BOMBAY, BADARPUR BORDER . SITE-SEEING & OTHER PLEASURES.
Shaina Anand, Ashok Sukumaran, Mukul Patel.
Bombay, Badarpur Border. Site-seeing and other pleasures
is a suite of installations
created for exhibition at the Apeejay Media Gallery,
Badarpur Border, New Delhi.
March 22-23 2005.
The gallery/border is presented by the artists as a
site from which to consider the Other city – Bombay.
Not the material city alone (which is now anyway
called Mumbai), but the more diffuse constructions of
data, myth and desire that form its virtual and media
identities. The artists deny the customary claims to
authenticity that accompany, for example, the Tate's Century City or NDTV's Mumbai Live. Only one of us is
actually from Mumbai, and we have almost nothing from
Mumbai to show. We gather here to invent and perform“Bombay”, to synthesize it in various media: a
building as text, an interactive movie generated from images trawled from the net, a virtual user-controlled
sea, a piece of film, a live studio... Other actions
take place beyond the gallery bounds, stretching
across two groups that would perhaps never meet:
visitors to the gallery, and those outside, who view
the gallery itself as a technocultural object.
The artists' attempt to reconsider traditional notions
of site-specific art (and in turn, question ideas of
location and mobility) in the context of media arts
practice. Here, we are not really mobile – we are just
in the "wrong" place. The map is cracked, and we have
fallen through. Like GPS gone awry, or a recurring
wrong number on your phone. Where is the audience? What kind of Bombay is this? Where on earth is
Badarpur? By coming here, we hope to find the many
unacknowledged and unexplored ways in which our bodies
intersect with spaces, and imagined places.
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Installation shot in Apeejay Media Gallery, Badarpur Border