March 27, 2015 - March 28, 2015
27 and 28 March 2015
Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum and CAMP invite you to a day-long seminar, View from the Boat: a diverse set of responses and discussions provoked by the geography and "approach" of CAMP's ongoing exhibition at the museum, As If - III Country of the Sea.
The seminar will be preceded by an artists’ introduction to the exhibition, starting at 6:00 pm on the 27th evening.
It will commence again on the 28th at 10:30 am and continue till 5:30 pm.
Everyone is welcome to join an after-hours walk through of the exhibition on the 27th of March, starting at 6:00 pm.
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is delighted to invite you to an academic seminar "View From The Boat" inspired by the artist group CAMP's extensive maritime-world exhibition, titled As If III - Country of the Sea, ongoing at the Museum until April 7, 2015. Their six-year project on the Western Indian Ocean and around the Arabian/Persian Gulf includes the national premiere of their much-traveled film, 'From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf', in which Kutchi sailors and others take us from Kutch in western India to the ports of the Gulf and on to parts of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden, in a series of journeys at sea. The show suggests a range of counterpoints to the colonial "view from the boat” and also to the contemporary metaphors of “liquidity” and "flow" of smooth oceanic capital.
Exhibition-making and cultural activity could be thought of as a form of relay or jujitsu, in which values and ideas can be transmitted, interrupted or used towards other ends. This seminar is similarly an invitation to participate in an exploration and transmission exercise. A contemporary reminder, especially for Mumbai, in which our proximities, debts to and fears of the seas can be thought of anew.
The seminar will be preceded by an artists’ introduction to the exhibition, starting at 6:00 pm on the 27th evening. It will commence again on the 28th at 10:30 am and continue till 5:30 pm.
Welcome address: Tasneem Zakaria Mehta
Artists encounter Seafarers, Anthropologists and 30,000 bags of Charcoal
11:00 Ashok Sukumaran and Shaina Anand (CAMP)
11:30 Edward Simpson (SOAS)
The Sea of Historians
12:00 Lakshmi Subramanium (CSSS Kolkata)
12:30 Renu Modi (Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai)
Being Dharamsey Bhai in Kutch
1:00 Virchand Dharamsey
A response to the Exhibition from Bombay
02:00 pm Nancy Adajania (independent curator, art critic)
A response to the Exhibition in terms of its Making
02:30 Jesal Kapadia (MIT)
Discussion One: Artistic Research and its Horizons
Discussion Two: What Country are we in Anyway?
Gallery: As If - III: View from the Boat (seminar)