BOMBAY, BADARPUR BORDER is a suite of installations created
for exhibition at the Apeejay Media Gallery, Badarpur Border,
New Delhi. The works use a variety of analog and digital media,
including live electronics, to circulate a "theme"
(Bombay), as well as a physical location (Badarpur), through
the gallery space.
gallery/border is presented by the artists as a site from
which to consider the Other city – Bombay. Not the material
city alone (which is now anyway called Mumbai), but the more
diffuse constructions of data, myth and desire that form its
virtual and media identities. The artists deny the customary
claims to authenticity that accompany, for example, the Tate’s
Century City or NDTV’s Mumbai Live. Only one of us is
actually from Mumbai, and we have almost nothing from Mumbai
to show. We gather here to invent and perform “Bombay”,
to synthesize it in various media: a building as text, an
interactive movie generated from images trawled from the net,
a virtual user-controlled sea, a piece of film, a live studio...
Other actions take place beyond the gallery bounds, stretching
across two groups that would perhaps never meet: visitors
to the gallery, and those outside, who view the gallery itself
as a technocultural object.
artists' attempt to reconsider traditional notions of site-specific
art (and in turn, question ideas of location and mobility)
in the context of media arts practice. Here, we are not really
mobile – we are just in the "wrong" place.
The map is cracked, and we have fallen through. Like GPS gone
awry, or a recurring wrong number on your phone. Where is
the audience? What kind of Bombay is this? Where on earth
is Badarpur? By coming here, we hope to find the many unacknowledged
and unexplored ways in which our bodies intersect with places,
and imagined places.