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Lecture by Karin Zitzewitz (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Fellow)

01. Feb 2018 16:00 Uhr bis 19:00 Uhr
Veranstalter: Professorship Global Art History
Karl Jaspers Centre, Room 212

Painting and the Image Condition in Millennial Mumbai

Karin Zitzewitz

From the mid-1990s onward, an avalanche of new image forms became available in the city of Mumbai, from the proliferation of visually innovative television channels, including MTV and Channel [V], to a quieter new ubiquity of duplication technologies like Xerox and fax, to the windows of personal computing and the hypertext links of the internet.  A crucial marker in that process of media shift came in 2000, when the “irrational exuberance” of the dot-com boom landed in Mumbai mere months before its global crash.  Instead of ushering in the medium of painting’s demise, as critics often framed it in the moment, these new media shaped painting practice without displacing it in the Indian art scene.  The years just after the millennium saw a boom market in painting that engaged with the contemporary image condition, with photorealistic renderings of mediatic images becoming particularly desirable.  This paper tracks the eruption of multiple technologies of image-making and -circulation as they entered into the artistic practices of painters and made possible a new internet-facilitated market for art.



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