I am currently in India, researching media art forms and where/how they fit in to community cultural development practice. The place where my research began is a Delhi based organization called Sarai â€“ a division of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies. After five weeks of eating, breathing, excreting and scratching my way through Indiaâ€¦I finally visited Sarai, and the experience was fascinating. In keeping with my overall experience of India, my plans and expectations were left at the door in a small box labelled â€˜Redundantâ€™. No, redundant is not rightâ€¦more like â€˜It will be what it will be and be open to thatâ€™. So thatâ€™s what I did, and strangely, in retrospect, the result was exactly what I would have wanted it be.
I met incredible people, listened to conversations that questioned the very nature of my research, and was given some tools that I am positive will be invaluable in my future practice.
Second instalment coming soonâ€¦