Lakeer

This video is divided between 3 parts that signify certain motions.

WRITING

This motion revolves around the drawing of the India Map with charcoal which is a rather crude material and the person draws a rough yet sharp lines border of the map and the sound on the background is about hoards of people screaming and wailing and they sound like Battle/War Cries to signify the torment that both the sides i.e. Pakistan and India faced while the partition took place.

Armies are involved for wars separating countries and nations, and their implications remain to this day and they reverberate within every human today even if they were not directly involved with the incident in question.The lines,while drawing were crude and not smooth they could be a sign of the distraught feeling in the person while this happened.

MAKING

This portion of the film had the person cutting up railway lines of sorts and paper to signify the borders created.

I found it rather interesting how the black part of the paper was cut out and the white strips to use as the border, as it so poetically shows how the white piece of the border are the British who have created these boundaries within our nation of India and we are the darker part of the paper that were constantly looked down upon and not considered.

DIVIDE

This part involved the person cutting into a map of india along the Pakistan Border and in a rather haphazard manner and not exactly along the line as to show that many parts of the country are still under both nations or to signify that it was an abrupt decision to partition these portions.

In the next part , the person cuts rashly and scarily at the paper that was of Pakistan so as to signify the abrupt uprooting of religions,people communities without any prior warning,people had to leave their homes and livelihoods behind all in one single night and thus creating uproar within the whole nation of Pakistan.

Black and white could have been used to show the past and how it is still causing us harm even in the present day.

 

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Mahabharata Film Review- Peter Brook

The Mahabharata is an epic from Indian Mythology which portrays families and brothers and also the different phases and facts of life.

Peter Brook’s portrayal of this tale was interesting with relation to the characters that were not indian at all but showed diverse races in the mix.

It showed Human emotions in its rawest form.

Greed was shown blatantly when the dice game takes place between Shakuni and Yusdishthir,the man doesn’t stop when he knows he has lost his wealth, he even bets his brothers as object to be traded and then yet again bets on himself and even on his beloved wife who was supposed to belong to his other brothers as well.

The act of cursing and boons are taken rather seriously and Lives are changed due to certain actions.

One thing I found interesting in this film was that during the sexual acts, there was just people lying near each other and not engaging in a graphic act that most people relate with it,they somehow keep the indian mentality in mind as well,as ,sex is still considered taboo in this country and this would appeal to those senses, so it works in the time it was made for.

Indians may find it hard to relate to the movie as it doesn’t have its own countrymen in it and I think that acts as a disassociation.This is also because it is not just some tale , it is india’s most powerful tale.

 

 

 

 

State of Architecture

The State of Architecture exhibit is full fledged work on architecture in India at the NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art).

The goal of the exhibition is to stimulate discourses on the current state of architecture in India and the emergent models of practices since 1990.

Timelines were so perfectly shown with minimal yet strong graphics that clearly outlined the different layers of architecture that India had gone through and which people’s works were and still are celebrated round the world.

Books and magazines were showcased in glass cases and on the wall repectively in a systematic manner and the journey that architecture had made from the Marg Magazine which was quarterly to Domus that was monthly.

I also took keen notice to the design language that had changed with the magazine design from more artistic covers to extremely minimal covers with just angled photographs of different architectural spaces.

The Last level of the exhibition was the one that moved me not with its work but just the idea of it.It consisted of a facade on the walls which was made of paper cubes which were folded intricatly and moved as if they were lungs breathing in or out.

They employed different materials and technology, it felt as if the past and future were married together forming a strong framework, with paper as the facade and arduino as the technology moving them in and out.

 

 

The Mirror (Ayneh)

The Mirror is a 1997 Iranian film directed by Jafar Panahi, about a little girl trying to find her way home from school.

This story takes many turns throughout and tries to portray different meanings to an otherwise simplistic film

Mina, a first-grader, waits for her mother to pick her up from school. The movie is about her journey to find her way home amidst the noise, confusion and chaos of Tehran. Mina is dressed in school uniform (with a head scarf), has one arm in a cast and is holding a school bag in the other. She meets a lot of people on her way and most of them try to help her while others are surprisingly not bothered by her situation.

Eventually, the movie takes a turn when the girl looks into the camera for the first time, breaking the fourth wall, and someone shouts from off-screen, “Mina, don’t look into the camera!” That is when we realise she is just playing a role of a 1st grader. Mina announces that she doesn’t want to act in the movie any more and wants to go home. In the end she goes home after returning the microphone.

I noticed throughout the film is that she is taken to all different locations by complete strangers and she goes free after she quits her acting, she is a child who recounts her steps back home in a childish manner without intricate details or factual ones, they deal with color,shapes and roads. (Heart shaped metal bars at the Terminus)

Most of the people she interacts with are mostly men and that makes me question the idea of it being a “mans world” and how she like every other female is dependant on a man to get her tasks done and she cant get from one place to the other without their assistance.

Her lines are also repetitive when she says” take me to this avenue with a road like this” or to a place similar to how she describes it.

The silent portions of the film give it a pause every now and then and they in a way help the viewer to take in what all is happening.

