A segue for Conscious Cities Movement in Bengaluru (pincode 56 - - - -), 56 Urban Unraveling and Utopia is an initiative that yearns to draw bridges between Architecture, Urban Design, Technology, Engineering, Planning, Governance, Psychology, Neuroscience, Social Science, and the Arts. By bringing together professionals, academics, students, performing artists, activists, and enthusiastic citizens, we aim to ‘unravel, identify, and investigate’ key issues to wellbeing and inclusion within Bengaluru. 56 UUU will not only examine the city’s ethos through practice-based research and design solutions but also curate artistic ‘utopias’ as counterpoints.
The inaugural symposium on 27th July, 2019 will introduce the first cohort of Conscious Cities Bengaluru - 12 Experts/Advisors, 12 artists, 4 Community engagement groups, and 4 aspiring social change-makers. The symposium will look at Bengaluru through the lenses of Identity, Sensibility, Facility, and Connectivity across different scales - individual, community, and the urban agglomerate.
The artists - musicians, painters, street-play actors, poets, writers, and storytellers will be a part of the symposium (and Artize Conscious Bengaluru Exhibition) where they would interact with the experts and community activists to find inspiration for their narratives. The discourse developed at the symposium will be taken forward through a series of lectures and artistic engagements staged at different locations in the city in every quarter of the coming year, starting in August. These curated events will create a live and conscious interface with the public. This way the city becomes the core element of the dialectic discussions and aesthetic experience - as the canvas, observer, concept, and the art itself.