On The Table: In-Depth
This In-Depth edition of On The Table invites you inside Devika Bilimoria’s artistic research. Over discussions and physical explorations, we will investigate the phenomena of time and duration through the gestural act of pouring.
Informed by Hindu bathing rituals and everyday actions, such as preparing a drink or watering plants, Devika is interested in the sensorial, symbolic and mechanical aspects of ‘the pouring hand’.
Pouring has many components to its occurrence and sequence of coordination. This workshop invites you to experience, contemplate and discuss how this pious and colloquial gesture could be a tool for slowness, contemplation, and offering.
On The Table is a platform for artistic exchange and collaboration run by Caitlin Dear and Ebony Muller. In facilitation of cross-disciplinary explorations, dancers of all training backgrounds, as well as movement-curious people who may be new to bodily practices, are invited to come into the studio together. Events are hosted by artists/collectives working with varied approaches to dance, movement and bodily practice. Hosts are invited to put something ‘on the table’ for everyone who attends to examine together. Sessions range from workshops and in-progress performances to open artistic explorations. Everyone is invited to collaborate on the tasks at hand.
Devika Bilimoria is a multi-disciplinary artist and photographer. Using performance, image making and installation, their work contributes to the shifting and convolution of bodies, territories and cultures. Having trained in the classical Indian dance form of Bharata Natyam, as well as Fine Arts and Media Studies at RMIT, their practice traverses live and digital artforms. Devika’s projects explore materiality and time, along with re-examining how bodies and experiences are constructed, with a particular, but not limited, focus on South Asian dance and culture.