This is the collection of photos of the various events held for the fourth workshop in Berlin. Friday at NGBK; Saturday at Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmannan’s Studio and again in the NGBK in the evening
Elzbieta Walter: Public Talk
FRAGMENTING TAGORE: Saturday 12 April
Anshuman Biswas and Magda Mayas: Parentheses on Truth, Beauty and Humanity; a live event based on the conversations between Einstein and Tagore with took place at Einstein’s house near Berlin in 1930.
Anshuman Dasgupta: Translating Tagore: the problems and possibilities of attending Tagore from another language and culture
Adrian Rifkin: Tagore seen seated: some others standing, a short speculation in composing the past-imperfect of the ‘post-colonial’
Goshka Macuga was born in Warsaw and lives and works in London after completing her studies at Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths College (1996). An interdisciplinary artist working across media including sculpture, installation, photography, architecture and design, Macuga explores how and why we remember both cultural and personal events, creating and recreating monuments to forgotten histories.
Nominated for the Turner Prize in 2008, she has exhibited widely internationally. Recent solo shows include Goshka Macuga: Non-consensual act (in progress), Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; Exhibit A, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; dOCUMENTA (13), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel and Queen’s Palace, Kabul, Afghanistan (all 2012).
This is a collection of photos from Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures Research Group on their first meeting held at Anna Boghiguian & Goshka Macuga’s exhibition Tagore’s Universal Allegories, Iniva, London November 2013. All photos by Ho, Yu-Sheng.
The fourth workshop takes place in Berlin at NGBK as part of the exhibition Tagore’s Post Office, curated by Grant Watson.
(See the booklet Dakghar: Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition, published as part of Landings’ contribution to the exhibition)
As well as a final workshop with members of the network there will be two public events at NGBK (download invite):
Friday 11 April 7pm:
Public talk by Elzbieta Walter introduced and chaired by Landings (Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl)
Despite the fact that Tagore never visited Poland, he is no doubt the only Indian writer whose writings have been extensively translated into Polish. The play Dakghar (The Post Office) has been translated into Polish five times by different translators. It was also staged several times. One of the most significant staging was conducted during the Second World War in Poland in Jewish Orphans’ Home in the Warsaw ghetto run by Janusz Korczak. Janusz Korczak was the pen name of Henryk Goldszmit (1878/79-1942), a Polish-Jewish educator, physician, children’s author and essayist. He organized a staging of Dakghar with the children of the orphanage just few weeks before several of them and he were deported to the concentration camp of Treblinka.
Elzbieta Walter is a Tagore scholar and literary theorist based in Poland, and an alumnus of Santiniketan.
Saturday 12 April 7pm
Public event with Anshuman Dasgupta, Ansuman Biswas and guest (Magda Mayas) and Adrian Rifkin.
Introduced by Andrea Phillips and Grant Watson.
Anshuman Dasgupta: Translating Tagore: the problems and possibilities of attending to Tagore from another language and culture
Adrian Rifkin: Tagore seen seated: some others standing, a short speculation in composing the past-imperfect of the ‘post-colonial’, see video-documentation here.
Ansuman Biswas and guest: Parentheses on Truth, Beauty and Humanity; a live event based on the conversations between Einstein and Tagore which took place at Einstein’s house near Berlin in 1930
Anshuman Dasgupta is part of the teaching faculty in the Art History department in Kalabhavan, Santiniketan (Visva Bharati University)
Adrian Rifkin is Professor Emeritus of Art Writing, Goldsmiths, London
Ansuman Biswas is an artist, musician and Director of the Tagore Centre UK
The first workshop takes place as part of the exhibition Anna Boghiguian & Goshka Macuga: Tagore’s Universal Allegories, curated by Grant Watson.
The first session focused on the question: How we might understand Tagore’s legacy as relevant for contemporary art practice and curating? By this, we don’t mean to insist on a relation or any relevancy, but to use Tagore’s ideas (which might be understood to be futurological, as well as ideological and arcane) as a springboard to engage in discussions about contemporary curating and artistic practice.
[PDF] Notes from Workshop 1.
The workshop ended with a performance by Ansuman Biswas and guests
Hear Grant Watson reading Anna Boghiguian’s letters to/from Tagore;
See the collection of pictures from the first meeting at Iniva, London;
Read the Rabindranath Tagore’s play ‘the post office’, presented on this first meeting by Natasha Ginwala;
See the short film ‘Rabindranath Tagore at Boulogne-Billancourt’, by Albert Kahn.
See Christian Nyampeta’s New Habits: prototypes