SYMPOSIUM | DIGITISATION PROJECT

The Subject of Archives

When 26 Feb 2011
Where School of Arts and Aesthetics Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Language English

Asia Art Archive presents 'The Subject of Archives', a one-day symposium hosted by the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) at the School of Arts and Aesthetics Auditorium, JNU, New Delhi. This symposium is occasioned by the launch of 'Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram', the newly digitised personal archive of art critic and curator Geeta Kapur and contemporary art practitioner Vivan Sundaram.

The first art archive in India to be digitised by AAA, the project brings to the public the broad range of material collected by Kapur and Sundaram since the 1950s. Originally established as a personal archive, the collection not only documents the artwork and writings produced and published thus far during Kapur and Sundaram’s prolific careers, but also documents events in India’s art community over the last 50 years, and includes exhibition catalogues, newspaper clippings, and artists' slides, some of which are entering the public domain for the first time.

The symposium will reflect on a growing interest in the subject of archives around the world, coupled with an escalating anxiety about the custodianship of memory. Through presentations by internationally and regionally respected scholars and opportunities for open dialogue, The Subject of Archives will create a platform for the ongoing discussions that surround issues of archiving today, particularly with regard to India. 

The symposium will begin with introductory remarks by Claire Hsu, AAA Executive Director, followed by presentations from the following guest speakers: Sven Spieker, Professor, Comparative Literature Program, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore; Parvez Kabir, Lecturer, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, India among others. In addition, Vivan Sundaram will discuss his preoccupation with archives as an artist, and Sabih Ahmad, AAA Researcher for India, will discuss the digitisation process and share selected material from the project. 

Programme Schedule 

Welcome + AAA Introduction
10:30am
Welcome address by Prof. Parul Dave Mukherji, Dean, School of Arts and Aesthetics Auditorium, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Introduction to Asia Art Archive by Claire Hsu, Executive Director, Asia Art Archive

Session I
11:00am 
Speakers: Professor Sven Spieker, Professor, Comparative Literature Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
Ashok Sukumaran, artist, CAMP and Pad.ma
Moderator: Jeebesh Bagchi, artist, Raqs Media Collective

Session II  
01:30pm                                                                    
Speakers: Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore
Parvez Kabir, Lecturer, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan 
Moderator: Geeta Kapur, art Critic/curator

Session III    
03:30pm                                                                   
Speakers: Vivan Sundaram, artist 
Sabih Ahmad, Researcher for India, Asia Art Archive 
Moderator: Prof. Kumkum Sangari, William F. Vilas Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Symposium Summation: Dr. Kavita Singh, Associate Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Final Remarks and Acknowledgement: Claire Hsu, Executive Director, Asia Art Archive

Special thanks to the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Anupam Poddar and Lekha Poddar, Devi Art Foundation.


This event is part of Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram

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  • The Subject of Archives: Introduction & Session I
  • The Subject of Archives: Session II
  • The Subject of Archives: Session III
Vivan Sundaram and Geeta Kapur, London, 1969. Photographed by Gulammohammed Sheikh.
Mounting the exhibition 'Structures of Memory Modern Bengal', site specific installation at the Victoria Memorial Hall, Calcutta, 1998
File boxes from the Kapur and Sundaram personal archive
Review of Geeta Kapur's curated exhibition, 1994
Vivan Sundaram, Marxism in the Expanded Field: Geeta's Bookshelf, 2000, colour photograph on archival paper, 92.2 x 127 cm
Scanning the slides for 'Another Life: The Digitised Personal Archive of Geeta Kapur and Vivan Sundaram'
Vivan Sundaram’s scrapbooks which contain over 600 articles, reviews, newspaper clippings, and interviews in which Sundaram has featured.
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