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The Sarai Programme
Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) Delhi




              www.sarai.net
sarai
an enclosed space in a city
                   or, beside a highway


           







सराय
              a tavern...
neb sarai
          ber sarai
          sarai              mor sarai
                             kalu sarai
           
 ...
Sarai-CSDS : Distributed Public Creativity


   Interdisciplinary      Experimental Media Practice
       Research        ...
KNOWLEDGE is CREATIVITY
 CREATIVITY is KNOWLEDGE

        ART is RESEARCH
        RESEARCH is ART

 THEORISTS are PRACTITI...
Sarai : Activities, Nodes and Processes
Cybermohalla                             Language                   Continuing Res...
www.sarai.net
Events at Sarai
Conferences
 Seminars
Workshops
Sarai Publications
'The Public Domain' : Sarai Reader 01, 2001
(http://www.sarai.net/journal/reader1.html)

'The Cities of Everyday Life' : S...
<http://www.sarai.net/
journal/reader4.htm>
10 / Sarai Reader 2004: Crisis/Media




Peace is War
The Collateral Damage of Breaking News
                             ...
The
Cyber
Mohalla
Project
Collaboration between Sarai and Ankur

         Ankur is an NGO working in the field of
      Alternative, Critical and Non...
Collaborative Writing, Editing, Listening
     Story Telling Performances / Radio
“Fearless Speech Needs Fearless Listenin...
http://nangla-maachi.freeflux.net
http://nangla.freeflux.net
Rescension

quot;A re-telling, a word taken to signify the simultaneous
existence of different versions of a narrative wit...
Contemporary Art Projects
Produced at the Sarai Media Lab
Lost New Shoes
                                                     A Measure of
                                         ...
Text
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Text
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Text
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LEXWIKI
Flexibility & Multiplicity of Forms
Collaborations and Conversations




                         Networked Creative Pract...
Locating Media and Art Practice at Sarai
         within the context of a
    Distributed Research Network
Undergraduate & Post Graduate Students
     in Universities and Institutes

                                              ...
apart from mid-career and young
  artists, researchers, theorists
          & practitioners,
   people involved with sarai...
Creation of a Dense Network of Interactions
Through Regular Postings on the Reader-List and Feedback from Peers & Sarai

 ...
Exchanges on
                                                                the Reader List
                     Helsinki...
Selected Independent Fellowship Research Topics

           Ponytails-Rings-Punches : Female Boxers in India
             ...
Taran Khan’s Project
        ‘Socialist Wives’




