Thanks for posting the mail and your project.You mentioned that at some point soon, we (Bindu, Didier & Florence) need to discuss if we will submit separate documents or one document clearly indicating our common theme of NEW PLACE. I think we need to do that now, since there will be many nuances and other things we will need to sort, a common proposal for us, how the work needs to be displayed etc. There has not been any concrete information, or idea proposed by Didier till now and we will have to set a deadline if we do not get a definite idea by that time we go ahead with the New place, though ideally it will be great if he does come up with his proposal now. Didier hope you dont mind, but it is getting late now and we need t take the proposals to the next level. I have been working on another proposal and feel that the one about my mother does not work well with our project about the new place. Hence I am working on the concept of a home.
the breif outline is as follows-
A home is a place of residence refuge and comfort. Usually the sense of home attenuates as one moves away from it, but it does not do so in a fixed or regular way. Homes can trigger self-reflection, thoughts about who one is or used to be or who one might become. These types of reflections also occur in places where there is a collective historical/cultural identity. As an alternative to the definition of “home” as a physical locale, home may be perceived to have no physical definition–instead, home may relate to a mental or emotional state of refuge or comfort. There are certain cultures in which members lack permanent homes, such as the nomadic people. In todays globalised world, the notion of home has changed meaning for many individuals. With the development of the transportation industry – the airplanes, cars, trains etc mankind has become mobile in a way one could not have dreamt of before. There is now an emergence of a set of people who consider themselves as global citizens, citizens of the new world, the neo nomads. Being at home now need not be specific to ones place of origin.
In our globalised world people leave their homes for myriad of reasons- be it social, political, economic or cultural. They live in a state of constant flux, thereby giving the person a sense of being at home everywhere but being at home nowhere. Being at home is no more locale or culture specific but is an inward journey for being at rest.
Through my art project I would like to address and understand issues such as notion of home, whether home is a psychological state of mind or just a social construct or does it exist in reference to the memories of the past, a lived experience?
If one is at home everywhere and one is at home nowhere, then is one living in a constant state of absence, can this absence be constructed through multiple narratives and can one construct a psychological profile of an individual to understand the unconscious dreams and desires of a person and the collective society as a whole.
for the project I will be using images, photographs of all the places I have lived in, video footage, sound recording of people who knew me, the recordings will be in past tense, they will talk about this person called bindu her dreams n desires her sense of belonging to that place, her dreams of a good life, her declaration of her independence, her dreams for equality, her search for a perfect home, a perfect place, a perfect city etc. sound/music will be an integral part of the work. The work should not be more than 8 minutes long. This will be a single screen projection.
I think this will work sits well with florence idea in the new place. please let me know what your suggestion is.