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DISRUPTION: Eight Movements

Praxis Module V

Rohit Goel & Padmini Chettur

2 - 30 August 2023

Wednesdays and Saturdays

 2,9,12,16,19,23,26,30 August

INR 7,500 Participation

INR 10,000 Participation + Writing

6:30 PM IST - 8:30 PM IST 

Worldwide Registration Open

Online via Zoom

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About the Course

This course will analyse eight contemporary, creative disruptions in the history of modern art, dance, sound, and philosophy. Co-taught by a dancer and a philosopher, Padmini Chettur and Rohit Goel will stage a dialectical movement between carefully selected contemporary artworks and theoretical arguments.

Disruption inaugurates BICAR’s series: Becoming Contemporary Again. Today, we’re awash with ‘postmodern’, culturalist approaches to the contemporary inclined to fusing art and theory, thought and feeling, mind and body, tradition and modernity, always merging the two into ones, difference into identities. We’ve lost sight of the creative break that modernity inaugurated and that contemporaries should protect. Courses and events in this program tarry with the creative disruption that contemporary art and thought require.

About the Professors

Padmini Chettur began her contemporary dance career in 1990 as a member of the troupe of Chandralekha—the radical Bharatanatyam modernist choreographer, whose own opus dealt with a rigorous deconstruction of the form. Over the past two decades, Chettur has defined her own choreographic idiom—minimalist, abstract and formal—stripping movement down to an essential, anatomical investigation, prioritising a sense of tension over emotion. Since her solo work Beautiful thing 2 (2011), and in later works—Wall dancing (2013), Varnam (2013) —her work has been seen in visual art spaces like steirischer herbst (Graz), Kochi-Muziris Biennale (Cochin), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Jejak-Tabi (Jogja), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Archive (Berlin), hangar Bicocca (Milan) as her practice extended into film and durational works. Her most recent work ‘A slightly curving place’, premiered at Concrete (Dubai) and will be shown at EMPAC (New York) in November 2023.


Rohit Goel is Director/Professor of the Bombay Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). He is the editor of Future Perfect: Catastrophe and Redemption in the Contemporary (Kaph 2023) and the co-editor of Lacan contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex, Politics (Bloomsbury 2019). Rohit has taught courses in critical theory, historiography, and politics at the University of Chicago, Sciences Po Paris, the American University of Beirut, and Jnanapravaha Mumbai. He received the Fulbright IIE and Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowships to pursue years of Arabic language study in Syria and was awarded the Fulbright DDRA and Andrew C. Mellon Fellowship for PhD dissertation research in primary sources in Lebanon. He completed his BA from Harvard College and, as Harvard University’s Paul Williams Fellow to Emmanuel College, was granted an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.


Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful attendance of a course or a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Evaluation if they successfully attend and complete the final assignment. Those who complete three courses (attendance and writing) in the Praxis track over two calendar years are eligible for a BICAR Diploma in Praxis.

Refund Policy

We will refund your mode of payment — minus a 25% processing fee — if you choose not to take this course after the first session. Or, you can ‘roll over’ your balance to another or future BICAR course without a fee deduction.


To register, we can facilitate two modes of payment — either a direct bank transfer to our Indian account or we also have a PayPal link:

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