The Cartist Festival 2020 Day 1 done and dusted with a series of Talk Sessions featuring eminent speakers from Art, Automobile and Design fraternity, Workshops by Artists, Live Artwork making sessions with 100 artists from across the country, A virtual art gallery exhibition and a melodious musical evening. The theme of this year’s festival is sustainability and all the activities are planned around the same.
Cartist, an automobile art organisation, manifested the dream of continuing its tradition of organising nationwide Automobile Art Festival even this year and it was quite challenging for the organisers considering the current pandemic situation. However, Cartist has decided to take this Festival online in its entirety to confirm to the safety of one and all and also continue supporting and promoting the artists through a common platform.
The Cartist Festival 2020 begun with an interesting opening session on “Sustainability Matters-Now is the Time to Act”. The session featured Rajesh Menon (DG SIAM), Debashis Sen (IAS), Padma Shri Shakir Ali, and was chaired by Avik Chattopadhyay (Expereal). The speakers shared their views on how to survive the climate change through adopting sustainable solutions across sectors.
Rajesh Menon shared his vision on Sustainability. Sustainable transportation has to consider all three dimensions in a comprehensive way- social, economic and environment. He added on how automobile industry is making concerted efforts to integrate sustainable solutions. Menon said that Automobile Industry has taken transition to BS 6 vehicles across segments in a fastest timeline. New technologies, alternate fields such as 100 CNG vehicles, recycling of products is done for adopting sustainable practices in automobile industry.
Padma Shri Shakir Ali said “Artforms, artists and community need constant support, especially in these difficult times amid #COVID19 and they need platforms to showcase their art and governments should come forward to support us.”
IAS Debashis Sen gave insights on Government’s initiatives from West Bengal making structural changes so sustainability is woven in cities. For example, densified cities, concept of vertical cities, cycling tracks, and happy streets are in consideration. Futuristic and sustainable vision & questionswere posed by him asking “Would you design cars that are personal and share friendly? How to bring art to cityscape and streets?” “In coming years, communities may get wide access and should promote use of electric vehicles, electric cycles. Future lies in taking conscious and sustainable solutions by us all.” he added.
Avik Chattopadhyay asked a pertinent question “How to bring fine balance between public and private transportation?”Something to think by all of us to make sustainable choices.
The Key Take away from the first session was that we all need to work together on co-creating sustainable solutions and adopting sustainable choices.
The next session “The Symbiotic Relationship of Car, Art & Design” featured Anil Saini (Head of Automobile Design Studio, TCS) where he spoke about the intersection of Car, the world of art and how it is done through Design. “Mobility, art and design have been in our civilisation since thousands of years. Art below sows confluence of art and design. The automobile is part of our visual landscape, and many people are totally desensitized to its presence.” Popular Art has been around us. We need to have an eye for art to appreciate and seek inspiration” said Anil Saini.
Session 3 on the topic “Creativity in times of COVID19” was taken up by Swaroop Biswas, NitashaJaini, Sudhanshu Suthar, Parvathi Nayar, and was chaired by Lubna Sen. This year has witnessed extreme setbacks due to COVID19 – isolation, fear, death, togetherness, family. Avalanche of emotions and living in new normal has brought an array of challenges to creative souls. The discussion was based on How creativity has evolved in this new phase of pandemic.
The session revolved around How this year 2020 (especially lockdown) unleashed Parvathi Nayar’s creativity in newer ways? New stories, new challenges, new hopes, new opportunity.
Nitasha Jaini’s views revolved around “Art is not an easy way. We need to encourage people to appreciate art, invest in art and educate art. Take the value of art in every household.” Sheshared about gender dimensions amid lockdown and how patriarchal controls have governed household dynamics.
Artist Sudhanshu Suthar shares his perspectives and how his creations evolved amid lockdown. Poetry, studio, canvas, board, watercolour, he has experimented with it all. “Base element of being human have been multiplied in 2020 and word ’Self’ has been redesigned. Swaroop Biswas sharing his story/art about conflicts. Conflict of small and big, conflict of language, conflict of culture.
“Art is considered as the luxury but it is a joyful creative world and lot of things have happened in last 9 months. Was that enough?” said Lubna Sen
Next session was on the “Relationship between Art & Technology” headed by Kranti Sambhav, Editor & Lead -Auto, TIMES Network. In conversation with Himanshu Jangid, Founder, Cartist, he discussed about the few aspects that are key to decision-making when it comes to automobile: socio-political culture, virtues of utility centric, value for money, influence of acceptance. Examples popular cars for Indians, Santro & Wagon R. He added that most automobile industries such as Audi, Merc are moving to go digitalplatforms like Augmented Reality has come into play.
Saurabh Singh (Head Design Maruti), In conversation with Pallavi Chaudhary Vardhan took a session on how to “Infuse sustainability into design of 21st century”.
To sum up the day 1 sessions, the closing one was on“Contribution of Design Studio” by Anuj Prasad (CEO Design), AnandSharma (Studio34), Jagpreet Singh (Future Tech), chaired by Anuj Guglani (CEO, World Auto).
The workshops that took place on Day 1 were Introduction to Automobile Design Myths Vs Reality by Aashish Choudhary, Calligraphy Play with words by Shipra Dutta, Watercolor Landscape by NB Gurung, Digital Clay Sculpting of cars using Z-Brush by Devabrat Borgobain, and Phad Paintings by Vijay Joshi. Students from across the country participated in the workshops and learnt some skills by the field experts. “It’s a great opportunity for people to learn from the comfort of their homes” said one of the participants.
The day ended with a thrilling performance by Daira Band, a high energy Hindi ‘Art-Rock’ band that fuses elements of alternative rock blended with a desi sense of humor. Daira pioneered ‘Awadhi Rock’, emulating sounds from the Awadh mainland through powerful vocals, tasty riffs, and groovy bass lines.
The artist exhibitions curated a collection of Artist Rohan Khuntale who created Corporate Park miniatures using E-Waste, Tirth Patel displayed an array of artworks that reconnects him to the fond memories of his childhood revolving around Buses, Lt. Ram Kumar, a self-taught artist from Kishangarh who had expertise in realistic paintings, and Jogi Art, the traditional art form by the Jogi Tribe.
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