Abhishek Hazra, Aditya Pande, Asim Waqif, Abir Karmakar, B.M. Kamath, Gauri Gill, Gigi Scaria, Lavanya Mani, Mithu Sen, Nandini Valli Muthiah, Prajakta Palav Aher, Pooja Iranna, Praneet Soi, Rohini Devasher, Raqs Media Collective, Sarnath Banerjee, Seher Shah, T. Venkanna
The exhibition signals technology’s place in a massive global change in the flow and reception of information. It is technology that serves democratic art forms, from social messaging to video-sharing and social media to serving micro banking in women’s cooperatives in India and Bangladesh. At the same time, technology challenges the museum as it constructs an archive, leading the past into the future. Technology as the driver of invention challenges the aura that art confers on an object. Responding to the space based in a technology hub, artists have revisited industrialization from the 19th century to the present day with wit, irony and critique. The many stages of invention that signal modernity here intersect with contemporary views of design, architecture and film. The arts works invoke a sensory response to the environment, a return to tactility and natural materials. Cynicism is tempered with nostalgia and the poetics of a vanishing beauty.