I feel it is called Ayneh ( Mirror) because she doesn’t recognise her own vision when she looks in the mirror as she has been given a character of a 1st grader which she despises, as she cannot relate with that image and she hold onto the microphone till she reaches home so that she can tell the viewers her reality and more so herself, the real her and not the act she has been forced to play.

 

 

 

Sri Sri Lanka at TARQ

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This art work brings about the old in with the new by marrying the idea of Maps and art as one being.

This art piece portrays the notions we have of Sri lanka through symbols and colours, the drawing of Hanuman would retell the tale of Ramayana by bringing the Sanjeevani plant with its mountain single handedly and his strength is even shown in the form he has been drawn with a muscular strong figure.

The image on the right part of the map looks like an elephant to me and that is something indians can relate with as elephants are quite known to us.

The idea of us being foreign to this place is almost the same as how foreigners see our land, they imagine it to be exotic and full of elephants and greenery.

The hexagonal shape also gives it another dimension and it ads an artistic feel to it rather than it just being a map of a location, the colours used as well are peaceful vibrant colours that deal with Sri lanka’s Past.

Performance Art

Performance art is a performance done to make a point about a cause or something that needs to be stood for in society. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media ,the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any type of venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.

In 2015,Clayton Pettet, a 19-year-old gay art student at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, announced that he would have sex in front of a crowd as part of a performance piece called “Art School Stole My Virginity.

The 120-strong crowd was shown into the gallery, which had chairs gathered around a small performance space. A video projected onto the wall showed a pile of bananas. A broom brush and a silver bowl of water were arranged delicately on a concrete floor.

Four topless people – one women, three men – marched out wordlessly, holding up signs that read “ANAL VIRGIN”. One of the men was Pettet; everyone else wore white shrouds. They were all in black pants, I guess because black goes with everything, including and especially performance art.

Scrawled all over Pettet’s body were words like “NSFW” and “TEEN WHORE”. Pettet scrubbed the words off him till his skin turned red. One of the boys grabbed him and started to cut chunks of his hair off. The crowd gasped. The woman daubed black paint on all over Pettet’s mouth.The audience was then taken to a room with a booth which was very, very small. Pettet was sat inside, still in his pants, with two piles of bananas in front of him.

The audience members were meant to pick up a banana and stuff it into Clayton’s mouth as a manner of the act and he would then snap the banana in half and tell them to leave. Most people expected him to have anal sex as a part of his performance art but all were shocked at what happened at the day of the performance.

“I think if people were expecting something else, it shows what they really wanted. They didn’t want an art piece, they wanted to see me have sex. If they came for the art, they wouldn’t be as disappointed — they’d know there were things to read between the lines for.” says Clayton Pettet.

It shows how people’s minds work and how they think of certain topics and in this case

‘Sex’ which is still quite a taboo in India and is frowned upon and this makes you question whether we would be able to read between the lines of a certain art work or go for the topic itself.

Space in Artworks

Space can be subjective as it depends on a physical space or one that you could be transported to.

The Human Body Experience is a walk through attraction that features large-scale sculptures of the human anatomy and it is a temporary exhibit at The Science Centre in Singapore.

If I were to experience this,I would have felt that the space i was in was constantly changing as i would go through one body part to the next and this is one interesting part regarding a sculpture like this one.

The artwork interacts with the space and also that which the viewer perceives it to be. I see 2 distant ways of how space can be defined in this case, one that is physical with its ever changing rooms around you with different materials different smells,patterns or textures and the mental space in the sense that you are in a human body and not in just an ordinary room, you are in an enclosed space that has only one exit.

The experience is also affected through other senses that any one of us have, that of smell,sight,hearing,they too interact with the space.

The materials used to create this exhibit make the space look and feel more realistic and thus creating a more solid real image in our heads as to where we are and what we are experiencing.It could also create like a dual space and one that has more than one dimension and as one walks through this made up space we feel its more realistic as time goes by.

 

Merged Spaces – Super Mario & Golden Temple at Amritsar

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A tunnel that’s green as if from a primary school kids paint box and you fall into a reflective pool of water so deep, that has a golden monument that glistens onto the water’s surface.

The tunnel in your vision will transform your view, it takes you to a new world that goes under this golden monument.The tunnel gets you into an underwater world of this place where you have to fight to swim through the strong current and you see fat fishes coming to attack you and ghost like octopus.You see shocking pink seaweed and collect coins as you swim safely and swiftly through the predators. You quickly get into the next tunnel you see and come out feeling blessed near the golden temple.

What To Expect After Expecting: Senses Final

We use our five senses everyday. Each playing a more important role than the other. What is most important is to not scatter these senses or go through each of them unconsciously.
Through this assignment we tried to incorporate all five senses into one “Touch and Feel” book. Our idea was to create a book targeting new parents after they have their child. It is a fun book filled with the entire experience. We created the book digitally with vibrant colors and somewhat quirky and fun illustrations to show what to do and what not to do. That fulfilled our sense of sight.
We had incorporated cerelac powder, baby soap, towels, diapers, wet wipes etc and separate sheets on how to try each step. This was aimed at helping the buyer to engage with the senses of smell, touch and taste. We also incorporated a CD along with the book filled with songs for each mood of the baby targeting the sense of sound. Through this we tried successfully incorporating the whole experience through our book.