Event: The Award Ceremony for the Kolkata Art Festival 2017 contest for Schools
Date: Thursday 2nd March 2017
Venue: 3 Dover Park,Kolkata 700019Time: 4 pm. 3, Dover Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India
The Symposium “Connecting Histories : Shifting Cultures and Shrinking Collections” is scheduled to be held in Kolkata, on 3rd & 4th March, 2017.
This symposium is a part of the Kolkata Art Festival 2017 a biennial event, brainchild of CIMA Kolkata, which has been designed to push the search for country wide talent in visual arts. The talk segment, within the boundaries of the Art Festival, will have seminars, keynote addresses, conversations, multidisciplinary discussions and presentations by leading experts from the field of visual arts, cinema, architecture, design, literature and liberal arts throughout the month of February 2017 in various landmark sites across the city of Kolkata, India.
Keynotes by noted international architects will be be anticipated closely by the architecture and real estate fraternity of the city as well as students and culture enthusiasts alike.
The Symposium within the thematic bracket of “Connecting Histories : Shifting Cultures and Shrinking Collections” will seek to present polemic voices spreading across nations and nationalities and shall certainly be of great value in this context. Supported by CREDAI Bengal, the apex body representing India’s real estate developers, this international symposium, through the gracious presence of renowned architects will highlight the interconnectedness between local, regional, national and transnational commitment and the greater role of architecture in this sphere.
PROGRAMME Day 1 - 3rd March, 2017 10:00 - 11:00 - Inaugural Session 11:00 - 11:20 - Theme Overview by Sonia Gupta SESSION 1 Humanizing Heritage: restoration, conservation, adaptive reuse, heritage responsive planning Situating heritage within the current climate of developmental pressures, this session challenges the widespread notion of perceiving built heritage assets as static resources to be conserved in materiality and in exclusion from its context – social, cultural, political or economic - and establish it instead as drivers of sustainable development that can address aspirations of contiguous communities. Through a dialogue involving both theory and praxis, this session seeks to revolutionize approaches to heritage conservation and management – encompassing both nature and culture, tangible as well as intangible - in order to bridge between the past and the future through conservation, restoration, adaptive re-use, technological innovations, rights based approaches, heritage responsive infrastructure development and integrated planning strategies, all achieved through participatory processes, towards creating a culturally democratic and inclusive environment. Moderator: Manish Chakraborty 11:20 - 11:30 - Introduction 11:30 - 12:00 - Sugato Basu 12:00 - 12:30 - Joy Sen 12:30 - 13:15 - George Fergusson (Key note address) LUNCH - 13:30 - 14:30 SESSION 2 Design Dialect: craft to contemporary This session explores how the vocabulary of architecture adapts itself to its context to successfully navigate ground realities and also transcend the banal to communicate larger theoretical underpinnings. In a scenario where buildings are expected to be self-explanatory physical forms summarizing the conceptual and epistemological parameters of their design intent, this session investigates how their development process confronts the dilemma of ancient craft traditions, colonial legacies of syncretism, and post-colonial indecision between Modernism and Revival. Examining the merits of transformation and transfer, this session discusses the philosophies that can both delineate the method and define the output of design and technological hybridization towards building autonomous design identities. Moderator: Abin Chaudhuri 14:30 - 14:40 - Introduction 14:40 - 15:25 - Kazuyo Sejima (Key note address) 15:30 - 16:00 - Palinda Kannangara 16:00 - 16:30 - Gurjit Singh Matharoo Interactive Session led by Manish Chakraborty and Abin Chaudhuri Day 2 - 4th March, 2017 SESSION 3 Where the City Sleeps: housing and living At a time of rapid urbanization, mass