The streets of Delhi are anthologies of mobile poetry. Auto rickshaw cabs - three-wheel motor scooters and Delhi's most ubiquitous form of personal public transport - are surfaces inscribed with pithy couplets that span a spectrum of sentiment ranging from laconic irony to surreal humour, from gentle heresy to rage and romantic ardour. Auto-poems, read fleetingly as rickshaws speed by, register as precise and personal annotations on the epic text of a vast metropolis.
|Ravikant Shama and Prabhat Kumar Jha
Realised in collaboration with Sarai Media Lab, 2005
Editing: Iram Ghufran
Acknowledgements: Ashish Mahajan, Joy Chatterjee
Autopoesis was part of "Building Sight: Curatorial Project" for On Difference #2 by Raqs Media Collective.
It was shown at Wurtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
18 February to 30 April, 2006
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