The "Import/Export" festival in the House of World Cultures in August 2005 is dedicated to examining the paths and patterns of cultural transfer between India, Austria and Germany. The project is realised in three venues - Berlin, Bombay/Mumbai (25-27.03.2005) and Vienna (20-22.05.2005) - with each venue hosting the common elements of a symposium, a film series, and an exhibition. Producing three documentary film essays forms an integral part of the project, together with a publication, due to be shown in August 2005 in the House of World Cultures.
"Import/Export" provides both a practical and conceptual platform, with the three symposia allowing an exchange of ideas between scholars, artists and curators, and the interested general public. The key themes revolve around three topics, "moving people - moving concepts - moving goods", examining the social, intellectual and economic elements in trans-cultural relations between these three countries - an approach turning the project itself into a living example of just such cultural transfers.
"Import/Export" is jointly organised by the House of World Cultures, the Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V., Halle, majlis, a legal and cultural resource centre in Bombay/Mumbai, and the art and theory network DeEgo, Vienna. The symposia, film productions and book publication are supported by funds from the European Union - India Economic Cross Cultural Programme and the Hauptstadtkulturfonds, with artistic direction by Merle Kröger and Dorothee Wenner.
The scholars, artists and curators involved in this project include Flavia Agnes (Bombay/Mumbai), Nancy Adajania (Delhi), Sun-ju Choi (Cologne), Helmut Dietrich (Berlin), Julia Eckert (Berlin), Madhusree Dutta (Bombay/Mumbai), Angelika Fitz (Vienna), Ranjit Hoskote (Delhi), Anke Illing (Berlin), Merle Kröger (Berlin), Shantanu Lodh (New Delhi), Mamta Murthy (Bombay/Mumbai), Navina Sundaram (Hamburg), Alexandra Schneider (Berlin), Dorothee Wenner (Berlin), and Michael Wörgötter (Vienna).
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