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Art in Transit

Art in Transit - Art in a City of Transience

Art in Transit is a public art initiative facilitated by the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, with the aim to facilitate meaningful discourse, research and practice of art, design, technology in spaces of transience.

Since July 2014, Srishti has collaborated with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) with a pilot project at the Peenya Metro Station, and long term research and implementation projects at Cubbon Park Metro and Chikpete Metro Stations.

Students from disciplines as varied as Public Space Design to Digital Media Art; New Humanities to Contemporary Art Practice; intersect with the project through short courses or long term research projects. Over the past three years the project has invited local and international artists to collaborate and teach. The metro stations have become studio spaces and the communities they are located in, function as the context for the art / design practice developed at each station.

Students in their 4th year set up studio at the Cubbon Park Metro Station.

Devika Shah presents her prototype and concept of Stories Behind the Door to the Managing Director and engineers of the Bangalore Metro.

A students experience with Art in Transit

“As a student of Industrial Art and Design Practice in 2015, I spent two semesters researching and conceptualizing projects facilitated by Art in Transit (AiT). It opened up a unique possibility to create and design outside of the classrooms and in public spaces of Bangalore City such as the metro stations.

‘Skew’ a playful installation created on the staircases for the commuters to interact with at the Peenya Metro Station, Bangalore by Natasha Sharma

‘Skew’ (2015) was my first project that was conceived and installed at the Peenya Metro Station. I was intrigued by the arduous and repetitive nature of movement commuters would take on a day-to-day basis through these large metro stations. I wanted to in some permissible and playful manner alter commuter movement. Using a play of mirrors, ‘Skew’ could be seen as an aesthetic invitation to reimagine how we move through spaces of transit.

‘Urban Poetics (2016)’ was my second project that questioned the idea of creating an ‘aesthetic' in a public space in order to first understand what makes a space ‘public.’ ‘Library of Mats’ was one of the five social experiments conducted as part of the ‘Urban Poetics project. This experiment consisted of 70 picnic mats which were suspended on trees at Cubbon Park, a location central to Bangalore. In the absence of a concept note or instructions at the site, individuals and families alike visiting the park started pulling these mats down and using it for their picnics. As a few people used it, more people felt the agency to use it. Over the course of three days, around 200 individuals and families from varying social and economic backgrounds started freely using and returning these mats to the trees. The mats became points of encounter and interaction in the park, an object that was freely shared with different groups of people. It attempted to look at the role of the designer as an outside participant, acting as a catalyst to enhance participatory experiences between people and space in order to make it more public in nature. It also served as urban material that provided a response to various social, aesthetic and collective needs of the people.

Library of Mats, a social experiment in Cubbon Park by Natasha Sharma

These two contrasting projects serve as milestones to my practice as a designer as I began to understand the agency of ‘design’ and how can it impact place and its people. Art in Transit’s framework of process based learning exists as an intermediate space between the conventions of the institution and what it means to establish a design practice in the outside world. “

Natasha Sharma,
Former Student of Art in Transit, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
Bachelor of Design in Industrial Art and Design Practice (batch 2016)
You can learn more about her project at her website: /

A participatory cyanotype picnic by Karthika Sakitvel, a 2017 Srishti Graduate in Cubbon Park for the Neralu Tree Festival, 2016.

Connecting people and the city through art, design and pedagogy

A key philosophy of the pedagogy and practice of Art in Transit (AiT) is that education is best experienced and performed in the real world. With this intent, AiT has facilitated projects with students and faculty across the institution and continues to partner with local, national and international artists through courses, artist residencies, research projects and festivals.

Art and design practitioners and students immerse themselves in practice based research in order to inform and enrich their responses to site, and build theoretical frameworks as one creates and reflects on the implications of art in public spaces in Bangalore. From art and design that expresses, mediates, activates and instigates, our students and collaborators explore the full spectrum of what it means to intervene in public space.

Light Underground, a lighting installation by Urvika Chabbra, a 2016 Srishti graduate, on the concourse of the Cubbon Park Metro Station.

PHASE 1: Student Projects at Peenya Metro Station

Art in Transit took its first tentative steps in January 2014, when the Peenya Metro Station was still under construction. Over three six-month-long semesters (1.5years), 42 graduating students from a range of departments across Srishti, engaged in research, developed proposals and prototypes and worked with Metro engineers to install permanent artworks and create ephemeral experiences at the Peenya Metro Station. At present, 19 permanent artworks that range from light and playful to engaging and thought provoking comments on history, development, community, architecture, transit and urban life.

