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Drawing Worlds

Monsoon 2024
an online lecture series


Architects and their relationship to drawing has been central to pedagogy at SEA. The question is one that we contend with closely, and the unresolved nature, or rather the changing cast of our own understanding is the port of embarkation for the series of conversations in the upcoming semester.

The mainstay for all dialogue in this regard is that since the architect is tasked with imagining new form, their role is essentially about making a meaningful spatial encounter for the inhabitant. This would mean that they must develop a sensitivity, criticality and a humaneness in their approach to built form, and simultaneously think of form phenomenologically, and  create an aesthetics of meaning and experience in this encounter. Architects and their positions as spatial practitioners come from a deep and laborious engagement with the drawing - which  become a means to not simply describe form, but also inscribe  its associated phenomena - sensorial, mental, psychological, environmental or social. Drawing is the language that mobilises form, thought and experience. It is rooted in the practice of image and image-making that stems from intertwined histories of  visual cultures.

The Monsoon 2024 SEA Conversations looks at, and looks to various practices of drawing  - here an expanded visual practice that gets produced through not only modes of seeing and observing, but also reading, listening, writing, talking - those that aid the process of critical interrogation and interpretation, that engage with the tactile and palpable - bodies and measures and quantifiable entities, as well as intangible aspects like social relationships, sensorial experiences, memories and meaning, temporalities and active imagination. These practices are set up as various horizons on the contemporary drawing landscape and conversation with them is meant to articulate for us new questions and methods regarding seeing and drawing, newer spatial interpretations and from them forms of engagement, and also a fresher politics of participation with our visual worlds.


speakers
all dates for 2024

5 July       Rohini Devasher  <<
19 July     Afrah Shafiq
2 Aug       Nora Wuttke
16 Aug     Shrimanti Saha
30 Aug     Sayan Skandarajah
27 Sept     Parismita Singh
4 Oct         Jasmine Nilani Joseph

session 2

Literal and Metaphorical Patterns


by Afra Shafiq

on Friday, 19th July 2024
at 6:00 pm IST
Zoom Link

Expanding the idea of drawing, to also look at the act of drawing from, this talk will think about how tracing patterns in existing material and the study of lines, grids, motifs and repetition can lead to newer and endlessly emergent ways of meaning making.

about

Afrah Shafiq is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Goa, India. Her work takes hybrid forms that bring together text, sound, animation, code, and sculpture to create interactive, sometimes simulated atmospheres to experience and unlearn. She often seeks ways to retain the tactile within the digital and the poetry within technology. Afrah’s work has been included in the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, 2023; Video Art Pavilion at the Asian Art Biennale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2022; Lahore Biennial (LB02), Lahore Pakistan; 2019; Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, 2018, WorldBuilding: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist At Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf and Centre Pompidou-Metz; “Very Small Feelings” at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, among other exhibitions in India and globally.


This is an online lecture series, supported by the Urban Centre Mumbai. It is free and open to everyone across the world.


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SEA PAVILION 2024

WINNER ANNOUNCED

We received a wonderful set of responses that ranged from those addressing the magic of the monsoon to working with its quotidian life and materialities to those addressing its human and more than human engagements.

The winning entry:

Liminal Pavilion

by Rust Collective - Dhruv Sachala and Neel Shah

Three special mentions:
1) Majid Abidi for ‘Is it just about us?’
2) Ankita Dhal & Eshan Pradhan for ‘The Memory Workshop’
3) Rushimuni Prayogshala (Hrushikesh Hirulkar and Manish Shravane) for ‘The Paper Pavilion’


Details here