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Corinth Talk #03, Tokyo – SqW:Lab founders

Talk Event: Exploring creative possibilities–SqW:Lab, a new creative residency in Mumbai, India

Saturday, 23 March 2019 from 14:00-15:30

Corinth Talk Series aims to introduce art, design, architecture in India and South Asia now to the audience in Tokyo.

Square Works Laboratory (SqW:Lab) is found in Mumbai in 2018, as a 3-month programme for cultural practitioners from all of the world. The aim is for 10 creatives (artist, architect, curator, and writer) to come together, play, worksite responsively, showcase their process in the form of drawings, doodles, and notes, and be inspired by each other and find innovative legacy projects.

Corinth Talk #03 will invite SqW:Lab founders, architect Katsushi Goto (architect) and contemporary artist Vishwa Shroff . They will talk about own practice respectively and their collaborative laboratory space, SqW:Lab, in Mumbai.

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Organised by Tomoko Kuroiwa
Venue supported by Ooka Hironori Design Office


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RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP OPEN STUDIO IN MUMBAI
OPEN TO PUBLIC 16th MARCH 2019

On 16th March 2019, 10 artists from all over the world will conclude the first edition (2018-19) of SquareWorks Laboratory (SqW:Lab) in an open studio in Mumbai.

This concluding event will consist of work made during the three-month fellowship. Each artist was asked to complete a series of ‘Play Projects’ devised by the five core members – a postcard exchange by Vishwa Shroff; Tash Kahn asked fellows to respond to city scenes; Katsushi Goto prompted collaboration between fellows to create a narrative around a fictional architectural space; Charlie Levine’s ‘explored her project, ‘The Tale Tellers’ in which artists were asked to illustrate a piece of text from The Jungle Book; Rosanna van Mierlo’s project concerns the public/private space and the notion of home.

SqW:Lab is an international creative fellowship that began in 2018 in Mumbai and expanded globally throughout 2019. The inaugural 10 fellows are a mix of artists, architects, curators, art writers and creative industry professionals from India, Japan, Hong Kong, UK, USA and Brazil.

 “Continuous professional practice accumulates specific knowledge. But it tends to be mundane and requires resetting new challenges. The idea of the lab starts from this points and re-thinking creative environment. 80 years old Bombay art deco apartment is the place all ten professionals gather for an initial short-term workshop.

It is intriguing to imagine how we could rearrange domestic space into a creative and collaborative space.”

Katsushi Goto, Squareworks founder, March 2019

Images available on request. For further information please contact: sqwlab@gmail.com

Open:
Saturday 16 March 4pm to 8pm and Sunday 17 March 12pm to 8pm.
7 Southlands, 177 Colaba Road, Colaba, Mumbai

ph: +91-9979133089 sqwlab.com   twitter/instagram #sqwlab

NOTES TO EDITOR: 

SQW:LAB 2018-2019:
An 80-year-old art deco apartment in Colaba played host to the three-month fellowship. Domestic space was converted into creative space; the creative environment re-thought. SqW:Lab is an “‘active space’, a hybrid structure that [is] part art school, part community centre and part artistic laboratory”, (Jens Hoffman, Theatre of Exhibitions). Following initial workshops and the inaugural open studio in Mumbai in November 2018 the SqW:Lab fellows co-produced a series of collaborative projects over the following three months which focused on the themes of Drawing, the Domestic, Place and Process.

SqW:Lab 2018 – 2019 participants were Sutapa Biswas (artist, UK), Gustavo S Ferro (artist, BR / UK), Katsushi Goto (architect, JPN, IN), Tash Kahn (artist, UK), Sameer Kulavoor (artist, IN), Charlie Levine (curator, UK), John Ros (artist / curator, US), Vishwa Shroff (artist, IN), Thomas Tsang (architect, HK) and Rosanna Van Mierlo (art writer, UK / US).

FELLOWS:
Sutapa Biswas was born in India and educated in the UK since the age of four. She is an interdisciplinary, conceptual artist working across a range of media including painting, drawing, film and time based media. With her background in fine art and art history, and frequently inspired by art historical and literary texts, Biswas’ works explore ‘spatial stories’ and the relationships between people and the places they live in. Underpinned by an interest in colonial histories and how this relates to gender, race and class, her art is nuanced by the ways in which oral narratives reveal the human condition and their relationship to our collective histories and to questions of space and time. Biswas is currently a Reader in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Gustavo S. Ferro was born in Santosand moved to São Paulo in 2007 to study Visual Arts at Centro Universitário Belas Artes. During his degree he was one of the founders and member of Beco da Arte, an artist run space and collective that organised exhibitions and art events. Between 2012 and 2015 he coordinated Phosphorus, an independent art space in São Paulo, focused in the critique of process and art residencies.

Katsushi Goto is an architect/urbanist who is currently researching domesticity in ideal family home and public spaces allied to interior urbanism. He holds MArch from H&U, AA School.  He is director of design/research firm Squareworks, Mumbai, partner at apartment co., ltd. Tokyo, assistant professor Meiji University, Tokyo, and visiting associate professor CEPT University, Ahmedabad.

Tash Kahn was a painter for many years, she now works more site-specifically using a space’s immediate surrounding area and history as starting points. She is interested in how people engage with art, the conversations it generates and how it makes them feel. Kahn has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is co-founder of the visual-arts project DOLPH, and has helped facilitate 22 exhibitions. DOLPH provides an alternative way for people to engage with contemporary art, as well as being an invaluable learning and networking resource for artists. Kahn is also a freelance editor.

