An exchange between students of Liberal Arts at Jindal Global University and Print at the Royal College of Art (London) curated by Jasone Miranda-Bilbao
The project consists of an invitation to a group of students from Jindal Global University and the Royal College of Art to propose ideas for new artworks. These ideas were then exchanged between the two institutions, forming a basis for art making and intercultural interpretation.
The work is a series of photographs taken in Alleppey and Kochi, two cities in Kerala, to showcase the ruin of early British attempts at industrialisation. The text as well as the images serve as a reminder that the cycle of ruin and rebirth exists, and there is little we can do to stop it.
My society must stand for the rights of the iconoclast to remove and replace images of resistance without question. Keeping the framework of the rationalist at the essence of the emancipation that travels within our synapsis, we replace nothing but our fear, for the fear and wonder that must succeed.
IDEAS TRAVEL FASTER THAN LIGHT was initiated by Jasone Miranda-Bilbao. It began in 2015 with an invitation to nine artists working in Spain, UK and the US to write instructions for new works and nine artists based in India to produce them according to their interpretation. The resulting artworks were exhibited at the NIV Art Centre (Delhi). The second edition, co-curated by Jasone Miranda-Bilbao in collaboration with Clair Joy, took place in September 2020. This time ten artists from India were invited to propose ideas for new works and ten artists from the UK were invited to make them. The works were exhibited at the Mecklenburg Square Garden Project (London).
This third edition at Jindal Global University and Royal College of Art travels in two directions at once. Students of Liberal Arts and Print have swapped texts and images and used them as invocations for new artworks. The exchange has culminated in online and offline exhibitions that include the work of 35 students in total. The online exhibition can be accessed via Instagram@ideastravelfasterthanlight where the artworks are presented in the context of previous editions of faster than light. The offline exhibition has being delayed due to the current health crises and it will take place in Delhi and London as soon as the situation allows.
IDEAS TRAVEL FASTER THAN LIGHT facilitates the transporting of ideas from one place to another while extending them and re-contextualizing them in a new context. The process of writing ideas for new artworks in one place then making them in another, roots their origin in-between locations while activating a chain of events that embodies them of a history and a life-after. This has a strong sociological element since from the moment an artwork is transported from one country to another, mediated and re-interpreted by a different mindset, questions of intention and interpretation come to the surface. It is also an emotional journey. The works become emotional merchandise that instigates an exchange of emotions and languages of expression. Their life is outside any one person’s control.