256 ~ Limitations of Liability

256 ~ Limitations of Liability

Limitations of Liability was an eight day program between March 17 to 28, 2017, structured around ‘256 Million Colours of Violence’ – an interactive survey-based-research project by contemporary transmedia artist, Ali Akbar Mehta.
This interactive survey-based-research project started in 2016, now includes more than 200 entries of people from all walks of life. 256 Million Colours of Violence is available to the public for free. The exposition of the past survey results will be installed along with a participation booth at The Mumbai Assembly and Harkat studios inviting everyone to participate in the ongoing survey.

Limitations of Liability, segment 1, The Mumbai Assembly, 2017
Limitations of Liability, segment 2, Piramal Museum of Art, 2017
Limitations of Liability, segment 3, Harkat Studios, 2017

Held across three venues – The Mumbai Assembly (Bandra), The Piramal Art Foundation (Lower Parel) and Harkat Studios (Versova) – the program also included poetry recitations, talks and discussions, and a series of films screenings concerned with the subject of violence and trauma.

Details below:


March 17 – 19, 2017

March 17, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 pm:
256 Million Colours of Violence: Project Preview

6:30 – 7:30 pm:
Performance by Ramneek Singh

Following a spoken word performance by Ramneek Singh, a conversation between Artist Ali Akbar Mehta and Ramneek Singh looks at 'Colour and Violence' through the lens of poetry and the spoken word, attempting to bridge the often unverbalised but deeply personal and unique emotional responses.

March 18, 2017

6:30 to 8:00 pm:
Manifestation of Violence

Ali Akbar Mehta and Simpreet Singh discuss how the project is addressing the notion of freely given information, conditional agreements and consent – to corporations and governments, as opposed to an artist project. Simpreet Singh brings his knowledge and experience of having worked with the 'Right to Information Act; (RTI) to similarly pursue and make visible those truths that are important to us.

March 19, 2017

6:30 to 8:00 pm
Big Data Ethics

Ali Akbar Mehta in conversation with Sameer Pitalwala discuss how most data-mining exercises and empirical scientific surveys require a culled group in order to eradicate diversity, a standardisation of the test group to remove ‘noise’. Instead, a project such as ‘256 Million Colours of Violence’ is a celebration of that noise which represents the diversity of Human experience and collective memetic history. It is also part of an ongoing discourse to reduce effects of stereo-typification through personal scrutiny of the word and meanings of ‘Violence' by asking how is the narrative experience of colour embodied, embedded and extended in the contexts of these meanings.


March 24, 2017

7:00 – 8:30pm
The Urgency of Asking Questions: Ali Akbar Mehta in conversation with Kevin Lobo


March 25 – 28, 2017

March 25, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 pm:
256 Million Colours of Violence, project preview and vernissage

March 26, 2017

10:00 am onwards:
Films Screenings*****

10 am – 9 pm:
Exhibition and survey continues

March 27-28, 2017

10 am – 9 pm:
Exhibition and survey continues

* Screening Schedule:

  1. 4.1 Miles

    Directed by Daphne Matziaraki (2016), 22min


  2. Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island

    Directed by Lukas Schrank (2015), 16min


  3. Al midan [The Square]

    Directed by Mostafa Sharaf (2014), 1h 35min

    11:30 am

  4. The Pride of Strathmoor

    Directed by Einar Baldvin (2014), 9 mins


  5. Devil

    Directed by Jean-Gabriel Périot (2012), 8 min


  6. How to start a revolution

    Directed by Ruaridh Arrow (2011), 1h 25min


  7. Waltz with Bashir

    Directed by Ari Folman (2008), 1h 30min


  8. Akrosh

    Directed by Yusuf Mehta (2003), 20 min


  9. Ram Ke Naam [In the Name of God]

    Directed by Anand Patwardhan (1992), 1h 31min