apple in dream mode
28 June - 24 August 2018
A group show by Gagan Singh, Mochu, Sonam Chaturvedi and Suvani Suri
Curated by John Xaviers
Apple in Dream Mode, is an exploration of dreaming as a political act, for humans as well as machines, in an economy that never switches off, in which sleep mode and dream mode become punctuations; a pause, a delay, an escape, or a leap into an interior, where the body in sleep mode and the universe outside merge into an oneiric field of equality.
In the title Apple in Dream Mode, the term ‘apple’ is either a fruit, not necessarily a forbidden fruit of wisdom, but a fruit-in-itself, that delves into dream-states in its plant circadian rhythms or a machine, a commodity form, a fetish, or a sleeping partner. In either case, Apple in Dream Mode invokes this non-human entity’s right to dream, in its somnolence, in its equality with the dreaming human as a political subject.
The conceptual framework of this curatorial proposal has been developed in conversation with the artists Mochu, Suvani, Sonam and Gagan and takes the shape of sound installations, site specific drawings, video and interactive works. A parallel can be drawn between ‘dreaming as political act in neoliberalism’ and curatorial transparency as an antidote to indeterminacy in the cultural economy of contemporary art. Apple in Dream Mode is an attempt to integrate dreaming and curating.
John Xaviers is a Delhi based artist-curator-educator. He did his PhD on the cultural politics of the artist citizen through neoliberalism in India, under the guidance of Prof. Parul Dave Mukherji in 2015 at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi. He has been teaching art theory at the Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts at Shiv Nadar University, Noida since 2015 and served as the curatorial respondent to the MFA degree show of SNU at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Noida in 2016. He is serving as the curatorial assistant of Kochi Muziris Biennale 2018. As an independent curator, he curated Terra Incognita at the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre and co-curated Avaaz Do at SAHMAT in 2016. He served as assistant curator at Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon from 2009 to 2011. As a self-taught artist, he did a solo show of paintings titled The Rise and Fall of Tigerabad Empire at the School of Arts & Aesthetics, JNU in 2012 and showed his projects India Art Power 100 and Karmaleaks in Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition at Devi Art Foundation curated by Raqs Media Collective.
Gagan Singh (MA Fine Arts, Kent Institute of Art and Design) is a Delhi based artist working in the medium of drawing. His interest lies in mark-making, in-situ & sketchbooks. The works are often inspired through walking in the city and Drawing Conversations. The most recent project was a residency with New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK.
Mochu is a video artist and film-maker. Combining text, video and animation, his works often focus on specific instances in art history that overlap with technoscientific imaginaries in popular culture and philosophy. The most recent project looks at hippie subcultures in India in light of the legacies of cybernetic theory and psychedelic art, prior to which he researched the practice of the Indian Modernist painter K.Ramanujam with a grant from India Foundation for the Arts. Mochu was a fellow at the Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan Beirut in 2016 and his work has been exhibited at Sharjah Biennial 13, Transmediale BWPWAP Berlin, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art Delhi and Beirut Art Center. He is currently based in Delhi.
Sonam Chaturvedi received her MFA from Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR and BFA (sculpture) from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Time, memory and cognition are the primary and recurrent themes in her works. The temporality of spaces, how it molds a memory, and how we perceive the details of our surroundings are ideas embodied in her work, which take various shapes through videos, sound, immersive installations, found objects, artist’s books and instruction-based art, among others. Her works range from tangibly capturing time and memory to creating intangible experiences and stirring people’s monotony, which can be comforting while also disturbing and confrontational.
Suvani Suri, an alumna of the National Institute of Design, is actively engaged in thought and creation using intermedia aesthetic. She has been a component/collaborator of diverse transdisciplinary practices, alternating between the roles of an artist, assembler, designer, researcher, sound-producer and educator. Her evolving interests and experiments across spaces and mediums have been implicitly tethered to a preoccupation with the auditory spectrum, encountering and speculating its multi-fold possibilities. She is now focused on an independent inquiry that contemplates the aesthetics, politics, philosophy and temporalities of contemporary listening and chronicles the absurdities of sonic instances in the techocultural landscape.