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Why I do what I do

This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Back to Back in Bangalore

September 21st, 2010


Some bad news – I injured my back yesterday, just hours before I was to board my flight to Berlin. Its an Acute Lower Back Spasm :( I am to lie in bed, flat on my back for the next 10 days or so, before the doctors decide on my recourse. Gah!!

It was however somewhat expected given my crazy work-life. On the flip side, I think I will use this time to plot and plan our group show.

Some thoughts on that:
We have a decidedly new-media, digital arts and installation art bend at Jaaga. I think the fact that our work has a blog component will be crucial to us being able to exhibit at Jaaga. We should get Sandy on board now and see if she might be interested to follow our work process and parallel it with a little catalog + posts that need to be highlighted etc.

If she is not free, I can hit up our current Jaaga Fellow. A graduate from Shrishti who has a really keen sense of writing to follow and help us with this exhibition. It might be in some ways nice, given she is stationed at Jaaga for the next 3 months…and I can really keep her in the loop and mentor the process.

Nirali, you have been at Jaaga, Pooj, have a look at to get an idea of the space. It is very challenging and will be very imp for us to know it while we do our artwork.This is not a white cube space. I talks right back and is not neutral. So our work needs to be able to converse with it and hold their own.

It is a large space (4500 sq..ft), and we can decide how and where our work will fit. We need to keep that planning paralleling our work process.

Big is perhaps better here…

How we hang it up is something we can think of – Jaaga has no real walls…so we can have these paintings free-floating, or functioning as walls…its all open to how we visualize our work there

Ok my two bits on the Jaaga exhibition…let’s continue to jam here :)

Please look at for inspiration on how they post in and how useful this blog can become over time, not just to us but also to the arty public.


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  • hey arch! sucks about your back!!! so, berlin is cancelled then? what the hell were you doing to injure it like that? back issues are the worst! ok, let me think… huge works for jaaga… my only thing is shiping. such a major pain to ship it ya. also, the companies that ship are so expensive. seems like my recourse would be to do works on paper and canvas that is not stretched..with acrylic? hesitant to start dappling with such new ideas when the show seems around the corner..but i’ll have to give it a shot.
    will check out jaaga now.

  • ok woman!! the jaaga website will not open!!!! will have to try again.
    i think the idea of using the blog side by side with the works are a fantastic idea that i feel will connect the works to the digital/technology aspect of jaaga. also i feel that using the work as walls, free hanging sounds super.

  • go to – if the problem persists let me know.

    i sneezed – that’s what did my back in.

    you dont need to change the format of your work completely. i meant this for nirali – given that she has been working on large format stuff.

    look at the pics and videos of jaaga…so you know the context of where your work will reside for a while…the space and the work need to be able to talk is all i mean :)

  • the problem persists! cannot open
    and my work will be talking to itself thank you very much. : ) no, just kidding. trying to get a look at the space

  • Hey arc, thats so sad. I hope you get better soon. Back problems can be so painful. You are doing some physiotherapy?
    Hey about my works, I wanted to do a smaller size. I had anyway planned it. But lets see how it works. I know there is so much to do. I am going to work back to back’ ( that sounds okay??) for it

  • yeah back to back works…if we hang it up free-floating, then it would work rather well actually.

    pooj – why cant you open the site –

    it seems to be fine from here. Ask Ben if there are some firewalls…but even then, we are not some porn site to be blocked out!

    which browser and which comp are you using?

    :) sorry…its a bit worrying to hear that our site is not opening. We have invested a lot of time and effort on this.

  • ok, so this is a lost cause cannot open jaaga. using my mac on safari. will see if ben can figure it out!

  • hmmm curiouser and curiouser. It opens just fine on my Mac and Safari. Please ask Ben to peek at it, and let me know if he figures out the problem…