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Radical Housing and Socially-Engaged Art

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It is likely the house will be dismantled piece by piece with a large crane and a scaffold to support the remaining structure was the culmination of a 10-day intensive body workshop and residency hosted at HH Art Spaces Goa and supported by Japan Foundation with 6 artists coming from different practices in performance and visual art, led by Berlin-based Japanese Butoh dancer Yuko Kaseki. A version of this work was brought to KHOJ Delhi. In this interaction, the artists occupied the various rooms and spaces of the site, Khirkee Village, and responded to each other’s diverse bodies, the environment, the architecture and personal memory.

The impulse of the collaboration was to explore and respond to the landscape of urban India during the monsoons, the lush green environment of the city, which though beautiful, is harshly juxtaposed against the visuality of garbage strewn, shanty housing, and indiscriminate construction.

Dismantling personal and habitual movement, the artists abstracted, deconstructed and reconstructed their responses through improvisation with space, site, and found objects, embodying a range of physicalities and aesthetic possibilities. The project sought to answer the question: what could be rebuilt from the rubble left behind?

It is likely the house will be dismantled piece by piece with a large crane and a scaffold to support the remaining structure had its debut at HH Art Spaces in Goa with Yuko Kaseki, Nikhil Chopra (Goa), Madhavi Gore (Goa), Romain Loustau (Paris/Goa), Venuri Perera (Colombo), Shivani Gupta (Mumbai/Goa) and Sajan Mani (Kerela). The performance was now put up at KHOJ with Yuko and two of the original 6 artists, Nikhil Chopra and Romain Loustau.

The duration of the performance was 90 minutes.

For more information about HH Art Space, please visit their website here.


With generous support from The Japan Foundation, New Delhi.