Sandscape Festival / Art Residency
Jaisalmer Fort and Palace, and Patwa Haveli were two of the architectural stages for live events that were a part of SANDSCAPE 2020, made with support from the Rajasthan Tourism Department and GSDT and the Jaisalmer Desert Festival.
Sandscape 2019 started with an Event at KB Lodge on 13th Feb with Visuals on the Patwa Haveli by Viktor Furiani (France), Samvida Nanda (Delhi) and Param Virdee (Delhi) of the Mosquito Massala. Featuring a narration by Vijay Ballani. Followed by music-and-visual arts by Marta Del Grandi and Cecilia Valagussa of Fossick Project (Italy), and music by Clicks and Errors (Germany), Diana Lovrin (New York), Lucid Raaga AKA Nelson OJ (Mumbai), and Mashter (Delhi).
Other events included a Conference at the Royal Palace on the 14th Feb (discussions around new forms of Tourism, Gender Empowerment, Preservation of Heritage and more), a Royal Dune Party in Khuri on 15th and 16th Feb, and a Music and Lights Show at the Jaisalmer Fort on 18th Feb. Other prominent artists featured in those events, were Queen Harish (Jaisalmer), Ma Faiza (Pune), Cosmic Compass (Delhi), Ind Ra (Mumbai), and all star folk artists Kutle Khan and Band and Gafoor Khan.
Additional pre and post parties were celebrated on 9th Feb at Lush in Jodhpur, and Boxout Wednesdays in Summerhouse Cafe on 20th Feb and Raasta, New Delhi on 22nd Feb.
With Special thanks to Sandscape 2019 main supports: HH Maharani Raseshwari Rajya Laxmi and Yuvraj Chaitanya Raj Singh of the Royal Family of Jaisalmer, and to Jaisalmer Fort Palace Museum - GSDT, Luca Borella, Killa Bhawan and KB Lodge, Instituto Italiano Di Cultura, Embassy of France in India and French Institute in India and Intermod.
Sandscape is made possible thanks to Sir Gajendra Singh Sodha from Mamas Resort & Camps in Khuri; the Indo-European art collective Mosquito Massala, and Mr Nitesh Mathur from Universal Selective, as well as all the Partners of Sandscape.
20th Feb 2019 saw Sandscape Artists at Boxout Wednesdays!
At Summer House Cafe in New Delhi.
Listen to the Lineup:
Lucid Raaga & Diana Lovrin
Clicks and Errors
Featuring Visuals by Samvida Nanda, Viktor Furiani and Param Virdee of the Mosquito Massala!
Opening up the night was Mumbai's Lucid Raaga aka Nelson OJ, an electronic producer who is fascinated by India's treasure trove of ethnic and folk sounds. He has worked extensively with musicians who play instruments such as the Sarangi, Sitar, Sarod, Flute and Veena . He was joined with live vocals from New York's Diana Lovrin.
Italian duo Fossick Project comprising illustrator Cecilia Valagussa and singer-songwriter Marta Del Grandi. Theirs is a creative collaboration where music and graphic compositions inspire one another and each performance is unique and site specific.
Closing out the night was live modular electronica act from Germany, ClicksandErrors . Christoph Dahlberg is a one-man band and his sets are based on broken beats and melancholic harmonies with syncopated and compulsive use of synths and drum machines .
Thanks to Wild City for their support!
Read more at Wild City's website.
Boxout.fm is an online radio station borne of a need for a community-run platform focusing on alternative music and culture in India.
Have a listen and Learn more at https://boxout.fm
From Mama's Resort and Camps, to Amar Sagar, KB Lodge, Gadsisar Lake and more; Jaisalmer and Khuri played host to Sandscape Art Residency #6
Chinese Man's Matteo, and DJ Nina met up with Mosquito Massala's VJ Viktor Furiani, VJ Samvida Nanda and DJ Nelson (AKA Lucid Raaga), for a time of exploration, sharing, creating a DIY sound studio near the Desert, listening and recording with the Folk artists of the Manganiyar and Kalbelia Communities, creating fusion, understanding systems of royalties, discovering spicy foods, playing with spicy technologies, and more... through immersive processes which took place in November 2018.
Special thanks to Gajendra Singh Sodha, Chaitanya Raj Singh, Luca Borella, Bhanu Shrimali and Gently Altered for their roles in hosting and/or supporting this Art Residency!
SANDSCAPE in the NEWS!
2018 SANDSCAPE Art Residency and Festival
It is with great pleasure that we announce the Bonjour India Label for The SANDSCAPE Art Residency and Festival!
