The fourth World Social
forum was held in Mumbai in January, 2004. It had
additional significances: the first time the forum was
held outside Brazil and it was the last part of the
right wing BJP rule in India. The response to the forum,
regarded as the only platform to mobilise various
movements and initiatives against globalisation with a
world wide appeal, was euphoric, to say the least, in
India. 130,000 people attended the forum. But what even
more significant was the participation of the artists.
3000 artists from all over the world participated with
their copy-left, easily reproducible public art works.
The artist mobilisation, curatorial design and political
and formal complexities displayed in WSF 2004 are
regarded as bench mark in all future assembly of that
The project was
executed by a group of artists and art groups who later
form @Culture Network, India. Madhusree was the convenor
of the committee.