ISCP, New York City has been really productive and fascinating experience on many fronts. The co-residents who are predominantly artists coming from different parts of the world generated a diversity of conversations on art and also their experiences of New York as a city. As someone involved in curatorial practice it is very engaging to respond to such a context first hand. As much as it was about engaging, the residency time was also about sharing. With field trips, Artist Salon talks, Open studios and other social gatherings, there were many occasions to build cross-cultural relationships among the creative community of ISCP and its frequent visitors.
Open studios at ISCP are hosted bi-annually to the wider art community of New York art world attracting between 600-800 visitors over the period of two days. It was a great opportunity to share documentation of my past curatorial projects and interact with people about them. The visitors ranged from local artists, curators, people of art instituions and universities apart from the ones who happened to be in town during the open studios. Held on the 21st and 22nd of April, 2017 the open studios were also a great opportunity for extended conversations among the ISCP community since every one who is a resident has shown a selection past and upcoming work. It was also a timely moment to make new connections and relationships with other instituions within New York. As part of the ISCP
Salon talks, a selected number of resident artists and curators shared their past and ongoing work. On the May 2, 2017 Salon I gave a talk titled Positions on Truth an ongoing research and curatorial project that problematises the idea of ‘truth’ through three different artistic engagements. Building on the values attached to the conventional forums of mediation such as the archive, the science of forensics, conferences, interviews and lectures, the talk emphasised on the practices of Walid Raad, Forensic Architecture/ Oceanography and The Yes Men. It expanded on how these artists and groups intervene into the political integrity of both the historical and contemporary narratives projected by the state and mass media.
As part of the monthly programmes at ISCP I, with the help of other artist and curator colleagues made Indian lunch for the residents and staff. With conversations around food and the ingredients the resident lunch was a great opportunity for more informal conversations beyond the regular ones that happened as part of the residency. Other than the internal activities within the residency it was also a great opportunity to explore the different kind of art spaces in New York city both through resident field trips and independently.