Rethinking our cities

February 27, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 02:01 am IST

Art merges with science to raise some pertinent questions about our existence in an exhibition.

Is survival on earth becoming even more precarious than in space? Can our cities survive for long if they continue to grow irresponsibly? How can policy-makers intervene to make our cities self-sufficient? Many more such pertinent questions are being raised through “The Undivided Mind”, an exhibition emanating from a two-week residency that explores the crossover between two seemingly unrelated fields of art and science. The works created during this residency by the CAAS Collective (a trio of Susmita Mohanty, Barbara Imhof and Sue Fairburn) and Rohini Devasher will be open for public viewing at Khoj Studios in Khirkee Extension, today.

The aim of the exhibition — which will comprise posters, collages, photographs, info-graphics and videos – is to draw a parallel between the earth we inhabit and outer space, bringing into focus questions about environment degradation, sustainability, recycling and efficient use of limited natural resources. Hence, this exhibition explores the ways in which scientific processes and discovery can be coupled with visual art production and vice-versa. CAAS, in fact, aims to convert Khoj Studios, the venue of the exhibition, into a mini space-station as part of its project.

CAAS Collective or the ‘City As A Spaceship’ collective includes Dr. Susmita Mohanty (spaceship designer and aerospace entrepreneur), Dr. Barbara Imhof (space architect), Sue Fairburn (scientist and design researcher) and Rohini Devasher, an emerging visual artist.

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