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Photos from workshop moments in Berlin by Carla Cruz

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

Anna Boghiguian's drawing

Anna Boghiguian’s drawing, NGBK Berlin

Otolith Group mural detail

Otolith Group mural detail, NGBK Berlin

Otolith Group mural

Otolith Group mural, NGBK Berlin

Elzbieta Walter: Public Talk

Elzbieta Walter public talk

Elzbieta Walter

Audience, NGBK

Audience, NGBK

Elzbieta Walter

Elzbieta Walter

A German translation of Tagore from 1918, brought by a member of the audience

A German translation of Tagore from 1918, brought by a member of the audience

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workshop at Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann’s studio

 

workshop

workshop at Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann’s studio

 

FRAGMENTING TAGORE: Saturday 12 April

NGBK, Andrea Phillips, Grant Watson and Elke Falat

NGBK, Andrea Phillips, Grant Watson and Elke Falat

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 Biswas and Magda Meyer

Anshuman Biswas and Magda Mayas

NGBK audience

NGBK audience

Anshuman Dasgupta: Translating Tagore: the problems and possibilities of attending Tagore from another language and culture

Anshuman Dasgupta and Sanchayan Ghosh

Anshuman Dasgupta and Sanchayan Ghosh

Adrian Rifkin: Tagore seen seated: some others standing, a short speculation in composing the past-imperfect of the ‘post-colonial’

adrian rifkin

Adrian Rifkin

Third meeting – London

These are the photographs taken during the third workshop at Iniva and the Tagore Centre, London, March 2014. Photos by Ho, Yu, Sheng and Carla Cruz.

photo of Andrea Phillips during third workshop, Iniva

Kodwo Eshun, Andrea Phillips and Grant Watson, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

research group at Iniva

photo by Carla Cruz

photo of Eona McCallum, Shanay Jhaveri and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, third workshop, Iniva

Eona McCallum, Shanay Jhaveri and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

Kodwo Eshun, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Grant Watson, third workshop, Iniva

Kodwo Eshun, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Grant Watson, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

Adrian Rifkin, Andreas Mueller and Antje Weitzel, third workshop, Iniva

Adrian Rifkin, Andreas Mueller and Antje Weitzel, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo of book by Tagore publish in Dutch

photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo of room at Tagore Centre, London

Tagore Centre, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

photo of room, Tagore Centre, London

Tagore Centre, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

Otolith Group example of a wall paper design, photo by Ho, Yu Sheng

group photo of Tagore's research group

Research Group, photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

 

Kodwo Eshun reads Tagore’s Japan Lecture


Excerpt of the 1916 Japan a Lecture, Delivered for the Students of the Private Colleges of Tokyo and the Members of the Indo-Japanese Association, at the Keio Gijuku University.

At first, I had my doubts. I thought that I might not be able to see Japan, as she is herself, but should have to be content to see the Japan that takes an acrobatic pride in violently appearing as something else. On my first arrival in this country, when I looked out from the balcony of a house on the hillside, the town of Kobe,—that huge mass of corrugated iron roofs,—appeared to me like a dragon, with glistening scales, basking in the sun, after having devoured a large slice of the living flesh of the earth. This dragon did not belong to the mythology of the past, but of the present; and with its iron mask it tried to look real to the children of the age,—real as the majestic rocks on the shore, as the epic rhythm of the sea-waves.

Read the full text

Kodwo Eshun reads a 1916 lecture from Tagore. Evocation of the roots of Kobe as Dragon. In the letter the traveler the person that brings a specific optic. Kodwo Eshun talks about reception, misgivings and curiosity.

first meeting in London

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.

photo of first meeting at Iniva

ansuman biswas presentation at first meeting, Iniva

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Ansuman Biwas presenting is video-performances

 

ansuman biswas performance

performance by Ansuman Biswas and guests

Workshop 4: Berlin, April 2014

The fourth workshop takes place in Berlin at NGBK as part of the exhibition Tagore’s Post Office, curated by Grant Watson.

