This video was specifically created to be shown in an exhibition in Departure Centre of Arts, London in Feb 2009. This video is about a 3 year old child making an imaginary cup of tea. This play of pretence emphasises the fact that even an imaginary cup of tea could temporarily alleviate the problems that occupy the mind of the adult.
This video was specifically created to be shown in an exhibition in Departure Centre of Arts, London in Feb 2009. This video is of a person sitting and having a cup of tea. The video image is deliberately out of focus in order to indicate the disability of Joan, who is blind from birth.
In this studio exhibition, I decided to get the audience to be pro-active in their engagement with the work. My memories of travelling in an Indian train in the rush hour, packed like sardines into the compartments with 100s of other commuters, the heat, the humidity, the sweat, the smell of fish coming from the clothes and the baskets of fishmongers, the smell of slums on both sides of the platform, still fresh in my mind, inspired me to create this installation. I decided to project the video image of the evening commuters in a train in Mumbai in a rubbish bin. It was a challenging installation and I could successfully realise my intention to focus on not just the content of the work but to contextually represent its meaning.
Emasculation is a video work created as a reaction to a button. The button was from a military jacket with the American National emblem embossed on it. I felt the emblem with the eagle and the stars was very masculine and overwhelming. I wanted to emasculate and subtract the dominant aspect from the image. I decided the best way to do that would be to juxtapose it with/against banal boring everyday images. The banal images were found at random and were juxtaposed with each other with no deliberate narrative intent. Any political references within the work is purely incidental.
Byam Shaw is a combined project between Central St Martins and Byam Shaw students of Fine Art, curated by Jamie Wagg. My initial reaction to the exhibition space was disappointment! It was after all just a corridor! But having spent an hour standing and watching the space, I became aware of the hurried and rushed traffic passing through the corridor. It became a challenge to create work that could cause a subtle change in the behaviour of people who used the corridor. I wanted to create work that would make people slow down, pause and look at the others. I wanted them to watch others just as I had been watching them.
I installed a CCTV camera at one end of the L-shaped corridor and projected the image of the corridor on the wall, large scale. People entering the corridor at one end could see a black and white image of another corridor and of people coming towards them and this made them pause. This was a successful project and brought up questions about the different effects that an actual and a mediated image, had on the behaviour of people.
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