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City Address - Art Installations at Do Din 2014

City Address is a set of art installations addressing the issues of the city by four artists. This is an ‘Art for Change’ initiative ,curated by Avani Rao Gandra for Do Din 2014. Visit the facebook event page for updates.

 

Concept Notes for Installations
1) Food On My Plate

by artist Avani Rao Gandra
Food on the urban plate speaks a growing disconnect from its natural sources – the emotional bond of growing food , inter dependence of nature and man, connecting with rain, drought, sunlight , animal ,bird, are lost in the long food miles . The ideas of self-sustenance, the sense of working for food is replaced by food for work, in city’s life. The local produce is ignored and a chemical laden import from all over the world in form of fast food , grab a bite attitude , food for recreation , build wider gaps in the Indian traditional beliefs of food as sacred .
The pots in the installation are symbolic of food producing rusticity around the city , sometimes empty , at times full or may have just fallen apart . The broken shreds at the center represent the food in the city, as a degraded identity and disconnect with a wholesome, holistic, natural food experience.
The viewers are encouraged to walk around the installation leaving foot prints, to create a consciousness, as an act of deeper reflection.
Material to be used : Earthen pots , Sand , Rice husk .Dimensions of actual installation 15ft x 15ft .

2) Green Bangles

by artist Nirmala Biluka
The idea of the present installation is to create a confined space made out of hanging glass bangles in a circle. The city of Hyderabad is popular for its bangles. The green colored bangles are not only symbolic of ‘womanhood’ but also of tradition, honor and auspiciousness viagra 50mg. The bangles are used here to show the fragile and vulnerable nature of a woman’s life in a growing urban milieu.
The audiences are invited to enter into the space, feel the anxiety as well as the celebration of being a woman and reflect for a moment on issues related to women’s safety and security in our everyday lives.
Material to be used:
1. Circular ring made of metal.
2. Readymade Glass bangles.
3. Velvet cloth to be placed on floor.
4. Wire or thread to join the bangles.
Dimensions:
Height – 8ft (app)
Diameter – 4ft (app)

3) Time lapse in urban life

by artist Pavan Kumar D
In the hectic life in the city there is no time to reflect on time space and memories . The installation is about humans who have become rigid in their day to day chores , in their taxing work cultures they have lost their connect with nature and of being human . .. it’s like holding the changing shadow of a tree against a time lapse and forgetting the tree .
In this installation I am trying to hold this time called ‘do-din’ by holding the shadow of a tree, which is impossible , but by giving the shadow a shape , form and colour its my attempt to bring notice to the missing essence of todays urban living , an attempt to bring attention to beauty of nature, of time that passes by and living in a certain space with consciousness

4) City- Heard and Unheard sounds

by artist Ravi Kumar
Sound installation addressing the sounds of a growing city- The obvious sounds of traffic, construction site s, breaking of heritage rocks and structures and the not so obvious hidden muffles of insecure women and girl child, within the unseen structures of the city . The mute silences that are bigger threats of anticipating violence.
Material used : Sound boxes and voice player

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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.

A never ending chase..

to day i have a meeting to attend
tomorrow is this interview
hmmm day after i will be out of town
the weekend would have been good
except that i have family coming in.

  

why dont we do this
let me finish with the work at hand
plan my schedule for the next week
and then i give you a call?
im sure we can meet

  

good idea no really… except that
if i didnt know any better
i would take you seriously
and wilt waiting for that call
from now to hereafter

  

for life in the city is nothing
but a never ending race
the closer we get
the further they seem
all the ‘its’ that we chase

  

(But we hope you will be able to make it to Do Din)
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)

 

Do Din is about relationships

DoDin (FILEminimizer)(1)Sketch by Neha Vaddadi

 

इन शहरों की अजीब फितरत है
 
लोग ज़्यादा होते हैं और रिश्ते कम 
जो थोड़े बहुत रिश्ते हैं
उन्हें निभाने का वक़्त नहीं 
 
गुज़ारा कमाने में इतने मसरूफ हैँ कि
फिसलती हुई ज़िन्दगी का होश नहीं
हर पल इतनी जल्दी है कि
यादगार लम्हे समेटने की फुर्सत नहीं 
 
जब अकेले पड़ जाते हैं तो
न कोई होता है जिसका सहारा ले सकें
न ही कुछ यादें रहती हैं जिनके सहारे जी सकें 
Poem by Sridhar Potlacheruvoo (Our go-to-man for all things technical)