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Art and Public Response

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation CoreSCC2VA2074

Semester and Year Offered: Winter 2018

Course Coordinator and Team: Shivaji K Panikkar

Email of course coordinator: shivaji@aud.ac.com

Pre-requisites: None, open for all MA programmes

Aim:

  • To explore the area of extra-aesthetic spheres of art making and viewership practices.
  • To de-mystify art making practices.
  • To understand the dynamics of art/artists and social interface.
  • To problematize the contemporary mainstream modes of artistic production and its elite moorings.

 

Course Outcomes:

  • The course does not advocate an instrumentalist mode in art making.
  • Making aware of the politico-social activist options within the contemporary art practices.
  • Development of an understanding the mode of criticality in art activism especially in the context of the contemporary political developments and the ideational frameworks emerging out of class based, alternative-economic based, community based, gender and sexuality based, environment based, campus based activisms that are responsive to social and political issues based on community, society and participation oriented practices in particular.

 

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

First Module: Introduction - an overall historical orientation, definitions of terminologies. Briefly looking at the history of censorship in the West from post Renaissance to contemporary times in a broad survey.

Second Module: Indian Modernism, Avant-garde and Protest Art.

Third Module: The Emergency Period and the Rise of Rightwing Politics.

Fourth Module: Dalit, Feminist and Queer Activism: Identity, Public Responses and Resistant Art.

Fifth Module: Contemporary Activist art; Present day campus activism, posters, campus murals, and partisanal articulations of resistance.

Assessment Details with weights:

  • End Term paper: 40%
  • Two mid-semester viva-voce/feedback assessments or presentation by student: 20% each = 40% (due 4th week of February; grades issued 1st week of March & 1st week of April; grades issued 2nd week of April)
  • Class attendance, regularity, participation: 20%

 

Reading List:

  • Pollyanna Ruiz, Articulating Dissent: Protest and the Public Sphere, Pluto Press, London, 2014
  • Stephen Duncombe (Ed), Cultural Resistance Reader, Verso, London, 2002.
  • Howard S. Becker, Art Worlds, University of California Press, 1982.
  • Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society, 1976 by Croom Helm.
  • http://www.artmonthly.co.uk/magazine/site/article/protest-art-by-chris-townsend-february-2007
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/art-censorship_n_6465010
  • Jenny Spenser(Ed), Political and Protest Theatre After 9/11, Rutledge, London, Newyok, 2012.
  • Shivaji K Panikkar, From Trivandrum to Baroda and Back: A Re-Reading of the “Radical” Subject Position, Nandan, Vol. XXVI, 2006.
  • Introductory chapters of Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012.
  • Santhosh.s, Perhaps (nothing is) Beyond Credos Exhibition Catalogue, Beyond Credos: Painting in Baroda Today, exhibition of 28 painters of Baroda at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, 22nd Feb. to 4th March ’07.
  • Rustom Bharucha, The Shifting Sites of Secularism: Cultural Politics And Activism In India Today, in Deeptha Achar & Shivaji Panikkar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012.
  • Sanjoy Mallik, "Chittaprosad" (vol 1), DAG, New Delhi July-August 2011 [ISBN 978-93-81217-06-1] - sections titled 'The man-made 'famine' in Bengal' pp. 21 - 54 & 'Parallel issues in the arts of the nineteen-forties' pp. 117 - 135); select bibliography pp. 137 – 141
  • Initial version of the bibliography in Sanjoy Mallik’s PhD thesis accessible on net:
  • (1) http://hdl.handle.net/10603/60584
  • (2) http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/handle/10603/59336
  • One of the two shodhganga links is for vol 2 of the PhD thesis; the other has the original bibliography at the end of vol 1.
  • Malini Bhattacharya, “The I.P.T.A. in Bengal”, Journal of Arts and Ideas (No. 2), New Delhi January-March 1983 (reprinted with minor modifications in Creative Arts in Modem India: Essays in Comparative Criricism, Vols. I & II, Ed. By Ratan Parimoo and I. Sharma, Books and Books, New Delhi 1995.
  • Somnath Hore, “Tebhaga Diary, Subarnarekha, Kolkata 1991
  • Somnath Hore, "Amar Chitrabhavna” (My thoughts on art), Seagull Books, Kolkata 1992
  • Somnath Hore, “Wounds", Kolkata 1992
  • Somnath Hore, “Chittaprosad— the Humanist", Chittaprosad, Lalit Kala Academy, NewDelhi,1993.
  • Sumangala Damodaran, The Radical Impulse – Music in the Tradition of the Indian People`s Theatre Association, Tulika Books 2017
  • Geeta Kapur, Contemporary Indian Artists, 1978 Vikas Publishing
  • House Pvt Ltd, New Delhi Bombay Bangalore Calcutta Kanpur (Chapter on
  • Akbar Padamsee)
  • Kancha Ilaiah, Caste, The Artist And The Historian: What Color Is The Nationalist Cow?, Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012
  • Gary Michael Tartakov, Dalits, Art and the Imagery Everyday Life, in Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012
  • Gary Michael Tartakov, Dalit Art and Visual Imagery, OUP, 2012
  • Y. S. Alone, Neo-Buddhist Movement and the formation Of Dalit Identity in Art, Architecture and Culture, in Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012.
  • Nalini Kannegal and Nivedita Kuttiah, Chandni Ba(Ha)r: Questions Of Place, Space and Censorship in Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012.
  • Shivaji K Panikkar, Kinky Issues: Gay Identity within High Art, in Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012.
  • ‘Deeptha Achar Invisible Chemistry’: The Women’s Movement And The Constitution Of The Indian Woman Artist, in Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi,

