By Jhhanvi Baruah

Course: Be the City

The installation explores a fantastical world of the underground, the world of burrows  and roots. The burrows come to life with animalistic features in a throbbing, dynamic world of co-dependence and connectivity. 
by Ritika Pandey

Course: Be the City

The metro station is a place where time is suspended. It's mechanical and  monotonous. This project is a mediation between organic time- from the cubbon park and the time that exists in the realm of the metro station. It's a ritualistic practice of creation and decay, an exploration of ephemerality and how it can converse with the environment of the metro station.
 
by Trisha Mehta

Course: Be the City

Every space resonates an atmosphere of its own- one that its inhabitants constitute of, and form a constitution for. When others enter this atmosphere, they consciously or subconsciously, establish a relationship with the space and its inhabitants. By the representation of animate and inanimate residents of Cubbon Park, I attempt to recreate the conversation that I had with the place.
 

At The Brink | Tanya Singh | 2017

Organic to mechanical, wild to tamed, from natural to man-made - The Cubbon Park Metro station emerged from a transformation of space, a space that was once inhabited by nature and inveigled people into stepping out of their tediously conducted lifestyles. This mural is a response to site which primarily focuses on the transformation of Cubbon Park itself, into the metro station. Situated at the brink of Cubbon Park and the metro Station it also acts as a connection between the outside (Cubbon park) and the inside (station). As we move down the staircase, the organic forms that are reminiscent of the natural world, transform into a chaotic combination of rigid shapes extracted from mechanisms which we construct and encounter on a daily basis in our lives.

The Puncher Press | Madhav Nair | 2017

The Puncher Press events are planned as 2 iterations of an event that celebrates the spirit of independent storytelling and graphic narratives and hopes to create an ecosystem of self-sustenance for a wide range of comix creators and readers by curating a platform that taps into the collective artistic energies and strategies in order to build towards a comix scene that is diverse and inclusive. The magazine of silent comix by 16 homegrown artists would be at the heart of this event, with additional stalls for independent creators to sell self-published work (without profit sharing) towards an environment that aides the distribution of their product.

The Lost&Found | Antra Khurana | 2017

Taking inspiration from conventional Lost/Found and Missing posters, Antra created a series of 14 screenprinted posters called The Lost&Found that intend to visually activate the space by introducing whimsical ideas that have been lost or found. As opposed to lost objects and missing beings, the posters contain ideas that recur in our everyday conversations except that they are infused with some whimsy this time. These posters can be found inside the Cubbon Park metro station and neighbouring areas of M.G.Road.

Art in Motion | Saksham Verma | 2017

Motion is a vital component, which is constantly playing an essential part in this space. I felt that there is a lot of potential for art to emerge through these grounds. Animation and movement could be incorporated to understand the space and provide a new perspective of executing art pieces, which facilitate the existing flow of motion.

Transforming Spaces | Prathmi Mehta | 2017

It is necessary to have a sound knowledge of what constitutes how we experience the world- both for creative process and critical distance. The planning of available space according to quality in landscape, architecture and art and design may contribute to the resident’s quality of life, promoting social inclusion and helping to bring about a more balanced use of space. According to me space can provoke different visual experiences and moods, it can be experienced cognitively and emotionally.

As a practitioner I believe that what I produce has a responsibility to evoke a particular feeling or narrate memories and events of a common background or introduce dissonant or ironic signs, or even just stimulate critical reflection in the viewer. Even if our perception are subjective, out basic spatial experience are natural perceptual facts and functionally universal. The essence of our experiences and emotions might be beyond the limits of (verbal) language. But it can be demonstrated and their cognitive and perceptual basis can be described. The idea thus is to construct a spatial experience for the viewer which was familiarly yet misplaced.

Repurposing | Shyla Singh | 2017

Through the Art in Transit project that is set within the context of the Cubbon Park Metro Station, the project Repurposing looks at redeveloping existing spaces in and around the metro station that have no current use or functionality and can be transformed into more exciting spaces with a redefined sense of purpose. The first intervention of repurposing looks to convert a dead space into an interactive means of transit. A vacant escalator space has been converted into a climbing area by installing climbing holds on the passage. The second part of the project is a design proposal for the repurposing of an overhead space outside the station into a landscaped area with appropriately designed elements that are relevant to the context of their surroundings. This has been done with the objective of transforming it into a community area that offers an enhanced public space experience to its users.

Commuters’ GIG | Ankita Kabra | 2017

A salient feature of ‘Participatory Art’ is indicative of how ‘engaging’ the work is. It’s a ‘crowd bending’ work which needs commuter’s involvement, interest and active participation.

The first public experiment was with the Smart textile using Cyanotype technique. The fabric was cut into small rectangular pieces and put together to make a figure of a boy hung on the strings tied to two poles. The intention was that when the metro bolted into the station the fabric pieces fluttered by the gush of wind. Soon ,the commuters started to pose and play with the stapled fabric pieces.

Second experiment was done in order to resonate with a larger number of people on a basic level. This is the form of an activity and what better way than to have a live set-up! For seven days in seven different hot spots. Something, that exists in the space with which one can engage in their waiting time. It’s not intellectualized enough to demand intense understanding. Commuters finger painted on a piece of fabric and with a running stitch made flowers. All the participants later come together for a Commuters party where each commuter shared and networked while painting a fabric together. Also interacted with a sensor based installation made using the flowers and a cloud. The commuters also kept in touch via the Facebook page Trippiereasons, for images and more metro activities done by me.

