On Friday the 1st of April, Range Art Gallery opened its doors to the city’s aesthetes with yet another innovative show, Momentum – an Experimental Arts Festival for public viewing. Momentum predominantly aims to promote local artists and avant-garde art forms. The three day festival brings in talks, live jam sessions, workshops, Video-art presentations, and performances by Syed Taufik Riaz, Buoyant Performing Arts, Poetry Paradigm and many more such engaging events.
The festival is designed as an interactive and learning platform for all art enthusiasts where you can wholly become part of the festival; create your own tunes on Varun Desai’s audio installation, or you can revive the artist inside you by indulging in Sunny D Wall space, where you can sit and create art to be put up on the collective.
Artist Debashish Barui, in his conversation with BongRong, explains his simplistic yet convoluted audio-visual and 3D art installation. The installation comprises of a single channel video installation wherein the artist himself makes eye-contact with his viewer and takes him into a space of trance through consistent eye contact. The video ends with both the viewer and artist being teary-eyed and the screen floating with a statement “Are you feel sobbing?” The 3D art behind it on the wall is an imaginative projection of the video box itself. “Eye-to-eye” contact is a multifaceted work that explores the intricacies of the simple potent gesture of eye contact that can take one to oblivion.
With MakersLoft in our city now, one of its artists contributed to the show with an impeccable, new media art installation. MakersLoft is Kolkata’s first ‘makerspace’ which pools in designers, techies, hobbyists, artists and students to meet, collaborate and create products and art through professional tools. They are conducting workshops on Laser Cutting and 3D Printing throughout the span of this event.
Varun Desai adorned the space with three of his eccentric pieces.
This work unravels the relationship between man-made and organic structures and patterns. The painting opens up in three layers – butterfly and dragonfly structures, underwater scheme and architectural designs and blueprint, viewed under different coloured lights.
The artist here worked on the concept of scales, keeping the fingerprint as the centrepiece of study and subverting the traditional ideas and techniques of painting; adding detailed landscapes on a minuscule level.The mannequin is an upcycled piece of art, created from a cut-out mannequin wrapped in layers of scraps of clothing; dealing with the abstraction of different layers of everted body.
You can sit and indulge yourself in the video-art presentation by CologneOFF*2016, curating 7 mono-channel videos by the best of experimental film makers across different countries.
The gallery also showcased a digital art installation by artist Shailpik Biswas,
The basic idea of the installation is to generate visuals from an audible frequency. They have used electricity, which is the voltage that’s being carried by the audio signal to react to the voltage that’s in the television’s circuit to create these lines and patterns. So what we can see as viewers is rather art created through raw voltage. 0000 is a collective of two artists, Sabyasachi Chowdhury and Anupal Adhikary.
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