Phase 1: 4th Year student, Aroushka Jinelle D’mello, creates Colours of Peenya, an installation with PVC pipes. Aroushka’s research was focused on finding and making visible the Colours of Peenya by taking 100 photographs and creating an infographic based on the pantone shades in those photographs. In from of her installation, Srishti students from the 2015 Interim Semester, facilitated by artists Mansee Jog and Amy Goldine, perform stories of the everyday life of Peenya at the Peenya Metro Station.

PHASE 2: Festival of Stories

In 2016 Art in Transit began our work at the Cubbon Park Metro Station. Along with continuing to build student and faculty research and practice through short and long courses, the project initiated the The Festival of Stories. Festival of Stories became a platform where different visions, histories and practices of artists, students and community organisations come together in dialogue with each other. The intention is to explore varying visions of the past present and future of the city of Bangalore and generate new collaborations, and using the arts to build a fluid relationship between pedagogy, research and art-practice within the city. The model that has emerged is one of persistence of dialogue and a process-based approach to public art practice.

Students of Srishti Interim 2017 work with dancer Hema Bharathi Palani to explore the nature of bodies in public spaces. This performance took place on the platform at the Cubbon Park Metro Station.

Festival of Stories 1 - 8 has hosted more than 250 local, national and international artists. A key partnership developed with the Bangalore San Francisco Sister - City Initiative resulting in a 2 year collaboration between artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and Srishti.

Students of Srishti Interim 2016 work with San Francisco based Artists Robin Lasser and Craig G. Hobbs using projection mapping to tell stories of migration.

Whose Weather is it Anyway?- A projection mapping and data collection installation by Sharath Chandra Ram, Catalina Alzate and Jatin Vidhyarti for Festival of Stories 1.: With weather data from Bangalore and it's sister-silicon city, San Francisco, "Whose Weather is it Anyway?" seeks to engage the audience with the parody and interplay between ‘the climate of economies’ & ‘the economies of climate.

Video for Festival of Stories

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Phase 3 New work with the Metro

Art in Transit continues to develop new ways to deepen our relationship with the Bangalore Metro and in that way, enrich communities that the stations occupy. In 2018 Art in Transit began work at Chickpete, the epi-center of Bangalore’s thriving markets. The Metro’s desire to integrate their new structures into the fabric of the historic Chikpete has resulted in the painting of a variety of contextual murals at 22 walls at the Chickpete Metro Station.

A Mural by Fabrice Galoire, French exchange student, inside the Chickpete Metro Station.

A mural by Abhimanyu Ghimiray on the walls of Chikpete Metro Station.

Art in Transit is also working with the Metro to develop a model to spread creative sustainable practices to other neighbourhoods in the city. These partnerships foreground the agency of local Resident Welfare Associations, educators, local funders and artists to come together to create vibrant place-based creative action at the neighbourhood level at Metro Stations across the city.

Workshops on local history with historian Aliyeh Rizwi at Cubbon Park Metro Station.

Masters in Public Pedagogy and Art Practice

Art in Transit collaborates with the practice-intensive master's program Public Pedagogy and Art Practice that is centered around public art practice and learning in and from the public sphere.
MA in Art Practices : Public Pedagogy and Art Practice


Ample Technologies, Herman Miller Cares, Adobe, US Consulate, Chennai
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation

In- Kind Partnerships:
3M,DNA, (Khaga) Karnataka Hosiery & Garments Association, Banna Spray Paints

City Partners:
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation
VAG Forum
Bangalore San Francisco Sister City Initiative
Hasirudala Waste Pickers Association
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Karnataka Udyog Mitra
Vishweshwaraya Technology Museum

Academic Partners:
Cumulus DESIS Network
Science Gallery, Bangalore

Art Organisation Partnerships:
Native Place
St.Art India
Sensing Local
Mouth of Word
PlaceARTS Youth Collective

Cubbon Mark, a vinyl mural by Fabrice Galoire. One can witness this mural when they enter the tunnel to the underground station of Cubbon Park.

Core Team:

Arzu Mistry, Yash Bhandari, Natasha Sharma


Instagram: artintransit_bangalore

Into the Void, an installation by Manush John, a 2014 Srishti graduate, installed on the platform of Peenya Metro Station, Bangalore.

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Social media

Testing of an augmented reality(AR) app, during a workshop conducted by Sai Krishna Mulpuru.