Third experiment involved the Go pro video takes of the Bal Bhavan and the final video edited Adobe Premier pro. It was played in the VR box . The video depicted the childhood days through my lens. Commuters experienced the video while walking on the hop Scotch that had nothing to technology, as well as a game from their time. Meanwhile, also got introduced new technology while going back to their childhood days!

 

OUT OF STATION | Kartika Saktivel | 2017

The Out of Station project plays out as a series of public interventions that work towards constructing an urban monument, seeking to generate a gallery of remodeled artifacts, imparting them with a fresh voice and renewed purpose. Each exhibit then serves its time outside the gallery, situating itself in areas of transit, rewriting and retelling timeworn stories in novel ways.

The telegraph machine, the post box, the phone booth and the brightly lit weighing machines have been the objects of interest, based on relevance to proximal landmarks such as the GPO, BSNL, VITM and the Telegraph office. The intention is to convert these timeless objects, by seamlessly integrating old technology with new technology, into magical storytelling contraptions.

Life Vol. I | Mishaal Shetty | 2017

This site is an organism that fits itself into a complex and layered reality because of it’s primary function. Transit. It is an aid, it is a shelter, it is a place that has been folded to act as a conduit for everyday life. Yet within this seemingly mundane space lies a potential to be so much more. This more that is referred to is the response to the array of components and mechanisms involved in ‘creating’ the life that the site inhabits. This series of interventions is an evocation of these components.

The artworks part of this series:
Proof of Life : Interactive Sound Installation [Neralu]
Breathe : Macro Photography Series
Insight : Projection Event + Installation
Time Lit : Light Installation

Chanchanabad | Nandita Ratan | 2017

Using the Shivaji nagar market as a basic template Nandita Ratan has created a fictional market space called “Chanchanabad”. Chanchanabad has thereafter drawn from several markets that she has visited. The project, a collection of twenty page silent comics focuses on exploring this vast market area. It follows several characters within the market through short snippets from their day to day encounters. The comics primarily focus on the atmosphere of a market space and draw from her experiences of such spaces.

The Light Underground | Urvika Chabbra | 2016

This installation manipulates the experience of light in the artificially lit underground metro station. The form is inspired by skylight and how it passes through its various layers to let natural light into a space. The lighting here imitates the daylight that filters through glass and scatters. The experience created, gives an impression of sunlight underground. It is calm and immersive and allows people to walk through it.

 

Urban Poetics | Natasha Sharma | 2016

The protagonist of an urban project is its public space, the place where the collective reality of the city is produced. It serves as urban material that provides a response to various social, aesthetic and collective needs. The ‘Metro’ is one such aesthetic that is laid on the map of Bangalore. More than a subject, it becomes an object of the city. Not only an object of transit but also that of aspiration, future, development and aesthetic. The city then becomes a model of form and function where public spaces act as physical artifacts reflecting and representing the city’s identity. And the aesthetic of a public space does not only remain within the notion of beauty and taste but functions dynamically. It curates the space, adds meaning to it, critiques its social processes and provides a code of conduct to the space.

 

E Waste Installation | Karman Nanda Jovi | 2016

This spatial intervention represents the city as a printed circuit board to help raise awareness about e-waste. The method was to use the third teacher approach to generate results. Karman attempts to give meaning and identity to the space by using particular design principles that help people experience the project in a way that raises their awareness about the e-waste they possesses and how they could employ different wards and zones that accept e waste.

Cubbon Mark | Fabrice Grolaire | 2016

Inspired by Sir Mark Cubbon and the tunnel drilling machine this project takes elements from the past and the present to create a reconstructed image of Bangalore. The mural spans across the ramp of the metro tunnel with elements of Mark Cubbon on his horse mashed up with forms of the machine used to drill through Cubbon Park. The bold lines and colors add a splash of zest to the bleak walls of the metro tunnel.

Underground Unchecked | Abhishek Daniel | 2016

The project aims to aid the perception of this truly underground space by creating dropdown orifices from the ceiling walls of the metro. Inspired by the natural ecosystems around Abishek Daniel crates openings to view the natural ecosystems underground. This project is a comment on the displacement of these systems and creatures as a result of the metro’s construction.

While you wait | Rhea Khanna | 2016

The main aim of this project is to enhance the waiting time experience of the traveller in the waiting area of the station. This is done by creating interactive and multifunctional furniture to address a variety of different functions of the public space like resting and interacting. It attempts to activate the potential energy of the station and transform the way a commuter experiences the space by breaking the monotony of the wait.

Panopticon | Manu Sharma | 2017

The project is situated both, conceptually and physically in the realm of public, urban transit, specifically through the vector of metro transit systems. It functions in a space that is largely metaphorical and reactionary and is perceived as primarily being a vehicle for the practitioner to respond to the space he is in. Over time, the space within which the project is contained has lent itself to be a pocket dimension of sorts within the larger context of Art in Transit's intervention at Cubbon Park Metro Station. The project has revealed itself to public audiences over the course of two festivals and by the time of the second, has evolved to stress on certain paradigms at play that govern the functioning of all activities within the metro station.
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