The truck is full of absences, a darkness
inside 12 by 16 inches envelope filled with BLANK same size paper from the 274 kg reel of 140 gms thick brown paper usually meant for envelopes.
The text on each yellow envelope lined with cotton gauze : FiILL IT, SHUT IT & FORGET IT
with a stamp behind:
" We are then introduced to a series of tales and counsels
whose chief burden is to underscore the over-riding
importance of ' self-preservation "
The blank paper playing the roll of FILL IT,
and the seal traditional LAC used to seal postal envelops as SHUT IT
and one to each in the audience, would be its FORGET IT
Below, on Friday, the day when City-as-Studio showcased its major exhibition/performacnes by others, i went out from Sarai studio to the road leading to Metro station. We returned from the a nearby garbage dumping point to the studio back. Later the unwinding of the paper happened after police objected to the material on the roads....
All the colourful feathers are living but without life, without soul, like a typical Mandala
To realize this: Mandala is a device: I told them to sit in a circle, facing out, while i moved in.
I undressed, and made two or three rounds in the center along with the bird on my head
( image of the absence, the colurful bird ). I put on my clothes,
and I showed them the image on the camera screen itself, one by one ..
The image of my undressed being as pedestal of the dead bird on pedestal .
I did not utter a single word. They all laughed.
"Silke Kastner, artist in Berlin paints newspapers with white " word 'Intution' in Japanese, on newspaper.
demonstration: a japanese character resembles painted bones for a double burial, practice in ancient mexico and kashmir. Left: the word OPEN in japanese on newspaper, Right: white strokes on the body.
I am Inder Salim. Tonight you may call me Prof. Inder Salim.
( I lifted the red necktie to wipe out my nose ) Lot of Ice Cold Tea, you know.
Well, Friends, Today I have come to give a short lecture on Double Burial. As already briefed in Japanese, I hope, it would be easier for you to follow.
Well, before I begin, I quickly use the term “Buried Cities “by Sigmud Frued as he explains how to understand the Unconscious. So, we are free to imagine about how we reconstruct ideas with the ruins, both actual and imagined, by rearranging them in mind, or by highlighting those parts which we feel are vital .
4000 to 4500 years ago Kashmir and
Modern science exhumed ancient tombs, chambers, and mounds, and so we have an idea called Double Burial. anthropologically, we have a specimen in
Painting Newspapers in
In ‘Myth Today’ Ronald Barthes teaches us how to exhume news from the grave called Newspaper/magazine and bury it again after ripping it with wit, humour and interpretation. If a Newspaper is a graveyard of candid photographs (read dead ) and news items are like obituaries of the dead things around us, then perhaps, it needs a quick exhumation for a second burial.
We need to move on, which also means that what we encounter in daily life is loaded with profound insights about us, if there is a will to dig the grave/incident/news. There is an immense scope to transform this boring ritual of reading daily newspaper into an meaningful act. It can be a way of life too, akin to our ancestral approach to exhume bones for second burial after painting them with red.
This is also an inspiration from Silke Kaestner, artist living in
Well, the use of black ink to write must have occurred differently to different communities around the world depending upon various factors. In ancient
So, one day the King died. And as usual his clothes were taken off. ( At this point I started to undress ) . His body was neatly taken out for a burial. It was his last wish that his bones be painted in Red for his re-burial, i.e what we call Double Burial.
( Here I am completely nude, and holding White pigment and brush in my hand. And as I perform dead, I get up and remind the audience that how the dead come back to life to remind them something very vital, and i said ). Please paint my bones in Red for a second burial.
But that was too old a practice. The system of writing in black on the wall was a norm to make financial transactions, and other official deals. So, the bones of the dead King too were painted in Black. And while his bones were painted in Black, he reminded him about his last wish, the ritual of his ancestors, that his bones be painted in Red ( Here I get up with my limbs all painted in white paint ). Well the Kings bones were painted in Black, again and again, and he almost became invisible.
The dead king’s ghost is roaming around the world, and while being in
5. BIG. ENGERGIES . in my hand alongwith other handful unwritten pebbles.
The unwanted wishes and the lucky pebbles are here with me,And while I had a cup of tea with the God in the temple, I told him about the futility of the written signs on the pebbles, but I kept them, because the other side of the pebbles was blank
Day before yesterday, cancellation of flight from New Delhi meant long hours of waiting at the airport. Drinking silly expensive cup of tea was not fun, untill i discovered a Duty Free corner full Tea . Nilgiri Tea, San Tea ( hand rolled tea leaves ) Assam Tea, and what not, but big lables and big prices. But the specimens of each kind had enough tea for me to steal few pinches of tea here or there. A free hot water cup from the caffea stall was enough form to make a great cup of tea for myself that evening.
I never thought some tea leaves without passport would give shape to a Zen in Tokyo, that too, just one days after arrival. The meeting with Meba Kurata was amazing. Her simplicity and grace impressed me deeply, and i instantly invited her to join this tea ceremoney next day: my performace on 9th of June.
She did come next day, and even gifted me a small mirror.
On the stage, one or two pinches of stolen lea leaves in the traditonal kettle full of hot water mixed with the narration of the above anecdote. and my school time storey about a king who abandoned his kingdom for realizatiion of God. And while meditating under the tree when the King , now an asectic, fell asleep, which resluted his decision to tear his own eye lids . The two eye lids once buried in the earth gave birth to two small spalings, and the leaves of which mixed with hot water were the begining of tea ceremoney in the world. That was all i had to speak about Tea that evening.
