28th January 2008

BANGALORE CITY PROJECT
Minutes of the Meeting

Date : January 28, 2008
Time : 7.00 p.m.
Venue : Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

Present: Evelin Hust; S. Vishwanath; Suresh Jayaram; Raghavendra Rao; Archana Prasad; Lalitha Shankar; Shankar Prasad; M. Shathamani; Champaka Rajagopal; Sathya Prakash Varanashi; Sangita Kapur; Clare Arni; Michi Mezger; Maureen Gonsalves//

Review
The concept of the project was briefly recapitulated for the largely new group at this meeting and Dr. Hust stressed that following the lack of progress in any direction since the last meeting, this one should definitely end with some concrete action. She also reaffirmed the commitment of the GI/MMB to remain involved for at least three years.

Introduction
During the introduction round, it was apparent that there is at least one parallel group working on a similar theme. A group of artists has initiated a project with the same objectives and are keen on examining whether the two projects can somehow be integrated or linked.

Dr. Hust mentioned two projects from the side of the GI/MMB which could have some impact on the Bangalore City Project. One is the proposed web portal on art in the public space which is to be hosted by the South-Asian region of the Goethe-Institut. This could be used as a platform, given certain corporate restrictions like censorship and content control, which would apply.

The other is a GI/MMB commissioned photo exhibition called Urban Changes, which is touring the region this year: www.goethe.de/urbanchanges. Three Bangalore photographers were involved in the project and the exhibition in June or July 2008 in Bangalore could be integrated into the Bangalore City Project, by organising a seminar, panel discussion or other event on the occasion.

Sub-Committees
The system of sub-committees was mooted to ensure concrete action.

Internet Committee – Archana Prasad, Shankar Prasad & S. Vishwanath
This Committee will investigate the various methods of projecting an Internet presence and present the findings along with costing and recommendations.

Deadline: 08.02.2008

City Walks– Sathya Prakash Varanashi will spearhead this Committee, along with Pankaj Murthy, Krupa and Champaka Rajagopal.

The idea is to have an initial set of Walks and then evaluate the action before launching a full-scale programme.

Points to be taken into account:
- Number of participants: Max: 30
- Is the objective of the walks to preserve nostalgia or observe change
- Animate the public spaces
- Reinvent the city
- Focus on the unknown or hidden Bangalore
- Bangalore is several cities come together and as such has no well-defined hub, or specific spaces for things like heritage, art, tradition…
- Age group and profile of participants
- The significance or otherwise of documentation

Gavipuram Walk
Date: March 8, 2008
Time: 3.00 p.m.
Venue: To be decided

Artists to be involved, possibillity of other events like street magician, local street shows, food and fun.
Coordinator: Sathya Prakash Varanashi

Details to be worked out and communicated latest by February 15th

Water Walk
Date: March 22, 2008 also World Water Day
Venue: Hessaraghatta
Details to be worked out
Coordinator: S. Vishwanath

Old City Walk
Date: April 12, 2008
Time: 7.00 a.m.
Venue: Chickpet, etc
Details to be worked out
Coordinator: Champaka Rajagopal

Whitefield Walk
Date: April 26, 2008
Venue: Whitefield Township
Details to be worked out
Coordinator: Sathya Prakash Varanashi

Other points:
- Feasibility of commissioning a space study, to determine and identify the nature of public spaces in Bangalore
- Spontaneous interventions in central locations

Reference
As requested, here is the website of the Public Spaces project in Bucharest for reference:

http://www.spatiul-public.ro/eng/contents/contents.html

Next meeting
This will be held at 7.00 p.m. on February 25th at # 1, Shanti Road. A direction finder will be circulated closer to the date.

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