Exploring creative spaces

As a part of the ‘Nirankusha: Fearless, Speak’ festival, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan is presenting an Audio-Visual Exhibition: Emergency Control Room by Ralf Homann bangaloREsident@Maara at the Museum of Interruptions: The History of Censorship from November 26 to 30, 11 am to 7 pm at Rangoli Metro Art Centre, MG Road.

Emergency Control Room is a unique audio installation that will take the listener through precarious media atmospheres in India that explore self-censorship, subtle and obvious shifts in media vocabulary, news rooms in recent times.

The installation will also take listeners into the space of resilience in mainstream media responding to discrimination, fear and dangers of the obvious and the subtle in the media sector. Museum of Interruptions: The History of Censorship told by Objects have images that offend and provoke have been removed and replaced by talismans and innocuous objects, by sounds and ringing phones, by legal and fictional concepts.  The exhibition is a collection of works by filmmakers, visual artists, sound artists, radio programmers, lawyers and illustrators. The exhibition features: CAMP (Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran, Zinnia Ambapardiwala, Sanjay Bhangar), Alternative Law Forum (Smarika Kumar, Namita Aavriti, Lawrence Liang, Danish Sheikh, Siddharth Narrain), Maraa (Angarika Guha, Ekta Mittal, Shruthi Menon, Ralf Homann).

The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan also plays host to other Nirankusha events such as ‘Color of Trans(play) Theatre’ on November 28, 5.30 pm. The play features members of Panmai Theatre, Angel Glady, Living Smile Vidya, and Vinodhini Vaidyanathan. There will be cabaret scenes, monologues, stories, dances - all these form seven episodes from the lives of transwomen and transmen.

In Chennai, in 1913, the dance performance by a white woman doing the Seven Veils of Salome was banned. After hundred years of censorship, other illicit bodies find their way to the stage. A new and young theatre group from Chennai, Panmai, brings together a performance about the illicit bodies and unwritten life stories of transmen and transwomen.

Another event titled, ‘Illicit bodies’ performance will be held on November 29 and 30, 11 am to 3. 30 pm. ‘Illicit bodies’ is a series of works by performance artists from across India on the theme of the illicit and illegal body. Suresh Kumar, an artist and avid archivist of the Bangalore art scene, collaborates with Alternative Law Forum to bring together a series of intimate encounters of performance with law, of lawyers with trouble, of art makers with legality. For details, call 2520 5305/6/7/8 or visit our website: www.goethe.de/bangalore; facebook.com/goetheinstitut.bangalore.
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