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Media-Art Videos

scnery:Valugan elissa ela erced

decomposing landscape udhadit a Chatto adh a

Philippines

India

Scnery:Valugan is based on a video installation which attempts to bring the user into various places. My first visit to the Valugan beach is 30 years after my father’s first visit to the island and he narrated the changes the island is going through. Rocks were being picked off and sold as the popularity of both the beach and island is growing. I believe there is beauty in the rocks and the sound preserves its presence in time. Instead of a parallel projection of the scenery. I have decided to project the images on the floor to give emphasis on the rocks on the shore as the images are of such. By silencing out the noise of the urban and focusing on the slow crash of the waves and distant chatter of the residents of the island. I want to bring you to the beach.

We have arguably entered the Anthropocene epoch, a new geologic era defined by unprecedented manmade disturbances over earth’s ecologies and cultural heritages. In this era, the ecological integrity as well as the traditional cultures and heritage of bucolic landscapes in the emerging economies like India are endangered due to governmental pressure for rapid growth in technological infrastructure and industrial development. Under the specter of the contemporary conditions of anthropogenic climate change, these rural sites and pastoral landscapes along with their traditional cultural settings are undergoing massive transformation. In this context, multichannel sound composition Decomposing Landscape as part of a large-scale media art project is developed through extensive field recordings made at specific sites now considered (SEZ) Special Economic Zones, situated in the eastern part of India. The work creates a discursive auditory situation to facilitate a contemplative observation. The work intends to delineate transition of India from a pastoral past gearing fast toward the contemporary urban, rendered within a mode of questioning. The project not only intends to foster the capacity to preserve heritage, but also records cultural transformation of conflict-ridden sites and landscapes for public intervention and artistic transformation to address the possibility of achieving reconciliation and peace.

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Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

Exhibition Catalogue ISEA2017  

Catalogue of the International Symposium on Electronic Arts ISEA2017 and the International Image Festival. See the Design Case 'Experiments...

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