A New Show Turns CST Into A Venue For Art
On the weekend of Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, commuters catching the train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus would’ve seen a bunch of installations scattered between platforms seven and eight. They would’ve crossed ‘Obstacle’, a structure composed of Chinese-made bubble wrap with heart-shaped pockets of air that explode when you come into contact with them, a cheeky way to ‘import’ Chinese air into India. People would’ve heard ‘Happy birthday’ sung by Indian immigrants in Hong Kong issuing forth from a line of metallic bowls supported by tripods, in a work titled ‘Happy Birthday’. The installations, by Hong Kong artists Mak-Ying Tung and Wong Ka-Ying, and Peggy Chan, respectively, are part of an ongoing exhibition called Bori Bunder @ Platform 8 put together by arts organisation ArtOxygen.
Art works by eleven participating artists from Hong Kong, India and Italy will be displayed in batches at CST, J.J. School of Art, Palladium Mall and the Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA) on certain days until Wednesday, November 30 . The point of departure of the show is the station itself. Before it was Victoria Terminus (the name that preceded CST), the station was known as Bori Bunder after the neighbourhood. The idea of the project, which will also have workshops and lectures, is to examine the interactions between people and the railway.
‘Obstacle’, for instance, is a comment on “the inundation of Chinese goods in our every day life”, said Leandre D’Souza, co-founder of ArtOxygen. The piece was literally an obstacle as it was placed near an exit point. The idea was to see how commuters would react to the piece as “when people are faced with obstacles, they find creative ways to overcome them”, D’Souza said. ‘Happy Birthday’ is an exploration of the idea of migration as well as a nod to the 2014 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong at which demonstrators chanted the slogan.
Bori Bunder @ Platform 8 will run until Wednesday, November 30. On Friday, October 14 at 4pm at the J. J. School of Art, ArtOxygen will conduct a seminar titled ‘Revisioning the City: People at the Forefront of Cultural Urban Policy’. The next batch of artworks at CST will be on display on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, from 10am to 5pm between platforms seven and eight. For more information on the show, see here. For the complete schedule of exhibitions, workshops and talks, see here. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Fort. Get directions here. J. J. School of Art, Main Hall, D. N. Road, Fort. Get directions here. Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 4333 9994. Get directions here. Institute of Contemporary Indian Art, next to Rampart House, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2204 8138. Get directions here.