I hope you enjoy loafing, lounging, slacking, and loitering as much as I do. And that your sense of connecting with this world is virtually incomplete without your discrete and precious moments of disconnect. If that is not the case, this exhibition is still for you.
We have called this project an “exhibition” at the limits of the connotation of the word. This could as well be called a game or simply, a walk. I hope you are aligned in a position that suits your comfort levels and that the temperature surrounding you is within your tolerable limits. A ‘sense of unease’ (as I have gathered in these years as a fellow listener) could be a good moment for beginning anything new. At the same time, it is often a poetic exaggeration causing more trouble than good. You must be reading this on your laptop, smart phone, tablet, or computer screens. Beyond this point of reading, you will have to use your laptops or desktops alone. In-built speakers might work but I would suggest you grab a pair of earphones/headphones.
To put this in one sentence, this is an ode to the right to loiter.
It is a culmination of an archival fellowship I received from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) with support from the Tata Trusts in collaboration with Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE).
I have lived these sounds in the last ten years as a traveller-researcher. The journey began with the field in 2008 as I was shooting my documentary film on Songs of Peddle Husking. Work music was still “musical” to me. In 2010 I got the opportunity to work at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Archives. Work music became comparative in approach in its existent cultural connections as I attempted to forge new ones. In 2014 as I neared the end of my PhD, I had shifted to an alternate framework for engaging with these forms. Work music became everyday... sounds of work imbricated in our growing and mobile city lives. Gradually but certainly one had moved away from the domain of music to that of sounds with respect to an apparently extinct form now relived in the everyday making and growing of a city.
At ARCE I got a chance to listen closely to work music materials since the 1930s. It made me revisit the “field” in a new light. To find what I call “sound spaces”. This exhibition is our representation of these spaces. It is an attempt to get back to the range of experiences that shapes the journeys of a field researcher with a primacy given to the aural.
The labourers/performers who give birth to this music have been invisibilized in the spaces we inhabit. This piece of work is an effort in not letting them be inaudibilized. Arising entirely out of a virtual collaboration, this is a celebration of sounds at the limits of virtual reality. And this would never have been possible without real conversations and journeys. I hope you participate in this experience with us.
. Select a download link below, that corresponds to your Operating System. (Windows or Mac).
. The application will download in a zipped folder (compressed archive).
. Unzip the downloaded folder.
. Go to the unzipped folder.There is a pdf Manual and a Play file inside.
. Open the Manual to access game instructions.
(Read the manual before launching the game for the first time).
. Run Play to launch the game.
Download for Windows (35 Mb) :
Download for Apple (40 Mb) :
Minimum System Requirements.
Processor : 2.5Ghz Dual Core Processor +
RAM : 2GB +
Graphics Card / Integrated Graphics : 256Mb with DX9 +
Hard Drive : 500Mb +
Keyboard & Mouse.
Recommended System Requirements.
Processor : Core i3 +
RAM : 4GB DDR3 +
External Graphics Card : 512Mb with DX11 +
Hard Drive : 500Mb +
Keyboard & Mouse.
The game requires an Internet Connection (512Kpbs) to run.
the exhibition will remain online from
- October 06 to November 06 -
A Shubhasree Bhattacharyya Project
Game Design : Studio Oleomingus
Sound Design : Sukanta Majumdar
Shubha Chaudhuri, Arundhati Ghosh, Suman Gopinath,
Sangeeta Dutta, Subrata Sinha, Srinivasan, Shubham Roy Chowdhury, Agnishikha Bhattacharyya, Rajarshi Dasgupta,
Bhaskar Bhattacharyya, Samantak Das, Bodhisattva Kar
This project received support from India Foundation for the Arts under the Archival and Museum Fellowships initiative, with support from Tata Trusts