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Art in Transit

A lenticular installation by students from Interim Project- Story of Space depicting the transition of Bangalore City over the years.


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

Initiated in July 2014, in collaboration with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) with a pilot project at the Peenya Metro Station, AIT has worked at the Cubbon Park Metro Station and the Chikpete Metro Station since. AIT will be working with other transit partners such as Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in the future.

A video installation on the platform by Nitya Balakrishna of the trees of Cubbon Park.


As Bangalore grows swiftly into its latest avatar as a megacity, new roads, flyovers and modes of transit are already carving out a new landscape. While the city’s population often struggles to adjust to these changes, we believe art can provide the tools to comment, question, nuance, bring humour and open dialogue.

As an educational program, we are committed to developing a range of critical practices that respond to the growing curiosity towards the revitalisation of public spaces through art and design. This growth in public art practice has created relevance around questions of framing and positioning oneself within a larger field.

By providing contextual framing to a nascent media practice we explore the idea of publicness to its truest potential where the artist has a direct relationship with the audience/reader. Practitioners at Art in Transit use the arts and design as a medium to facilitate dialogue between people and the urban spaces they inhabit. This approach is further nuanced by linking emergent global public art practices with the idea of place and locality. We instigate strategies wherein there is constant evolution of art practice through the lens of place, as opposed to appropriation of place through art.

This program extends itself as a platform where various practices, pedagogies and processes centred around public art in Bangalore can converge to provide a unified vision responding to the transforming urban landscape of Bangalore.

A participative cyanotype print produced in a public workshop in Cubbon Park, facilitated by Karthika Sakthivel.


Art in Transit believes that education is best experienced and performed in the real world. With this intent, AIT has set up studios at the Metro Stations. These studios are where Srishti students work on and develop their ideas in the presence of audiences and in partnership with metro engineers and staff. Art in Transit also opens up our studio to a larger public facilitating multiple workshops, walks and other events.

Art in Transit aims to develop practices through means of diploma courses and projects, collaborations with other centres at Srishti and outside, Interim semester activities, public art events, seminars, colloquiums and conferences. While housing various different practices through its different projects, Art in Transit aims to bring all these disciplines together under a deeper understanding of spaces and the meanings they generate and how to modify and add to spaces with awareness and sensitivity. Art in Transit is always aiming to complicate and answer the question: What does it mean to curate public spaces?

A comic book workshop at Cubbon Park Metro Station by Madhav Nair.

Inhouse for Srishti

Diploma Projects
Contemporary Art Practices (CAP)
Center for Experimental Media and Arts (CEMA)
Industrial Arts and Design Practices
Public Space Design
Visual Communication and Strategic Branding
Experimental Media Arts


Be the City
Public Art and Site Specific Works
Performance in Public Space
Public Furniture Design
Foundation Studies

Masters in Public Pedagogy and Art Practice

We also offer a practice-intensive master's program that is centred around public art pedagogy and the emerging urban identity of Bangalore.

Available to other practitioners, students across India and Internationally.

Augmented Reality
Comics and Sequential Art
Oral Histories
Place Based Signage

Chakraview - A game that progresses by looking at the circular mirror to navigate the maze, by Saksham Verma.


Students, Practitioners, Professionals in various sectors wanting to be part of another experience of engaging with the city .

As an academic space, Art in Transit is strongly characterized by a diversity of philosophies, practices and approaches. From art that expresses, mediates, activates and instigates, our artists explore the full spectrum of what it means to intervene in public space. The projects that are encouraged and facilitated at Art in Transit are characterized by a strong sense of process, extensive onsite immersion and research in order to inform and enrich the artists’ responses to site.

Alongside the metro project, Art in Transit has begun to expand out into different types of public spaces, reach multiple audiences and collaborate with several different types of artists and organizations in order to realize its vision for the city.

Located at the intersection of Practice and Discourse, the project collaborates with students, artists, faculty, city enthusiasts and critics, urban planners and activists to engage creatively with the tensions and dilemmas that exist around the idea of ‘city’ and ‘public space’.

The Light Underground - a light installation by Urvika Chhabra.


Native Place
Sensing Local
VAG Forum
Mouth of Word
Bangalore San Francisco Sister City Initiative

Supported by

Herman Miller

Core Team

Art in Transit’s core team consists of Arzu Mistry & Amitabh Kumar




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