ArtMoves-An Event on Wheels (INDIA)

A joint project of Make ART/STOP AIDS (MA/SA) and Centre for Media and Alternative Communication (CMAC), ArtMoves is a fully portable human-rights based AIDS/arts intervention. Conveyed and dispalyed in five retrofitted auto-rickshaws, it is better described as a moving event or “happening” than an exhibition.

The concept of the bioscope, rolled on wheels, provided the genesis of ArtMoves it is an expression of giving mobility to art and bringing it to the people. The idea was not to limit the exhibition to a handful of gallery visitors, but to give it wheels quite literally.

ArtMoves is based on the premise that thoughtful, engaging, challenging art opens up possibility for personal transformation. It also seeks to suppport these forms of communication by mobilizing artists to make and distribute art that engages directlywith the epidemic, that explores its meanings, and that seeks to do what art does best: to invoke thought and therefore action, and to stir debate and dialogue wothin communities.

ArtMoves, is an extension of the multi-media MAKE ART/STOP AIDS museum exhibition slated to open at the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, in February 2008. The works of art features in the exhibition have been selected from four countries: India, Brazil, South Africa and the United States.

ArtMoves is being anchored and implemented by MA/SA’s Delhi-based partner, Centre for Media and Alternative Communication, Led by designer, film-maker and photographer, Parthiv Shah, CMAC has been an active partner since MA/SA’s inception in 2004