FELLOWS LAB: SHILLIM
The inaugural Fellows Lab will be held at the Shillim Institute and Resort in Maharashtra, India in the Spring of 2018.
The site, designed by landscape designer, Margie Ruddick, is located in the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World heritage site and biodiversity hotspot, and is an example of how private land owners, with a planning team, can integrate conservation, ecological remediation and enhancement, and community engagement into the development planning and design process. Sitting in the diverse and threatened landscape of the Ghats, the retreat will bring together artists, conservationists, scientists and policymakers. The ecological services consultancy, OIKOS, who have conducted the most recent ecological survey of Shillim, will provide a critical understanding of the ecological framework in the Western Ghats. This arts/conservation collective will participate in workshops, walks, and a wide range of immersive exercises in the landscape, presentations and performances. All of the work done at the retreat will be assembled in an Artist Book, the first in a series of publications by The Shillim Foundation. The book will combine the ecological work done on the site to date, conceptual mapping done during the retreat, practical guidance about the preservation of wild landscapes, strategies for catalyzing and implementing conservation of the Ghats, and work produced by the artists alone or in collaboration with others.