Snakes & Lotuses: All India Tour
Hey guys, here is an idea that has been floating in my head the last few days. To begin at the beginning:
Lounge Piranha will be touring India in the month of September. For me this will be a fantastic trip where I video performance art with the band and really get to see and be part of the music scene across the country. After a lot of thinking and weighing the pros and cons I have decided to go with it.
It was a difficult decision to make as it means that I will have to take a whole month off from painting in my studio. What really upped the pros for me was when I hit upon the idea that I could replicate my Berlin-Naples shows of Snakes & Lotuses along the band trail, thus exhibiting across the country (if things fall into place). This immediately makes my time far better utilized and my sabbatical away from the studio a little more forgivable. Yeah?
I have no clue where to start and what to do. Any advice? My game plan is to start approaching galleries in each of these cities and see if they can slot me in on the dates that I have. The shows could be 1,2 or 3 days long dependent on how long I’m in the city. I will be there to do a poetry performance piece on any 1 day at each city.
My constraints are several –
1. My dates sadly are not changeable
2. I have NO money (for gallery rentals or publicity collaterals)
3. I know no-one in the art scene.
My plus points are –
1. I don’t know if anyone has done this traveling art show like this, so ppl might be interested to present me?
2. I am not picky about the gallery space (it could even be an open studio or an informal cultural space. The main thing is to connect with a place that pulls in artists and those interested in art
3. My exhibition is designed to travel. Its light and goes up and comes down very easily
Girls I think this is a grrreat test run for 3For when we are ready. A lot of the lessons I learn on this project will be super useful to us as a group – and of course will be posted in here. I’m terrified as it means a TON of work and organization for me to do alongside the Video Art for and band work. Tell me – am I being foolish and biting off more than I can chew?
My tentative dates for each city is as follows (dates in bold are dates clear of any band shows):
Mumbai – Sept 20, 21
Baroda – Sept 22, 23
Ahmedabad – Sept 24, 25
Delhi – Sept 26, 27, 28, 29 30
Calcutta – Oct 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Hyderabad – Oct 7, 8, 9
Pondi – 12, 13
Chennai – 14, 15, 16
As an end note – I guess I wont be able to show my work in all the above listed cities. My hope is that I manage to at least cover Baroda, Ahm, Mumbai, Delhi and Calcutta. The others are closer home and I can do it on my own steam you know. These northern cities I doubt I can afford monetarily to fund my travel and lodging on my own.
Nirodh – you are my only hope to find a gallery/space in Baroda to do this yeah? And if you know any folks in Mumbai, Delhi from your Saffron Art days – please, please email intro me na.