Bhubaneswar November 4: ‘Art in the Smart City’, aiming strategic use of art and culture for development of Bhubaneswar brought together India’s foremost urban planners, artists, officials, intelligentsia and eminent citizens of Bhubaneswar for a two-day workshop on Friday.
Described as the first visioning workshop, the event will see brainstorming by some of the finest minds at round table discussions to contribute towards preparation of the Visioning Document on Art in the Smart City. The document on ‘Art in the Smart City’ will be submitted to the Chief Minister in due course.
The workshop was organised by Bhubaneswar Art Collective (BAC) comprising Ila Panda Centre for Arts (IPCA), Utsha Foundation for Contemporary Art and Jatin Das Centre for Arts (JDCA) in collaboration with BDA, BMC and BUKC.
Attending the inaugural session, Vice-Chairman, BDA Dr. Krishan Kumar appreciated the idea of having a discussion session involving people from different fields. Informing about the urban bodies various plans, Kumar said, “Bhubaneswar is developing and growing but to make people aware about its development timeline, we are planning to open an Urban Museum in the city. The museum will have all the details like photographs, video, records of old and new additions which would help people understand the course of growth of the city.”
“We are hopeful that in the coming three months, we would be able to execute the plans,” he added.
Giving the keynote address, Prof. Jyotindra Jain, renowned art and culture historian and museologist said museums are now turning into a godown only. “Museum should become more open and interactive rather than just existing as passive places. They should invite artists, filmmakers, dancers and invite the public and organise interactive sessions among them to share their ideas. BAC also sponsored four delegates to the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in September 2017 so that our artists and planners can have an exposure to international practices in public art and culture,” he informed.
Sandeep Hota from Utsha Foundation, one of the delegates who participated in the exposure tour to Seoul, shared his experiences. He said, “The trip helped me understand that we can’t limit art to just public art. We have to think more holistically. I have in my presentation suggested to come up with a creative cluster involving artists, which would help start a creative economy. It requires proper urban planning to establish such areas where artists can come together to plan their creativity.”