City as Studio: EXB 10.04/Performances
I] Bad Weather [Go to Work]
II] Kankhowa's Photo Studio
Deepankar Gohain (with Manola Gayatri, Samudra Kajol Saikia,
Nobel Singha, Anandee Ghorpade and others and others)
III] Will Read Poem
A performance that attempts to explore, invert and reconfigure the meaning of terms such as "public", "publication", "intimacy" and "audience" in the context of poetry readings. Is bigger necessarily better, as is often assumed and lamented? What kinds of pressures and values does intimacy bring to bear on a performance? Rather than have a reading format of multiple poems for a large audience, the writer performs one of his poems for one person at a time. The performance is open to all, and is advertised by means of a t-shirt with the phrase, "WILL READ POEM" (meant, in its use of only four-letter, one-syllable words, to be a formally specific poem in itself).
IV] FILL IT, SHUT IT & FORGET IT
Inside: I used brown one side and deep brown on other side:
paper usually meant for standard packaging envelopes,
Out of the paper roll, nearly 283 kg, ( 1000 meter appx. ), 11 by 15
inches size sheets were cut to fit in the ready made yellow envelopes
as FILL IT
I sealed the envelope by heating the postal red lac ( traditional
postal sealing system still in practice ) on a burning candle as SHUT
I gifted the envelope to the audience, one by one, on the Sarai
tea/coffee counter after planting a seal behind the envelope:
" We are then introduced to a series of tales and counsels
whose chief burden is to underscore the over-riding
importance of ' self-preservation " ( source: text on Mahabharata)
it was its FORGET IT
FILL IT, FORGET IT, AND SHUT IT as text on the envelope on other side.
Outside: I took the rest of the paper reel on the road leading to Civil Lines Metro.
Some friends joined the action. It was late evening.
The blank paper reel filled the metallic road, with an occasional vehicle
highlighting out action.
Just before the Metro, from a garbage dumping place we returned along
with the unfolding of blank paper reel on the roads.
3. Inside: I repeated the process of gifting the envelopes after
filling them with blank sheets and sealing with red postal lac.
4. Outside: The police came in, objected to the hundreds meters of
blank brown paper on the roads. We went out and removed the paper from
After the performance, i announced that art students, or anybody is
free to take some sheets to fill it with their imagination..
See more images here.
VII] Play: Sharankumar Limbale, The Outcaste Akkarmashi