Nature has a method of constructing a person really feel like a speck of mud. Wide open skies, majestic mountains, swathes of desert sands, towering waves and flashes of lightning.
The rock expanse stretching between Ramnagar and Hampi may additionally go away one with that infinitesimal feeling of next-to-nothingness. Delving into the connection between people and ecology, a 12 months of creative and scientific analysis resulted within the creation of Open Invitation, three experiential artworks.
“Those rocks are geologically some of the most ancient parts of the Earth — they are two-and-a-half billion years old,” says Shabari Rao, one of many 4 artistes concerned within the undertaking. “That is way before dinosaurs, the Himalayas or even before the Indian peninsula broke away from Africa! We have based our project in that landscape.”
Talking in regards to the undertaking she says, “We found the expanse of space and time shrinks the human presence which is otherwise so dominant. In the work we’ve created, the human presence is quite subtle and we’ve tried to rebalance the existence of the landscape and of the creatures that live there with us. A shrinking of the human presence was the objective.”
Open Invitation is a piece in three elements — a movie, an improvisational efficiency and a sound album. Shabari says the staff strove to maintain your complete undertaking ‘immersive, contemplative and as nonverbal as possible so people get to experience an expanse of time and space.’
Shabari and Manush John, an artist and filmmaker, crafted a non-narrative movie titled Open Invitation that explores the connection of the human kind to the panorama. Singer Bindhumalini Narayanswamy and Shabari conceptualised an improvisational efficiency rating ‘Singing Body’ that ‘unfolds from a place of conscious listening’. The ultimate section of this work is a sound album by Bindhumalini and Navya Sah, a multidisciplinary artist who works with sound, movie, motion and writing. The function of this album was ‘to capture the sonic texture of the landscape through eco-acoustic experiments’.
Shabari says the concept for this undertaking took form in the course of the pandemic when she would go for lengthy walks alongside these rocks. “There is something quite magical and spectacular about that place. I felt a sense of reassurance — all the troubles and craziness in the world seemed to diminish.”
The undertaking started with Shabari and Manush capturing these feelings in a collection of pictures and an experiential movie earlier than evolving into tri-part murals. Supported by Sonic Matter, Switzerland and Swissex, India, Open Invitation will journey to Vienna and Zurich, publish its displaying in Bengaluru.
A course of set up tracing the analysis journey of this undertaking will likely be on show at 1Shantiroad from November 18 to twenty, with a chat by Thejaswi Shivanand on November 18 at 6pm, to debate concepts of deep time as captured by the panorama. The Singing Body efficiency will likely be introduced at Shoonya on November 19 and 20 from 9 to 10.30am.