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Ideas Travel Faster Than Light

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.
Amalia Flarakou-Flari, Amanda Steward, Anika Ebby, Aradhita Maheshwari, Alex Beeston, Bovuan Wu, Diya Sharma, Diyou Yu, Emile Meyn, Harriet Tinney, Ho – Ching Wong, Ira Sinha, Jianze Zhao, Kiran Mungekar, Kunj Chowla, Lakshmi Saruha Kilaru, Medhavi Bhatia, Meghana Priya Vasudevan, Mitali Sandheti, Muskan Agarwal, Muskan Manish Tibrewala, Nikhita Thevannoor, Oishika Sen, Olivia Wells, Poojitha Lara Palakriti, Ruoqi Wu, Sanika Rajpure, Sara Varady, Shrividhya Sadagopan, Tanisha Lamichhane, Tanya Arora, Tarini Haldule, Wei Wang, Xingtong Zhang, Yiran Guo
Poojitha Lara Palakirti | Transcendence
Watercolour paint, moving image, sound
In response to prompt by Sara Varady Read More
Xintong Zhang | A door, a chair and a person
Stop motion video, iphone 7 plus, 2:35 minutes
In response to prompt by Sanika Rajpure Read More
Jianze Zhao | Rope skipping
Mixed media, 27mmx40mm
In response to prompt by Ira Sinha Read More
Diya Sharma | Holding onto memories
Video, 3:05 minutes
In response to prompt by Diyou Yu Read More
Amalia Flarakou-Flari | Fluid Reflections
Digital Print, 1.5x1meter
In response to prompt by Medhavi Bhatia Read More
Medhavi Bhatia | Manila Rope
Video, 1:40 minutes
In response to prompt by Amalia Flarakou-Flari Read More
Diyou Yu | The moments ‘I’ am away from myself
HD video, 2 minutes
In response to prompt by Diya Sharma Read More
Ira Sinha | Fuse
Digital image, 1500 x 1174 mm
In response to prompt by Jianze Zhao Read More
Nikhita Thevannoor | Vallichedi
Digital photographs, 8” x 10”
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.
In response to prompt by Emilie Meyn Read More
Aradhita Maheshwari | Weeds
3 Digital prints, 12×16 inches each
In response to prompt by Xintong Zhang Read More
Alex Beeston | The Rights
Digital image, Size variable
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.
In response to prompt by Tanya Arora Read More
Kunj Chowla | Libidinal camouflage
5 digital prints, 7×5 inches each
In response to prompt by Boyuan Wu Read More
Media video, 23 seconds
In response to prompt by Kunj Chowla Read More
Meghana Priya Vasudevan | Dissociative Psych(e)
Video, 1:18 minutes. Background track ‘Magnifique’ by Ratatat
In response to prompt by Alex Beeston Read More
Tarini Haldule
In response to prompt by Yiran Guo Read More
Mitali Sancheti | Memory
Charcoal drawing, 559×762 mm
5 sheets of paper size A5, soft pastels, photograph
559×762 mm
In response to prompt by Lakshmi Saruha Kilaru Read More
Muskan Agarwal | Paper Dreams
Gift Box, Cardboard box, Chart paper, Acrylic Paint
In response to prompt by Harriet Tinney Read More
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.