Forplay is an autonomous artist run performance and art space founded by Seljuk Rustum in 2016 in Kochi, Kerala. Since its inception it has self funded, produced, curated and promoted Theatre Productions, Performance Art Actions, Free Improv & Experimental music gatherings, Creative Workshops and Independent music from India. Forplay has introduced a wide variety of programs in Kochi, supporting both a network of Local & Indian multidisciplinary artists and also an international network of musicians who have visited from USA, Japan, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Austria etc. It has served as a hub for artistic networking and creative work in Kochi. Their work has also been recognised by curators Yuen Chee Wai, DJ Sniff & Otomo Yoshihide when Seljuk was invited to perform and record as part of the Asia Meeting Festival in Tokyo.
Most recently post covid, Forplay has reformed as Forplay Society, and has opened up a new space in Mattanchery, Kochi where they will operate and run a parallel program during the Kochi Biennale, during which it will showcase Video Installations, Sound Art, New Media, Experimental Music, Theatre and Classical Art practices and local Indian musicians. It will also host a OPEN SILKSCREENING STUDIO PLATFORM which will provide a free space for Printmakers and artists that use screen printing as their preffered medium with materials to use, experiment and showcase. Many artists such as Julius Gabriel, Luisa Saraiva, Maximilian Glass, Andreas Ulrich, Amirtha Kidambi, Lucie Freynhagen, Savita Rani, Firoz Khan, Surjith Sumathi Gopinath etc. will visit to exhibit, create installations and perform at the space.