About Archipelago Archives

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Initiated in 2016 by Kiran Kumar, Archipelago Archives is a long term artistic research project that (re)imagines dances danced on an imaginary archipelago somewhere in the Indian Ocean. by studying practices of Hatha yoga, temple dance and music in south and south-east Asia. In gathering fragments and documents from the dance-making process into an archive, the project aims to create critical, conceptual and aesthetic counterpoints to dominant Eurocentric understandings of the human body-mind.

The project is realised through a series of Studies which are transdisciplinary inquiries into a range of concepts and practices, often done in collaboration with artists, scientists, philosophers, scholars and other interlocutors.

The project is shared through a series of Exhibits that are conceived as a growing collection of interdisciplinary essays that take the form of writing, performance, installation or video works.

The cumulative archive of Studies and Exhibits is part reconstructive, part speculative, part archeological, part anthropological and part fantastical.


(Excerpts from letters to the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences)

SELECT PRESENTATIONS 2019 Postcolonial Oceans, University of Bremen
2017 Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin)

The project has been supported by:
2019 Robert Bosch Foundation (Germany)
2019 Literary Colloquium Berlin
2019 Ministry of Education and Culture (Indonesia)
2016-19 Volkswagen Foundation (Germany)
2016-18 Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences
2016-18 Einstein Foundation (Germany)
2016 Dance Nucleus (Singapore)
2016 Centre42 (Singapore)