The poetics of explosion and the drifter - CONA

CONA resident artist Ramesh Pithiya spends the last 240 hours of his residency at Chatterjee & Lal.
The residency has been sponsored by the Inlaks India Foundation. 
8 October - 17 October
Tuesday - Saturday | 11am - 7pm

The poetics of explosion and the drifter

The diagrammatic invite portrays two positions that have taken place in one of the conversations with Mr. Pithiya.
The two conclusions of this conversation are as follows-

  • The inner space of the explosive is inversely proportional to the outer space of the explosion.
  • As the drifter drifts (where neither he floats or sinks)- the time of the drifting from point A to B becomes his space.

If one does an analysis of the act of the explosion, one would probably engage in the result of the explosion itself but if we try to orchestrate the entire process we derive to the understanding of two spaces- the inner and the outer. The reverse of an explosion would take us back to the understanding of the form itself- the form of the explosive.

So if we put this in the gradual order-

  • The explosive as a form that dwells in a given space.
  • The explosive as a form and the inner space and energy it contains
  • The act of changing the form and space of the explosive
  • The inner space of the explosive becoming one with the outer space as an explosion.
  • The transformation of the energy unto the outer space changing the alignment of the existing space.

Another metaphor that came up to understand the above theory was that of the rope.

Mr. Pithiya you are holding one end of the rope and trying to measure it without knowing where the other end of the rope is. In order to know the length of your rope you need to hold both the ends and then measure.

Mr.Karle- are you a collector? I guess not, you are rather a drifter.
Mr.Pithiya- yes Drifter, Drifter is good. I am a drifter.

Drifter cannot claim a space but rather claim time. The shift in position from one space to the other is measured in time and this measured time acts as space. It is the amount of rope that lies between its two ends but neither of the ends but neither of the ends is the length of the rope.

This conversation, and many more like these, have taken place in order to try and unpick the ideas inherent in the residency CONA- Passing Through.  The artist in residency, Ramesh Pithiya, will in turn create interventions into the white–cube space of Chatterjee & Lal; trying to address the issues of the grammar that lie beneath hybridized contemporary art language. 

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