Curator and prolific conversationalist Hans Ulrich Obrist will be appearing in New Delhi on Saturday to light the torch of his Marathon series for the first time on Indian soil. The public event appears alongside the Indian Art Summit in what could be seen as a bid to go beyond the more money centred conversations inspired by previous Indian Art Fair events. Appearing as an alternative to the materialism of the fair, the Marathon is being billed as ‘a spirited interrogation’ that follows a uniquely ‘encyclopedic – philosophical model, based on a very emphatically understood concept of the conversation as a fruitful/successful exchange of ideas and exemplified in the form of the interview.’
Next to a list of internationally acclaimed artists, including Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher (to mention just two who I have seen in UK exhibition spaces), is a list of leading social, political and educational thinkers including Vandana Shiva, whose significant part in the global Eco-Feminist movement is perhaps particularly relevant to the CCA’s own recent exhibition strand. The idea is very much: Interview as Artform. Details of the event and a great window into experimental art practice in India can be found at: http://www.khojworkshop.org/project/khoj_marathon_hans_ulrich_obrist_series_public_conversations and interviews of the KHOJ Marathon will be published by the Foundation for Contemporary Art (FICA). The question is, for those who can’t be there in person, (interested artists struggling with VAT rises on recession hit Scottish soil?), do the spirited results have a material form? Are they interviews for sale or free to download?