The Centre for Arts and Social Practice (CASP) is a platform for transdisciplinary artistic research in ecology, society and culture. A non-profit initiative, it works through four chapters in Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune and New Delhi. It aims to establish a network of national and international artists, writers, anthropologists, architects, social scientists and design engineers. The network will focus on collaborative projects to bring about sustainable thinking and practice in the public realm to imagine an equitable future.

The CONVERSATIONS series is an initiative of CASP for transdisciplinary dialogues with diverse creative practitioners to share their ideas, research methodologies, and practices across the realms of art, ecology and society. In the Pune Chapter, the series is being organized in collaboration with TIFA Working Studios.

Sharmila Samant
12th June, 2016

Sharmila Samant works in the mediums of photography, video, installations and public art. She was one of the founders of the Mumbai-based collective, Open Circle that sought to build dialogues on a transnational level by addressing contemporary issues. Samant has engaged in collaborative and participatory art projects with various communities while exploring ideas of exchange, accessibility and authorship. Globalization, identity and consumer culture are issues central to her works that express deep empathy for marginalized voices. Seeing art as a form of conscience shifting our perceptions, Samant strongly critiques market forces which re-define developing economies. In this presentation, she will map her artistic journey through key ideas and projects that have shaped her practice.

Navjot Altaf
30th April, 2016

Through this presentation Navjot Altaf would speak about what has interested her in the past and what interests her now and how she has gone back and forth-to come to an understanding that “Art can be deeply about things that matter profoundly to us in our lives”.
Since 1970s she has created an oeuvre which constitutes an ever-growing flow of video, sculptures, installations and site-specific works that negotiate various disciplinary boundaries. The essence of her imagery comes out of her theoretical and methodological innovation, combined with deeply engaged readings of historical and contemporary art, film and cultural theory. The process has helped her address and realize the significance of transdisciplinary work “whose nature is not merely to cross disciplinary boundaries but to rearrange mental landscape”. Since 1997 She has also been working in collaboration with indigenous artists and community members on ongoing ‘Nalpar’ sites and ‘Pilla Gudi’ –‘Art in public space’ projects in Bastar district.

Anupam Singh
23rd January, 2016

Anupam Singh is an independent visual artist who addresses the linkages between visual arts, art pedagogy, and society. His practice over the years has evolved across printmaking, painting, community engagement and art teaching, exploring the social role of the artist. His current practice is based on an idea that he proposes to call ‘collective aesthetics’, creating a process of learning through dialogical processes, public art interventions and community art projects, employing art as an agency to raise awareness about sustainable thinking and eco-ethical ways of living.

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