Book Launch. Room for Improvement is the gap between the plan and the activity itself. It is the possibility of changing or abandoning the plan in order to keep your agenda going or switching agendas altogether.
Room for Improvement
Thursday 12 September 6-8 pm
Room for Improvement is the gap between the plan and the activity itself. It is the possibility of changing or abandoning the plan in order to keep your agenda going or switching agendas altogether. It functions as a self-help manual in the search for the healthy and the positive, and while it acknowledges that things are not always perfect, it suggests that they generally turn out alright in the end. It is also, literally, a room with a purpose, or a series of rooms. These rooms perform various functions: for making and viewing artworks; for having drinks and for improving cultural relations.
The book Room for Improvement documents a workshop that took place over four weeks at the Crafts Museum in New Delhi, bringing together six leading artists and craftsmen from India and the UK. The Museum with its famous collection of rural and tribal arts, and its informal setting, provided an unusual context for an experimental workshop - where a loosely affiliated group of artists and craftsmen could make new work.
This book documents the process, through an eclectic mix of material generated during and after the event. Full colour illustrations describe the results, which include an installation of refuse from the museum and its surroundings by Tomoko Takahashi, surreal, large scale wall drawings by Valsan Koomer Kolleri and a series of cartoons depicting the artists at work by Kalam Patua, made in the 19th Century Kalighat tradition. There is also photographic documentation of a wedding performance by Enrico David and flower sculptures by Eva Rothschild. Accompanying this are images from the museum, texts by the curators and the museumÂ¹s director, plus transcripts of conversations held between the participants.
The artists who participated in the residency were: Valsan Koorma Kolleri, Ravinder Reddy, Anita Dube, Tomoko Takahashi, Enrico David, Eva Rothschild, Kalam Patua and Jivyasomamashe. Room for Improvement was organised by the British Council in India and was curated by Grant Watson, Suman Gopinath and Sushma Bahl.
The book will be available for a special price of Â£7 during the launch event.
For more information on the launch event please call the Showroom on: 020 8983 4115 or for further publication information contact Cornerhouse on 0161 200 1502 or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Room for Improvement is distributed worldwide by Cornerhouse Publications, 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH Tel: + 44 (0) 161 200 1502, Fax + 44 (0) 161 200 1504.
The Showroom is financially supported by London Arts.
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