There are many kinds of ideas and modes of being. Cultural and artistic activity is particularly rich in ways of giving them space to become more visible, audible, and present. This is an act of political aesthetics. JSIRRI wants to maintain an ethical focus on this practice.
So JSIRRI plans to host workshops from practitioners of performing, visual and audible arts linked to social transformation. Some workshops will be introductions and examinations to/of different ways of working; they may lead to application in other contexts or offer expertise. Many of these workshops will be essentially focused on Theatre of the Oppressed (TO); some others will offer introductions to other dimensions and applications of artistic and cultural practice from across the globe. The costs of workshops and the related activities will be modest, to cover expenses; there will be a sliding scale based on the geographical origin of the participants.
JSRRI also plans to welcome and help establish interactions and collaborations between practitioners from many different places, using many different forms. A dance group from Hawaii performing at the Inauguration in November will mark the launch for this kind of event. They are representing “Ka ‘Imi Na’auao O Hawai’i Nei Institute”. They describe their art as an aesthetic vision in the face of historical and current experiences of intercultural violence, destruction and annihilation. This group will interact with and share philosophies and experiences with everyone present. They use indigenous ritual and dance forms to articulate a cultural politics. More details about the inauguration program will follow in our next post.
The Inauguration events will be funded by donations and by the fundraising activities of the Hawaiian guests. In the long term it may be possible to set up some funds to facilitate artistic exchanges – that is being explored and of course we welcome any ideas and contributions in this direction. For the near future, individuals, groups or institutions would be expected to seek their own funding to establish JSIRRI-related projects.
Stay tuned for our next post which will carry details about the exciting JSIRRI Inaugural celebrations from 28 October 2015 to 13 November 2015 at Jana Sanskriti, Kolkata, India.