Periferry serves as a laboratory in flux for generating hybrid practices. The space and its activities also provide a connective platform for dialogue across artistic, scientific, technological, and ecological modes of production and knowledge. The project focuses on the creation of a network space for negotiating the challenge of contemporary cultural production in a background of local-global negotiations. It is located on a ferry on river Brahmaputra docked in Guwahati. Working with redundant spaces, that are dysfunctional, the project activated a disused ferry and converted it into a space for research and aims to create a public space and public domain, physical as well as virtual for critical reflections. It has hosted many artists from diverse countries in its residency programmes, workshops, seminars and projects. It connects the empirical and analytical with the self ­reflexive and critical tendencies of contemporary art. It also explores pertinent relationship the river and the ferry has with energy, food and living.

Periferry acts as a threshold, the place where all places meet and dialogue about collaborative practices and cultural resistance takes place. It offers the possibility of keeping up endless processes of movement, of enthusiastic resistance where the important thing is the fact of moving rather than performance of each group or individual.

It provides a space for experimentation and new media approaches, public and community arts, which are based in and relevant to the immediate local and aim at the empowerment of the community and reclaiming the public space.

To be a trans-local initiative which looks at a critical uses of technology, collaborative experiments with local communities in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.



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  • To promote experimentation and an interdisciplinary approach using art, ecology, technology, media and science
  • To create a public space and public domain, physical as well as virtual for critical reflections.
  • To bring focus to issues and concerns of the region
  • To encourage engagement with communities and develop a methodology for this.
  • To explore new constellations of artistic collaborations and relationships that challenge traditional hierarchical and autocratic strategies
  • To develop networks – local, national and with Southeast Asian countries
  • To move beyond the center- periphery, global-local dialectics to renegotiate the role of local in the global.
  • To create an archive and to relook at and privilege indigenous knowledge bases.
  • To develop the ferry as ecologically friendly space and focus on ecological concerns and climate changeTo extend pedagogy and outreach


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