Amid the global debate on the need for art in public spaces, the city will finally get a taste of it.
Three interactive installations will be put by artists in public at the Vidyaranya School on Saturday morning starting at 8 am.
Artists Pavan Kumar D, Avani Rao Gandra and P.C. Prasad, through their installations, will address different aspects of urban spaces as part of a larger event also focusing on various aspects of city life called Do Din. The idea behind the two-day coming together of minds in the fields of technology and art is to raise awareness on all areas of urban living.
“We chose installations over paintings or sculptures because we wanted to leave a direct impact on the spectators. As installations, art becomes very real with objects that can be touched and felt," says Avani Rao Gandra. While Pavan Kumar D's installation will focus on the artificial elements of nature with Urban Farming, P.C. Prasad has planned an elaborate work called the Red Carpet with a pit and a mirror at the end of it.
Avani will be showcasing an installation titled Recycled News with bundles of newspapers stacked with black plastic bags. “Public art has always been a longstanding dream of mine. Also, there is a global push for art in public spaces now and we are also pushing for photography and the like to be displayed on roads and flyovers during Do Din," says Avani, This much-needed opportunity for artists and the much-wanted change in everyday perspective is what Do Din aims at. However, the man behind bringing it all together calls it an “ordinary" effort.
“In a city setting, we are required to rub shoulders with each other, but then our social interactions are so limited. Add to that the technology that has got us into the dangerous habit of looking at things through only one lens," says Anant Maringanti, a geography professor who also runs Hyderabad Urban Labs.
“The idea was to bring all kinds of people together in one room to create newer ways of understanding or perceiving the things we see around us today," points out the professor....