in collaboration with Abhishek Hazra

at the India Art Summit 2011, New Delhi

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA), in collaboration with artist Abhishek Hazra presents FICA FeedStation, conducted an experiment in live, online art-writing.  The FICA FeedStation team, including Hazra, bloggers and guest writers, engaged with ongoing activities of the summit while addressing in parallel the disciplinary questions related to the larger sphere of contemporary art practice, viewership and scholarship. The project generated exciting live multi-voiced commentaries by leveraging web 2.0 technology such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The bloggers kick-started a series of dialogues and open debates on key issues related to contemporary art today.  Topics that were explored included questions on authorship and viewership, scholarship in the arts, , the public and public art, new media; the museum and its role; curation in the Indian context; and of course the role of the art summit itself. By leveraging the internet, these debates invited everyone regardless of location. Through the duration of the summit, Hazra continuously drew together, process and orchestrate these various online streams.

FICA was delighted to have Dell, Inc. as the Technology Partner and Tulip Telecom Limited as the Communications Partner for FICA FeedStation.

About Abhishek Hazra:

Abhishek Hazra is a visual artist based in Bangalore. His work explores the intersections between technology and culture through animated shorts and performance pieces that often integrate textual fragments drawn from real and fictional scenarios. He is also interested in the social history of scientific practices. Recent solo shows include “Inheritance of Alphanumeric Characters” at GALLERYSKE, Bangalore. He has previously exhibited at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Experiment Marathon Reykjavik, Reykjavik Art Museum and Kunstmuseum Bern. Abhishek was most recently an artist-in-residence at SymbioticA, the Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia, Perth.