Project Outline:

The Mapping Mapusa Market Project is an exciting new collaborative project involving artists,designers, writers, teachers, students and interested members of the public, facilitated by Goa University’s Mario Miranda Chair Visiting Research Professors Program. The main idea behind this project is to explore and document the complex life of Mapusa market from a variety of perspectives – through illustrations, photographs, videos, recorded interviews and data gathering.

The broader context for our work is the changing landscape of markets, retail spaces and local produce and crafts outlets in india and elsewhere. The project will look at how a historical market such as Mapusa has evolved, and how it is coping with the challenges of globalisation, consumerism, emergence of malls and supermarket culture, FDI in retail etc. Given that the market is a fascinating, rich and diverse space which accommodates everything from locally grown pumpkins and crafts to Chinese imports and high-end electronics, we’re also interested in understanding the role that Mapusa market plays in producing, sustaining and re-fashioning Goan and Indian culture, values and lifestyle.

What is the importance of market interactions beyond that of pure economics? Do these interactions have a vital but often overlooked social and cultural dimension as well?

Objectives:

1-To participate in, and contribute to, an ongoing art project centered on the history, culture and contemporary life of Mapusa Market.

2-To explore the collaborative possibilities of design, fine art, photography and video, and liberal arts-based research skills.

3-To gather information about Mapusa Market and help construct an interactive web-based resource.

4- To explore non-textual learning through the development of observation, documentation and visual research skills

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