursions‘, Gallery Seven Arts, Delhi (2010), and ‘Astonishment of Being’ at the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata (2009).

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