Mechanicalized Mindlessness

Artists United! India. Group show at Visthar, Bengaluru. MAR 2019

'Exist' Group show at Walkin Studios, Bengaluru. APR 2019


Our hands animate the power we possess as the language of our bodies, they become our secondary medium of expression when words fail to capture the intangible nature of powerful thought. Power in the hands of people is never absolute, it's a dynamism which is earned or passed down through space and time, through cyclical transitions from hand to hand or through the act of creation. Power in society is a currency that can never exist in isolation.

Mechanicalized mindlessness attempts to materialize the relationship between the nuances of Power vested in Brahmins and the Performativity of such actions of Power exploring the plastic relationship between the "pure" rituals of Sandhyavandana, and untouchability practiced at homes across orthodox Hindu India is expressed through the human hands, objectively explored through materiality and disembodiment.

This work investigates the dynamics of ‘Performativity of Power’, a self-critic on the current state of mindless practice of certain Hindu rituals and a reflection of the role of the body in performing Brahminical practices using the sacred thread or the Janivara, which reinforce the idea of being born male and privileged in society. Growing up in an upper-caste Hindu family, I would be left without choice to perform rituals and worship in Sanskrit, the apparent language of Gods, often accompanied by various hand gestures and obscure body language signifying metaphorical offerings to the Gods. This performativity of Power vested to me in retrospect was pure machine-like repetitions of symbolic actions and mechanical means of bodily performance. The materialization of disembodying and externalizing such practices from my beliefs are manifested through 3D printing plastic as an agent of ignorance and falsity, which in its creation, mimics the mindless repetitions of both the mind and the machine.



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