Sunday, June 30, 2013

‘Demolition’ Series at Chemould Prescott

As part of its interest in locating the fluidity between art and architecture, the Mumbai-based art venue, Chemould Prescott, presents a series of installations by Studio Mumbai and Bijoy Jain. The pieces collectively and independently evoke indeterminate experiences. They do not to guide us through a specific process, but let discoveries through visual layers. An accompanying note elaborates: "All of these conditions defy their actual purpose and presence. They exceed their everyday existence and are neither contained nor in-finite in their presence or absence.

"Instinctive response to any condition is honest and devoid of any burden of culture. Such intuition is immediate in time and space. This detachment allows awareness and freedom. The whole effort is aimed at presenting an environment - elemental and sensorial, a field of varying conditions carefully curated from everyday life and observations. These conditions are formed so as to instigate and negotiate both inside and outside."

Founded by Bijoy Jain, the endeavor (Studio Mumbai) is a human infrastructure of innovative architects and skilled craftsmen who look to design and build the work directly. Gathered through time, the group shares an environment created from an iterative process, wherein creative ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, sketches, drawings, models and material studies. Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.

The core of the work lies in fathoming the relationship between architecture and land. The idea is to pinpoint the genuine possibility in creating structures, which emerge through a process of face-to-face knowledge sharing and collective dialogue.

Born in Mumbai in 1965, Bijoy Jain did his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis (1990). He then worked in Los Angeles and London before coming back to his home country in 1995 to discover his practice.

The work of Studio Mumbai has been featured at the XII Venice Biennale as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum, and received several prizes and awards like the Global Award in Sustainable Architecture (2009); the 7th Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award: Finland (2012), and the third BSI Swiss Architecture Award (2012), among others.

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