Spaces for Critical Practice

What is it
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How would you feel if you suddenly encountered –

• handcuffed hands under a locker?

• crawling bodies on pathways?

• bodies rolling, hanging over, stuck together in stairwells?

Artists Anubha Fatehpuria (actress and architect) and Vikram Iyengar (dancer and choreographer) worked with 7 Delhi-based performers to create Inter/Sections – a series of performative interruptions in the in-between, transit spaces of the Goethe Insititut / Max Mueller Bhavan Delhi building.

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The intent was to change the experience and expectation of interim spaces such as pathways, stairways and corridors – spaces we usually take for granted. Responses included:

– a woman rushing to call an ambulance at the sight of someone lying on the pathway

– students dithering on the stairs deciding whether or not to step over a person rolling up them

– a worried woman and several young students trying to unlock a silent performer’s handcuffs using a variety of keys

The project concluded with a presentation and discussion with the artists in December 2019. 

Inter/Sections was conceived and created by Anubha Fatehpuria and Vikram Iyengar, and presented by the Pickle Factory Dance Foundation. The project was realised within the framework of Five Million Incidents 2019-20 supported by the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan in collaboration with Raqs Media Collective.