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Have wings, be arty

There’s never been a lack of innovative ideas at the Khoj art residencies. What’s been lacking at times is adequate funding — the wings to let the ideas fly.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2011 22:59 IST
Amitava Sanyal

There’s never been a lack of innovative ideas at the Khoj art residencies. What’s been lacking at times is adequate funding — the wings to let the ideas fly.

Thanks to the Norwegian embassy, the second Public.Art.Ecology residency hasn’t suffered such a crunch. The support — which meant at least a fourth more in production money — has yielded memorable results that use another kind of wings.

Most of the artists collaborated with, quite literally, insects and birds. Brandon Ballengée has made a UV-lit ‘love motel’ for insects, where he feeds them “vitamin-fortified” stuff. Pratik Sagar has created a feed-station for birds, where he captures their sights and sounds. Navin Thomas is giving out ‘bat music’ CDs and trying to make two catfishes converse electrically.

Even Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, who have been using grass as an artistic medium for over two decades, managed to attract with their walls of barley grass a Death’s-head Hawkmoth, a rare winged creature in this part of the country.

Will these works stay? Maybe Khoj should add a fourth word to the dotted title: sustainability — not to do with ecology, but for the art of it all.

@ Khoj Studios, S-17 Khirkee Extension, Till April 15, 11 am - 7 pm. Call 65655873