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Edgy art at new cafe

delhi Updated: Nov 20, 2009 23:00 IST
Ruchira Hoon
Ruchira Hoon
Hindustan Times
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I am looking at what looks like a poster of the popular Facebook-based game Farmville. The pixelated greens and the yellows seem to be having a great time. Turns out it’s a digital print of a pixel art by Indonesian artist Oomleo, something I haven’t seen before. On the wall across, is a story of a politician being told in graphic novel style in a three-part painting series. Extremely intriguing.

From the bourgeoning art cafes that have been springing across Delhi, the Mocha ArtHouse is certainly different. Officially, opened last week, this is a place where contemporary art of the mixed media kind — dance, music and visuals — is being fused with eclectic food. It’s where you’re going to find installation art, photographs, classical western music, electronica, and Bharatnatyam under one roof. Plus some coffee.

While the food at ArtHouse is nothing to write home about (except for the Raw Food section which is made from hydrating, dehydrating, mixing and blending fruits, nuts and veggies).

Forget the menu, the reason you should head to this place, is for the performances lined up in the coming weeks. Check out artist Mark Knoll’s generative art from November 23 onwards or take part in a two-day workshop on November 26-27 on scratching and turntablism. UK dubstep artist Mosquito Masala perform live on November 27.

Watch the show. Dine al fresco. And if you want to buy some art, go ahead and ask the curator. The prices are pretty pocket-friendly and the ambience — priceless.