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Category Archives: Visual Arts

Golden Sunbeams

Sunny afternoon was a perfect frame for yesterday's inauguration of Golden Sunbeams at Matrimandir's Boulder Garden. This was the first in the series of four, stretched over the Golden year, or Auroville 50th Anniversary, and it will be on view until 3rd of January 2018. On 1st of January , after early morning events it will be open to public again, otherwise all visitors who passes the Boulder Garden on their path to viewing point will be able to see it.
In short interview with curator of the exhibition Adil Writer we find out where the idea comes from, who is participating, and the next steps. As he says, there was an idea to showcase Auroville art outdoor in collective , which has not been done yet, and the team of Matrimandir supported the idea by proposing the Boulder Garden.
In this first edition are on display art works in different materials - from ceramic, wood, fiber glass....
and we can see works of Alexey Golubev, Henk Van Putten, Nele Martens, Priya Sundaravalli, Rkahee Kane, Sabirna Srinivas, Saraswati, Torkil Dantzer and Adil Writer.


Auroville Film Festival (#1)

This new segment features tête-à-têtes with Auroville Film Festival's key members. The episodes constitute master classes, cinematic analysis, and behind the scenes of the upcoming biennale.

In this episode (#1) Sasikanth, filmmaker, photographer and teacher visits the AV Radio studio to talk about how it all began, submission guidelines, the Educational Outreach Program and the importance of good cinema.

Adil's Art work at Savitri Bhavan

Adil explains how and why he created these pieces originally and how they are being adapted to different circumstances. Adil's playful approach is refreshing. He recently hosted renowned artist Laxma Goud at his pottery studio, (an interview on Laxman is also on the radio). Adil usually works in clay however these three dimensional painted canvas boxes have a clay like appeal.

Bose Krishnamachari in Auroville

India Space organized an evening with Bose Krishnamachari for a presentation on Contemporary Art and about the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala. The presentation took place in the the white hall - Bharat Nivas - Wednesday, 3rd October at 7.00pm. Bose is an internationally renowned artist and independent curator. His diverse artistic and curatorial practice includes drawing, painting, sculpture, design, installation and architecture. He is also the founder-director of the Kochi Biennale.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Sep 2014

Interview with Serena Aurora

One of the first movies screened at Cinema Paradiso during the Auroville Film Festival 2017 was Hands And Feet of India by Serena Aurora. A short informative and artistic movie that takes us into the streets of India.
Serena tells us how she made this movie of colorful photography which moves in unison with the music.

Artist at Heart

An interview with Pierre Legrand about the new art piece coming up at Town Hall .
ACUR management team has asked Pierre to make the windows "visible" since there were some accidents with breaking glass, but in an Interview with Pierre we found out more than that.

Mayaura In-Ex Corpore

Roland interviewed Mayaura (in French) regarding her exhibition In-Ex Corpore.
This exhibition covers the development of her work over a period of ten years, segmented into different stages in its evolution, as follows:

The pictorial spaces of these abstract works is textured by layers of interwoven lines, either of rows of Sanskrit letters used as purely abstract graphics signs, or of superposed planes of pure or engraved colour.  The interweaving of these embossed and engraved lines and these colored planes enriches the texture of the paintings, planes, giving them a depth, while allowing the original weft to remain visible, though transformed, as if time has intruded into the spatial dimension.

A period of research into the texture of colour, reducing the use of graphic elements and plunging into the world of colour's pure luminescence.

2011 - June 2014
I felt a need to instill a new dynamic into the texture of the paintings through movement, nurtured by an intensive course of drawing from live models.  The body is my visual base, though unrepresented and un-delineated; the medium of a flux of energy, a vehicle of life - the "container" of a mystery.  Also the body as a work tool, giving, as it were, its latent consciousness the chance to manifest itself, to find itself, to experiment.  In this spirit, I carried out an intense period of drawing in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, between February and March last year.

From July 2014
Since last year, I have been trying to integrate and unify different qualities I have been striving for up to now, though -paradoxically- it remains paramount for me to develop a capacity for letting go,  for abandoning all acquired knowledge, for entering "the cloud of unknowing". The plasticity of the pictorial space is mediated by the body, through the body, in an attempt to form a bridge between matter and consciousness.

Comments: 0 Date: 21 Feb 2015

Samira Bose on Art and Auroville

In this Interview, Samira Bose, an upcoming artist as well as a former Auroville Radio intern talks to me about her forthcoming projects, her art and of course, Auroville.

Carpe Diem

Yesterday at Pitanga Cultural Centre in Samasti was inaugurated Carpe Diem - a photo exhibition by Lisbeth and Amara, where they are sharing images of everyday life - of people, landscapes and stillness. And in short conversation we find out that in this dual exhibition both favor nature capture in one particular moment, and people of the area.
Beautiful exhibition will be on display until 23rd of April

Love of Life Through Clay

Yesterday's inauguration of Priya's Sundaravalli Ceramics II at Citadines Centre d'Arts put on a display opus of organic forms, and stories of our home planet Earth. Priya, doctor of medicine and engineer, found her connection to creativity in media of clay. Apachi potter Felipe Ortega introduced her into household pottery while gave her a love, respect to the Mother Earth. Priya's search and personal transformation went further after joining Auroville. After realizing that nothing can be static here around, and after her service as a teacher, dedicated herself deeper into a creative process in clay. Special boost in her work was visit to Korean potters where she met post modern world of Korean ceramic which gave her freedom that almost anything is possible. Yet most of her work possesses graceful ethereal quality of eternal Divine.

Comments: 0 Date: 09 Oct 2014
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