Sep 23, 2009

Space as a Page and Page as a Space : In a Breif Conversation With Aditya Pande

In midst of the conversation with Aditya Pande, the following aspects surfaced and developed in the due course of the discussion.These are broadly conversations with regard to his earlier practice and also about his collaborative project with Meghna Bisineer for this residency.

Me: The process of your earlier work involves mediation by technology, how does this mediation operate in your practice? And what are the ways in which the processes such as Painting, drawing, technology overlap your work and how differently these processes reflect to your idea?

Aditya: Major body of my work is largely based on drawing, so whatever process I adapt drawing remains as a main form of exploration. But computer allows a lot of revision, an Imagination of scale I wanted to construct. There is always a confrontation of scale, the idea of scale is a dynamic thing, all of it is an imaginary construct and I imagine that how it is going to appear for suppose on a wall of 10 feet. I use vector based software, it expands the possibilities of drawing, and everything seems like in the sense of a continuum. I don’t call it a Digital Art as it is situated in a kind of mediation for something and also it is a bit sculptural. I don’t see technology or software as an individual medium rather it more or less acts as a mediating agent in my work.

Me: You come from a background of graphic design and you deal with various disciplines how does your initial engagement with graphic design help you in your practice?

Aditya: I studied graphic design and I respect design a lot, and I didn’t actually switched from it, I still like it and passionate about it. But I am little uncomfortable with certain limitations it has such as there is a notion that design is for specific kind of needs. I always had attraction towards visual art practices since long period of time. It is also important to note that all these diverse mediums operate in different levels in the process of my work thus it is not like i actually switched from one medium to another, rather i had switched my approach towards that medium in my own way.

Me: When we look at the figures of your work they are not clear they are clear, they are suggestions of something and they are not, they appear as developments from random lines. So how do they get formulated, are they randomly developed by a process or they are forms that have strategic functions? and also what are the conceptual motivations behind your work?

Aditya: I think the two aspects which you have mentioned work together in the process of developing the form the strategies are also applied. Thus I don’t perceive them as two different aspects rather they work hand in hand and also of the fact every creative process operates with the overlap of process and strategy. As far as conceptual motivations are concerned the motivations are real and they are honest.

Me: Your Collaborative project in this Residency with Meghna is an exploration within the idea of space; some of your earlier work also has a different approach towards the idea of space. So how do you perceive the space as such in the context of your work in this Residency?

Aditya: Here we don’t want to perceive page as a flat surface, but as a volume. We are treating this space as a page and we are attempting to create a space in that page. There is a broad idea of treating the space as a page and what happens within that is an idea of play. This work is more in the process of construction, a kind of experimentation and whatever comes in the process are our understandings about this space. Working on a wall by perceiving it as a page is very difficult, as it is something that is immovable. In a conventional form of page you can turn it in whatever way you want but in this case you have to physically move according to it. In that sense it is moving away from the structural qualities of the book/page as we understand and introducing newer forms of understanding the space as a page and page as a space.

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