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.
Karthika Sakthivel believes that being from a multidisciplinary background aids fusion and generation of new means of narrating and displaying work. Having done photography, public art, community and creative art practices, installation and video art, her creative methods and approaches are shaped by several other defined processes. During her time with Art In Transit she is looking forward to further exploring the possibilities of fusion of media, technology, people and issues, seeking active participation from an individual or a group of individuals in public spaces. Exploring the act of storytelling is at present, the core of her investigation.
She hopes to revise the prescribed functionality of existing artifacts, unearthing a gallery that acts as a transit space for these ‘obsolete’ objects, as they move from one place to another, assimilating and accumulating fresh meanings and associations, de-mummifying them in the process. This challenges the conventional roles of museums and galleries as removed spaces that exclusively exhibit that which paradoxically seeks and demands inclusion. It is her vision, in the near future, to convert the old telegraph building situated atop the Cubbon Park Metro Station into a Museum of Communication and Transit.