  Documentary Video, Archival Research,
Interviews, Oral History, Text,...
Corridor : The First Indian Graphic Novel
            Sarnath Bannerjee
Nancy Adajania’s Project
 on Digital Manipulation
and Popular Photography
Shahid Datawala’s
    Photographic
Research Project on
  the Ambience of
   Cinema Spaces
      in Delhi
Narratives of Everyday Life         The ‘New’ Economy
                                                            Labour
 ...
Short Sarai Presentation 2
Short Sarai Presentation 2
Short Sarai Presentation 2
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  1. 1. The Sarai Programme Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) Delhi www.sarai.net
  2. 2. sarai an enclosed space in a city or, beside a highway सराय a tavern - a meeting place - a public house ồỂỔ% where travellers and caravans can find shelter, sustenance and companionship ‫ ﺳﺮﺍﯼ‬ a destination and a point of departure a place to rest in the middle of a journey
  3. 3. neb sarai ber sarai sarai mor sarai kalu sarai caravan serai sheikh sarai arab ki sarai seraglio sarai jea lado sarai katwaria sarai yusuf sarai sarai julena - sarai rohilla - sarai kale khan sarajevo
  4. 4. Sarai-CSDS : Distributed Public Creativity Interdisciplinary Experimental Media Practice Research Contemporary Art Architecture for Public Knowledge Generation Presentations Talks Discussion Lists Archive & Web Content Screenings Publications Exhibitions Workshops Seminars
  5. 5. KNOWLEDGE is CREATIVITY CREATIVITY is KNOWLEDGE ART is RESEARCH RESEARCH is ART THEORISTS are PRACTITIONERS PRACTITIONERS are THEORISTS nothing is certain there is nothing ‘new’ in new media
  6. 6. Sarai : Activities, Nodes and Processes Cybermohalla Language Continuing Research collaboration with ngo Hindi Language Resources critical pedagogy Intellectual Property Localization of FLOSS Software locality media labs Hindi Lists and Publications Piracy/Commons/Open Source free & ‘social’ software Translation working class spaces Information Society young people Art & Media Projects Surveillance/Censorship/ interpreting and imagining Information Politics Sarai Media Lab urban experience Raqs Media Collective Urban Environments Installations/Video Publications Architecture/Zoning/Ecology/ Radio/Print/Web Health/Labour Sarai Readers (English) Residencies Publics and Practices Sarai.txt (English) Archive Deewan-e-Sarai (Hindi) Cinema/Video/Music/Cable Media Nagar (Hindi) dvd/vcd/cd/books/pamphlets Viewership/Circulation/Distribution Cybermohalla Publications documents/images/posters Production/Re-Production/Piracy (Hindi and English) popular cultural materials Online Presence : Websites/Lists/Blogs/Online Archive/E Books Events : Conferences/Seminars/Workshops/Talks/Screenings Outreach : University & City Events/Informal Meetings Collaborations : Local/Regional/International Distributed Research Network : Fellowships and Stipends
  7. 7. www.sarai.net
  8. 8. Events at Sarai
  9. 9. Conferences Seminars Workshops
  10. 10. Sarai Publications
  11. 11. 'The Public Domain' : Sarai Reader 01, 2001 (http://www.sarai.net/journal/reader1.html) 'The Cities of Everyday Life' : Sarai Reader 02, 2002, (http://www.sarai.net/journal/reader2.html ). 'Shaping Technologies' : Sarai Reader 03, 2003 (http://www.sarai.net/journal/reader3.html) 'Crisis/Media' : Sarai Reader 04, 2004 (http://www.sarai.net/journal/reader4.html) The Sarai Reader Series 'Bare Act' : Sarai Reader 05, 2005 Copyleft Publishing (http://www.sarai.net/journal/reader_05.html)
  12. 12. <http://www.sarai.net/ journal/reader4.htm>
  13. 13. 10 / Sarai Reader 2004: Crisis/Media Peace is War The Collateral Damage of Breaking News A R U N D H AT I R OY T here’s been a delicious debate in the Indian press of late. A prominent English daily announced that it would sell space on Page Three (its gossip section) to anyone who was willing to pay to be featured. (The inference is that the rest of the news in the paper is in some way unsponsored, unsullied, ‘pure news’.) The announcement provoked a series of responses – most of them outraged – that the proud tradition of impartial journalism could sink to such depths. Personally, I was delighted. For a major mainstream newspaper to introduce the notion of ‘paid for’ news (Noam Chomsky, Ed Herman and a few others have been going on about it for some years now) is a giant step forward in the project of educating a largely credulous public about how the mass media operates. Once the idea of ‘paid for’ news has been mooted, once it’s been ushered through the portals of popular imagination, it won’t be hard for people to work out that if gossip columns in newspapers can be auctioned, why not the rest of the column space? After all, in this age of the ‘Market’, when everything’s up for sale – rivers, forests, freedom, democracy and justice – what’s special about news? Sponsored News – what a delectable idea! “This report is brought to you by”. There could be a State regulated sliding scale for rates (headlines, pg. 1, pg. 2, sports section etc.) Or on second thought we could leave that to be regula- ted by the ‘Free Market’ – as it is now. Why change a winning formula? The debate about whether mass circulation newspapers and commercial TV channels are finely plotted ideological conspiracies or apolitical, benign anarchies that bumble along as best they can, is an old one and needs no elaboration. After the September 11th attack on the World Trade Centre, the US mainstream media’s blatant performance as the government’s mouthpiece was the butt of some pretty black humour in the rest of the world. It brought the myth of the ‘Free Press’ in America crashing down. But before we gloat – the Indian mass media behaved no differently during the Pokhran nuclear tests and the Kargil war. There was no bumbling and very little that was benign in the shameful coverage of the December 13th attack on the Indian Parliament and the trial of S.A.R. Geelani who has been sentenced to death by a sessions court – after having been the subject of a media trial fuelled by a campaign of nationalist hysteria and outright lies. On a more everyday basis, would anybody who depends on the Indian mass media for information know that 80,000 people have been killed in Kashmir since 1989, most of them Muslim, most of them by Indian security forces? Most Indians would be outraged if it were suggested to them that the killings and ‘disappearances’ in the Kashmir Valley put India on par with any Banana Republic.
