As the first event of 2019, Serendipity Arts Foundation is collaborating with the India Art Fair in New Delhi.
The booth aims to interrogate two concepts that are key preoccupations of the Foundation. The first is the idea of ‘performance’ in the context of Serendipity Arts Festival, which is the Foundation’s biggest outreach initiative. This display aims to question the body, space, movement and concept in the field of performance and performing arts, by displaying some specific people and projects from the 2018 edition of the Festival. What constitutes interdisciplinarity in the performing arts? What is the relationship between the visual and the performative within contemporary art? What role does context and space play in these conversations?
The second concept revolves around the idea of artist residencies. Residencies have become one of the nodal points of the global network of contemporary art production and dissemination. The mechanisms that govern such residencies are diverse, however, and significantly influenced by multiple socio-cultural and economic factors. What does this proliferation of residency-based development mean for artistic practice? In the face of tightened national borders and increasing limitations imposed on movement, never has the need for cross-cultural dialogue been more pressing. Residencies provide a platform for such dialogue in the arts; to enable movement, exchange, and cosmopolitanism. But does it also implant the neoliberal imperative of tourism in artists and artistic practices? How does it engage with the realities of geo-political hierarchies and disparate socio-economic realities?
As a not-for-profit organisation working in the arts in India, these are key questions that the Foundation continually grapples with. In the context of such interrogation, the Foundation booth at the India Art Fair 2019 will initiate #SerendipityConversations – an informal discussion space for people to initiate conversations and talk about these ideas and more.