NIV Art Centre (New Delhi). 16.01.2016
Tushar Joag/Manu Uranga, Paribartana Mohanty/Esteban Torres Ayastuy, Sahej Rahal/Mike Marshall, Vaibhav Raj Shah/Lorea Alfaro, Ritesh Meshram/Ole Hagen, Charmi Gada Shah/Amanda Beech, B. Ajay Sharma/Bob Matthews, Anni Kumari/Kamil Piotr Adamus, Mohit Kant Mishra/Nisha Samuel.
Ideas Travel Faster than Light, view of the installation at the NIV Art Centre
Ideas travel faster than light is a collaborative project amongst a group of artists. Nine artists based in London/Bilbao/LA have been invited to submit proposals for new works together with instructions of how to make them and nine artists based in Delhi and Mumbai have been invited to produce them according to their interpretation and understanding. Once the works are made they become a collaboration between the artists. The works are exhibited at the NIV Art Centre alongside a publication that includes the text What is a Vector? Or, What is it to Travel Unlike Light? written by Mathew Poole.
The main idea of the project came up as a practical solution to the problem of how to transport works across distances on a small budget. This became a matrix of ideas and things grew in response to the possibilities offered by that condition and situation. Since ideas have a level of materiality different to objects that occupy a physical space, they can be lighter cheaper and freer to move.
Ideas travel faster than light facilitates the transporting of ideas from one place to another while extending them and re-contextualizing them in a new context. The process of writing instructions for new works in one place then making them in another, roots their origin in-between locations while activating a chain of events that embodies them of a history and a life-after, reproducing the mesmerizing relation of intimacy between the maker and its object. This has a strong sociological element since from the moment an artwork is transported from one country to another, mediated and re-interpreted by a different mindset, questions of intention and interpretation come to the surface. It is also an emotional journey. The works become emotional merchandise that instigates an exchange of emotions and languages of expression. Their life is outside any one person’s control.