Forest Tales: Artist Talk and Motion-Picture Performance

Forest Tales Artist Talk Motion Picture Performance Creative

Date and Time: 21 November 2019, 6pm to 8pmAdd to Calendar 21/11/2019 18:00 21/11/2019 20:00 Asia/Kolkata Forest Tales: Artist Talk and Motion-Picture Performance Must check for Details and on Event day before visiting -
KHOJ Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017DD/MM/YYYY

Entry: Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served Basis)

Venue: KHOJ Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension, New Delhi - 110017

Venue Info: | Nearest Metro Station - 'Malviya Nagar (Yellow Line) Exit Gate - 3'
Area: Saket

Event Description: 
Khoj invites you to Forest Tales: An Artist Talk followed by a Motion-Picture Performance by Anuj Vaidya

Anuj Vaidya's practice – what he calls, a forestation – is deeply invested in questions of process and collaboration, and resides in the sphere of multi-species thinking. His collaborative project Larval Rock Stars (with artist/scholar Praba Pilar) sits at the intersection of the bio-techno-critical and the absurd; his work through the Radical Mycology Collective (with Stephaney Maroney and Mercedes Villalba) is invested in thinking with mushrooms and fungi, as material and as method, through gaming, collaborative storytelling and pedagogy. In this artist talk, he will present selections from his various collaborations and provide deeper context for the motion-picture performance to follow. 

Vaidya’s speculative cinema project, Forest Tales, is a queer sci-fi eco-feminist retelling of the Ramayana as a Sitayana. Originally imagined as a film, Forest Tales had intended to use human-powered solutions for the production. However, since the most environmentally-friendly film is one that never gets made, the project now exists as a performance of the film. In the iteration performed at KHOJ, audience members will ‘become-sprocket’ and participate in an embodied 'motion-picture', in the process co-creating a 'speculative cinema'. This will include a cinematic visualization, where audience members will be blindfolded and invited to imagine a scene from the film. The practice demands that we not only radically reimagine our narratives about the past/present/future but also reinvent the technologies that we use to tell them. 

Anuj Vaidya is an educator, media/performance maker, and curator whose work meanders around themes of queer ecology.  

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Forest Tales: Artist Talk and Motion-Picture Performance Forest Tales: Artist Talk and Motion-Picture Performance Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Thursday, November 21, 2019 Rating: 5

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