Coordinates of Everyday Life
3 videos, 1 floor vinyl, 10,000 stickers for city walls
Co-ordinates 28.8N 77.15E. Installation using video screens, sound, print, and stickers
Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); CityOne conference, Sarai/CSDS Delhi (2003); The Roomade Office for Contemporary Art, Brussels (2003); Image Asia, Copenhagen (2003); Adaptations, curated by Craig Buckley, at Apex Art gallery in New York (2004); Fredrecianum, Kassel (2004); Digital Discourse, Malta (2005 – 2006).
In listing a set of latitude and longitude measurements, bracketed by two calendar years, this installation names a citycalled Delhi and a time that feels like the first two years of the twenty-first century. In doing so, the syntax of space-time coordinates also connects the city as a locationto the abstractions of other spaces and times.These co-ordinates become a frame within which the work witnesses the experience of living in Delhi in terms of the constant conflict over control of space and over the different meanings that accrue to space. The installation presents each unit of space—public or residential—as being open to a variety of conflicting claims made by inhabitants, transients, users, owners, and planners.
It witnesses the city as the battleground of a daily civil war between the master plan and the moment.