[en]counters, powerPLAY

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Mumbai’s annual program of live art and performance in public spaces explores notions of power, energy and inter-relations in 2013

Held from 11th to 20th January 2013, the fourth edition of [en]counters is a celebration of public art through site specific performances, installations, community-based works, and participatory interventions along the city’s waterfront and gardens. The [en]counters powerPLAY program explores issues related to power in Mumbai’s urban context, investigating its everyday life, considering the economic, social, environmental, geographical, and historical factors the city’s structure is built upon.

Dates and locations of all the projects have now been announced.

The program is presented by Mumbai organisations ArtOxygen and Asia Art Projects, and curated in collaboration with C&G-Artpartment [Hong Kong], Fondazione Antonio Mazzotta [Italy] and Satellite Art Projects [Australia].

The Australian contribution features five artists (including two collectives), curated by Simon Maidment: PVI Collective (principal artists Steve Bull & Kelli McCluskey), the Telepathy Project (Veronica Kent & Sean Peoples), and Kay Abude.

This program will be presented alongside projects by artists from India, Italy, Germany and Hong Kong, including: Mansi Bhatt, Gum Cheng, Clara Cheung, Wai Ian Chung, Vibha Galhotra, Reena Kallat, Fung Lee, Mee Ping Leung, Chi Kit Lo, Tobias Megerle, Pietro Pirelli, Sharmila Samant, and The Red Swing Project.

A discursive program of talks and workshops is presented from Tuesday 15 January in conjunction with Columbia University research laboratory Studio X, a global network initiative of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.

Full program details and event times will be announced on our website in the coming weeks.

PVI Collective

Founded in 1998 and based in Perth, PVI Collective create public artworks that seek out radical, darkly humorous solutions for living in an unstable twenty first century. Incorporating elements of performance, visual art and intervention, works are often highly participatory, physically demanding, site responsive and socially charged.

PVI Collective will be working with the local Mumbai community around Juhu Beach to create a new version of their renown work Resist, a participatory performance work that invites audiences to step up and champion a cause using the ancient art of tug-of-war. Over the course of three hours, participants of all ages publically wage war one-on-one with the PVI conflict resolution team over a series of contentious issues that have the community divided, using only a 10m length of rope, their physical prowess and the spirit of their own convictions.

The Telepathy Project

Melbourne-based artists Sean Peoples and Veronica Kent have spent the last five years developing a critical practice based on the possibilities of telepathic communication. Telepathy serves as an extended metaphor and working methodology through which they explore alternate ways of being, communicating and collaborating, and acts as the premise for the setting up of encounters that test and provoke such relationships. The Mumbai dream telepathy project explores alternative routes, dream and telepathic communication via an event Sean and Veronica will be creating on the city’s waterfront: the texts of their songs and the costumes and props used in the event will be inspired by the dreams that the couple will make during their stay in India, and the performance will be given to real and imaginary audiences both in Mumbai and on the other side of the Arabian Sea.

Kay Abude

Melbourne artist Kay Abude is a recent graduate of the Masters of Fine Art (Research) post-graduate program at Victorian College of the Arts. Her recent practice has been concerned with exploring labour relations and hierarchies through public performance and installations. Kay will be presenting a new, culturally-specific version of her performance-installation Production Line, where four performers work with locally sourced textiles, fashioning interpretations of Indian currency in a series of workstations. The performance will be situated in the public sphere in the Carter Road area of Mumbai, linking the project to the two historically important economies of the city, the sea front and textile industries. The general public, and traders involved in sourcing the materials incorporated in the work, are invited to participate in the process of ‘making money’.

Project Partners



The Australian participation in this project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Australian residency partner Last Ship, Mumbai.


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