Works by CM
A consolidated list of works - papers, publications, installations - by Cybermohalla.
July 2002: Galiyon Se/by lanes, a book with writings from the LNJP Lab is released.
June 2003: "Before Coming Here, Had You Thought of a Place Like This?" (Version 1.0), an installation by Cybermohalla, comprising a tapestry of 200 animations and a 16 minute soundscape participates in "Coolpolitics", Rotterdam.
July 2003: Cybermohalla participates in the international seminar, 'Unlikely Encouters in Urban Space', Park Fiction, Hamburg.
September 2003: "Before coming here, had you thought of a place like this?" (Version 1.1), a multimedia installation by Cybermohalla, comprising a video, a soundscape, wall texts, backlit transparency, animations and the Book Box (set of ten booklets, 5 postcards and a CD with animations and a sound and text film) shows at N5M4, festival of tactical media, Amsterdam.
March 2004: A team of 16 Cybermohalla practitioners presents "What is it that flows between us?" - a spoken word performance at Young International Performers' Festival, Play Mas, in Hamburg.
April 2004: "Before coming here, had you thought of a place like this" (Ver 1.2), opens in "The exhibition, 'Bifocal Vision: The Near and the Far in Contemporary Indian Art', the Culturgest Museum (in cooperation with O Museo Temporario), Lisbon, Portugal, on 14th April (till June) 2004. Curated by Luis Serpa and Nancy Adajania, this exhibition included 20 contemporary Indian artists.
October 2004: For two weeks in October, Mrityunjay Chatterjee, Neelofar and Shveta Sarda from CM are invited for a two week residency to Bootle (Liverpool), to participate in the processes of the "Bootle Lab" and to share some of the practices from the Cybermohalla Labs in Delhi. The Bootle Lab is a room in the locality, situated in the Venus office. Venus is a non-government organisation that has worked with young women - single mothers, with unpredictable sources of income - in Bootle for the last twelve years. Residency in collaboration with FACT.
December 2004: Azra Tabassum, CM practitioner, LNJP Lab presents, "What is that which is looked at, but not uttered?" at a public meeting organised by doctors, in LNJP hospital, to discuss questions of health in Delhi's neighbourhoods.
January 2005: Yashoda Singh and Lakhmi Kohli, CM practitioners, LNJP and Dakshinpuri Lab, present a paper about experiences from Cybermohalla at the PUKAR Winter Institute - 2005. The theme of the conference was 'Urban Knowledge, Language and the Research Process'. Partners: Department of Communications and Journalism, University of Mumbai and KATHA, Delhi.
March 2005: Cybermohalla practitioners begin a long term conversation with the "Urja Ghars", locality media labs which Oxfam and Gujarat based Sewa Mandir are in the process of setting up in various locations (villages) in Gujarat. Spaces for writing and reflection about locality and everyday life, these labs come, chronologically, post the Gujarat riots (2002).
November 2005: Cybermohalla presents "Before Coming Here, Had You Thought of a Place Like This?" (Ver 1.3), a multimedia installation, in Leading from the Edge, curated by Jonathan Jones and Haema Sivanesan (NSW Ministry for the Arts, Museums and Galleries NSW, Australia Council for the Arts), Wagga Wagga, Australia.
March 2006: Cybermohalla's blog, Nangla's Delhi is announced on different mailing lists. It is written about in the english language national daily 'The Hindu', and the weekly magazine 'Tehelka'. While statistics for the first two years are unavailable, between January and September 2008, the number of people to have visited the blog is 2400. (Statistics via Statcounter).
May 2007: Bahurupiya Shehr, written by twenty writers from Cybermohalla and published by one of the best known publishers in Hindi language, Rajkamal Prakashan, is released.
June 2007: Cybermohalla Ensemble participates in 'Building Sight", a curatorial project by Raqs Media Collective, with "A Wall and A Sofa", a video work. Watermans Arts Centre, London. (Download clip).
July 2007: A team of Cybermohalla practitioners are invited to a meeting of the NCERT (National Council for Education Research and Training), responsible for the creation of school textbooks, in July 2007. The workshop was about how school syllabi can begin to address the lacuna of writings on the city in textbooks for school children, and what the nature of texts that can be brought in, can be.
September 2007: A collection of writings by Cybermohalla practitioners is published in Almost Island, a web journal of writing in English (eds Sharmistha Mohanty and Vivek Narayan).
September 2007: "Ambivalent Pedagogy: Notes from the Cybermohalla Experience" by Shveta Sarda, Cybermohalla/Sarai, is published in the peer reviewed book, "Utopian Pedagogy: Creating Radical Alternatives in the Neoliberal Age" (eds Cote, Mark; Day, Richard; de Peuter, Greig; Publisher: Routledge).
November 2007: Cybermohalla presents the paper, "Laghu Riyaaz (Minor Practices)" in "Pedagogical Faultlines", an International conference on knowledge and experience in new concepts and ideas of learning, hosted by the Waag Society and Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam.
March 2008: Version 01, a wall of the planned Cybermohalla Hub is presented in "On Cities; maps, cars, people and narratives in the urban environment", The Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm, Sweden, 4 March – 4 May 2008. Credits: Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller in collaboration with Cybermohalla Ensemble with institutional support of Ankur Society for Alternatives in Education and Sarai/CSDS, Delhi, India.
June 2008: Cybermohalla presents "Memory Card 01", a video work with mobile phones in the "Pocket Films Festival", Paris, followed by a presentation about mobile phone videos (video presentation).
July 2008: The prototype of the Cybermohalla Neighburhood Hub, designed by Frankfurt based architects, Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Muller, in collaboration with the AbK Stuttgart, Stephan Engelsmann, Daniel Dolder and the Cybermohalla Ensemble is shown in Manifesta7, Bolzano, Italy. Manifesta7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art was hosted by the Trentino – South Tyrol Region from July 19 to November 2, 2008. It involved four cities which together create a single connecting route along the Brenner axis between the north and south of Europe: Fortezza (Bressanone), ex-Alumix factory in Bolzano, the Palazzo delle Poste in Trento, Manifattura Tabacchi and ex-Peterlini factory in Rovereto. The show at Bolzano, The Rest of Now, in which the Cybermohalla Hub was shown, was curated by the Raqs Media Collective. Also, Lakhmi Chand Kohli, CM practitioner at the Dakshinpuri Lab contributes an essay, "A Lifetime" in the Manifesta7 Companion Book (Translated into English, German and Italian).
Texts from Cybermohalla are published in the Sarai Readers annually. They have also been translated into other languages - In Latvian in the RIXC Reader 04 (2004), and into German and Spanish as well.