Decomposing Landscape

 

To capture the essence, if not the historical particulars, of the regions on the decay

We have arguably entered the Anthropocene – ‘a new geologic era, defined by unprecedented human disturbances over earth’s ecosystems’. In this era, climatic integrity of natural, pastoral landscapes in emerging economies like India is endangered. Contemporary India is going through intensifying process of land development to facilitate rapid urbanisation. As a result of this speedy development, many of the greener pastures in the rural hinterlands of Indian subcontinent are developing into post-industrial zones deeply affecting the corporal as well as socio-cultural climate. Consequently, these areas are decaying as sylvan landscapes to become homogenized sites making the transitions complex to grasp on the background of their traditionally rich culture and history. Ongoing project Decomposing Landscape creates a discursive rather than an immersive situation using digital mediation to facilitate in-depth and contemplative observation of such transitive landscapes. With a media anthropological approach, the project frames the slow decay of these sites with the help of digital convergence, staging augmented environments for site-specific interpenetration between sound, video and still images. Diffusing the sonic elements in the spatial practice of multi-channel moving image projection the final outcome of the project includes an Ambisonics sound composition and a multi-channel sound/video installation. The works have been developed through a meticulous collection of materials from various locations at India in extensive fieldwork (2009-2011) supported by Prince Claus Fund Amsterdam. This collection has been forming a digital archive to be used for realizing the work(s).  The project aims to delineate gradual transfiguration of the developing societies in the wider public, using digital technology to mediate engendered sites in contemporary art.

The multi-channel sound composition (developed during an artist residency at ICST, Zurich University of the Arts) has received the First prize in Computer and Electronic Music category of Computer Space festival, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2014, and released on Touch, London, March 2015.

‘Talking Field’ (2017 – 2018), the multi-channel sound/video installation is forthcoming.