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November & December 2011

Cutting Edge Art Practices in India
Guest Editor : Johny ML

Cutting Edge Art practice in India still remains in a nebulous zone of cultural production. Galleries and collectors though do promote this kind of new age art practice they still have not got a complete faith in it. Like any new art form, cutting edge practices too face the same fate; neglect, suspicion and scorn.

Cutting edge art is not just about the using of new technologies for the production of works of art. It also employs the new technologies to ideate, proliferate and debate its nuances amongst a larger but invisible audience community. In this way, often cutting edge art practices need not necessarily wait for the galleries to support or promote it. It could function like the viral messages within the social networking communities. It could bring inter-disciplinary ideas and practices on to the same platform of aesthetic discourse.


The two issues that focus on cutting edge art practice in India, would like to raise and debate the following issues:

Part I

  • - What is cutting edge art practice in India?
    The idea could be giving a larger definition to the concerned art practice within the contexts of theory and praxis. Also it could be pepped up with the opinion of practitioners and promoters.
  • - Profile of Srushti School- the seat of cutting edge practices in India.
  • - Khoj- from experimental, site specific to cutting edge.
  • - Cross over scene- Artists who has been traditional practitioners becoming too much experimental with the new technologies- Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Ranbir Kaleka, Gigi Scaria, Sudarshan Shetty, Koushik Mukhopadhyay and so on.
  • - Inter-disciplinary takes- bringing social issues through new technology before a larger public- Lijo Jose
  • - What is cutting edge for me- Swapan Seth, one of the promoters of the cutting edge art practice in India.
  • - In between space- The side story- Projects that use both the gallery and virtual spaces.- Prayas Abhinav about his Side story project.
  • - What happens when you promote cutting edge art- interviews with Abhay Maskar, Gita Mehra and Shalini Sawhney.
  • - Cutting Edge and magazines- Editors speak- Abhay Sardesai, Rajendra, Rahul Bhattacharya, Bhavna Kakkar.
  • - How do the veterans look at the cutting edge art practice- Atul Dodiya, T.V.Santhosh, Chintan Upadhyay, Jitish Kallat, Baiju Parthan and Sunil Gawde.


Part II


  • - The women power in Cutting Edge practice:
    Featuring Shilpa Gupta, Sonia Khurana, Pushpamala, Ayisha Abraham, Surekha, Vidya Kamat, Rohini Devasher and so on.
  • - New crop: Kartik Sood, Sushanto, Abhishek Hazra, Shreyas Karle, Baptist Coelho and so on.
  • - City wise analysis- Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata.
  • - When activism of Women artists meet the cutting edge practices; Navjot Altaf, Sharmila Samant, Surekha and so on.
  • - Debate- Critics view on cutting edge art.
  • - Summing up article by the guest editor.


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