metropolitan migration, and mounting pressures on the cities’ infrastructure systems, this session explores in particular the aspect of an escalating housing deficit. Understanding the scenario in the light of neoliberal concepts of urbanism and social injustice, the session revisits people's aspiration and participation as a dichotomy of quantity and quality in housings against a backdrop of affordability. Thus, this session aims to encapsulate issues varying both in scale (from sanitation to waste management in the macro scale, and spatial character to flexible incrementatlity in the micro scale), as well as character (physicality in conjunction with polity, accessibility, financial viability, security, and human dignity). Moderator: Dibyendu Chakravorty 10:30 - 10:40 - Introduction 10:40 - 11:10 - Kaiwan Mehta 11:10 - 11:40 - Biju Kuriakose 11:40 - 12:10 - Sameep Padora 12:10 - 12:55 - Alejandro Echeverri (Key note address) LUNCH - 13:30 - 14:30 SESSION 4 Grand Moves: urban direction and movement With rising populations, demographic shifts, climatic changes, smarter technology and faster transit, it is critical that the design and engineering of urbanity too be radically shifted to suit altering human needs, and holistic approaches to sustainable urban development and planning be adopted, integrating multidisciplinary socio-cultural and economic processes with physical infrastructure. In a quest for high performing and equal-opportunity cities, this session investigates the DNA of the city as the route to make it livable, sustainable, and resilient through aspects such as waterways and waterfront development, public space-making, social infrastructure improvement and revitalization of the city's network of cultural institutions. Moderator: Ayan Sen 14:30 - 14:40 - Introduction 14:40 - 15:25 - Juergen Mayer (Key note address) 15:30 - 16:00 - Pratap Talwar 16:00 - 16:30 - Madhav Joshi 16:30 - 17:30 - Leila Araghian Interactive Session led by Dibyendu Chakravorty and Ayan Sen Summary and theoretical closure of the Convention by Ashish AcharjeeJW Marriott Hotel Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
inspired by Founder-Director Father Gaston Roberge S.J., headed by Father P.J. Joseph S.J., Director Chitrabani & Festival Director; The Chitrabani Chapter designed by Madhusree Mukherjee, PRO Chitrabani and Festival Coordinator.Partnered by Centre for People’s Photography headed by Aroop Datta and People Of India (POI Studio) headed by Ilmaz Syed. Research input by Anshuman Chakraborty.
CHAPTER 1 / BIOSCOPE
5th February to 4th March / Venues across the city
CINE-MUZ A Quiz on film and music
25th and 26th February / G.D.Birla sabhaghar
CHAPTER 2 / PHOTOGRAPHY & ALLIED FORMS
‘AALOY AALOKMAY’ / A TRIBUTE TO TAGORE
14th February to 20th February / Bengal Art Gallery ICCR
ART PHOTOGRAPHY, Conventional
7th February to 11th February
ART PHOTOGRAPHY, Digital
18th February to 22nd February
DESTINATION LADAKH – through the lens…on wheels…
In collaboration with Calcutta Tramways Company (presently WBTC)
19th February to 24th February
IN SEARCH OF NIRVANA – scaling the heights with Debasish Biswas
5th February to 26th February /Venues across the city
DELVING INTO THE DEEP – From the Chitrabani Archive
5th February to 4th March / Chitrabani
CALCUTTA, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
5th February to 4th March / Sudder Street open spaces
BIRD’S EYE-VIEW - a life-time collection of Aroop Datta
27th February to 4th March
ARTISTIC REFLECTIONS ON CIMA AWARDS KOLKATA ART FESTIVAL 2017
26th February to 4th March / Chitrabani
WORKSHOPS, LECTURES and LECTURE-DEMONSTRATIONS, SLIDE PROJECTIONS, INTERACTIVE SESSIONS, PANEL DISCUSSIONS
PHOTO BOOKS DISPLAY
5th February to 4th March / Chitrabani
CELEBRATING SCIENCE DAY
28TH February / Chitrabani
MAGIC MOMENTS – A Closing Ceremony
2nd March / Prabhu Jishu Girja
THE VENUES OF THE CHITRABANI CHAPTER
Chitrabani, ICCR Calcutta, Nandan IV, G.D.Birla Sabhaghar, Sudder Street, Basusree Cinema, The Calcutta Heritage Trams, Prabhu Jishu Girja and the City of Calcutta.
THE PROMO VIDEO LINK FOR THE CHITRABANI CHAPTERVisit Chitrabani Promo Video Link
**Programmes subject to modification
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