The outcome of the previous review was the i created short ‘poetry’ (for lack of a better word), based on the observations and conversations i had in the bus, co-relating the idea of transit. It led to forming associations with certain imagery, which i used as motifs for the writing, such as shadows, dreams, time, etc. Based on the physical space and the idea of transit as existing beyond a physical dimension, i started working on a canvas, in mixed media.
The panel thought that the writing anchored the work and was a good start, and that it needn’t translate into something literal.
They told me to be careful about the medium and the skill needed to produce and to be sure to work in a medium i felt comfortable with. We spoke about how the work gets validated based on its reference, relevance, to a place or location, more than its visual impression. I was asked if the outcome was going to be an art or design object, and what was the outcome going to be?
My dilemma was that the new content is very subjective, it had a lot to do with my interpretation of the observation and i felt like i was force-fitting the public space idea on it, because i had originally wanted to work with it. I wanted to allow the project to go where it had to. I shared my feelings with the panel and we spoke about what goes up in public space and about what you want to get out of it, as being important factors. I was told not to dismiss the idea, as both were viable project ideas, but rather to choose one and go with it. It could also be that the space acts as a means to arrive at something else (perhaps even a game?)
We’re talking about journeys. Are you taking the viewer on a journey?
I was asked to look up artist books and the nature of work and see if that’s the kind of work that i want to produce and ideate, as well as look up material. Mr. Ravindra pointed out that art in public spaces is different from public art, and how public art deals with a form of representing and translating and integrating it back into the space, and how i should reposition it. We spoke of how either the audience become co-authors or the subject of art generated by you, based on observation.
The only constraint is that this will be only one story, Meena said, referring to how the work becomes more autobiographical.
Sonalee suggested that cartographies, histories, stories, could be a tool to match my perspective with that of others around me and get reactions out of people.
The discussion ended with realizing that a decision needed to be made, fast, about which space the project was going to go into and then churning out visuals for it.
R.D. Laing (poetry)
padma.net (interactive art)
Fluxus art movement
Ratna Gupta (artist book)
N S Harsha (installation)
Tara Thomas (Highway Project)