Line of Flight

Conceptualised by Serendipity Arts Foundation, LINE OF FLIGHT is a three-part project initiated at the Serendipity Arts Festival, 2018. It borrows its name from the concept of nomadic creativity developed by Gilles Deleuze and was conceived to address mobility as an essential component of artistic work. The focus is specifically on artist residencies, a nodal point in the global network centered on artistic production and mobility. Looking into the role they play in the circuitry of contemporary art and informed by the understanding that artistic globalization is uneven, Line of Flight sets out to discuss how residencies and the artists embedded in them negotiate these unequal mechanisms.

One part of the project is an exhibition that attempts to both continue and supplement this discourse. For it, Serendipity requested the seven participating residencies to suggest residents whose work echoed elements of the project. A conversation with the selected artists followed. Itself an exercise in circumventing geopolitical distances, disparate notions of time, knowledge and labour as well as stipulations imposed on the movement of people and objects, the process of making this exhibition foresaw the narrative that emerges through it.

Special thanks to the participating residencies:

1ShanthiRoad, Bengaluru
Delfina Foundation, London
Khoj International Artists’ Association, New Delhi
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Para Site, Hong Kong
RAW Material Company, Dakar
Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Bern

The project is supported by Goethe Insitut Max Mueller Bhavan, Institut Francais de Inde, & Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council.


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