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Installation view, NGBK, Berlin, photo by Carla Cruz

 

(See the booklet Dakghar: Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition, published as part of Landings’ contribution to the exhibition)

Landings installation, NGBK Berlin

Landings ‘Dakghar: Notes Towards Isolation and Recognition’ , NGBK Berlin, photo by Winfried Mateyka

 

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.

Elzbieta, photo by Carla Cruz

Elzbieta Walter, photo by Carla Cruz

Saturday 12 April 7pm

Fragmenting Tagore

Public event with Anshuman Dasgupta, Ansuman Biswas and guest (Magda Mayas) and Adrian Rifkin.
Introduced by Andrea Phillips and Grant Watson.

Ansuman Biswas and Magda Meyer

Ansuman Biswas and Magda Mayas, NGBK, Berlin, photo by Carla Cruz

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

[PDF] Notes from workshop 4 Berlin April 2014.

Otolith Group, NGBK, Berlin

Otolith Group,’s ‘A Century Before Us’ NGBK, Berlin, photo by Winfried Mateyka

See more photo documentation here

Workshop 3: London, March 2014

The third workshop takes place at Iniva and the Tagore Centre, London, March 2014.

SATURDAY 15 MARCH 12-6pm:
Institute of International Visual Arts, Rivington Place, Rivington St, London EC2A

photo by Carla Cruz

photo by Carla Cruz

12:00: Introduction – Andrea Phillips
12:30: Grant Watson and Andrea Phillips in conversation: learning from Santiniketan

13:15: Anjalika Sagar – notes on The Otolith Group Tagore film project
14:00: lunch
15:00: Wendelien van Oldenborgh – ideas of pedagogy and colonialism in Indonesia
watch video

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( COLLECTION_TROPENMUSEUM_’De heer Soerjoadipoetro houdt een voordracht over de school van Tagore voor o.a. kwekelingen van het Nationaal Onderwijs Instituut ‘Taman Siswa’ te Bandung Java’ (Mister Soerjoadipoetro is lecturing about the school of Tagore for a group of students who will become teachers in the National Educational Institute ‘Taman Siswa’, in Bandung, Java)

15:45: Anshuman Dasgupta – sound files from Santiniketan
16:30: Adrian Rifkin: Tagore in Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy: a reading
17:00: tea and general discussion
18:00: ends

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photo by Carla Cruz

SUNDAY 16 MARCH 11-2pm:
Tagore Centre, Alexandra Park Library, Alexandra Park Road, London N22 7UJ

Discussion of NGBK Tagore exhibition and the next workshop:
11:00: Introduction by Grant Watson
11.30: Introduction to NGBK by Antje Weitzel and Elke Falat
12:00: Discussion of exhibition design with Andreas Mueller
13:00: Presentation of research for exhibition by Vivian Ziherl (Landings)
13.30: general discussion
14:00: ends

[PDF] Notes from meeting 3

Photo documentation here

Otolith Group

The Otolith Group is an award winning artist led collective founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002. The Group’s work explores the legacies and potentials of liberation struggles, tricontinentalism, speculative futures and science-fictions. Recent solo exhibitions include In the Year of the Quiet Sun at Bergen Kunsthall, Medium Earth at RedCat, Los Angeles and AuViCo 2109-2110 at Project 88, Mumbai. Group exhibitions include The Whole Earth: California and the Disappearance of the Outside, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, (2013); ECM: A Cultural Archaeology, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2012); Death of Life and Fiction: Taipei Biennial, Taipei (2012) and dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012). In 2010, The Otolith Group was nominated for The Turner Prize.

Workshop 1: London, November 2013

The first workshop takes place as part of the exhibition Anna Boghiguian & Goshka Macuga: Tagore’s Universal Allegories, curated by Grant Watson.

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photo by Ho, Yu-Sheng

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

See the whole performance here.

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