“Deelstaat” means “State”

I’m really excited because I’m leaving on Sunday for a site-specific arts residency in the Netherlands! (I love site-specific art and I have never been to the Netherlands!) The organizations running the show are Sandarbh, who I worked with in India (I wrote a post about them previously) and Extrapool, a local Dutch org. You can check this Group Blog for updates.

Here is the flier. Unfortunately I can’t understand it. Maybe you do.

I copied and pasted the text, sentence by sentence, into a translator for you. Don’t you love awkward translation-speak?

Sandarbh come from the small city Partapur in Rajasthan, West-India. Sandardh mean context in Hindi. This artist initiative strives several examine forms of artistic practice. It organises at site specific projects, performances among other things workshops, residence programmes aimed, community-art-projecten and projects in the public space. The initiatives which take part in state =, its all set up from a certain urgency which has to do with their specific context. Sandarbh have put themselves by means of art and in a natural manner new ideas and of transmitting dispositions on the local population.

Participating Artists

For state = Sandarbh Shreyas Karle and Lochan Upadhyay as send envoies. They are the Heads of State during the project. Moreover they have invited artists who have participated rather to their own esidentieprojecten: Anne Percoco from the United States, Florian Tuercke from Germany and Szigeti G. Csongor from Hungary. They all have been well confessed with the working methods of the indian initiative. Artist and curator Anke Mellin () and artist Ivan Smith (Great Britain), who sits in the advisory committee of Sandarbh, will accompany the residence. Extrapool the artists Michiel Huijben, Jason of of the Woude and Julia Boix-Vives has invited cooperate with aforesaid artists.

Sandarbh Site-Specific

The Sandarbh Workshop for Site-Specific Art was one of the highlights of my time in India. It was founded by Mumbai artist Chintan Upadhyay in his home village of Partapur, in an attempt to show his friends and family what he does and what contemporary art is. (In India, contemporary art is more marginalized than here, especially in rural areas.)

The village hosts 10-day residencies a few times a year, bringing in artists from all over India and the world, and it’s mutually beneficial. The artists get to know the village in a way that wouldn’t be possible as tourists.

Nandesh Shantiprakash

And the village residents are now so familiar with contemporary art that they’ve become good critical viewers of it.

Bhuvanesh Gowda

The first 3 days are for getting to know the place. The hosts introduce you to different sites and communities, and show you where to get various materials.

You have the next week to make a site-specific piece. The hosts help you in any way they can.

I can’t think of a better way for an artist to travel.

Palak Raval

Now Shreyas Karle is the director, and they’re branching out to other countries. They’ve just  invited me to join them in Nijmegen, in the Netherlands this November, where they’re teaming up with a local arts org called Extrapool for another workshop.

I don’t know much about the Netherlands…..Amsterdam, Vermeer & Theo Jansen, global warming & flooding…. Apparently Nijmegen is the oldest city in the country, founded 2,000 years ago. But I guess I’ll know more soon.


P.S. Looks like Sandarbh India is accepting applications for a one month residency. See the link on their homepage.


This weekend is Wave Hill‘s “Festival Of Grasses”, and I’ll be leading a weaving workshop for their Family Art Project. I’d like to do some combination of a traditional dwelling design made from grass, with non-traditional materials worked into the grass. Kids will be making small patches in a separate room, which they’ll have the option of attaching to the structure. Here are a few things I’ve been looking at:

NativeTech.org :


Jaime Rugh’s small weavings:

Ergani Weaving:

My “Temporary Monument”, 2006:

Taken in a village in Rajasthan, 2009:

Julia Sherman’s Room-A-Loom: