Privacy Please
 
Interactive Installation 
10th - 13th January 2013
 
BMW Gugenheim Lab

In collaboration with

Studio X Mumbai
http://www.arch.columbia.edu/studio-x-global
 
 
 
In the public space as well as in the private space it is hard to find any privacy, at least for most of the people in Mumbai. What is a private space?
What is a public space? What is your idea of a public space?  What is your idea of a private space? What is the intersection or dialogue generated between public and private? Can a private space be for anybody? Can a public space be for nobody?

Our idea was to create a space to be alone with yourself. Let the people sit in such a  space or ‘place’ for some time and let them express their concepts on public/ private relationships they experience within the city. Questions appear. People respond. We engage one another through the public/private interface created.

The project: Erect a bamboo structure which poses the question, by it’s sheer existence, what are the boundaries between public and private space? Why bamboo? Its a material which transcends the normal by placing itself Inbetween the seemingly disparate systems of the city. It appears as quickly as it disappears. It mediates the public and private and adapts to create spaces of intersection within the environment. 
The structure is physical. You climb into it. It isolates you from what’s around but then you notice a strange machine on the floor. This machine asks you questions. You input your ideas. These ideas will be “transmitted” via a monitor to the people standing outside the structure. They are connected or disconnected it is not clear. Is it the bamboo structure that provides a space of communication or is it Technology that mediates the material assemblage and transforms the traditional into a space of provocation giving it new relevance within the context of mumbai?

The site: In actuality the perfect space for the insertion. Bamboo markets exist all around. The material is procured within walking distance of the site. The beach. A space of relief within the congested city. Bamboos temporality is tested within a new programmatic agenda. Can it be used to spontaneously engage this public / private condition? We will see….
 
 
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An installation designed for the BMW Gugenheim Lab at Mahim Beach, Mumbai.
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