maraa is happy to invite the city of Bangalore to City of Pieces: an urban festival of creative practices as part of the annual October Jam. City of pieces is a nine day festival that interrogates the violence of the everyday transformation of the city from the perspective of creative practice. This festival marks the third anniversary of Theatre Jam, a monthly forum to trigger dialogues about art and media in the public space through practice, performance and expression. It travels across different public and semi-public spaces, committed to reclaim dead, found and empty spaces in the city. City of pieces brings artists and creative practitioners to respond to the city we inhabit.
The city transforms and we continue to experience it in fragments, in the debris of what once was and the flash-forwards of its future in fresh grey concrete. And we move through it refracted in fragments with every contact with it. But as this city of pieces forms us it is formed by us in turn- a disjointed tapestry of multiple stories, desires and memories. As the week unfolds, urban pieces and fragments are gathered and re-combined to tell a different story that acknowledges the creative modes of negotiating this city shaped by the violence of transformation. Through storytelling, films, performance, poetry and conversations we hope to make sense of an ever changing Bangalore.
- City Writes | Writing Workshop
- Paper and Pencil | Sketching
- Nukkad Natak | Street Play
- Urban Tales | Films
- City of Words | Poetry
- Paint a Wall | Graffiti
- @ the Bus Stop | Intervention
- Lost Loves | Talk
- Middle Of Somewhere | Theatre Workshop
- Bangalore Talkies | Video Art & Music
As urban reality changes in cities of the world, people bring to the urban milieu a new set of meanings related to immigration, social-assimilation, politics, poverty, education and culture. Is it possible to share lived experiences, realities and transitions through writing – stories, poetry, fiction and non-fiction?
Did you ever want to draw or sketch before, but didn’t think you were good enough? Here is your opportunity to give it a shot.
There is something incredible about chaos in a city. As much as we complain about its oddities and peculiarities, there is always something that gets us around the madness.
Chaplin in one of his interviews was asked where is the cinema. And his response to it was: “It is all around you outside, all over the city, that marvelous, continuous performance of films and scenarios.”
Films by Ayisha Abraham | Aarthi Parthasarthy | Smriti Mehra | Sindhu Thirumalaisamy | Gautam Sonti and Usha Rao | Yashaswini and Ekta |
Dharmapuri Tank Bund project | 6 min 44 sec | 2011 Prerna Bishnoi, Pooja Gupta, Sindhu Thirumalaisamy
Tade | 8 mins | 2011 Smriti Mehra
Labels from a Global City | 30 mins | 2009 Surabhi Sharma
Zulmat – Darkness | 21 mins | 2006 Ishan Ghosh
in_transience | 26:30 secs | 2011 Yashaswini Raghunandan and Ekta Mittal
Straight 8 | 18 mins | 2005 Ayisha Abraham
While poets might have been less successful at playing the part of the unacknowledged legislators of the world, we would like to believe that they have had partial success as the clandestine architects of cities. But lets not mistake clandestine for unreal, because even though the poet’s cities are built in the realm of imagination and language, which real city would be worth living in if it weren’t supported by a vision of what it means to live together.
With the BBMP’s efforts of painting the walls of Bangalore in the name of beautification, it remains to be the only dominant representation of ‘public art’ in the city.
All sorts of people wait at bus stops in the city – bus stops plastered with relevant and irrelevant information, announcements, advertisements etc .
We invite you to a talk by Arshia Sattar about her book Lost Loves.
Middle of Somewhere was a performance done last year, set between scaffoldings in a dilapidated house on Rest House Street.
When you live in a city, your encounters with roads, friends, and strangers are all in pieces of images and sounds. What can you interpret of a city that you experience everyday in pieces?
This will be followed by a music jam between independent musicians in Bangalore.