The Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures network connects a group of leading international academics and visual arts practitioners to discuss and explore the legacy and continuing relevance of Indian poet and polymath Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) for contemporary art practice and visual culture. This website documents the first stage of the network’s activity between November 2013 and June 2014 which was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
The group, made up of artists, curators and cultural theorists from Europe and India, came together because they share an interest in exploring Tagore’s legacy and influence from different disciplinary backgrounds, often taking unorthodox approaches in order to think outside of the established conventions of Tagore scholarship. We are not a network of Tagore specialists, rather a group who gather to explore his ideas on cosmopolitanism, educational equality and social organisation from the perspective of our own artistic, curatorial and theoretical practices.
Members of the network met four times in various configurations over the course of the research period for workshops and public talks and performances (informal meetings and collaborations took place between these events and guests were invited to participate in each workshop alongside network members). The workshops began and ended in the context of exhibitions in London and Berlin:
23 November 2013, Iniva, London: the first workshop took place as part of the exhibition Anna Boghiguian & Goshka Macuga: Tagore’s Universal Allegories, curated by Grant Watson.
29 January-7 February 2014, Santiniketan, West Bengal: the second workshop took place at Tagore’s experimental school in collaboration with Visva-Bharati University and the Dutch Art Institute.
March 2014, Goldsmiths, London: the third workshop took place at the Tagore Centre UK and Iniva, London.
April 2014, NGBK, Berlin: the fourth workshop took place as part of the exhibition Tagore’s Post Office, curated by Grant Watson.
June 2014, Goldsmiths and Iniva, London: the final event of two lectures by Rustom Bharucha.
Network members continue to collaborate on the artistic, curatorial and political ideas that have arisen in our discussions, notes on which can be found on these pages. In 2015 in collaboration with our colleagues in Practice International we will publish images and writing developed during the Tagore network.
Tagore, pedagogy and contemporary visual cultures is funded through an Arts & Humanities Research Council International Research Network Grant, directed by Andrea Phillips, Goldsmiths, University of London, in collaboration with Grant Watson, Institute of International Visual Arts London.