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Category Archives: Visual Arts

Resonance by Michel Nicolet

The exhibition Resonance by Michel Nicolet is open for other four Sundays at Petite Ferme, Auroville. The sculptor Michel Nicolet is showing us a remarkable set of objects. One could say that his presentation consists of three parts: his words, his drawings and his sculpture. The drawings, being two dimensional, appear to be a study towards a special kind of three dimensionality. In the interview (in French) Michel tells us about his life paths and connections, which draw him to Auroville and, through cymatics, to this exhibition.

In it, after reading the words thoroughly it becomes increasingly apparent: the plans are presented on the walls of the gallery and the result is shining in the middle. The aim is not to discover the unknown, but to realize the known. What is here is elsewhere and what is not here is nowhere. Petite Ferme with Art on Sunday is not just an art gallery; it is a place where Aurovilians and guests, artists and art lovers, can meet, see art and talk about art. It is its intention to regularly bring new exhibitions of contemporary art by the many artists among Auroville's citizens, as well as promoting these artists abroad. It also hopes to be a meeting place for all those who regards 'art' as an important ingredient of life. -

Comments: 0 Date: 25 Mar 2012

Glagolitic Traces Exhibition

On Saturday 3th at Tibetan Pavillon opened the "Glagolitic Traces" Exhibition of Antonia Duende's paintings, open untill the 10th of March as part of the events for invocation of Bulgarian Pavillion. There was also a musical offering by Nikolai , Marina and Aurelio, and a poem in Bulgarian language from Narender Khatri. The paintings incorporate traces from stone inscriptions of the Glagolitic alphabet - the first Slavonic alphabet, created in the middle of the 9th century AD by St. Kostantin-Cyril the Philosopher and his brother Methodius.

This alphabet has been used for different periods of time by the present-day Czechs, Slovaks, Slovenians, Croats, Serbians, Montenegrin, Macedonians and Bulgarians and it has become the prototype of the Cyrillic alphabet. In her aquarelles the artist creates a dialogue through a multi-layered treatment of the surface between the Glagolitic characters and other systems of codifications such as music partitions, symbols and signs of ancient cultures like the Naska lines from Peru or citations in Cyrillic, Latin, Greek, Brahmi, Tibetan etc. This method allows her to integrate Glagolitic characters from her own cultural background into a global context. The music was composed by Nikolai Ivanov, Marina and Aurelio. The pieces are titled: Happy Morning, Prayer Song, South Wind, Bhairavi Raga, Fire and the Bulgarian traditional Folk Song. The last four are included in the program and it is possible to listen to them, as well as the interview to Antonia Duende in french language. The poem in Bulgarian language, titled "Voda" ("Water"), was composed and read out from Narender Khatri, an Indian student from New Delhi.

Comments: 0 Date: 03 Mar 2012

AV Film Festival 11

Yes, two years are around already, and Auroville Film Festival 2011 is approaching fast. In the interview with Marco and Tlaloc we found out some interesting details about it. Believe it or not, but those who hasn't applied yet still got two solid weeks to do so. At the same time organizers are asking for help in many various forms of volunteering work. Auroville Film Festival is much more than just a bunch of more or less good movies - it is about sharing, educating, being together as community in festive environment dedicated to film.

Comments: 0 Date: 01 Aug 2011

The Secret of 'Strokes and Dots'

Pierre Legrand's very joyful art is an expression of his deep feelings, his happiness, his problems and also his love in every being. He has developed his own mathematical rules and a secret alphabet to transform poetry into paintings. Prayers to the Mother, mantras, inner thoughts and different emotions are turned into colorful strokes and dots and every painting has its own meaning. 'The real work is our transformation.' What does Pierre mean by that? What does he think about painting? And finally: What is art?

Listen also to Part II of the interview with Pierre Legrand. 'Strokes and Dots' exhibition in Citadine open from Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 12.30 and 3.00 to 5.30 pm. Closed on Sundays.

Comments: 0 Date: 22 Mar 2012

Metroxical New York Art Movie

On Saturday 18th at 4 pm at Audio Visual Room of Kala Kendra, Bharat Nivas Pavillion of India, a collective of artists, Sindhu, Dass, Raghu and Ramesh, presented their movie "Metroxical New York" produced in New York. This work captured a complex mix of global music using all performing arts, improvised acoustic sets, even hand made instruments, in a place where one can hear music for free: the Subway. The experience demonstrates how a diverse audience can participate in dialogue without language, using music as universal form of communication.

This art movie offers an alchemy of different sound and color movements, revealing a powerful resonance experienced by a multi-cultural audience and musical prowess from all over the world. In a space out of a normal regulation, the colorful performers met the audience in a share spirit, enjoying with rare passion their own art, maybe playing for a sole person or involving some passengers to try unknown instruments: the need to be together as an individual part of the whole and then the whole itself. This visual work is a good example of how the art generates other art.

Comments: 0 Date: 18 Feb 2012

The Castle of Holstebro

As part of the Tantidhatri festival, this play was performed in Cripa last thursday. It is played solely by Julia Varley, an artistic director, writer and above all member of Odin Theatret in Denmark. Written by Eugenio Barba, The Castle of Holstebro is a dialogue between a young woman and her eternal companion following the lines of a "stream of consciousness", set in a phantom castle. Two entirely different characters played by just one person is quite a thing to witness. A moving play filled with music and monologues/dialogues.

Comments: 0 Date: 15 Mar 2012

'About Photography', by Giorgio

Auroville's favourite photographer Giorgio released a beautiful little book 'About Photography' this week. Auroville Radio spoke to him on Monday to get an insight in the mind of a photographer. What drives him? What does photography mean to him? How does he combine photography with the progressive spirit of Auroville? Printed on hand made recycled paper, this book is a beautiful collector's item as well as the honest story about a man and his passion for photography. Now available for everyone at Arka Library.

Comments: 0 Date: 21 Sep 2011
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