The Lecture Series
At G5A we felt a strong need for conversations around how artistic practices have shaped and been shaped by time, technology and multiple thresholds of transitions. The idea of studying socio-cultural (micro and macro) histories in conjunction with the development of various art forms and disciplines over time is integral to our understanding of the contemporary.
Through this series we bring together established professionals from diverse disciplines: music, theatre, literature, visual art, architecture, environmentalists and more. Exploring histories of form, the evolution of their craft, and looking at socio-political contexts and ideas through the lens of their practice, these renowned professionals will delve into critical questions that could define contemporary arts practice in the country.
The idea for these lectures has emerged from a need for deeper engagement with cultural and critical theory, that we hope will enable artists and creative practitioners to bring more depth, rigor, and purpose to their work. Imagined as a series of lectures, initially online, and eventually at the Black Box, the series will be offered as a whole or in parts – exploring the disciplines of cultural studies, and notions of “popular” vs “contemporary”, ‘art, society and politics’, and other such ideological sites, through a lens that is contemporary and South Asian.
Projects | Process
Anything done well must have a story to tell about its making, a process that allowed for it to evolve and realize itself into its final form; be it a musical composition, a painting, or simply the making of a delectable meal. We usually experience and admire the end product and most often remain oblivious to the painstaking, often devotional journey of its making; its process from concept to completion; the rigor and passion that it must so relentlessly involve.
This makes for significant archival material and if shared as stories, are critical to: learn from, aspire to and bring hope and reassurance, especially in a world that increasingly looks to instant results and instant gratification.
We are bringing back Projects|Process, a series of sessions where artists, performers, theatre makers, designers, and creative professionals talk about the significance of process and its relevance to project-making in contemporary India, and share insights into the development of an ongoing or a recent piece of work.
Until we are ready to get back to our Projects|Process sessions live from the Black Box, we will be releasing presentations by 15 artists from our 2019-20 season on YouTube – new theme each month, featuring 3 artists.
You can view the sessions here.
Virtual Cinema Club
52 weeks. 52 filmmakers
Cinema and the moving image is central to our lives even more today than ever before. It touches our lives intimately and profoundly. It can shape our ideas, thoughts, and values. It also has the power to change our ways of seeing and thinking.
This is the language of cinema and we are here to talk about it. How the various elements, the images, the sound, the narrative, and the performance, all come together to bring life to the words, characters, and places. As we look closely, what threads do we begin to see across a director’s work: similar themes, a signature style, or perhaps the evolution of an idea. Cinema has the ability to raise many powerful questions and we’re hoping to ask the right ones. Every Saturday, how the various elements, the images, the sound, the narrative, and the performance, all come together to bring life to words, characters, and places through cinema.
Every fortnightly Sunday, Ishan Benegal (Associate Artistic Director, G5A) and Neeraj Jain (Cinematographer) discuss the films and filmmaker’s work online on the G5A YouTube Channel.
These sessions are interspersed with conversations on elements of filmmaking as a craft as part of VCC Intermissions.
View some of our previous sessions here
Writer’s Lab Mumbai | G5A x Soho Theatre
We recognize that inspiration for storytelling often comes from personal experience. This project will encourage young Indian writers to tell their stories, share their opinions, and engage with different perspectives on their families, traditions, cultures, values, histories, and present. It will bring together young voices from diverse communities and socio-cultural backgrounds to reflect on and share stories of heritage, identity and belonging. Writers will be asked to consider the challenges and celebrations that come with their heritage, how they integrate and balance these traditions while living in a contemporary and increasingly global city.
Working in collaboration, G5A academy and Soho Theatre developed and delivered 6 digital workshops for young people aged 18-25 – supporting young writers in exploring and sharing these stories in a safe space, while developing their creative writing skills. The project will give young people tools and techniques to explore their voice as writers and will culminate with each participant creating a short script, submitted to G5A and Soho Theatre.
Led by theatre professionals and members of Soho Theatre’s artistic team and G5A, Writers’ Lab Mumbai will be designed to support writers to hone their craft. By bringing together a diverse range of voices, and encouraging the development of the new writing scene, we will create work that is authentic and distinctive.
This project will also initiate a long term artistic collaboration between G5A and Soho Theatre. Both theatres organisations are committed to discovering and nurturing the talent of tomorrow, whilst introducing their work to new audiences.
OBJECTive Inquiry – coming soon!
cultivating deeper ways of seeing
This series brings together a small group of artists and art students to engage deeply with the world around us. We deconstruct a range of art objects, and push the boundaries of what constitutes art by seeking, observing, and analysing creativity, expression, and rigor in form making.
By focusing the gaze on 9 Indian ‘objects’ of inquiry through the season, the group examines within each session, the underlying historical, political, formal, contexts, approach and motivations of the object – and it’s creator.
Curated texts and readings will accompany each object to enable deeper academic inquiry, and learners will be expected to produce an analysis at the end of each month in their preferred creative format: text, video, sound, image. Together, we expect to unravel the threads of an array of contemporary and relevant works (new and old), to cultivate critical inquiry, multidisciplinary awareness, an understanding of history and therefore, a more informed artistic practice.
The Seeing Hand – coming soon!
A series of interactive workshops that seek to engage the senses through observation and practice of drawing by hand – a technique/skill/craft that is fast losing its place with the advent of the digital era and its “mechanical” representation of our world. These workshops allow the learner to immerse themselves in the movement, texture, and resistance of a pencil on paper – to draw in quiet contemplation. Facilitated by a range of remarkable visual arts practitioners, we simultaneously delve into technique, as well as the story of their craft, tracing the points at which their practice and their worlds converge. Their work serves as reference and inspiration – a starting point for the birth of something new.
Acting for Cinema – coming soon!