Line of Flight

Conceptualised by Serendipity Arts Foundation, LINE OF FLIGHT is a three-part project, to be first showcased at Serendipity Arts Festival 2018. It consists of a daylong symposium, an exhibition and a publication. The project borrows its name from the concept of nomadic creativity developed by Gilles Deleuze and sets out to address mobility as an essential component of artistic work.

The day-long symposium is an attempt to reflect on artist residencies as one of the nodal points of the global network centered on artistic production and mobility. Its focus will be on the working of these institutions as part of the international ecosystem of contemporary art. Informed by the understanding that artistic globalization is not uniform, the discussion will set out to address how residencies negotiate the unequal mechanisms of globalization. Alongside, it will initiate a discussion around the growing import of the form of mobility residencies enable for artistic practices. How does the increasing need for movement and networking impact artists’ notions of self-making? How does it engage with the realities of geo-political hierarchies and disparate socio-economic realities? In the face of hardening national borders and increasing limitations imposed on movement never has the need for cross-cultural dialogue been more pressing. Residencies provide a platform for such dialogue in the arts; to enable movement, exchange, and cosmopolitanism. But does it also implant the neoliberal imperative of tourism in artists and artistic practices?

The closed-door event will consist of two panels, and will be attended by a select group of students, art professionals, art institutions, funding bodies and residency professionals based in South Asia. Representatives of the participating residencies will be part of one panel, along with other eminent academics, institutional representatives and previous residency artists to be part of the conversation.

The dialogue initiated at the symposium will be supplemented by a weeklong exhibition of works by former residents at the participating institutions.

These two arms of the programme are expected to provide a holistic overview of the range of work undertaken at an artists’ residency, mapping the channels that enable, circulate and give meaning to artistic practices. While the symposium is a closed-door event to be held on 15 December 2018, the exhibition will be on public view from 15 – 22 December, 2018. The conversations recorded at the symposium will be made digitally available after the Festival, and will be followed by a detailed publication as the third and final leg of the project.

The project is supported by:
Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi
Institut Français en Inde