 

ADDITIONAL REFERENCE:

  • Rustom Bharucha, The Question of Faith, Orient Longman, New Delhi, 1993.
  • Ashis Nandy, ‘The Politics of Secularism and the Recovery of Religious Tolerance’ 13 Alternatives 1988.
  • Javeed Alam, ‘Tradition in India under Interpretative Stress’ 39 Thesis Eleven (1994).
  • Akeel Bilgrami, ‘Two Concepts of Secularism: Reason, Modernity and the Archimedean Ideal,” Economic and Political Weekly, 9 July 1994.
  • Karin Zitzewitz, The Art of Secularism: Cultural Politics of Modernist Art in Contemporary India, 2014.
  • Tapati Guha-Thakurta, “Debating the Rights and Offences of Art”,
  • Biblio, Vol. XII, Nos. 7-8, July-August, 2007
  • Karin Zitzewitz, “On Signature and Citizenship: Further Notes on
  • the Husain Affair”, in Parul Dave-Mukerji, Deepta Achar and Shivaji
  • Panikkar, ed., Towards a New Art History: Studies in Indian Art ,New
  • Delhi; D.K. Printworld, 2002.
  • Interview with M.F.Husain in London – “In Defence of Freedom in
  • Art”, Frontline, Chennai, October 17, 1996
  • Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Fault-Lines in a National Edifice: On
  • The Rights and Offences of Contemporary Indian Art, Paper presented
  • at the international symposium, Barefoot Across the Nation: M.F.Husain
  • and the Idea of India, North Carolina Center for South Asian Studies,
  • Duke University, April 9-11, 2009
  • Geeta Kapur: SAHMAT in the Public Sphere, in Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2012
  • Cristina Emanuela Dascalu, Imaginary homelands of writers in exile: Salman Rushdie, Bharati Mukherjee, and V.S. Naipaul, 2007.
  • Jothi F. Xavier, Is Another Art Possible?, in Shivaji Panikkar & Deeptha Achar: Articulating Resistance: Art and Activism, Tulika, New Delhi, 2
  • https://www.google.co.in/amp/indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/at-jaipur-art-summit-artistes-find-cow-is-the-limit-police-on-tail/lite/
  • http://m.huffingtonpost.in/tanushree-bhasin/chalo-delhi-for-rohith-ve_b_9298640.html
  • https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/theinformerjnu.com/2016/03/13/politics-in-posters-the-speaking-walls-of-jnu/amp/
  • https://thewire.in/19914/the-art-of-campus-protest/
  • https://www.thequint.com/videos/2017/07/15/love-in-times-of-hate-poetry-bharatnatyam-reclaim-delhi-streets
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/bhim-army-is-an-assertion-of-and-by-dalits-against-oppression-4671192/
  • http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/dalits-and-the-left-must-come-together-to-stop-bjp/article19388206.ece
  • http://m.huffingtonpost.in/tanushree-bhasin/chalo-delhi-for-rohith-ve_b_9298640.html