Sameer Kulavoor’s practice lies at the intersection of graphic design, illustration and art. He has been creating a personal body of work, and self-publishing art books and zines that take a look at characteristic mannerisms and archetypal facets of urban surroundings, design and culture.  Kulavoor is the founder of Bombay Duck Designs (established 2008) and co-founder and co-curator of 100%ZINE (since 2011) – a visual arts magazine that discovers and showcases a wide range of visual art talent from India and abroad. He currently lives and works in Mumbai.

Charlie Levine is an art director, independent curator, project manager, lecturer and consultant. Levine’s curatorial practice centralises on in/visible networks, creating and bringing together communities, working site responsively, postal art, developing opportunities for early career artists and encouraging more diverse creative industry opportunities. Levine formerly founded and directed independent gallery, TROVE, in Birmingham along with critically acclaimed site specific exhibitions Creative Machines, Minimalist Sculpture at Curzon Street Station and Thrift Radiates Happiness at Birmingham’s Municipal Bank.  She has also curated in London, Manchester, Coventry, New York, Mumbai, Paris, Helsinki and Christchurch.

John Ros is an artist, professor, curator and activist. He currently lives and works in New York City and Harrisonburg, Virginia. He obtained an MFA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, in 2013 and a BFA from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2000. Ros is an Assistant Professor of Art at James Madison University’s School of Art, Design, and Art History, where he also serves as the Director and Chief Curator of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. In 2015 he founded studioELL, an alternative, transient and hybrid space for higher education in the studio arts, where he is currently the Director and teaches a variety of courses. During the past twenty years, John has worked on more than 70 exhibitions with over 250 artists.

Vishwa Shroff started her artist training at The Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda in 2002. She continued on to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (UK) in 2003. Her career so far has seen five solo exhibitions –‘Drawn Spaces ‘ (2016) and ‘Postulating Premises’ (2015) at TARQ Gallery, ‘One Eye! Two Eyes! Three Eyes!’(2012) at the Acme Project Space, London, ‘Memories of a Known Place’ (2012), Birmingham (UK) and ‘Room: Collaborative Book Show’ (2011), Vadodara (India). Besides participating in artist residencies all over the world, Shroff has also been a part of group exhibitions such as ‘Again and Yet Again’ (2017) at Gallery OED, Cochin, (India), ‘Planes of Experience, Zones of Action’ (2017) at Goethe Institut-Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai ,‘Reading Room’ (2016) at Saffron Art, New York, ‘Reading Room: Leaves, Threads and Traces’ (2015), The Winchester Gallery (UK), ‘Bartered Collections’ ( 2015) by Cona Projects at the Mumbai Art Room and ‘Momento Mori’ (2015) at TARQ Gallery. She was the recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists in 2011

Thomas Tsang’s work integrates artistic practice with architecture in installations and exhibitions. His curatorial projects includes Cloud of Unknowing: A City with Seven Streets (2014) at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (w/ Roan Ching-yueh), Grand Opening Projects (2013–2016) at Miniature Museum in Beijing, ‘10 x 100 Exhibition’ at PMQ (2017), and recently, 2018 Hong Kong Exhibition at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition. He is recipient of numerous awards, including the coveted Marion O. and Maximilian E. Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and Mellon Artist in Residence at the Wellesley College. His work has exhibited at the UABB (Shenzhen), M+ Museum, MNAC Bucharest, 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Project and Sandwich Gallery in Bucharest. His current creative research project entitled Sounding Architecture tackles in the area of sound and space exploring the diverse sensibilities in performance genre.

Rosanna van Mierlo is an art writer and curator interested in post 1970 visual art, photography and film with a focus on feminist art practice. Her writing often combines essayistic style with fictional elements, in keeping with and expanding the playful, hybrid traditions of ficto-criticism.


 

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NEW INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP LAUNCHING IN MUMBAI ON 10 NOVEMBER 2018

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Image courtesy of Fabien Charuau

In November, 10 artists from all over the world will launch SquareWorks Laboratory (SqW:Lab). SqW:Lab is a brand new international creative fellowship that will begin in Mumbai and expand globally throughout 2019. The inaugural 10 fellows are a mix of artists, architects, curators, art writers and creative industry professionals from India, Japan, Hong Kong, UK, USA and Brazil.

An 80-year-old art deco apartment in Colaba will play host to the three-month fellowship. Domestic space will be converted into creative space; the creative environment re-thought. SqW:Lab will be an “‘active space’, a hybrid structure that [is] part art school, part community centre and part artistic laboratory”, (Jens Hoffman, Theatre of Exhibitions). Following initial workshops and the inaugural exhibition in Mumbai on 10 November 2018, the SqW:Lab fellows will be co-producing a series of collaborative projects during the next three months which will focus on the themes of Drawing, the Domestic, Place and Process.

This year’s participants will be Sutapa Biswas (artist, UK), Gustavo S Ferro (artist, BR / UK), Katsushi Goto (architect, JPN, IN), Tash Kahn (artist, UK), Sameer Kulavoor (artist, IN), Charlie Levine (curator, UK), John Ros (artist / curator, US), Vishwa Shroff (artist, IN), Thomas Tsang (architect, HK) and Rosanna Van Mierlo (art writer, UK / US).

Durational dialogues permit narrative and mnemonic evolvement, allowing technical and theoretical exchanges that remain otherwise illusive in one’s own practice. Initiating an exchange platform therefore made sense. To come together for short periods with professionals from different fields that share a common interest in spatial observations and alterations, but come to it from a distinct point of view.

Vishwa Shroff, Squareworks founder, September 2018

For further information please contact: sqwlab@gmail.com  

The exhibition will open on Saturday 10 November 6 – 8pm

at 7 Southlands, Colaba, Mumbai

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