Assemblage #11

Start time: 19:00
Location: SomoS
Entrance: 5-10 €
4 October, 2019

Graciously hosted in cooperation with SomoS team and gallery, Lou Drago and Zander Porter are pleased to present Assemblage #11: Chaat Meets... with Shraddha Borawake. The program includes a short video screening with discussion and game-experiment with reference to panipuri, the Indian food snack. Participation in this game/experiment is soft and non-coercive/noncommittal, rather an offering to make and eat the snack together with recontextualized framing.

Shraddha Borawake brings a test run of the food game Chaat Meets... realised within the framework of Five Million Incidents 2019-2020 (supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective) in order to engage more deeply with knowledge through sensory participation and play as a part of her long term project Garb-Age. Themes for this experiment and discussion are centered around a screened video, a documentation excerpt from the 1990 symposium titled Art meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy organized by the Dutch artist and writer Louwrien Wijers at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The symposium comprised five panel dialogs with representatives from categories “art,” “science,” “spirituality,” and “economy,” including person-positions such as Robert Rauschenberg, Dalai Lama, David Bohm, Marina Abramović, Tessa Bielecki, Stanislav Menshikov, and more.

Occurring the day after the annual German reunification (west + east) holiday, Shraddha considers the Eurasian aspect of her practice as a collaborative act of exploring the value of knowledge-sharing, cross-cultural solidarity, and open dialogical exchange through the panipuri game. She will instigate inquiry around the intersection of east, west, past, present, listening, watching, washing, making sharing, speaking, writing, performing, and eating in a together-space.

Shraddha Borawake (1983) is a trans-disciplinary artist from Pune, India. She has a diploma from the International Center of Photography New York (‘05), a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Gallatin School of Individualised Study, New York University (‘12) and a Master of Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem De Kooning Academy, The Netherlands (‘18). Shraddha’s practice consists of experiential research, cross-cultural pollinations, tentacular facilitation, and audiovisual art installations. Her fluid collaborative practice has engaged many public spaces, private institutions, and cultural bodies across the globe in co-creation. She is currently a artist in residence at SomoS Art House and an actant/awardee for Five Million IncidentsOccupation of Time by Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan New Delhi in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective.