Cultural Transfer between India and Germany,
A trans-disciplinary research and culture project
by Werkleitz Gesellschaft e.V. (Halle/Saale), House of World Cultures
(Berlin), Majlis (Mumbai) and DeEgo (Vienna).
The project Import Export aims
to explore the dynamics of mutual perception in the age of globalisation.
Which individuals, cultural products, ideologies and consumer goods
shape the knowledge of each other - or what is taken for knowledge?
India and German-speaking Europe are connected through a long and
complex – sometimes even contradictory – history of
mutual attributions, images, clichés and phantasms.
For Import Export, we have put up an imaginary
screen, which is used by both sides to project their reciprocal
perception of the other as well as to reflect self-images and characterises
the relationship between the two cultural areas.
Faced with an abundance of associations we have focused on the edges
of the disciplines, academic schedules, art exhibitions and economy
summits, that are largely underexposed. The choice of topics was
lead by the intention to initiate a dialogue between a young generation
of artists and scientists – a dialogue that adresses the political
dimensions of cultural exchange between metropoles of the North
and the South as well as the cultural implications of ecomomic relations
and knowledge transfer.
The 26 single projects are all independent works in the form of
lectures, film essays, photo exhibitions or performances and can
be attributed to the following titles:
deals with the individual, incidential und uncontrollable forms
of cultural transfer under the heading of migration and travel.
examines the cirulation of philosophical and political ideas, concepts
and theory, between India and German-speaking Europe.
is concerned with the strategic forms of import and export of material
culture, both from economic and cultural viewpoints – im-
and export in the original sense.
The involved artists, academics, filmmakers,
journalists and activists of all three countries present their projects
in the course of four chapters:
The Bombay Chapter will be openend
up from March 25th to 27th, 2005 in the Mohile Parikh Center for
Contemporary Culture (MPC3) in Mumbai,
the Vienna Chapter from May
19th to 22nd, 2005 at the Künstlerhaus in Vienna and
the Berlin Chapter from August
11th to 14th, 2005 at the House of World Cultures in Berlin.
Each chapter consists of the following project modules: A symposium
introducing six independent research projects, an exhibition of
commissioned photographs and installations and a film series entitled
Moving Images containing exemplary
historical and contemporary movies concerned with the ideas of Import
As Chapter Four the publication
Import Export: Cultural
Transfer. India, Germany, Austria (release August 2005)
will merge the basic threads and topics of the local events and
summarize the results of the research. Three documentary film essays
will be produced by the Import Export
network. They will be issued on DVD as part of the publication.
The website www.im-export.net
serves as an information platform and will hopefully facilitate
the Indian-Austrian-German cultural transfer in a long-term perspective.