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Experiments in Art & Technology | India | 1960s & 70s | National Institute of Design, Archives Public Progams
E.A.T. or Experiments in Art and Technology was an organised collective of artists, engineers and scientists founded by Billy Klüver, Fred Waldhauer, Robert Whitman and Robert Rauschenberg in 1966 to forge a space of creative exchange and dialogue between experimental art practices and technological innovation. In the period from late 1960s to early 70s, various E.A.T. initiatives such as ‘American Artists in India’, ‘Telex: Q&A’ and the ‘Anand Project’ were undertaken. As a part of these, several artists visited India for specific periods to study, teach, perform and work on their projects or develop collaborative inquiries with artists that they met during their stay. NID Ahmedabad, which happened to be one of the sites hosting the artists and engineers, witnessed and participated in some of these interdisciplinary transfers and encounters that took the shape of workshops, public performances, exhibitions and pedagogical frameworks. Some of the participants included John Cage, David Tudor, Lowell Cross, Jared Bark, Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer and many more.

The inaugural chapter of the NID Archives' Public Programmes 2021-22 tunes into this period of the E.A.T. happenings in India, retracing the historical trajectories and residues of the exchanges that took place then. Each session will invite artists and scholars who have been investigating the E.A.T archives from various critical perspectives to share their work, concerns and reflections. Through an assembly of online lectures, conversations, revisitations and performances, the series is an attempt to re-read the ‘E.A.T. in India’ chapter from our contemporary location.

Presenters: Ranjit Menon (30th July) , Joanna Griffin (13th August) , Julie Martin (27th August), Paul Purgas (10th September), Alexander Keefe (10th September), You Nakai (1st October)


Oct 1, 2021 07:30 PM in India

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Alexander Keefe
Alexander Keefe is a writer and critic living in Claremont, California. His work has appeared in Cabinet, Bidoun, East of Borneo, Marg, and Artforum, among others. In 2014 he completed Sarkari Shorts, a year-long online excavation of documentary films produced by the Government of India during the Cold War. He has presented his research at MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, HKW Museum, Asia Art Archives, and elsewhere. A 2010 grantee of the Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program, he has also received a Fulbright for research in India and currently holds the Inaugural Alan Erasmus Fellowship in Unpopular Culture at NYU’s Colloquium for Unpopular Culture. His current projects are related to the archaeology of sound in India; and the late dancer Shanta Rao.
Paul Purgas
Paul Purgas is a London based artist and electronic musician working with sound, performance and installation often exploring the dialogues between Eastern and Western design and sonic histories. Originally trained as an architect and a graduate of the Royal College of Art he has presented projects with Tate Britain, Tramway and Cambridge University and is currently a resident artist at Somerset House. He has written for several art and design publications and recently contributed to the essay collection Unsound:Undead released through MIT Press. His ongoing research into the history of the electronic music studio at the National Institute of Design was developed into the documentary 'Electronic India' with BBC Radio 3.