  14. 14. The Cyber Mohalla Project
  15. 15. Collaboration between Sarai and Ankur Ankur is an NGO working in the field of Alternative, Critical and Non Formal Education quot;...Listening to the Softest and the Loudest of Sounds ...quot; quot;...At the Locality Media Labs Located in terror, neither is it 3 Compughar, technology is not a a Working expensive. Class have computers and in 2 Illegal computer We Neighbourhood here, but no course. Neither is their any vocational training. What there is, Settlements Text is an open environment. Here, we write that which we feel. Whatever we write, we type onto the computer. This is not a place where we young peoplenetworked with Locality Labs and kids are under any kind of pressurequot;. (Compughar - literally,the Sarai Media Lab basti Cybermohalla R&D Lab & 'computer house' - (neighbourhood) speak for the Ankur/Sarai digital lab at the LNJP basti, Delhi) 60 Young Practitioners Meeting Thrice a Week Oldest Locality Lab is 4 Years Old
  16. 16. Collaborative Writing, Editing, Listening Story Telling Performances / Radio “Fearless Speech Needs Fearless Listening” Discussion Lists / Blogs Broadsheets / Wall Magazines
  17. 17. http://nangla-maachi.freeflux.net
  18. 18. http://nangla.freeflux.net
  19. 19. Rescension quot;A re-telling, a word taken to signify the simultaneous existence of different versions of a narrative within oral, and from now onwards, digital cultures... A rescension cannot be an improvement, nor can it connote a diminishing of value. A rescension is that version which does not act as a replacement for any Text other configuration of its constitutive materials. The existence of multiple rescensions is a guarantor of an idea or a work's ubiquity. This ensures that the constellation of narrative, signs and images that a work embodies is present, and waiting for iteration at more than one site at any given time. Rescensions are portable, and taken together, constitute ensembles that may form an interconnected web of ideas, images and signs.quot;
  20. 20. Contemporary Art Projects Produced at the Sarai Media Lab
  21. 21. Lost New Shoes A Measure of Anacoustic Reason Temporary Autonomous Sarai The Impostor in the Waiting Room The Wherehouse
  22. 22. Text Text
  23. 23. Text Text
  24. 24. Text Text
  25. 25. Text Text
  26. 26. Text Text
  27. 27. Text Text
  28. 28. LEXWIKI
  29. 29. Flexibility & Multiplicity of Forms Collaborations and Conversations Networked Creative Practice(s) Continuing (Non-Goal Oriented) Research Intensive Face to Face Interaction Over Long Periods Emphasis on Process rather than Product
  30. 30. Locating Media and Art Practice at Sarai within the context of a Distributed Research Network
  31. 31. Undergraduate & Post Graduate Students in Universities and Institutes Research MPhil and PhD Research Scholars College and University Departments Independent Researchers and Scholars Working Academics Students Practice Artists and Performers Critics and Curators Free Software & Open Source Programmers Archivists Journalists Professionals Designers Writers Activists Fans and Enthusiasts
  32. 32. apart from mid-career and young artists, researchers, theorists & practitioners, people involved with sarai have also included : a worker in a fast food chain a small town bank employee a nurse in a maternity ward a comic book writer a composer of electronic music a sound recordist a lawyer a pensioner a sports journalist
  33. 33. Creation of a Dense Network of Interactions Through Regular Postings on the Reader-List and Feedback from Peers & Sarai Srinagar Chandigarh Delhi SARAI Aligarh Tezpur Allahabad Shillong Udaipur Jaipur Udaipur Ahmedabad Mumbai Kolkata Raipur Pune Hyderabad Goa Vijayawada Goa Vijayawada Bangalore Chennai Madurai
  34. 34. Exchanges on the Reader List Helsinki transmit to a Moscow Seoul Hamburg Global Network London Tokyo Srinagar through Amsterdam Chandigarh Forwards, Vienna Taipei Delhi SARAI Shanghai Replies, New York Chicago Aligarh Other Lists etc. Tezpur Los Angeles Allahabad Shillong Udaipur Jaipur Lahore Dhaka Istanbul Ahmedabad Bangkok Tehran Mumbai Kolkata Singapore Beirut Raipur Karachi Kuala Lampur Pune Hyderabad Bandung Mexico City Goa Vijayawada Sao Paulo Bangalore Lagos Chennai Sydney Dakar Melbourne Madurai Johannesburg Colombo
  35. 35. Selected Independent Fellowship Research Topics Ponytails-Rings-Punches : Female Boxers in India Pankaj Rishi Kumar, Mumbai Documenting the Making of a Hindi Film Song Prashant Pandey, Delhi Blank Noise : Notes Towards a Sound Installation in Womens Toilets Building Testimonies on Sexual Harrassment in Public Space Jasmeen Patheja, Bangalore Manuel in the City : A Semi-Fictionalized Illustrated Book on the Arrival and Absorption of Goan Migrants in Mumbai Rochelle Pinto, Mumbai Media Coverage of the Execution of Dhananjoy Chatterjee and is Impact on Children in West Bengal Biswajit Roy and Nilanjan Datta, Kolkata
  36. 36. Taran Khan’s Project ‘Socialist Wives’ Documentary Video, Archival Research, Interviews, Oral History, Text, Performance
  37. 37. Corridor : The First Indian Graphic Novel Sarnath Bannerjee
  38. 38. Nancy Adajania’s Project on Digital Manipulation and Popular Photography
  39. 39. Shahid Datawala’s Photographic Research Project on the Ambience of Cinema Spaces in Delhi
  40. 40. Narratives of Everyday Life The ‘New’ Economy Labour Conflict & Violence Urban Environment Architecture Urban Childhood Oral History Migration Infrastructure Sexuality Language Technology, Politics & Culture Media Histories and Practices Tactical Media Surveillance Cinema, TV, Radio, Performance, Music, Information and Society Print, Internet Leisure Sport The Contemporary City Suburbs, Small Towns, Streets, Neighbourhoods Intellectual Property Open Source & Free Software Popular Culture Experimental Media Forms Cultures of Contemporary Art Piracy Comics Design Photography Law and Legality Essays Typography

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