You are invited for a fim screening, made by myself. I was fascinated by the repetitive sound that the sugarcane machines make, initially I saw it as a metaphor for the idea of simultaneity that for me becomes very apparent in the hustle and bustle of the market. But soon I found myself mesmerised by the sound and the various components that revolve . I will be showing a 6 minute film on a loop starting from 6:00 pm till 8:30 pm. Please make it if you can.
A few shots, from one of the bigger buildings surrounding the market. It was interesting to overlook various happenings in the market in one sight, as I stood there, I saw a good number of people simultaneously buying stuff, casually strolling, trying to sell goods etc. You could hear an ambiguous talking, buses honking far away, the sound of traffic and to my surprise, you could also hear the bell ringing of one of the sugarcane sellers in the market, I am in the process of making a short film on the 8 sugarcane machines in and around the market.
As some of you may know, we ran a 6 day workshop from the 13-18 focusing on creating new responses to the market in the form of, artistic impressions/interventions. So, we have just finished a rather action packed week.
We had a fantastic week, full of curiosity and enthusiasm followed by articulate conversations, these conversations helped break the ice among strangers and also, with the development of ideas. It was a great group of people from various backgrounds such as, graphic design, journalism, fabric natural dyeing, history and of course art. In the weekends we also saw some Goa College of Arts students, namely Rajaram, Sahil, Sunny and Gautam, whose project is to finish this weekend, 25-26 January.
To start things off, artist Sharmistha Kar did a performance, which involved her continuously transferring 200 metres of Gajra made in the flower market, out of ‘Kakda’ flowers, she then offered a metres length to anyone who wanted it. She finished before schedule. A post on the performance is to follow soon, so watch this space.
As the workshop began on the 13th of January, everyone was really hands on and projects soon went into directions such as, creating a web based Mapusa market diary, documenting the making of Pao, making a short film on the 8 sugarcane juicers in an around the market, exploring and understanding the crucial roles that women play in the market among many other ideas and using imperfect, mutant brinjals as a tool for communication, the term “naak vaangi” (nosed brinjal) has been coined as a result of this.
So, say hello to Sharmi, Nash, Gayatri, Werner, Shankar, Mehar, Alok, Shubhanshi, Kabir and Maithili. It was great to work with all of you. We’re looking forward to individual posts from you.