Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SameBoatBrother - JanapadaLoka

Visited Janapada Loka Folk Museum in Bagalore with students from Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. I have included images and commentary about the day trip.
Janapada Loka is a museum with activities and artifacts that highlight folk-life and arts. The complex located on a 15 acre green belt, comprises a museum, an art gallery, open air theatre, studio and seminar halls. It is the brainchild of Mr H.L. Nage Gowda, an authority on the folklore of Karnataka.
In this environmental, cultural and design-based lab Course: Voicing Cultural Memories, Environment & Practices, Meena and I will explore the role of the folk arts in a culturally pluralistic society and the place of public folklore and alternative medicinal traditions. The lab will create a forum to discuss diverse themes such as cultural products, the movement of cultural products and values. The Lab aims to familiarize students the relationship between people and environment, cultural memory, language, identity and expression in art/craft sustainability and bio diversity.
The fieldwork for the lab is located in Uttara Karnataka and different folklore organizations in Karnataka. The methodology in this class is based on discussions/films/readings and field visits to folklore sights and documenting and interviews with Indigenous people of Karnataka.
The course outline is as following:
1. History of folk, traditional arts and culture - Role of arts and place of folklore in a culturally pluralistic society.
2. Craft and Sustainability - ways of life, livelihoods, historical experience and migrations
3. Cultural memories and Identity -transmission, movements of cultural products and values
4. Biodiversity and sustainable development
5. What do we mean by 'living human treasures'
Questioning contemporary ethnography - Debating on the ethical issues concerning the responsibility of the researchers to the people whose traditions they study.
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