By now the cup of tea was ready for Dear Meba, who happily sipped it.
Meba held my hand and we made a slow exit from the stage.
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"See, Devi Chinmastika in me, in kashmir, in India, in the world, in the entire cosmos"
NOON upon NOON, SARMAD SPECS, School time NCC CAP, BandWala Dress,
performance garment used in London in front of General Hevloc of 1857 mutiney. ;
when Hindus and Muslims fought togeather against British Rule.
OPP. translation of hindi bollywood song: I PUMP LOVE INTO HEARTS OF THOSE WHO HATE
right: MIRROR REFLECTION OF THE SACRED VERSE and LEGIBLE VERSE giving shape to a blanced form
in front of Anish Kapoor, Right, with Berliner, Art TV, below: in front of Picasso . Left with a policeman
In Art Sumit 2009, Pragati Maidan New Delhi, holding the book THE POLITICS OF AESTHETICS by Jacques Ranciere., I walked through the entire labyrinth of differnent Art Galliery stalls exhibitng art works by different artists ( images by Natasha, Allana, Rahul and some unknown amongst the corwd)
THE MANGO TREE
The centre of the universe is not the place where I am standing, but the Mango Tree in front of my balcony. But because of different seasons its centre of importance shifts, particularly when there are no mangoes on its branches. Almost a decade back, when I shifted into my flat, there was no such tree over there, but indeed a structure conducive for the growth of a Mango Tree, or any other tree, was always there. This space where these small and big trees exist belongs to the entire colony, a public space, where people relish their evening strolls, or let their children jump a little, and also scatter biscuit and chocolate wrapper around, carelessly. The Trees are mostly non-fruity ones, so everything is cool, except this Mango Tree.
Right now, the entire colony is talking about this mango tree, but the flats which are directly facing this mango tree are constantly thinking about it. I am also looking at the mango tree, but among other things, what puzzles me is the question why the tree gives birth to hundreds of mangoes when it does not want its entire crop to grow? As I notice some little green mangoes keep on falling on the earth, naturally. Why? It fascinates me. This is perhaps, what we call mysteries of the nature, so no need to interfere or worry on that account. But still there are plenty of mangoes on the tree, and everybody is silently looking at them, who simply want to eat them. But there is some helplessness in their looking at them.
The reason for this is that the 70-G-wallay (family living in the Ground floor) happened to water this mango tree sometimes , and now they have the birth right to harvest the entire crop of this tree. True, I am witness to that, but I doubt if they actually had planted the tree. I believe, somebody had carelessly thrown a mango kernel into the park which has given birth to this controversial tree. The 70-F-wallay, 70-S- wallay, and 70-T-wallay (families living in First, Second and Top floor) feel that they too have the right to eat some mangoes. These families live closer to this tree, but other families which are facing it too have the similar desire but, I guess the intensity of the desire to eat these mangoes is directly proportional to the distance of the eyes that are looking at this mango tree.
The trouble is that the 70-G-wallay leave no stone unturned to ensure that the mango tree is under their control during the crop time. They don’t even let a singing bulbul, or a peaceful dove, let alone stray colony monkeys to come near this mango tree. They use all the ways and means to keep the other away from the reach of this tree. They must have even counted the number of mangoes on the tree which are still unripe, quite green but distinguishable from the green of its foliage. The 70-G-wallay are Baniyas (the traditional business community) and hence have a natural tendency to think about their personal benefits only. I must say, with some confidence, that such families are the predecessor families of the entire world capitalism, like monkey is known as the predecessor of the man. A limited thought, but business is usually created to be inherited by their successors, usually sons. So, there is a tradition, to own the factory, an orchid, an oil well etc. Right now, here in this colony, there are people who want the entire mango tree to be felled since they don’t get their share of mangoes, but there are people who are content with the idea of a tree alone. Although, the later category of people are quite in minority but they are happy that there is a place for a dove to make a nest, or twig for a squirrel to jump from this tree to another tree.
Yes, some children from outside, say from other underprivileged families, whom I guess have never tasted a mango in their life, do come and try to steal a mango or two from this tree by throwing a stone or a small stick. The 70-G-Wallay quickly come out from their flat and use all kinds of popular vernacular to chase them away. The rest of families again remain silent, who otherwise would not like these outside children to venture into the protected colony, where I too happen to own a flat.
The result is that every year, the 70-G-wallay harvest the unripe crop lest it might be shared or stolen by others. The entire unripe-unripe crop is harvested, because the fear of losing the crop intensifies with the passing of each day, which is just good enough for ordinary pickle at the best. The real mangos never see the light of the day.
I don’t about the whole world, but in
But there are spaces where Mangoes are allowed to turn golden on the trees itself, and subsequently relished with their maximum sugar and vitamin levels. But, as we know that is outside the structure of business and people like 70-G-wallay don’t have a clue about that. So, has anybody ever tasted a real mango?
The question is that there is just one mango tree, and thousands of eyes on its couple of hundred odd mangoes on the tree. Right now, the people like 70-G-wallay who control the production of plant don’t let the mangos grow naturally. So they too have not tasted a mango, and neither let others to taste a real ripe one.
So has anybody tasted a real mango, if there is one, and if yes, who deserves to eat that, and relish?
PART OF GROUP SHOW FROM J&K INITIATED BY KESHAV MALIK
in colloboration with Amnesty Internation, at Delhi Half Marathon. run against Death penalty in India