Grant Watson talks about the genesis of his exhibition projects on Tagore’s legacy, Tagore Centre, London, March.
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’
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.
On the group’s research and the ideas each one encountered and revisited in the visit to Santiniketan, January-February 2014.
With: Anshuman Dasgupta, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Andrea Phillips, Anjalika Sagar, and Grant Watson.
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.
During ‘Tagore’s Universal Allegories’ exhibition Anna Boghiguian’s sat in the gallery writing imaginary letters to or from Tagore, but also between other people and places.
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 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
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
15:00: Wendelien van Oldenborgh – ideas of pedagogy and colonialism in Indonesia
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
[PDF] Notes from meeting 3
The second workshop takes place in Kolkata and Santiniketan, Tagore’s experimental school in West Bengal, in collaboration with Visva-Bharati University and the Dutch Art Institute.
With: Andrea Phillips, Grant Watson, Anjalika Sagar, Anshuman Dasgupta, Wendelien van Oldbenborg, Rustom Bharucha and students from the Dutch Art institute.
[PDF] ‘Curating, Pedagogy – some thoughts for Santiniketan‘, by Andrea Phillips.
The second workshop took place in collaboration with DAI and Vivsra Bharati staff and students and involved an extended research visit to historical sites of Tagore’s life and work in Kolkata, engagement with the contemporary legacy of his learning community at Santiniketan, detailed investigation of the works made by artists for the Santiniketan campus both during and after Tagore’s life as well as time learning about the Santhal community whose livelihoods and culture are bound into the Santiniketan and Sriniketan environment.
We spent most of our time walking and listening to the knowledge of those members of the research group based at Santiniketan, Kolkata and New Delhi, and their colleagues. Members of the research group ate together and discussed questions and ideas every evening. On the last evening in Santiniketan we had a summary discussion.
Thursday 30 Jan: Victoria Memorial museum, Kolkata.
Friday 31 Jan: KG Subramanyan exhibition, Gallerie 88; Rabindra Bharati Museum, Josanko, Kolkata.
Saturday 1 Feb: seminar with Rustom Bharucha, Santiniketan.
Sunday 2 Feb: lecture by Rustom Bharucha on Another Asia, Santiniketan.
Monday 3 Feb: visit to Tagore’s houses on the Visva-Bharati campus; visit to the Tagore archive; lecture by Shiv Kumar, [title].
Listen to Anshuman Dasgupta talk about Visva-Bharati Campus’ murals
Tuesday 4 Feb: presentations by Dutch Art Institute and Kala Bhavan students; studio tour; presentations by Wendelien van Oldenburg and Anjalika Sagar.
Weds 5 Feb: Santhal Informal School; Santhal Museum.
Thurs 6 Feb: Sriniketan Institute for Rural Reconstruction.
Sriniketan – Craft as an Education of Living, by Kim Schonewille
Friday 7 Feb: Sanchayan Ghosh exhibition, Experimenter; Indian Museum, Kolkata.
Listen to Anshuman Dasgupta talk on Santiniketan’s Murals as he takes the group around the campus.
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