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Winter 2023-24

Technological Practice as Riyaz



How do we explore technology as a form of cultural practice through the conceptual lens of Riyaz? For us at SEA, Riyaz is a systematic way of practicing a form of art or craft with a long term commitment to not just learning it but also advancing the self and the form of practice in the process. It involves routine, discipline, engagements, isolation, diligence, play, repetitiveness and experimentation, through which one arrives at and struggles with the longue durée questions. As a practice–a technological practice, be it in architecture, music, sculpture, or engineering, riyaz involves a rhythmic engagement with the self, the technological matter (body, mud, brick, textile, strings, concrete) as well as the world within which the practice is located and towards which it is addressed.

This winter cycle SEA Conversations aims to explore technological practice or techne as riyaz. We ask: In riyaz, how does one engage with matter (molding, sculpting, weaving, screwing, ramming, kneading), which is not just material but also emotions, experiences, memories, histories, dreams and desires? What kinds of rhythms are devised between the practitioner, the matter, and the world in this practice of engagement? What kinds of routines, repetitions, and intensities constitute these rhythms?  How does the material and the immaterial, shape the process and the rhythms? What kinds of asymmetries, imperfections, and unexpectedness emerge in this process? And what role do they play? How does the larger world, including the fields of art and architectural practices, within which the practice is located shape the riyaz? And lastly, how does the conceptual lens of techne as riyaz allow us to rethink the given notions of technology in the field of architectural practice and pedagogy? We explore these questions  through conversations with six invited practitioners who have been working with different mediums across different geographies.

speakers 2024

Jan 05     Neha Kudchadkar 
Jan 19     Sankalpa Sankalpa*
Feb 02     Afra Eisma
Feb 23     Sagarika Suri*
Mar 08     Asim Waqif*  <<
Mar 22    
Priyanka Narula

*sessions on campus
session 5

Decentralizing the Creative Process


by Asim Waqif


on Friday, 08 March 2024
at 5:30 pm IST

at School of Environment & Architecture,
Eksar Road, near C.K.P Colony, Borivali West, Mumbai 400 091.
In the design industry today, the fabrication process has been relegated to a tender contract process, where the workers are expected to follow a set of prescriptive instructions from the artist/designer/architect. Each individual is only concerned with the task given to him/her and is not aware or does not care for the overall project. Often, the contract process incentivises the completion of work using the most economical means, in the least amount of time. It seems that the creative aspects of fabrication have been usurped by the designer, while the worker is expected to only follow instructions. Waqif poses an anti-thesis to this myopia of the contemporary creative industry such that each team-member feels encouraged to take creative decisions and collaborate with others to make something together.


about

Delhi-based Asim Waqif studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. After initially working as an art-director for film and television he later started making independent video and documentaries before moving into a dedicated art-practice. His recent projects have attempted a crossover between architecture, art and design, with a strong contextual reference to contemporary urban-design and the politics of occupying/intervening/using public spaces. Some of his projects have developed within abandoned and derelict buildings in the city that act like hidden activity-spaces for marginalized people.

A SEA City Initiative.

ANNUAL WEEK AT SEA


2024

13 FEB 1600 HRS onwards
Exhibition
extended upto 15th April 2024
FABULATIONS
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14 FEB 1600 HRS
Graduates’ Forum
IN SEARCH OF PRACTICE
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15 FEB 1600 HRS
Architects’ Roundtable COMMONING ARCHITECTURE
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17 FEB 0930 HRS
International Conference
DEVISING ARCHITECTURE, AMIDST ENTANGLEMENTS AND EXIGENCIES
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