The Story of Space interim aims to start a dialogue on the concept of Home/Homeland as a space, through the narratives of its citizens. Some of the projects going to be exhibited are:
MEMORIES OF HOME
Most of us think of home as the house or city we were born or brought up in. Where we spent most of us childhood days and made most number of memories. There are a number of sounds, smells and sights that remind us of home. In our project, we are using a typographic mural and hence text as a medium to bring out these memories. Our extensive survey helped us generate a large number of quotes around people’s memories related to their homes. We found many of these memories were very common and relatable to many. Taking up these descriptive quotes and incidents and putting them down in three languages (English, Hindi and Kannada), we want to take the viewers straight back and revisit their memories of home.
– Aradhana, Ashna, and Himanshu
We have chosen to take the endangered birds and animals of Karnataka and also the tribes of Karnataka and their art which shall be further incorporated in our totem pole. We are the reason these birds are coming to the point of extinction. To stop this and create awareness about these problems we came up with an idea of representing these birds on a totem pole. The reason we have taken birds and tribes is that we as humans are encroaching their land and the place they live in by throwing them out and building ourselves homes. Birds are being poached and their feathers are being used as a “luxury” item for clothing. Our whole idea is to make people aware of the fact in order to make our living better; we are destroying the lives of other beings without giving it a second thought and that’s why our main objective behind building this totem pole is to let people know that there are magnificent birds in and around the city we live in, Bangalore and that if we don’t do anything about it soon, they will be extinct and it will be too late.
– Gauri Kulkarni, Pranati Desai, Abhishek Sabu, Simone Nirmal
The development over the past few years has led many people to move to Bangalore making it quite a busy metropolitan. The city’s evolution through its lakes and gardens into an IT hub has affected one and many in significant ways. This rapid change from the lakes to tech parks is evident to its citizens. This project aims to create a sensitive impact on the minds of the viewers about the changes that have and have been taking place in their city that provides home to a cultural mix of people. Through its medium and content, it directs its viewers at the Cubbon Park Metro Station to two different testimonies that will bring them a step closer to the reality.
– Saloni Goel, Eheeta Gurung, Kritika Sonthalia, Saudamini, Sukhmani, and Poojitha
HOME AS OBJECT
We tend to identify with objects of sentiment or belonging, where the familiarity reminds us of home. There is an emotional connection associated with these objects, which can be traced back to the memories associated with it, or the role it plays in the lives of people. The project will attempt to harness this association between people and such objects.
– Paromita Bathija and Antara Basu
HOME AS DIGITAL SPACE
This project aims to show the growing attachment to an intangible, virtual home with advancing technology. To be at home is to know where you are; it means to inhabit a secure centre and to be oriented in a space, conventionally a physical space. A certain ambiguity in the phenomenon of home becomes apparent at this point because home as territory also involves a kind of home range that can include neighbourhood, town, and landscape. As the concept of physical personal contact and face to face interaction diminishes in this constantly evolving technological world, we become daringly close to a home isolated from these factors.The aim of the project is to make the viewer, mainly the users of the metro in this case, to question the idea of home in an age where technological advances are steadily ascending and are invading our personal lives.
– Adira Andlay, Mannat Khanna, Anushka Bhansali, Nishit Nirmal, and Sanatan Vatsayan
A home as a space is a representation of us. The architecture of our home is used to reflect our culture but now with modern times and cultural globalisation we all are homogenised and all chase the same physical modern aesthetics of home. Through this project we are exploring the changes that the architecture of homes in Bangalore have undergone, with changes in the environment around it.
– Vivek and M
Looking at home as a space, trees can be considered as one of the first inhabitants. Humans have taken this space and created homes for themselves. Urbanization may have paved pathways for the homeless but it has also dug graves for those with a home. This installation is a visual representation of the uprooted trees all over Bangalore city, popularly known as ‘the Garden City’.
The installation is in the form of a sound wave. When translated into words, it’s a sentence in Kannada- Home is elsewhere, we are here just like that. The sound wave consists of individual horizontal and vertical frames showing the results of urbanization on trees. Each frame has a QR code. The viewers can scan the code and find the exact location of the cut down trees in the city.
– Aishwarya Suresh, Bhagyashree Gajare, Elesha Vartak, Jumana Motiwala, Rhea Shanghvi, and Shreya Mehta
NAMMA MANE (MY HOME)
A large chunk of our most formative years are spent at a single place which is why in general, the idea of ‘home’ brings a rush of nostalgia and memories of childhood. As a metropolitan city, Bangalore has people from various backgrounds all over the country, and while geography may vary, each generation has common elements and experiences that link back to their childhood. Toys and games form some of the most prominent and wholesome memories of everyone’s childhood. Our project aims to integrate these common elements across various generations into a mural that triggers these memories and evokes a sense of wistfulness. We plan to make illustrations with a sense of motion – of marbles, spinning tops, paper planes, 8 bit consoles and toys. All of these objects were huge parts of children across various time periods. In a place as dynamic as a metro station, a place that has no emotion or feeling attached to it, we hope to make commuters pause, recall and smile.
– Gokul, Harshita, Soumya, Radha, and Anushka