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Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft: Made in Goa (15–22 Dec. 2018)

This pavilion functions as a social space for interacting, collaboration or working, and a meeting point for architects, craftspeople, students and visitors. [Image credits: Serendipity Arts Festival 2017]

Songs of Nature (16 Dec. 2018)

This performance will explore the manner in which Qawwals, Bauls of Bengal, and the Langa and Manganiar musician communities of Rajasthan have responded to motifs from nature. [Image credits: pexels.com; CC0 License]

PlastiCity (21 Dec. 2018)

The show follows two performers as they discover that there is much more to plastic than what meets the eye. [Image credits: Tadpole Repertory]

Goa Heritage Project: (15–22 Dec. 2018)

The project juxtaposes Goan archives, lived experiences and speculation to create mixed media narratives that are engaging and accessible. [Artwork credits: Quicksand]

My Colour On Your Plate (15–22 Dec. 2018)

A contemporary art exhibition exploring the idea of the ‘map’ as a metaphor, and its role as an embodiment of desire. [Image credits: Daphne Le Sergent, (Still from the video) Geopolitics of Oblivion, 2018]

My Colour On Your Plate (15–22 Dec. 2018)

Image credits: Anita Dubey & Nature Morte, New Delhi, Three Texts, 2019

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News 10 Dec 2018

For the love of design, 5 things that you must check out at the 2018 Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa

Here’s CQ’s shortlist of things to see, attend or partake in, at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa from 15–22 December 2018. In its 3rd edition, the Festival has curated various multi-sensory experiences, therefore catering to a wide range of interests. If you’re looking for an excuse to go Goa, and before the Christmas and New Year crowds start pouring in, SAF could be the perfect one.

It’s not like any of us need excuses to go to Goa, but having a legit one sure does help. And serendipitously (pun intended), the Serendipity Arts Festival is taking place soon in Goa from 15–22 December 2018. We’ve been checking out the schedule for the Festival this year, and if you’re an artist, an architect, a designer, a writer, an enthusiast or none of the above but just like us i.e. romantic, curious and looking for excuses to ‘go Goa’, we’ve prepared a shortlist of things you must check out.

01. Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft: Made in Goa (15–22 Dec. 2018)

Co-curator: Dean D’Cruz

Collaborator: Mozaic Design 

Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft: Made in Goa (15–22 Dec. 2018)

This pavilion functions as a social space for interacting, collaboration or working, and a meeting point for architects, craftspeople, students and visitors. [Image credits: Serendipity Arts Festival 2017]

In its 2017 edition, the Festival initiated an architectural project for a pavilion, which turned into an actual design this year, at a residency with architects in Goa that happened from 9–21 May. This pavilion functions as a social space for interacting, collaboration or working, and a meeting point for architects, craftspeople, students and visitors. “The pavilion will be inaugurated prior to the festival as a space for the local community to make and buy products of historic and new Goan crafts.”

The programme, starting from November 2018 to January 2019, includes workshops, talks and discussions. This is one those rare art festival workshops that’s lead to an architectural intervention in the recent times. Worth checking out!

Serendipity Barefoot School of Craft, here.

02. Songs of Nature (16 Dec. 2018)

Qawwals, Bauls, Langa and Manganiars respond to nature through music.

While CQ has hardly, if ever, focussed on this aspect, imagery and music are often important ways to experience spaces/places holistically, especially spaces for performance. Here, architecture or spaces that are meant for performance, act as a mere platform to showcase the real hero/heroine – the performers and their art. In the spirit of being the backdrop, here’s our musical shortlist.

Songs of Nature (16 Dec. 2018)

This performance will explore the manner in which Qawwals, Bauls of Bengal, and the Langa and Manganiar musician communities of Rajasthan have responded to motifs from nature. [Image credits: pexels.com; CC0 License]

Quoting the Festival: “Through centuries, seasonal and nocturnal-diurnal cycles and individual elements from nature have inspired repertoire in diverse musical traditions in India. Song-texts celebrating seasons like Vasant (spring) and Varsha (monsoon), or those that describe flora and fauna, address nature in all its splendour. They also use this imagery as metaphor and simile to introspect about human existence, the philosophy of life, spiritual pursuit and more.

