Words are the gaps between silence
This post is related to few of my previous works,which has its links to the ideas I'm currently contemplating about.
This book was made as part of a site-specific project during my post-graduation from Shiv Nadar University. The site was the university’s library where the book was incorporated, and presently rests on its shelf. There are seven sentences extracted from my diary to ground the book upon. Each sentence is a chapter woven together with images of objects collected through time, drawings and sculptures, photographs of my body, of eye veins, of wall seepages, of seeing and gathering.
Words have a form just like images, a constructed space beyond their meaning. We tend to read words and absorb their meaning, ignoring them as visuals, and the subtle sense they give when placed next to other words/images. The emphasis here is on what the words and images do and how they behave at the center of the page, what is their relation to the other words/ images, and their relation to the mind perceiving them. A single word/image is placed at the center of each recto, defining a single frame for the eyes to adjust to and to play with the memory. Each word/image becomes isolated at the particular moment of confronting it which accentuates its tangibility, and yet it is related to the other words/images.
I've been working with blank spaces through my Artist's books. Text, visuals and the blank spaces around them work together to create different meanings for each viewer. The blank space here not only means visual blankness but also a blankness in time: silence.
When one flips from one page to another in order to join the fragmented words and images into a single sentence in their memory, the movement of flipping creates another gap, another silence in time which plays with the already fragmented memory of the reader.
In another work I've used the absence of silence to create an experience and again functioning on the same aspect of having different meanings for each viewer.
Where the viewer only catches glimpses of the fast scrolling words and the sense and meaning derived from whatever the viewer has been able to read, is the meaning they take away with the work. here is the link to the work:
Presently, I'm getting interested in how sound operates in the context of meaning generation. How sound fills the void around us and how the silence in contrast with the sound, is equally heavy and has its own meaning in terms of the thoughts which constantly occupy our mind even when we are sitting amidst complete silence. The blank spaces between our thoughts are as filling as the thoughts, and I find they are more important and compelling, while the words are actually fragmenting this silence. I'm prospecting on creating a sound installation or a soundscape where a sentence is spoken but is fragmented through space. A word is spoken from a corner while the next word of the text may be spoken from somewhere else, and the listener will form meaning depending on where s/he is positioned in the space and in which direction s/he is moving, how much time s/he is spending in a given location and the speed with which s/he is moving. All these factors combine to create a meaning for her/him.
Hence, each listener will absorb different fragments of the spoken text which will be very different from someone else moving through a different path within the soundscape. The aspects of time, space and perception are the primary elements leading to this process of creating meanings.