Art Night Thursday
10 April 2014 | 6.30pm onward
Clark House Bombay
'The Distribution Initiative'
Directed by Rakesh Sharma and Anand Patwardhan
'Final Solution', 2003, is a movie by Rakesh Sharma that documents the ill-happenings of the Godhra Riots of 2002. (Rakesh Sharma: http://rakeshindia.blogspot.in/) The movie opens up the complexities of a riot and ends any argument of objective disassociation from the political motives that cause it. 'Ram ke Nam' 1992, directed by Anand Patwardhan, describes the ill-aimed motives of communal politics. Since the last month Shireen Gandhy, Director of Gallery Chemould in Bombay, along with many others, has distributed copies of the film, reminding us of our commitments to communal diversity and that our vote is not to be swayed by the politics of polarisation.
Clark House in 2011 co-curated with Shah Alam, Awam ka Cinema, the 5th Ayodhya Film Festival. This festival has since returned each year reminding us of the strong bonds various communities hold and how communal politics has destroyed the economics of a pilgrim town and the traditions of commonality between Hindus and Muslims. We began in 2013 with a residency of the Tunisian photographer Zied Ben Romdhane at Mithila Bhavan, Ayodhya, where he documented an orphanage or the Yatim Khana that was created through public subscription as a result of the riots. Thus continuing our support to multiple histories of harmony in South Asia we shall distribute copies of the two movies to whomsoever brings a USB Stick or DVD. The initiative is inpired by Rakesh Sharma's move to counter censorship towards free speach but also by the market that often finds it convenient to douse the truth.
Participatory Performance Piece by Instruction
A re-enactment after Joseph Beuys' 'Ausfegen (Sweeping Up)' Act 1
Artist: Caecilia Tripp
Instructions (10 April 2014): 'Ausfegen (Sweeping Up)' Act 1 is a re-enactment of Joseph Beuys' performance,made for the first time in 1972. The audience can take part in it too. The performers start off in a circle, back to back with each other and with the broom in their hand. They say out loud: "Ausfegen (Sweep Up)" before they start sweeping up inside Clark House and finishing outside in the public space. Their sweeping performance becomes a collective choreography, to the rhythm of another, silent musical composition, the stroke of the broom. The brooms can be gathered together before and after the performance as a 'social sculpture', lined up against the wall or piled up in the exhibition space. The performance can last 15-20min and can be repeated.
On Joseph Beuys' 'Ausfegen (Sweeping Up)' (1972) | On May 1, 1972, after the Labor Day demonstrations, artist Joseph Beuys was swept the Karl-Marx-Platz in West Berlin together with two foreign students. He refers to social differences and to a problem of leftist politics: Those who had to clean up after the Labour Day celebrations and demonstrations were the 'guest workers'. Yet, the unions had never done much for the foreign workers who were paid low wages. On the other hand, throughout the 1970s the political Left kept mentioning international solidarity between the lower classes. This action took place at a time when Beuys had become politicised after the events of 1968 and had first founded the 'Deutsche Studentenpartei' (German Student Party) in 1971, then the 'Organisation für Direkte Demokratie dutch Volksabstimmung' (Organization for Direct Democracy Through Plebiscites). In 1972, he was also expelled from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. It is no coincidence that the two students and Beuys swept up not only on May 1, Labour Day, but also at Karl-Marx-Platz. While Beuys subscribed to Marx's analysis of the economic relations, he had a different conception of alienation. Beuys shared Marx's view that every form of capitalism is a form of slavery, but he saw actions as a way out, a way of self-determination, every person becomes a subject and not an objet of historic processes.
'Lost today in Dublin Airport
a quick spoon and pencil from torino'
Artist: David Horvitz
As part of our current exhibition at Clark House Bombay David Horvitz has been losing watercolours in various airports. Through circulation of art objects through acts of good faith, generosity, and a sinister logistics of airport security, some have reached Clark House Bombay for the exhibition, which closes on May 7.
And I laid traps for troubadours, who get killed before they reached Bombay Open all days 11am-7pm including Sundays | 7 February – 7 May | Artists: Francis Alÿs, Liz Ballard, Yael Bartana, Yogesh Barve, Kemi Bassene, Judy Blum, Sachin Bonde, Kennedy Browne, CAMP, Ceal Floyer, Aurélien Froment, Grupo Etcetera, David Horvitz, Poonam Jain, Jamboys, Mangesh Kapse, Ben Kinmont, Lawrence Liang, Simon Liddiment, Aurelien Mole, Scott Myles, Prasad Nikumbh, Roman Ondak, Open Circle, Prabhakar Pachpute, Amol Patil, Rupali Patil, Pratchaya Phinthong, Justin Ponmany, Tatiana Pozzo Di Borgo, Prajakta Potnis, Nikhil Raunak, Société Réaliste, Zied Ben Romdhane, Caecilia Tripp and Nil Yalter. | Curated by Emilie Villez, Zasha Colah & Sumesh Sharma. A collaboration between Kadist Art Foundation, Paris & Clark House Initiative, Bombay | www.kadist.org | www.clarkhouseinitiative.org
Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and a union of artists based in Bombay.