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  -  Propositions: Expanded Practices (2021-2022)

Propositions: Expanded Practices 

#1 OnScreens with Charu Maithani

12th-18th December 2021

OPEN CALL: 15th November, 2021

Deadline for application: 30th November, 2021

Ark and Reliable Copy announce an open call for applications from students and recent graduates, artists, media and culture theorists, thinkers, designers, and anyone interested in the below topic and its related context, to participate in a workshop led by Charu Maithani, as part of our Propositions programme.

Propositions: Expanded Practices is the second set of our long-term series of educational programming where practitioners present their ongoing or existing enquiries in the form of intensive and experimental workshops. Functioning as an opening out of their practice (and along with it their research methodologies, working materials, and conceptual methods), the programmes facilitate dialogue and critique through involved and participatory models. Existing across different durations, with or without defined outcomes, and through regular collaborations, Propositions attempts to chart alternative curriculums, frameworks, and infrastructures for developing arts education and practice. 

OnScreens aims to situate screens in contemporary visual practice and culture by analysing their various functions and capacities. There are several ways in which we encounter screens in our daily lives, such as interactive screens of mobile phones, moving-image projections, and monitor displays, with any surface having the potential to become a screen if light is projected upon it. Screens are not just the means to partake in social, economic, and cultural activities – they also re-establish and blur spatial and temporal boundaries. Though the relationship of, and with, screens extends to various areas of contemporary life, it is in media art practices that we see screens doing something other than display, communicate, and interact. 

OnScreens will trace the history of screens in pre-cinema and present media devices to mainly pay close attention to the operations of screens in the contemporary human-machine arrangement that they are a part of. The workings of screens in this context will be examined in relation to other elements that accompany them including images, light, and frames. With deliberations on various diverse theoretical frameworks and creative practices, OnScreens will attempt to articulate different understandings of screens and their becomings.

Charu Maithani is a researcher who organises her inquiries in the form of writing and curated projects. Her focus lies at the intersection of technology, art, cinema, and media studies, with a specific interest in the technocultural space that screens occupy in the contemporary postmedia space. She has recently completed her PhD from UNSW, Sydney and runs the online platform PROPRIOCEPTION.

Eligibility and Terms

– The program is free for all selected participants to attend, and is open to students and recent graduates, artists, media and culture theorists, thinkers, designers, and anyone interested in the topic and its related context. 

– A maximum of 10 participants will be selected for this module. The participant’s attendance for the entire duration of the module is mandatory.

– Applicants must be based in India.

– The workshop will take place online through a shared Zoom portal and other online tools.

– The workshop will be intensive, and will consist of discussions, readings, lectures, exercises, and screenings. Participants are requested to make sure that they are free from any other commitments for the duration of the workshop.

– Participants will have access to a reading list and set of resources prior to the workshop. They are expected to read and go through the resource list before each session and actively participate in discussions, use collective thinking, and generate creative reflections through their own practice. 

Application Procedure

Please send your applications to propositions.info@gmail.com with the Subject Line as ‘Application for OnScreens_Name of Applicant’.

Please note that incomplete applications and/or applications submitted to any other Gallery Ark or Reliable Copy email ID will not be considered valid.

If you have any questions, please contact propositions.info@gmail.com.

Applications for OnScreens must include :

  1. A brief CV of not more than 2 pages
  2. A sample of your practice – perhaps an artwork, text, poem, website, or anything else. It can be a work in progress or something that has already been completed.
  3. Not more than 500 words answering: How do you think the workshop will benefit you? What do you expect to get from the workshop? You could frame this response in reference to your ongoing practice or interest in screens.

All of the above must be sent in one PDF file, with the title OnScreens Application_Name of Applicant.

If there are video or online file(s), please insert online links to the same within the PDF, along with the viewing passwords (if applicable).

Participants are selected through an open call. Candidates are considered on the merit of their previous work and their motivation letter, outlining why they are interested in this module, and how it relates to their practice and research. 

The selection process will be done by Charu Maithani, along with representatives from the Ark and Reliable Copy teams.