The globetrotting BMW Guggenheim Lab (it was launched in New York and has since been to Berlin) is led by an international multi-disciplinary team who has planned a string of daily events that aim at examining contemporary urban life peculiar to Mumbai and its social fabric.
Open in Mumbai till the 20th of January, 2013, the BMW Guggenheim Lab aims to explore ideas about public spaces and city life. It seeks to address local and global issues on a range of topics that include urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education and sustainability.
While the Lab in Byculla is where a lot of the events are planned, satellite locations like Horniman Circle, Priyadarshini Park, Sambaji Park in Mulund, the Batliboy Compound near Cotton Green and the Mahim Beach is where some activities are also being staged to ensure that this effort engages with communities that reside in other parts of
An interesting activity that takes place every Thursday at the Museum is a Mapping Survey that aims to discover where people find or create their own personal space (outside their home) in a dense city like Mumbai.
A city tour called Testing, Testing! visits different part of the city and gathers evidence about the psychological effects public spaces have on your brain and physiology. Having done a similar exercise in New York and Berlin, this exploration aims to measure those results in comparison with that of Mumbai.
Visit the lab to participate in events like helping create a pop-up garden, hear some known and unknown stories about spices and do a tour of Mumbai’s spice markets, help create a Rangoli masterpiece, as well as sit-in on the numerous talks, film screenings and discussions.