Independent Practice Lab

Mentorship, exercises and peer-reviews
650 (inc. GST)


Starts on Sunday, November 14-December 5th, 2021. 4 pm on Sundays.
Relentless production leads to exhaustion of the spirit. Exhaustion is a symptom of the times. The prevailing conditions of market and society impose a construct/sense of there not being alternatives. What is an individual, who wants to build and sustain a practice, to do in this milieu? How does one remain connected with a perennial source of energy to continue work without saturation, dispiritedness or disillusionment? 
This course will examine the meaning, dynamics, trajectories and outcomes of practice and production. It offers a space for introspection and sharing in order to explore one’s relationship with themselves, their work and their being as it manifests through practice.
The cycles of working life, youth and retirement are linked to the needs of production and have very little to do with individual capacities — this is how existing atmospheres and structures have come to be shaped by forces of the market and society. However, individuals in every phase of life can hope to build a practice that is a reflection of parts of themselves yet un or under explored. There are few spaces and methodologies that deprioritise the pressure to produce, to explore without judgment — this conditions the individual to stay away from paths that don’t necessarily lead anywhere. Paradoxically, such directionlessness orients us in a strange way. 
What is practice? Is it just a continuum of production or can it possible mean a life in the pursuit of answers? Do answers always need to be in concrete form or can they be thoughts which guide an enquiry? Why is an introspective practice that has only sporadic products to show looked over when seeing an individual’s body of work? Is it because of the pressures of leaving behind a legacy? To seem relevant and successful within one’s position in the structure? Eventually a practice is a vehicle that sustains and nourishes a life.
The course is structured to engage the participants in considering questions posed to them, in activities, readings and writings designed to evoke introspection and expansion of their conception of their work and practice. This course is facilitated by Prayas Abhinav and Satya.
Portrait of Prayas Abhinav
Prayas Abhinav is a writer, teacher and entrepreneur. He has worked in the last few years on numerous pieces of speculative fiction, software, games, interactive installations, public interventions and curatorial projects.
He has written extensively on poetic thought as a form of lingual communication. He contributed to research and projects at northeastwestsouth (n.e.w.s) (Amsterdam, NL). He has conducted workshops at CEPT University (Ahmedabad), Dutch Art Institute (Arnhem, NL), MICA (Ahmedabad) and National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad & Bangalore). In the past he led the Centre for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA) at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore. Across the last year and a half he drove the development of a volunteerism project at Ahmedabad University.
He has developed his research and practice with the support of fellowships by Sarai, Openspace, CEMA and TED. He has been in residencies at Khoj (India), Coded Cultures (Austria) and dis-locate (Japan). He has shared his work at festivals including Transmediale, 48c, Futuresonic, ISEA and Wintercamp.
Portrait of Satya
Satya works with text, sound, music, image to question landscapes of social, interpersonal and self within urban/online contexts; perceptions of space/place, memory, loss. She has performed/recorded with jazz/improvised music groups in US, Europe, India. Her writing has appeared in Elsewhere Magazine, hākārā journal, Almost Island, NDTV’s art blog, SAADA’s blog.

What Will I Learn?

  • Develop Existing Practice By Entering The Space Of This Course
  • Examine And Address Anxiety Of Inconsistent Production
  • Be In The Company Of Other Practitioners Who Deal With Similar Questions
  • Have Access To A Space And Time For Introspection
  • Receive External Inputs To Aid Self-Reflection
  • Examine And Evaluate The Value Of Practice

Topics for this course


Situating Ourselves

Situating Ourselves
Reading & journal

Conditioning — the Imperative to Produce

Projecting and Pitching the Self

Value, Slack & Process (and Its many faces)

Course Details

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Categories: Eclectic
  • Total Hour: 12h
  • Total Enrolled: 6
  • Last Update: November 17, 2021

Material Includes

  • Group Discussions
  • 4 Sessions, 3 Conceptual Games,
  • 4 Reflective MCQs & More
  • Individual Sharing Time For Each Participant


  • Willingness To Practice In Parallel During The Course And Constantly Share Work During Sessions

Target Audience

  • Those Who Wish To Develop Comfort With One’s Nature Of Practice
  • Those Who Are Beginning To Practice
  • Practitioners Who Wish To Be Provoked
  • Creative And Interest-Based Practice

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