The workshop site is strewn with various materials. Students roam around, some with a purpose while some are just onlookers, but participants nevertheless.
It is all part of Intervisuality — the theme of the workshop Transtrends 2010 at RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Thripunithura, where students are evolving a form of communication through new media installation involving painting, sculpture and performing arts like music and dance.
On display are skeletons of 10 lanterns made of bamboo and fabric in various sizes. Calling it “Random Ranthal” (lantern in Malayalam), the final display would be a colourfully decorated fabric that would have block text printing in various languages and images that would add to the imagination of the viewer.
The switching on and off of the lanterns accompanied by music and dance in a sound and light performance would be the final result of the installation in Intervisuality.
Students in the workshop have been busy carving words and images into potatoes to make block prints and then like an assembly line producing lantern-cloth stamped with these words and symbols.
And inspiring them and directing them all is Noah Fisher, artist from New York. Joining him in his work are Anil Dayanand with his art work and Bipin Balachandran as curator of the workshop, both faculty members at the RLV College and numerous students from various departments.
There are at least two students from 10 other colleges, of which six are outside the State.
Sachin from Baroda has managed to put on his canvas the images that Kochi or rather, Thripunithura has provided him.
This includes the Kerala Varma’s statue at the Statue junction in Thripunithura and the old dilapidated building of RLV College too. Smitha from Mysore on her canvas has poured out her views on the floods as a result of climate change. Pradeep Singh from Shantiniketan depicts the helplessness of the demigods to recharge Shantiniketan to its old glory. Divya from Bangalore is most happy about the fact that the workshop is so threadbare. There are no restrictions on the artist about do’s and don’ts, she says.
This is the first time that a workshop and a seminar for fine arts of national standard is being organised in the State, said K. Sidharthan, Head of the Department of Fine Arts at RLV College.