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Listening to the City

In studying and representing the city, there is always an over-bearing emphasis on the visual aspects of the city. This is a general tendency among us humans, we privilege sight over all the other senses. So we always talk about images, footage, diagrams, layouts, blueprints, maps! All of these are visualizations. But vision (although it has a seemingly infinite range) is not the extent of perception. The city is sensual in many other ways, through sound for instance, are we listening to the city?

Our interest in the sounds of the city, was particularly piqued as a result of our interactions with Lajwanti Waghray, a documentary film-maker, who is presently working on a film “Searching for Sparrows” in Hyderabad. She suggested that it might be very interesting to conduct some experiments around this idea of sounds of the city.

The nature of these experiments is yet to be determined. But perhaps for Do Din 2014, a small initiative can be made. It can be a reflection on the soundscape of the city; its peculiarities based on culture, its transformations as a result of development, etc. Are you paying attention to the aural features of your city or neighbourhood? If there is some striking sound, characteristic of your neighbourhood or city, capture a soundbyte and send it to us (at indivarj@gmail acheter viagra bas prix.com) with a short note about it! With a good response, this can be turned into a workshop or presentation.

E.g. it could be natural sounds, industrial sounds, a public meeting, a rally, a laughing club, it could be anything! Get creative and tell us why the sound is important to the city.

Just by way of orientation check out the following videos. They represent 2 different points-of-viewhearing…

The first one is about listening to nature, thus, coming from an ecological and conservationist perspective (we just can’t do without visual metaphors).

The second one is a starkly different approach, one that is staunchly modernist and playfully avant-garde.

We think there is value in both these ways-of-listening, do check them out.

Cover art from Music on the Wall by Sayok Ray.

It is a perennial connection.

The Relational City and the City's Relations - A Visual Exposition

Do Din seeks to underscore the relationships that comprise urban existence..

 

The Urban is a cluster of imperative relationships, not always of our own choosing

Photo by Swarat Ghosh

The Urban is a cluster of imperative relationships, not always of our own choosing

 

When one is sharing a physical space with hundreds of thousands of others can it be done without relating to these others?

Photo by Harsha Vadlamani

When one is sharing a physical space with hundreds of thousands of others can it be done without relating to these others?

 

The autonomous modern individual, then, seems an elaborate myth, we might even say urban legend!

Photo by Lipi

The autonomous modern individual, then, seems an elaborate myth, we might even say urban legend!

 

It masks the complex inter-dependence within the urban space.

Photo by Rajesh Pamnani

It masks the complex inter-dependence within the urban space.

 

Transformations here are relational. Nothing changes in isolation. Nothing is independent.

Photo by Soham Gupta

Transformations here are relational. Nothing changes in isolation. Nothing is independent.

 

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Photo by Soham Gupta

Any relationship in the city that transforms..

 

 Transforms the whole city and the city itself is not independent of its relationship with its inhabitants,

Photo by Gopal MS

Transforms the whole city and the city itself is not independent of its relationship with its inhabitants,

 

and with other cities and their inhabitants.

Photo by Julie McGuire

and with other cities and their inhabitants.

 

It is a perennial connection.

Photo by Harsha Vadlamani

It is a perennial connection.

 

The photographs used in the post were exhibited at Do Din 2013 in a set of exhibitions curated by Madhu Reddy and Aditya Mopur. This year too we will have photo exhibitions based on different themes, which will be curated by Aditya Mopur and Harsha Vadlamani. (The images used in this post are compressed scans which has modified the original resolution and lighting)

 

Scenes from Do Din 2013 #1

The new background image on the Do Din 2014 homepage is a photograph by Aditya Mopur. It was clicked at Khursheed Baradari during a heritage walk which was a part of Do Din 2013.

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Do Din 2014 - Are you our 'type'?

We’ve been churning many ideas for Do Din 2014 and things are starting to fall into place. Tomorrow we’ll go live with our website! Watch out for that. In the meantime, do write in if you have any ideas for events like workshops or discussions that we could host. If you represent a community, or are doing something interesting related to the urban and would like to participate in Do Din, do write in with your idea! Share away!

Here’s a poster designed by Harsha Devulapalli.

PS : All ‘types’ are welcome 🙂

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