Siddhanth Shetty’s project finds ways to activate urban public spaces with interventions that cause a passer by to look at his surroundings with a fresh perspective and acknowledge possibilities of different ways of living. He conducted interactive experiments on the platform of the station for 20 days: Pillars with magnet words to play with, a blackboard to leave messages on, and a bookshelf where you could take a book if you left a book in return. His current ongoing intervention further addresses the idea of the self in response to an urbanity that homogenizes people: A “Grow your own hair or cut your own hair” space.
Siddhanth Shetty is a multi-media artist whose primary inquiry deals with understanding the many ways in which one may amplify, alter or supplement the experience of any given context. Having begun by primarily making short films, he found the process limiting and eventually abandoned allegiance to any one form, instead allowing context to dictate the most effective media. His practice hinges on a thorough immersion into context. His work is often participative in nature as he explores forms and media that can actively address and negate the homogenizing nature of our urbanity.
Siddhanth’s project at Peenya has, from the beginning, revolved around the central idea of creating a community space in the metro. Across the year, he has explored several different ways of achieving this through temporary/ephemeral participative installations set up in the station. Siddhanth set up three experiments in the station that he documented rigorously each day. Actively documenting his experiments everyday, Siddhanth has had the opportunity to engage with various types of people, understanding the different motivations with which their audience has approached his experiments.