We are a small core team, and work often with our networks in the city and across the country for specific projects. Our work is divided into two programmatic areas titled:
Spaces for Diverse Publics
Our Arts programme is focused on creating spaces for diverse publics though creative practice and collaboration.
We work actively in dead and public spaces with the intent of transforming them for creative practice using an inter-disciplinary approach. The intent is to reach out, involve and interact with diverse publics across different classes, castes, genders and minority groups. In light of ongoing transformations, the program seeks to find creative ways to share people’s resilience in the city, against current forms and consequences of ‘development’.
Every year we organize October Jam an independent festival of creative practices to trigger dialogues in public spaces around a binding theme. Initially a platform for various performance artists to dialogue about their practice, it has mushroomed into an open space for the city to discover and initiate inter-disciplinary conversations and collaborations, talk about current affairs which shape the city, as well as, share and display works in progress from various artists, non-artists and all others in between. We recently completed the fifth anniversary of the festival, a series of mediations through creative practice, on the meanings of ‘resistance’.
Media for Freedom of Expression and Learning
Over the years we have come to believe that Media is not an adjunct to politics, but a central site of politics. If presence is critical for social, political, cultural and economic experience, and what happens when certain classes and sections of society are “missing” from these realms. Can their presence be mediated? This program hopes to put this process of mediating presence under the scanner. This struggle of mediating presence for under or non represented communities is one of the key objectives of this program, through work on Freedom of Expression. Our belief in the centrality of media in mediating socio-political realities finds proof in research that states that areas where platforms for free expression are missing, the overall quality of life is also low, and this comes out in various ways – lack of education, health infrastructure, governance, gender issues and so on. Promoting the use of media towards participatory learning within the community related to issues linked with quality of life is another key objective of this programme. The programme, to achieve these dual objectives, has three core areas of work.
- Policy Advocacy