Co-ordinates 28.8N 77.15E
In listing a set of latitude and longitude measurements, bracketed by two calendar years, this installation names a city called Delhi and a time that feels like the first two years of the twenty-first century. In doing so, the syntax of space-time co-ordinates also connects the city as a location to the abstractions of other spaces and times. These co-ordinates become a frame within which the work witnesses the experience of living in Delhi in terms of the constant conflict over control of space and over the different meanings that accrue to space. The installation presents each unit of space - public or residential - as being open to a variety of conflicting claims made by inhabitants, transients, users, owners, and planners. It witnesses the city as the battleground of a daily civil war between the masterplan and the moment.
Credits: Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula. Shuddhabrata Sengupta)
Video Editing: Parvati Sharma
Sound Design: Vipin Bhati
Print Design: Pradip Saha
Research Assistance: Diya Mehra
Produced and designed at Sarai Media Lab, 2002
Co- ordinates has been shown at Documenta11, Kassel, Germany (June-September 2002), City One conference, Sarai/CSDS Delhi (January 2003) and Digital Discourse, Malta (23 November 2005 - 8 January 2006) among other places.
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