2-5 February 2017 HC’s recent endeavour of creating an interactive touchscreen interface for Kiran Nadar Museum of Art was lauded at the Indian Art Fair 2017. Co-founder, Mukesh Marwah’s immense experience and expansive knowledge of design and digital technology aided the development of this interactive interface.
HC Founder, Neeraj Bhasin was invited at the Forum by the Delhi-based design studio Lopez Design to talk about his engagement with spaces of art documentation and museology. He talks about the model of HC and how it is used to change art institutions like museums and galleries into interactive spaces for dialogue and discussion and to create digital knowledge bases with interactive interfaces, which is helping these institutions to reach out to a large spectrum of people.
7-9 December 2016 Founders of HC, Neeraj Bhasin and Mukesh Marwah were present at the India-UK Tech Summit co-organized by The Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and British High Commission, New Delhi. It was jointly inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Theresa May at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. This
HC documented the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016-17, an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Kochi, Kerala. HC covered the work of the renowned artist Himmat Shah and the exhibition ‘Pond Near The Field’ presented by KNMA, which focussed on the works of five artists, K.P. Krishnakumar, K.M. Madhusudhanan, Surendran Nair, C.K. Rajan, and N.N. Rimzon.
15 September 2016 Alan Gemmell OBE, Director of British Council India launched “2017 UK-India Year of Culture” campaign where he emphasized the need to promote cultural exchange and to generate educational opportunities,intended to build stronger ties between India and the UK. HC President Neeraj Bhasin was invited by British Council for a meeting with Mr. Gemmell and his colleagues on ideas and suggestions about possible India-UK collaborative projects during this important year, and beyond.
HC documented the PondyPHOTO 2016 biennale festival in collaboration with filmmaking students from the Creative Documentary Filmmaking course at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, New Delhi. PondyPHOTO is a platform where art and education attempt to break existing social barriers, by presenting visually impactful photography-oriented events focused on today’s social and environmental issues in public spaces. The theme for PondyPHOTO 2016 was ‘Water’. HC documented the works, events and interviewed the participants of this festival. Among them were visual artists, environmentalists and photographers such as Pablo Bartholomew, Ravi Agarwal, Atul Bhalla, Arko Datto, James Whitelow Delano, Tasneem Khan and Waswo X Waswo.
'Constructs Constructions' a documentary film directed by the founder of HC, Neeraj Bhasin and produced by the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art,has won the Museums in Short 2016 awardheld in Milan, Italy, supported by EMA European Museum Academy, Fondazione Brescia Musei and Cinema Nuova Eden musil - museo of Industry and Labout in collaboration with ICOM International and ICOM Italia.This is the first time that a non-European entry has taken this prestigious award.
21-22 February 2016
HC Founder, Neeraj Bhasin by Siddhartha Arts Foundation's Education Initiative, Nepal to conduct a workshop on the nuances of production and distribution of art. He shared his experiences and engagement with the art fraternity and institutions such as museums and galleries. He emphasized on the contemporary trends of art distributions such as the initiative taken by St+Art India Foundation, where artists created their masterpieces on shipping containers in isolated container yards Delhi, giving street art a new dimension and transforming a large, drab space into a lively space for art and culture. He also shared HC’s first documentation of an art program, GVK Mumbai T2 Museum, where films created were shot on iPhones.Using hardware that was handy but not overly imposing, the team was able to capture candid moments with artists, and also craftsmen in remote areas in the country. The films can be now seen in the digital signage for the museum at the airport and their website. He also spoke on the significance of working within collectives and emphasized on how such collaborations can lead to a syncretic ecosystem for artists and support the art movement as a whole. It was highlighted by the case study of a Delhi-based media communal called Raqs Media Collective.
In respect for the flood victims of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu who are facing immense challenges ahead due to water issues on so many fronts, PondyPHOTO 2016 is postponed to
27 August – 11 September The water disaster now being experienced in our region must not be ignored. We believe it is imperative to offer support to those affected by keeping WATER in the public eye until the related issues and challenges can be addressed sensitively and effectively in public space.
Irregardless of the delay, the overall festival program and site will remain the same. Announcements of the participating photographers and artists, challenging workshops, water presentations, outreach programs and public performances will be forthcoming. Please watch for updates here on www.pondyphoto.com We hope that the delayed opening will not affect your support of this photography festival and environmental awareness initiative and that you will find the cause for the change reasonable and acceptable considering the unforeseen circumstances. Heritage Commons collaborating with the second edition of PONDY PHOTO 2016 Heritage Commons collaborating with the second edition of PONDY PHOTO 2016 as their organizing partners. PONDY PHOTO is scheduled to take place in Old Port, Pondicherry, India from 27th August - 11 September 2016. HC’s support and participation will be in various vital areas of the festival, including fundraising, strategy, documentation, visual communication etc. PondyART founder and director Kasha Vande made an agreement with the HC’s founders recently.
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Looking for Collaborators, Partners and Contributors for PONDY PHOTO 2016
HC is looking for collaborators and partners for PONDY PHOTO 2016. We are also accepting individual contributions and crowd funding for this edition. HC account details can be shared later. We are in the process of applying for 80G and 12A certificates. Present contributions are not in the category of any kind of tax exemptions.
These individual contributions can be treated as a significant gesture to the art community and to the organization of the festival.
Collaborators and partners will have a unique opportunity to present their brand to the local as well as international audience in Pondicherry.
For more details please visit: www.pondyphoto.com
HC Founder Neeraj Bhasin receipient of ATSA Fellowship 2015-16
Neeraj bhasin, founder of heritage commons recently got selected for Art Think South Asia fellowship 2015-16. He is amongst fifteen participants from different parts of south Asian countries. He will be mentored by international and national experts on developing skills, knowledge, networks and experience of potential leaders in the cultural sector of South Asia, which include museums, the visual and performing arts and digital media. As per his secondment he will be visiting Germany for the indepth study of their museums public engagment program.
Digital Dreams: Neeraj Wants To Go Places When Neeraj Bhasin made his maiden digital film, my friend su,he was only trying to put his friend su Sutanu's life in the right perspective, as much for himself as for the world at large. Read More
Niche Item "An award certainly makes a difference. It redeems your credentials, and make life a little easier," admits documentary film-maker Neeraj Bhasin, who won the first prize at the fourth Commonwealth Vision awards 2004 in London for his Never Give Up. Read More
The pic of the day however, was Neeraj Bhasin's My Friend Su. A beautifully crafted film slot entirely in Delhi, by the producers, Digital Talkies. Read More