6 press pieces from 2016

Team Culture Lab

21 December 2016

The press was really kind to us in 2016. Here are a few curated pieces pieces that we thought you might like!

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6 incredible visitors at the Lab in 2016

Team Culture Lab

21 December 2016

For our Lab family, 2016 was quite a star studded year! We had a stream of visitors coming to Viva Vikhroli, and we hosted some super fun events with our favourites.

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The Formless and The Functionless: Queering the Art of Conversation

Brian A Horton

12 November 2016

How do you curate a conversation? Specifically, how can one curate an adda? If an adda is simply an unstructured, casual conversation between friends[1], then it might seem strange to propose it as an event for a cultural lab housed within a corporate institution. The art of leisurely conversation with no real direction might fall silent in a space governed by monetized time, regimented schedules, and corporate austerity. As one of the shadier posts on our event page announcing the event read, “This seems really mainstream”.

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“I am a big fan of discomfort, it questions our privilege”: When Mona came over

Sejal Yadav

23 October 2016

The day I completed my two power-packed months at the lab, was also the day we were rewarded with a memorable visit by Mona Eltahawy. An evening with the radical Egyptian-American feminist, journalist, political activist and the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East needs Sexual Revolution, triggered both my scholarly excitement and curiosity.Breaking rigid formats and resisting regressive ideological positions is close to Mona’s form of political activism, and hence this adda session through its fluid engagement with feminism resonated meaningfully with us, and our friends whom we invited to chat with Mona.

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ConnecTED in Viva Vikhroli!

Anish Gawande

20 October 2016

Interning at the Culture Lab, each day is an adventure. Today, however, was particularly interesting because we collaborated not just with an individual or two – but with over two dozen together! The Lab hosted twenty five incredible TED Fellows, including Lab Head and 2009 TED Fellow Parmesh Shahani, at our very own Viva Vikhroli. As they were busy plotting how to make the world a better place, I had the chance to catch my daily dose of inspiration.

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My Edinburgh Diary

Parmesh Shahani

30 September 2016

Our Culture Lab has been going places…and the latest has been Edinburgh! I was invited to speak at the Culture Summit at the Scottish Parliament there recently, about our Lab’s model of cross-pollination – how we bring together different stakeholders on a regular basis to engage with each other about the changes taking place in contemporary India. It was a stimulating event attended by Culture Ministers, heads of NGOs and cultural organizations, and corporate patrons of culture, and I felt so proud that our work in Viva Vikhroli was acknowledged and appreciated by many of them.

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The Rainbow Reunion

Culture Lab Team

16 September 2016

Absolut Colors' celebration of LGBTQ+ talent turned out to be a Culture Lab reunion of sorts, with gallery Project 88 coming alive with creative expositions by queer artistes and allies. Set amidst works on canvas exploring themes of gender and sexuality by the fabulous visual artist Sharmistha Ray alongside Transfixed, a photo exposition delving into androgyny and its many facets, by Indian Memory Project’s inspiring founder Anusha Yadav, the soirée combined the visual and performance arts in an eclectic mix.

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Street theatre in Mumbai: A historical relational analysis.

Angad Singh

4 September 2016

In this piece, Angad Singh, an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, explores the relationship between street theatre and the city of Mumbai since the 1970s. In tracing the gradual de-politicisation of street theatre, he describes the transition of street theatre from a bastion of Left-wing political activism to a form advocating social awareness across college campuses and a means of commercial engagement and advertising. Touching upon themes including the NGO-ization of street theatre and its intersections with Bollywood, Angad puts forth a strong argument for the inherent democratic and democratizing nature of street theatre to demonstrate its importance to the development and sustenance of the Indian nation state itself.

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