BehindWhiteStoreys, Edition 1.0 [26.03.17, Sunday]
An Audio- Visual Night walk experience took place on a Sunday evening in the hidden courtyards and alleys of the Middle Circle, Connaught Place!
The project is divided in two phases:
Phase 1: 26th March, 2017 involving locals and outside participants to emotionally engage with the lane through an audio visual walk, experiencing scenarios of various faces of the lane.
Through a series of poetic interpretations of collected data in the form of conversations, discovering hidden spaces, ambient sounds and artefacts from spaces within the lane.
Formulating an identity of the lane beyond its current ignored hidden dumpyard image to a place which is holding the last few threads of Indian culture in intangible forms without endangering the privacy of the locals.
EXPERIMENT 1: A TORCH-LIT GALLERY [15.12.16, THURSDAY]
“One of the most enabling events I attended recently took place on the dusty dark roof-of-a-roof, reachable by an abandoned stepladder (installed by a cell tower co. that wasn’t given permission for the tower), organised around phone photos printed out on basic A4 paper and hung from a clothes line or affixed to junked rusting iron frames, and lit entirely by torches or phone flashlights.”
Architect Geetanjali Sayal, currently pursuing her MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins (London) is intrigued by “the hidden stories of raw everydayness behind the elegant white colonnaded facades of CP”.
She has been discovering, photographing, video graphing, and talking to people who live and work in the Middle circle. She doesn’t see why these spaces must only be converted into bars and restaurants, or be cleaned/ regularised/ used… by being flatly painted white or having all the life that already thrives here removed.
This work brings up chewy questions of what it means for a site to be “heritage”, what it means to want to “conserve” it or “protect” it, what should its “uses” be, what will make it “die” or “be wasted”, who should make what interventions, and should there be any at all?
As someone who has spent quite a few years grappling with the problems of how to put up plays and other events — auditorium rents are so high, lighting has to be arranged, permissions have to be taken, people have to be invited — this relatively spontaneous and creative use of material, time, space was wonderfully liberating. I invite you all in anticipation of her next walk that should happen around more dusty terraces some time around March.