Conference on Contemporary Practices of Space \ Annotations to “When is Space?” Exhibition

22-23 January, 2018 at the Jawahar Kala Kendra

The processes of contemporary practitioners of space appear to be shaped through an intense enabling of technologies, concerns around the environment, urbanity and emerging economic and living conditions. To think of discussions on contemporary Indian architecture would not only mean taking stock of these contexts, but also asking questions about ‘space’ that gets structured in these new contexts. This conference aims to look closely at the specific conditions that produce space and its configurations, its experience, its politics and the methods we employ to imagine it. The question of environment and body; place and thought are at once held together in the notion of “inhabitation”. How do body and space make each other? Through what processes do they get shaped, and how do we become inhabitants? In extension to the exhibition ‘When is Space?’, “Inhabitations” articulates interrogations through the spatiality of the JKK and its generator – the city of Jaipur. Along with keynote addresses by scholars and panel discussions by practitioners of space, the conference shall inhabit different parts of the JKK through several spatial performances. The conference has twin agendas – to ask the first questions on space / place in contemporary architecture; and second to annotate the exhibition that it accompanies: ‘When is Space?’


21 January 2018

18.00 onwards
Inauguration & Walk through the Exhibition along with installation / performance:

Points in Space II
by Ish Shehrawat with Samir Raut & Rupali Gupte at Five Gardens

Body, Earth, Space
by Avantika Bahl at the ‘Garden of Desire’

22 January 2018


When is Space?
Panel Coordination – Anuj Daga
Jai Singh, Correa & Contemporary Architecture – Prasad Shetty
Sonic Space – Umashankar Mantrawadi
Post Space – Dhruv Jani


First Questions
Panel Coordination – Dushyant Ashar
What is a Home? – Samira Rathod
When is Building? – Robert Verrijt
Which Public? – Soumitro Ghosh


Spatiality of New Economies & Ecologies
Panel Coordination – Ravindra Punde
Emerging Ecologies – Aniket Bhagwat
Spatiality of Emerging Economies – Madhav Raman


Jaipur Notes

Panel Coordination – Prasad Shetty
Notes from 1700s – Pankaj Sharma
Emerging Issues – Shikha Jain
Beyond the Old City – Kiran Mahajani


KEY NOTE – JKK in Perspective
Giles Tillotson


The Blood of the Stars: A Walk in Ten Scenes
Raqs Media Collective at the Black Box

23 January 2018


Thinking & Drawing Space
Panel Coordination – Prasad Shetty
Tracing Space-Drawing Practices – Mustansir Dalvi
Points to Lines to Planes to Solids – Parul Gupta
Futures of Drawing Space – Sameep Padora


Politics of Space
Panel Coordination – Neera Adarkar
Gendered Space – Gautam Bhan
Otherings in Space – Sarover Zaidi
Congestions – Sayeed Mohammad


Samsher Ali  outside Sphatic


Living the City
Panel Coordination – Rupali Gupte
The Architecture of Infrastructure – Mayuri Sisodia
Dignifying Institutions – Niels Schoenfelder
Incremental Living – Riyaz Tayyibji
Tactical Life – Prasad Khanolkar


Walkthrough – When is Space?
Prasad Shetty, Rupali Gupte & Anuj Daga


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