This performance will explore the manner in which Qawwals, Bauls of Bengal, and the Langa and Manganiar musician communities of Rajasthan have responded to motifs from nature. The similarities and dissimilarities in their responses to the same stimuli from nature will be showcased during the concert.”

Songs of Nature, here.

03. PlastiCity (21 Dec. 2018)

It’s plastic. It’s everywhere. From being on one of the most iconic covers (ever) of National Geographic Magazine to being titled The Material of the Year at London Design Festival 2018, the alarm and rising concern (disgust to be honest) at the plastic waste situation on Earth has inspired many discussions, conferences, experiments and artworks around the globe. The Serendipity Arts Festival explores “performance inspecting the manipulations of plastic”, through PlastiCity.

PlastiCity (21 Dec. 2018)

The show follows two performers as they discover that there is much more to plastic than what meets the eye. [Image credits: Tadpole Repertory]

“The show follows two performers as they discover that there is much more to plastic than what meets the eye. Cellophane sheets, poly bags and plastic bottles transform through rhythm, sound, light and shadow creating ever-changing worlds of shape-shifting wonder.”

Intended for children, this piques our interest given that plastic as a material is being questioned time and again; and perhaps as humans we might benefit more by focussing on educating children, the next billion consumers, a demographic where there is still hope for change (rather than adults?).

Plasticity, here.

04. Goa Heritage Project: (15–22 Dec. 2018)

An exploration of Goan heritage using digital media and interactive experiences. 

Goa Heritage Project: (15–22 Dec. 2018)

The project juxtaposes Goan archives, lived experiences and speculation to create mixed media narratives that are engaging and accessible. [Artwork credits: Quicksand]

From the woke (see PlastiCity above) to the romantics, SAF has something to offer everyone this year. The Goa Heritage Project, an exploration of Goan heritage using digital media and interactive experiences, attempts to make archiving cool for the GenNext.

“The project juxtaposes Goan archives, lived experiences and speculation to create mixed media narratives that are engaging and accessible.” Where there is Goan heritage, we can’t NOT talk about music! The Goan Heritage Project also attempts to reinterpret forgotten Goan musical repertoire in a collaboration with local Goan musicians, curated by Shyamant Behal, a classical guitarist. It promises to be multi-sensorial, and we don’t want you to miss it.

Goa Heritage Project, here.

05. My Colour On Your Plate (15–22 Dec. 2018)

A contemporary art exhibition exploring the idea of the ‘map’ as a metaphor, and its role as an embodiment of desire. 

My Colour On Your Plate (15–22 Dec. 2018)

A contemporary art exhibition exploring the idea of the ‘map’ as a metaphor, and its role as an embodiment of desire. [Image credits: Daphne Le Sergent, (Still from the video) Geopolitics of Oblivion, 2018]

My Colour On Your Plate (15–22 Dec. 2018)

Image credits: Anita Dubey & Nature Morte, New Delhi, Three Texts, 2019

Interesting, because – Maps! Maps are used to demarcate territory, and maps are used to guide us in our journeys, especially in uncharted areas. In some sense, maps, help us define our identities, acknowledge our differences – or as the Festival outline puts it – “What we acknowledge as ‘my’ and regard as ‘your’ is a space bridged yet kept unique and distinct by the diverse practices of art."

"In talking about ‘colour’, the exhibition invokes the notion of a plural sensorium of possibilities, but also gestures towards a political or collective understanding of identity and difference beyond the purely individual and the intimate.” This one promises to be fascinating, and literally beyond expressing in words.

My Colour On Your Plate, here.

Not all of us at CQ will get to visit Goa this December (reality is such). That’s all the more reason why we wish you do. If you do make it to SAF, Instagram your hearts out and let us know how the list fared. After all, December calls for introspection and nostalgia and the Serendipity Arts Festival caters for both.

Check out the entire SAF 2018 programme guide here.

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