By mosquitomassala | On 20/08/2021
In association with BACK IN TIME @ BONOBO, Mumbai, 28.01.17.
Music Acts - ETHNOTRONIC JUGALBANDI Talab Khan & Band / Folk - Barna, Lucid Raaga / Fusion - Mumbai
DJ SETS - Pradeep Maharana - Mumbai, Arnold Misquitta - Mumbai
DIGITAL WALA Project - CROSSED LAB Digital Art Installation & Performance - Etienne Bernardot - Paris, Mathieu Sanchez - Paris
Visuals & Mapping - MOSQUITO MASSALA VJ Samvida Nanda - Delhi, VJ Rahil - Hyderabad, VJ Viktor Furiani - Lyon
Soundtrack: Infinity by Lucid Raaga
Images, Editing, Animations: Samvida Nanda & Viktor Furiani
The full moon rose nigh into the sky. The wind carried with it the amalgamation of voices of travellers, adventurers and cultural seekers gathered in the Thar Desert, near Khuri Village.
Amidst the sand dunes, an infusion of electronic music with the folk music of the Manganiyar community, unfolded on the main stage. Evocative of a peacock feather, the origami inspired stage set the backdrop for Projection Mapping and VJing of content created through an initiative called Graphic Designers Without Borders.
DJ Rohan1000 flew down from Paris, and joined Indian veterans of electronic music, DJ Mash (Delhi), Ma Faiza (Pune), and Reverse Osmosis (Jaipur), in guiding the way after the initial Folk Music by Talab Khan and his Band. A special mention to Lucid Raaga, for starting the second evening with original fusion music made in collaboration with the local folk musicians and with the voice of kalbelia dancer, Nirmal Sapera. Fat Krrent (a promising youngster from Ajmer) did a Beat-box and rap set and performed a live jugal-bandhi with Folk artists Gafoor Khan and Band. The skill with the khartal was showcased beautifully by Kutle Khan, and the children from the Pehchaan Folk Music Institute of Barna performed a special set led by Dayam Khan.
Queen Harish, has been described as a Classical Indian tapestry coming to life. She and her students from Japan took the stage by storm. Mirrors shimmered and golden gauze glinted as the dancers spun in charismatic control, weaving a story of strength of the people in surviving the harsh desert, then breaking into a Bollywood piece, and then finally speaking eloquently about the city of Jaisalmer and how it celebrates culture.
Art installations peppered the tops of dunes and marked a path to The Cabinet of Curiosities. This second stage, hosted the Digital art performance by French artists Etienne Bernardot and Mathieu Sanchez from Crossed Lab; as well as the open-air cinema where audiences watched ‘Road Movie’ by Dev Benegal.
The Festival was witness to two days of moonrises and sunrises.
The SANDSCAPE FESTIVAL took place in February of 2017, and was organised by the Sandscape Art collective, comprised of Gajendra Singh Sodha, of Mama’s Resort and Camps, Nitesh Mathur of Universal Selective, and Samvida Nanda and Viktor Furiani of the Mosquito Massala.
Participation of Mosquito Massala at Sandscape:
· Co-Direction and Coordination of the Festival.
· Co-Direction of Production and Technique for the Festival
· Initiated Graphic Designers Without Borders
· Stage Design (concept to construction) -- With assistance in construction by Luna ji, the master carpenter from Khuri.
· Projection Mapping and VJing for the Stage.
· Development of the Electric Desert Lab.
· Co-Curation and Coordination of the Artists
· Documentation and Montages
· Organised Pre-Parties in Mumbai (The Den, and Bonobo) and Jaisalmer (KB Lodge)
· Co-Conceptualised the project and festival
· Co-Curation and Co-Mediation of all artists during the Art Residency.
· Web Design -- Content and Development
Artists & Projects presented during the event:
> DJ SET [Electronic Music]
Lucid Raaga [Mumbai]
This evening Jaisalmer played witness to several rare projects in the field of Digital Art, thanks to the passionate teams of KB Lodge, Killa Bhawan hotel, Crossed Lab, The Mama's Resort & Camp, Universal Selective and the Mosquito Massala.
>>> The projects were developed during the Sandscape Art Residency # 3 which started in January 2017 in Mumbai, and was further continued in February in Mama's Resort & Camp in Khuri and then in KB Lodge in Jaisalmer.
>>> After a time of development, The Art residency culminated with the SANDSCAPE Fusion Festival #1 in Khuri Sand dunes with a celebration and presentation of the final performances of the artists in Rajasthan for this season.