Berkleley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive 2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94720
1:30 pm–3:00 pm
Vikram Sarabhai by artist Matti Braun
This illustrated slide presentation takes its point of departure from the remarkable life and biography of Vikram Sarabhai (1919-1971), the father of Indian Space Program. A Cambridge University cosmic-ray scholar, Dr. Vikram was much more than a brilliant physicist.
A scientist, an entrepreneur, a key institution builder, and a man of vision, Sarabhai’s ongoing search to innovate led him to experiment in diverse fields as art, technology and textiles.
His ability to extend the scope of artistic frontiers while simultaneously emphasizing and nurturing India’s scientific progress made Vikram Sarabhai extraordinarily unique. He stood as an emblem of Modernity, a citizen of the world.
The presentation traces his connections not only to famed Indian cultural figures as the poet, Rabindranath Tagore, film director, Satyajit Ray, and his wife, the renowned Indian dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai, but also, how Sarabhai’s work intersects major cultural developments in 20th century India. His global interactions revealed associations with international modernist figures Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, John Cage, Alexander Calder, Henri Cartier-Bresson and more.
The artist, Matti Braun spins an elaborate web of interdisciplinary associations around the Indian physicist Vikram Sarabhai. Inspired by some of the cultural developments and momentum of the Modernist movement of Twentieth Century India, Braun’s research focuses on, among others, the multifaceted figure of Sarabhai.
His slide presentation is created as a precisely composed score of images and words that reflect stories through a unique artistic vision.
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