BANGALONE | MUDRAS

2019 - Publication | Video
1Shanthiroad Studio Gallery

How do we cope rapid urbanization and the change of our environment?
How does it affect our everyday lifes? Our daily state of mind?
Bangalore faces an agitated urban development and at the same time a dissolving
of its original appearance as a Garden City. Lakes diminish, trees vanish –
little remains of the natural cityscape. Bangalore of today, the IT hub and it`s fast-paced life leads to a disconnection of the place and its people. And then, loneliness creeps in.

One can feel lonely anywhere. Even in a city packed with other people, vehicles and animals. Urban isolation doesn’t necessarily require physical solitude, but rather a lack
of meaningful relationships. Those who then migrate from other parts of the country
are confronted with even more difficulties when it comes to cultivating strong social bonds. Almost half the people living in Bangalore are migrants who come for the
purpose of work. And its their work, which takes over their lifes.

The pubication Bangalone gives an insight into this reality. A state of mind, which
on the surface remains invisible. But when looking beyond materialism, decelerating the
city’s rush and by taking a distant bird’s-eye view, one might see a complaining city that is loosing its most profound substance: its nature and its people.

mudras
2019 – Video

The accompanying video Mudras tells the narrative of the publication Bangalone through the hand gestures of traditional Indian dance.

Mudras and Bangalone were developed during the Artist Residency of the Goethe-Institut in Bangalore, India in 2019.